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“A small lodge which is perfect for national park trips”
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Wild Grass Lodge
Mumbai
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11 reviews
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“A small lodge which is perfect for national park trips”
Reviewed 8 June 2011

The main idea of the holiday was to visit national park. So we zeroed in for this resort by default as not too many choices are there. But at the end i must say we were happy to have spent the time here.

This hotel has cottages spread across the small area they have. The room is very basic and there is no room service. But the owner takes personal interest in every visitor which is quite helpful. He ususally moves around the resort chatting to his guests. When he found form us that we would have couple of hours in Guwahati on our way back he took personal interest in arranging for a person at Guwahait and ensure that we visit few places there. That extra effort is what makes a difference for this resort.

Another thing that i feel is very important for such resort are the guides they can provide for the park. Wild grass have some very good ones.We took the open jeeps and both time the guide were very helpful and enthusiastic. They are as eager as us to help us spot animals which is what is essential.

Food is served in the common hall and needs to be ordered in advance. They have cultural activities in the night which is short but nice. There are no frills like swimming pool etc

Overall recommended if your focus is the national park.

  • Stayed November 2010, travelled with family
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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 31 March 2011

It is difficult to say anything nasty about this resort esp after the tremendous help we got on the net from Manju Barua much before we landed in Guwahati . She helped us plan our entire holiday including Tawang which we travelled to later . They do not make outlandish claims about the place ; the USP of Wild Grass is the Jeep and Elephant safari - they are organized with clinical precision accompanied by very canny and sharp eyed spotters . No doubt about that . The resort is somewhat haphazard and rambling ; there is no pool now and no culture shows either . No big deal about that . You go to Kaziranga for the 3 zone Jeep safaris and the elephant ride - you will get your money's worth . The occasional touches like complimentary desserts or hot savouries on a cold day are very nice indeed , more than compensating for the somewhat gloomy outlook in some previous reviews . The trees in the compound are delightfully labelled and can be rewarding to a diehard birder .

  • Stayed March 2011, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 March 2011

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.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled with family
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cornwall uk
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Reviewed 10 March 2011

When I read the other reviews of this place, I could not believe we had stayed at the same place! It must have been attractive and comfortable probably about 10 years ago, and had not seen a thorough clean since. Even the light switches were black with accumulated grime! The curtains in the bathroom were a health hazard and the whole place reaks of neglect. The gardens are dusty and uncared for. There is no longer a swimming pool despite what the travel books say and a general air of neglect is very apparent. This is not an 'eco' resort. However there are now new wonderful lodges in the area so visiting the jewel that is Kaziranga will mean not having to put up with this disgrace.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 February 2011

A quaint resort, said an old hand at wildgrass. Yup, quaint as in- far away from the park entrance 7km+, overpriced considering there's no room service, the room's are all dimly lit, no TV, no Telephone/intercom, and the furnishings/ furniture are dated. Tops is the communal dining hall serviced by staff with mannerisms much in common with the college canteen chhotu. Quaint as in a complimentary breakfast of cold toasts and oily puris et al. The stranglehold they have in Kaziranga is vide the number of safari permitted Vehicles. AVOID.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Santa Clara, California
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Reviewed 22 February 2011

Our visit to Kaziranga National Park turned out to be absolutely perfect, not just because of the wildlife sightings that we were lucky to have, but also because of our stay at Wild Grass Resort. Situated about 3kms north of Kohora range’s entrance gate off National Highway (NH) 37, this laid-back, well-run establishment is truly a gem of a place.

The resort has about three 2-storied apartment-style buildings spaciously spread around a central, grassy courtyard. Our double-room, which was on the first floor of one of the buildings, had lovely dark-wood furniture and was large enough to accommodate a sitting area, drying rack and shelves! The bathroom was also well-appointed with a hot-water geyser and other essential amenities.

The resort’s nicest part, though, is the ceilinged dining lounge, which has been furnished and decorated like a true hunting lodge. A shaded porch attached to the main dining hall and overlooking the courtyard was the perfect place to enjoy our evening tea.

The staff at the hotel was very courteous and efficient. Their handling of our safaris ensured that the whole process of booking and buying permits was seamless and hassle-free. They provided us with a guide who accompanied us on every safari and ensured that we got there on time and were seated on the elephants immediately. He was also instrumental in helping us sight the elusive Kaziranga tiger during our jeep safari! We weren’t charged extra for his services but of course we tipped him generously at the end. Since we didn’t have a transport of our own, the jeep rides to the park entrance and back were provided at a very nominal cost of Rs.200 per round trip.

For me, personally, this stay ranked as our best national park stay in India as yet!

  • Stayed January 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2011

My trip to kaziranga was an unplanned one.

I was very lucky to come across Wildgrass on the internet, and called them to book a room.

The hotels was really nice and cozy.. Its built over a large area, with 3 buildings.. 2 for rooms, and 1 main lobby / dining hall. The wooden interiors really matched the forest / national park settign we were in..

The staff was polite, prompt and efficient.. So were the guide (Diganata) provided by the hotel who accompanied me on all trips to the park.

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled solo
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Property: Wild Grass Lodge
Address: Bochagaon village, Kaziranga National Park 785609, India
Region: India > Assam > Nagaon District > Kaziranga National Park
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Restaurant
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Ranked #6 of 25 Speciality Lodging in Kaziranga National Park
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Wild Grass Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 18
Also Known As:
Wild Grass Hotel Kaziranga National Park
Wild Grass Lodge Kaziranga National Park, Assam

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