Blink and you might miss it…that’s how well the Diphlu River Lodge merges into the surrounding jungles. Located on the edges of the Kaziranga National Park, the eco-lodge is set on the banks of the Diphlu River. Guests stay in one of the 12 stilt-cottages built from locally sourced bamboo, wood and thatch in the traditional style of the Mishing tribe of Assam. The cottages are luxurious and fit for royalty—the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine Middleton, stayed here in 2016.
However, the biggest luxury is the stunning experience of being in the heart of the jungle—watching birds and animals having a drink of water from the River while you enjoy a delicious Assamese lunch on the deck of the restaurant, Machan. Then there are the safaris. The Kaziranga National Park is right at the Lodge’s doorsteps and the wetlands are home to over 400 species of birds, like egrets, hornbills and storks, and many mammal and reptile species, like Assam Roofed Turtle, Asiatic Wild Water Buffalo, the Royal Bengal Tiger and, of course, the Indian One-horned Rhinoceros. The Lodge’s in-house team of naturalists, mostly from local villages, will help you spot the jungle’s real residents. While the days can be spent watching the wildlife, set the nights aside for looking at the stars—the Milky Way is clearly visible in the pristine pollution-free skies here.