Spectacularly situated on the periphery of UNESCO World Heritage Site Kaziranga National park, Diphlu River Lodge provides guests with a never-before intimacy with the natural world. Separated from the park by its namesake river, wild buffaloes and elephants often bathe in its waters as fishermen cast their nets a short distance away.
Established in 2008, Ashish Phookan – with his wife, Jahnabi – reincarnated his father’s pioneering ecotourism lodge of the 1970s, Kamrup Komplex, into its present avatar as Diphlu River Lodge. Like Kamrup Komplex, the lodge was purposely built to blend into the surrounding foliage and terrain. Its thatch-and-bamboo cottages on stilts are inspired by the simple architecture of Mishing tribal homes and the unique weaves and artifacts that adorn the lodge are handmade by local artisans.
Committed to responsible tourism, Diphlu River Lodge takes great care to ensure that nature, the wild and local communities always come first – this means recycling our greywater, providing hospitality training to young boys and girls from neighbouring villages, starting an in-house women’s weaving unit, and subscribing to a low light and noise policy within the lodge premises, among other initiatives.
In recognition of our excellent levels of service and comfort of accommodation, Lonely Planet adjudged Diphlu River Lodge as one of the top two wildlife resorts in India. Additionally, Diphlu River Lodge is associated with the Ecotourism Society of India – the peak advocacy body for ecotourism – and is part of Travel Operators for Tigers (TOFT), an international campaign that supports responsible tourism as a way to save the Royal Bengal Tiger and other wildlife.