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“Experience @ B.A.B.L.I” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of BASA, The B.A.B.L.I. Guest House

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BASA, The B.A.B.L.I. Guest House
Howrah, India
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“Experience @ B.A.B.L.I”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2012

3 days in Dec’12 @ B.A.B.L.I is the best thing happened with me in 2012, A true Rural Experience of Southern Part of West Bengal, ... No Television, No Newspaper for those 3 days just like breaking away from the modern world. While the entire experience is a novel one but still would like to mention few individuals like Sahadev Babu (aka “Maa” of B.A.B.L.I), Pradeep the ever smiling boy and finally Aaditto Babu (Commander-in-Chief) for their tireless en-devour of making our stay the most beautiful one, special mention on food which was simple in nature but too good in taste, Planning to return during 2013 monsoon for another stint to experience the flora & fauna

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with family
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2012

We have stayed at Babli from 27/07/2012 to 29/07/2012. I liked its ambience and rural nature of stay. Who intend to visit Babli should not expect the comfort of AC or multi cuisine restaurant. In spite of that try to feel the flora, fauna, sounds of the nature, which you will get plenty. Rooms are good and clean. Mud houses are excellently maintained and good to get a new experience. Road conditions to reach here are mostly very good. Try to avoid Panagarh, rather take the diversion to the right from the "Renaissance" hotel after Shaktigarh.
But in absence of Sahadebda, the in-charge of the kitchen, some one better than the present cook may be replaced. Overall it is very good experience to stay here. You can reach Babli from Bolpur Railway Station by car, it is only 12 kms. away. The authority arranges the pick up if you tell in advance.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Bengaluru, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2012

BABLI was recommended to us by a variety of friends who had gone and stayed there. The word 'unique' and 'basic' kept recurring in these conversations. They pointed out that BABLI was not your run-of-the-mill hotel or resort. Built on an ethos of economic self-reliance and ecological sustainability, this farm-stay expects its guests to understand and respect these principles.

And with good reason. Right from the wholesome Bengali meals that they serve, to the set of instructions posted in every room, BABLI shuns the 'will bend over backwards for guests' over-placating attitude of hotels and resorts, and tells you to respect Nature. There are frogs, rats and snakes. And BABLI is no petting zoo.

Here are the good things:
- No TV (huge huge huge mega blessing)
- The menu does not have tandoori chicken and palak paneer and instead boasts of bhaate-bhaat. That itself counts for about a thousand points.
- Sahadeb-da, the manager of the canteen. Salut to this man who seems to have found his life's calling in giving city-bred maggi-fed people a taste of what food can also be like.
- Chubby puppies, all over the place. Bumbling and tumbling about. (another thousand points).
- Quiet, quiet, quiet.

So if you're someone who winces at the Cafe Coffee Day-s and have had enough of impersonal hotels with bland staff who just stand and nod at your every question. If you've just about had enough of the drone of city life and want to get away from it all. If you're in a new relationship or nursing a broken heart.

If you don't even have a good enough reason.

Try BABLI. You'll want to go back.
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ReshmaSanyal
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kolkata
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2011

We stayed in Babli farm from 7th Oct 2011 to 10th Oct 2011. The place is about 10 km from Shantiniketan in West Bengal. The farm is spread in about 36 bighas of land. It has got two ponds. Ducks, hens, cows, dogs and cats are there to give you company. The garden is not manicured thus has retained its rustic charm. The accomodation is basic in nature. Best would be to book mud hut, which normally is in great demand. Food is basic. No room service. You have to walk down to the canteen to have your food. There is no geyser. However, they will supply you hot water in buckets at additional charge. There is no television. Only bengali newspaper is available in the canteen. Mobile signal is very faint. Hence you are cut away from the civilisation if you are staying only at the farm. It was a welcome bliss for us and reminded us of the days when there was no mobile connection. Life was simple and peaceful. The staffs are very nice, soft and gentle and are local people. The rooms are cleant daily. In the morning you can hear different birds chirping and twittering. We saw many birds but could not identify them. However, be aware of the frogs which will enter your room unannounced. We did not have any problem having frog as our guest. However, my 5 year old daughter got really scared of the frog as she had never seen a frog earlier. I also saw a snake. I also saw a lovely sight of a cat drinking milk of a mother dog. The dog and cat lives in complete harmony. This is unique and I am sure not many people have seen a cat suckling the milk from a dog. We had a peaceful and enjoyable stay and would love to go to Babli farm once again. You can also visit Shantiniketan, Sriniketan, Amar Kutir, Kankalitala from Babli farm provided you have a car. I am sure the farm will help you in hiring a car in case you do not have your own vehicle. They charge parking fees for parking your car in the farm. Also generator will be provided to you @ Rs. 10/- per hour. Overall the stay was good in the lap of nature.

Room Tip: Pls try to book mud hut. There are only 2 mud huts available and always in great demand
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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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, General Manager at BASA, The B.A.B.L.I. Guest House, responded to this review, 23 October 2011
Sir/ Madam,

Thank you very much for your succinct feedback about our farm-project!

We are always very happy to to have like-minded visitors, like yourself, who appreciate and enjoy the unique, pastoral charm of the place.

Hope to see you again at BABLI!
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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2011

Babli Farm is not a conventional Hotel. Its a guest house amongst nature. The purpose is dual--- to provide its visitors a quiet weekend getaway in the midst of rural Bengal in Birbhum district in reasonable comfort, and to try and support the rural folk of the area by unconventional farming methods, afforestation, and conserve the flora& fauna of the area. If you cant do without ACs, TV sets, Discos, Spas, Multi cuisine restaurants, other comforts of a star hotel, this place is not for you. But if you are game for a relaxed holiday in a rural setting with dairy farms, ponds, farming areas, forest tracks leading to your place of stay, outdoor sitting areas in natural settings, this is the place for you. You have to actually soak it in to enjoy Babli.
Now for the real stuff-- the accomodation. There are two Mud Houses which are the best that Babli offers. These unique thatched roof traditional accomodation are tastefully decorated with beds, curtains, other accessories all done up in Shantiniketan style. It even has a mezannine floor. The bathrooms are clean, there is electricity and running water and there is a small sitting area both in the front (overlooking the pond) and in the back (overlooking the forest). There are also two bed Deluxe, two bed Regular and suites and family rooms at Babli Farm. The tariff is extremely reasonable-- ranging from Rs1200 for the mud house to Rs 750 & 650 for other rooms. Beds are available in the dormitory used mainly by drivers (Rs120 only). Parking space is available. The restaurant also has an ethnic touch and serves pure Bengali home made food. Not much of a variety but the guests enjoy it. Bar be que are also arranged on demand. Nearby is another eating joint which is also very well patronised. A day trip to Shantiniketan is a must from Babli. You can reach Babli Farm by road from Kolkata. Take the Durgapur Expressway, Go past Panagarh and then turn right from Darjeeling More. Drive upto Ilambazaar and take the road to Bolpur. After about 7 kms, turn right from Bonovilla and after 500 mts or so, you will reach Babli (4 hrs from Kolkata). The nearest railhead is Bolpur. Plan your trips during winters, forget about certain material comforts, interact with the locals, make a trip to the nearby forest, roam around inside the farm and I'm sure you will love this unconventional but memorable holiday.

Room Tip: For couples or a family with upto two children, the unique Mud Houses are the best. Having a car hel...
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  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Aaditto, General Manager at BASA, The B.A.B.L.I. Guest House, responded to this review, 10 January 2012
Sir/ Madam,

Thank you very much for appreciating the uniqueness of B.A.B.L.I...

It is evident from your review here that you have genuinely absorbed the ethos and motivations behind our farm-project.

We are both glad and thankful to have guests like you visiting us - since our guest-house is really not a 'resort-style' commercial venture - it is, as you have aptly described, a place that needs to be 'soaked in' - an extension of the rural-action programme of the project.

We hope to see you again at BABLI, soon!
Best regards,
Aaditto Shen.
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Property: BASA, The B.A.B.L.I. Guest House
Address: Village & Po Dwaranda, Ilam Bazar 731236, India
Region: India > West Bengal > Ilam Bazar
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Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
B A S A, or "BABLI SHANTI ALAYA", is the Guest-House within B.A.B.L.I [Bureau for Agro-Based/ Linked Industries].BABLI is a rural-action project in interior Birbhum, near Shantiniketan (13 Kms), under the jurisdiction of Illambazar Police Station, in West Bengal, India.We also have a GUEST-HOUSE - where like-minded people, who want to spend a few days in a rural setting, away from the din of city life, can rent cottages of various types and tariffs.However, we are NOT a 'resort'/'eco-tourism centre' - the whole project is LITERALLY wild and UN-MANICURED. At the project, we explore various unconventional farming methods, aimed at rejuvenating the agriculture of the region and countering the process of rapid urbanisation by trying to support the rural culture and livelihood. Our work also aims at rejuvenating the fast-depleting forest cover of the adjoining areas, and conserving the threatened flora and fauna of the region. ... more   less 

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