Your experience regarding Forest Rest Houses

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Hi all,

Many of you having nice and memorable experience of staying in Forest Rest Houses. In India there are many marvelous Forest Rest Houses around the country. I have stayed in very few of them, such as Kuldhia Forest Rest House (Orissa), Forest Rest House at Kolsa (Tadoba Andheri Tiger Reserve), Kolkas Forest Rest House at Melghat Tiger Reserve (Maharastra). My experience was just fibulas.

Attachment is the snap of Kolkas Forest Rest House in moonlight.

So please share your experience of our wonderful Forest Rest Houses. Which one is the best? May be good, bad or ugly also.

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thats great...when did u go to melghat and how ws the experience...if u could share details
thanks
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Originally Posted by traveler1 View Post thats great...when did u go to melghat and how ws the experience...if u could share details
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Hello traveler1,

Melghat Tiger Reserve is located on southern offshoot of the Satpura Hill Range, also called Gavilgarh hills. The area is catchment to the five major rivers viz Khandu, Khapra, Sipna, Gadga and Dolar, all of which are tributaries of the river Tapti. Nature has offered protection to Melghat in the form of a rugged topography with only a few entry points. It is the prime biodiversity repository of the state of Maharastra. The total area of the Reserve is 1676.93 sq. km. The core area of the Reserve, the Gugarnal National Park is restricted for entry.

I visited there end of May this year. Experience was unique. We spent there 3 days at Kolkas. 27 th may was Budhha purnima and in the full moon, wildlife census was going on. Here visitors are allowed to take part in the census activity. We took part in the census activity and spent whole night seating on a watch tower. It was a life time experience. We experienced the beauty of nature. But saw only one wild bore. In these three days we visited the tiger reserve/ Jarida, Chunakhedi, Makhala, Semodoh, Chikaldhara.. The office/entry gate is near Semadoh. We saw Indian Gour/Spotted deer/ Flying Squirrel/many birds there. There are many rest houses through out the tiger reserve. But I think Kolkas is the best. You can try Dhakna Forest Rest House also. I will prefer to go there in monsoon or just after monsoon. We headed there by road from Nagpur : (210Km.) Paratwada ; (45Km.) Semadoh;(13 Km.)Kolkaz. You may try the rute as like Amravati;(50Km.) Paratwada(45Km.) Semadoh(13 Km.)Kolkaz.

For reservation and other details you may contact, Conservation of Forests and Field Director, Melghat Tiger Reserve, Camp Amravati-444 602. Fax Nos.(0721) 2551766, Phone No.- (0721) 2662792.

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thanks deban for all the info, am aware of melghat, just wanted to know how it is to visit...sounds good and looks like u have a wonderful time...and i guess it would not be crowded unlike other forests these days...so thats good
thanks again
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Originally Posted by traveler1 View Post thanks deban for all the info, am aware of melghat, just wanted to know how it is to visit...sounds good and looks like u have a wonderful time...and i guess it would not be crowded unlike other forests these days...so thats good
thanks again
Thanks Deban for your beautiful description. next year i am planning to visit Melghat, and after going through your post i think Kolkas should be my choice.
I am planning to stay inside the forest for 5 days along with my wife and 10 yr old dtr.Can you provide any detail about safari and other transportation along with the telephone nos. You can also mail me at sanyal.indrajit@gmail.com or I.Sanyal@licindia.com
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For reservation and other details . Conservator of Forests and Field
Director, Melghat Tiger Reserve, Camp Amravati-444 602. Fax Nos.(0721)
2551766, Phone No.- (0721) 2662792

please go through the link:

http://melghattiger.gov.in/index.html
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Forest Dept rest house at Prashar Lake

A thread with lots of potential... and it is collecting dust. I'm bumping it up! Please share Forest dept/PWD rest house experiences folks.

PS: Or is there another comprehensive thread about rest houses in India that I am missing?

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I shall start with adding my own (superb!) experience at the Himachal Pradesh Forest Dept's new rest house at the Prashar Lake. Ask the specific questions you have. I shall let the photos speak for themselves. In short, it is relatively newly constructed so the quality of amenities is good and the service by the caretaker is great (goes without saying that we tip him well). How to book these is covered in details on DOW forum here.



Surroundings of the RH as seen from the entrance to the lake/temple area


The dirt road leading to the RH


From outside at night


Dining lobby and common area


One of the 2 rooms


Closet in the room outside the bathroom


Well equipped bathroom




All photos are available in full resolution here.
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Last edited by blackfog; Dec 1st, 2017 at 14:55.. Reason: Added my personal experience of Prashar FRH

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