My parents, brother and I stayed here in December 2010, for 3 days. We were flying in from different parts of India to Guwahati, from where we took a car sent by the resort. The drive is a good 200 km+ (5-6 hours with stops) over pretty bad roads for significant stretches (they're constructing a new highway which should cut down travel times)
We thoroughly enjoyed the stay and found the resort quite good, though I can appreciate the sentiments of both schools of reviewers below. It is indeed not swanky by 5-star resort standards but then this is the problem in India - so much potential for tourism, but inadequate infrastructure to support it.
What that does mean is that Kaziranga is relatively still untramelled by an excessive number of tourists (I was quite nonplussed when several people on subsequent trips to Bombay and Delhi asked me what and where it was!) while the resorts are more than adequate for a comfortable pleasant stay
I was pretty happy about the fact that there were no phones and intercoms which are just annoying in a place so in touch with nature, and was actually quite delighted that the mobile phone networks have pretty poor reception there:-) Makes for a much more peaceful stay.
The staff were exceptionally courteous though occasionally disorganised (forgot to wake us on time one morning, and don't expect them to jump when you click your fingers like in five star resorts in the big cities, but then you're paying 1/20th the cost of the same) and we all enjoyed the cooking after early starts and long days on morning and afternoon safaris, with the basic dishes being quite all right, though any attempts at slightly more western dishes were somewhat disastrous.
The highlight was the tea they would lay out in the evenings - fresh, fragrant, brilliant Assam tea, very very good. Also available in the mornings and for me, normally a late riser, it was the only way to feel normal quickly after getting up every day at 5 a.m.:-)
Rooms are quite large, though since the windows are open (with mosquito netting) dust can accummulate pretty quickly, but they were cleaned regularly and we found them perfectly all right. Bathrooms are nothing special, but adequate.
The resort is about a 10-15 minute drive from the closest park entrance, where we went each of the three mornings for an hour long safari on elephant back (there are two other entrances, about 25-30 and 45-60 minutes away) We were assigned a guide (Tarun) for the entire three days, and he was great - clearly seemed to enjoy wildlife and nature, and was forthcoming with various observations and nuggets of information about the animals and park.
The park itself is extremely atospheric and FULL of rhinos, the main attraction, as well as elephants and various kinds of deer, birds etc though you have to be lucky to spot a tiger. The closest we got was hearing one calling nearby on one of our afternoon jeep safaris - it was great because all the animals you could see (mainly deer and some monkeys) all went absolutely still and started looking downwind which was the indication they sensed the tiger, and a few seconds later you could hear it calling. Being in an open jeep and being unable to see it (albeit with an armed escort, but the guy looked too young and his gun looked too old:-) made it all the more thrilling. Our guide mentioned he only manages to spot a tiger about once every ten days.
I don't recommend this resort for yuppie couples who need internet connections and need to be stuck to their laptops/smartphones all the time and need room service and cable TV but if you want to get away from it all and for a step back into an era fast disappearing albeit with better facilities than the old government guest houses/lodges, I cannot recommend both the park and this resort highly enough.
- Also Known As:
- Wild Grass Hotel Kaziranga National Park
- Wild Grass Lodge Kaziranga National Park, Assam