• Diphlu River Lodge
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Diphlu River Lodge

Our top recommendation for your stay at Kaziranga National Park.

  • Lovely location on the opposite side of Diphlu River to Kaziranga N.P.
  • Excellent quality small lodge (just 12 stilted rooms) from which to explore Kaziranga.
  • The lodge has its own team of naturalist guides.
  • Jeep safaris to search for great one-horned rhinos, and three species you won’t find in central India parks: wild elephants, gibbons and giant hornbills. As an added bonus, there are Bengal tigers.
  • Excellent birding in the park, with over 470 species.
  • If it was good enough for Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge in 2016 …

In our view, this is simply the best place to stay if you come to Kaziranga. This is partly because of their team of naturalist guides, but also because of the comfortable yet rustic rooms, beautiful location and friendly ambience. 

Kaziranga is one of those parks that few people have heard of. It’s not exactly on the beaten path. However, it is a remarkable and important park which is home to 70% of the world’s one-horned rhinos, a strong breeding herd of the increasingly rare wild Indian elephant, and two other species you won’t find in central India parks: gibbons and giant hornbills, plus other exciting wildlife, such as capped langurs, Malayan giant squirrels, and water buffalos. It is also home to the highest density of Bengal tigers in any protected area (though we recommend you treat any sighting as a bonus rather than making tigers the reason to come here as they can be hard to see here). Add to that the fact that BirdLife have classified it as an Important Bird Area since it has over 470 species including the great Indian hornbill, Blyth’s kingfisher, jungle fowl, fish eagles and vultures, parrokeets, sunbirds, bee-eaters and more, and you have reasons a-plenty to consider a visit.

If you decide to come, we’d strongly recommend that you stay at this lovely little place. Diphlu River Lodge is, in our view, the best choice in the whole of Kaziranga. It’s one of the most expensive lodges, but it’s worth it. It manages to offer comfort in its own rustic fashion and it has a calm, friendly ambience which is all the better for being small – just 12 rooms. The location on the banks of the Diphlu is lovely for those times you just want to sit and watch the river go by, perhaps with a drink in hand.

Read Amanda's blog about her stay here in March 2019.

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Client Rating for India 5/5 from 130 reviews

We spent three nights at this lovely lodge. It is comfortable, with all you need and has a homely feel to it which is helped by the friendly staff. Sitting in the bar that overlooks the Diphlu River to the park, a drink in hand, you feel close to the nature you’ve come to visit, despite the main road being at the other side of the lodge (it’s quiet at night). The food was good, though I sometimes wished they’d not taken as much of the spice and flavours out of the Indian dishes, presumably in a bid to tempt western palates. The naturalist guide we got was great and he ensured we saw all the key species while here – all except tigers, which we missed by 10 minutes on two days running! Sadly, the jeeps are not that comfortable, but there’s nothing the lodge can do about that as all lodges must hire them (with drivers) from the jeep association at the park.

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Diphlu River Lodge

Diphlu River Lodge

Our top recommendation for your stay at Kaziranga National Park.

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