India (Assam State)
The Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, covers about 430 sq km, bordered by the Brahmaputra River in the north and the Karbi Anglong hills to the south. The largest number of one-horned rhinoceros in the world roam its swamps, grasslands with tall thickets of elephant grass and areas of mixed deciduous and tropical semi-evergreen forest. It is home to a wide variety of other animals and birds, and the open vistas make it relatively easy to see many species of wildlife in a day.
As well as the Indian rhino, the Park contains about 35 major mammals, including wild elephant, tiger (rare to find though), small population of hoolock gibbon (hoolocks are the second-largest of the gibbons), capped langur, bristly hare, hog badger, otter, leopard (again very elusive), wild boar, sambhar, swamp deer, hog deer, muntjac, water buffalo and gaur. Among the rich birdlife are the rare greater adjutant stork, Bengal florican, black-necked stork, lesser adjutant stork, Pallas’s fish eagle, swamp partridge, grey peacock-pheasant, great pied hornbill, green imperial pigeon, babblers and thousands of migratory birds, seasonally attracted to the various water areas of the park from as far away as Siberia.
Location (26° 35′ – 26° 45′ N and 93° 05′ – 93° 40′ E)
Situated in the extreme north-east of India, just above Bangladesh and along National Highway 37 at around 220 km east of Guwahati. There are scheduled flights from Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai and Bangkok into Guwahati airport, and from Kolkata into Tezpur and Jorhat airports. Guwahati is approximately 4 hours driving time, Jorhat 2 ½ and Tezpur 1 hour.
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Diphlu River Lodge is ideally placed for easy access, on National Highway 37, only 3 km from the Baguri Forest range office and elephant ride point of Kaziranga National Park. Daily jeep and elephant safaris are available, there are resident trained naturalists. Also possible are village visits, river walks and visits to tea gardens.
Diphlu have built 4 individual cottages and 4 semi-detached cottages, raised on stilts above the ground. Made of bamboo and thatch, they are all air-conditioned. They have now added a further 4 individual air-conditioned cottages made of bamboo and thatch bringing the total capacity to 24 guests. All cottages sleep 2 and have been beautifully designed to make full use of local materials and artifacts and blend in with the stunning natural surroundings. Each has a seating area with comfortable cane furniture, a writing desk, mini-bar, safe, small fridge and tea & coffee machine as well as top-quality beds and mattresses. The very spacious separate cottages have a wide folding glass door opening onto a thatched verandah with cane day bed and inviting chairs, and overlook the Diphlu River and National Park, while at the rear a deck with sun loungers looks across farmland. The semi-detached cottages all have equally attractive large balconies from which to savour the magical surroundings in the open air. All shower bathrooms are en-suite with roomy dressing area and fitted wardrobe. Diphlu River Lodge is open all year round.