Let me start by saying we were fortunate enough to see elephants, buffalo, bison, deer, wild boar, wild dogs, monkeys and some beautiful birds so this may affect our review.
Unfortunately even if you are staying at one of the 3 hotels within the national park you still have to pay the 300 rupee per person entrance charge, something we think should have been waivered for hotel guests as these are government owned hotels.
You have to wait for a boat to be transfered to the hotel which was something of a drawn out process but was worth it when you arrive. We wee greeted with refreshing fruit juices. Bear in mind the grounds are very small and there are only 6 guests rooms for the entire hotel. We were told to stay within the dug out trench as this was there to keep out snakes and other bad animals, something which amused us as at the back of the property there was a walk way over said trench.
We paid a premium for the only room out of the 6 which had a lake view which cost more money. We would definitely say do not bother paying the extra for this room as we spent the whole afternoon and early evening with the other hotel guests sitting along our wall and on the grass in front of our room therefore had no privacy. As soon as the sun sets around 7pm it is total pitch black and you cannot see anything, if you own night vision, take it!
The price can only be justified by the beautiful location of this hotel. My wifes initial words were something to the effect of "did a king really live here" so do not expect palace 5 star living like she did. It is 3 star at best but saying that the view really is superb. Waking up to the stillness and peacefulness early in the morning really is next to none.
The hotel staff were all very tentative constantly offering drinks and trying to prepare any food to suit your wishes. They really did make you feel that they would try their best for you and were always smiley.
The boats going backward and forward through the park all day long really do render the chances of you ever seeing a tiger nigh impossible. That said the hotel manager did inform us that once the elephants did come right up to the hotel and he offered to show photos and videos. Unfortunately we forgot to ask to see them before we left.
This hotel really is probably the most peaceful relaxing naturally outstanding place you could stay in india. Just dont expect a palace living or amenities. Haven for relaxation of this worlds natural beauty, 100%.
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