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The charming cottages at Diphlu River Lodge offer comfortable accommodation in the Kaziranga National Park, which is a World Heritage Site. Situated on the banks of River Diphlu, guests are often treated to close up views of the wildlife that comes to the river to drink, as well as views of the lush green jungle beyond.
The lodge sleeps just 24 guests at a time in thatched cottages elevated on bamboo stilts, all of which have large private verandas. The interiors are spacious and decorated in neutral tones with polished wooden flooring and Indian textiles draped across the comfortable beds. En suite bathrooms also boast open air showers.
Diphlu River Lodge also offers a library, many open relaxation areas, a large veranda which boasts impressive views of the park and an observation hut from which to spot the incredible wildlife that inhabits the national park. The lodge restaurant has friendly service and offers guests a mixture of local Assam and Western cuisine and there is also a well-stocked bar where guests can congregate to enjoy an evening drink and share stories of the day's adventures.
Kaziranga National Park covers an area of approximately 170 square miles and its swamps and tall thickets of elephant grass make it the ideal habitat for the Indian One-Horned Rhino. Due to severe poaching of this prehistoric survivor, the Kaziranga National Park was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1940. Nowadays, Kazaringa National Park is home to over 2000 Indian rhino, which constitutes approximately 80% of the entire population in Asia.
Over 35 other species of mammals can also be found, including elephants, Hoolock gibbon, leopard, capped langur, wild buffalo and otter. The park is also a birdwatchers paradise - among the rich birdlife are the rare greater adjutant stork, Bengal florican, black-necked stork, lesser adjutant stork, Pallas's fish eagle and swamp partridge.
The lodge can also arrange guided walks both inside and outside the park, visiting a local rubber plantation. Assam being famous for tea, a visit to a nearby tea plantation is also a must.
Because the National Park's resident rhinos come down to the river in the evening and even when the sun goes down you can hear them snuffling around below.
Frances, Original Traveller