Help needed w.r.t stay in Dak Bungalows

#1 Oct 8th, 2018, 22:20
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Fellow IMers! I come to you with great hope!

All my life I read stories, novels and books which featured the famous Dak Bungalows or Forest Rest Houses of the British. I have longed to spend a night in one of these for a long time.

Can anyone help me out?

Any tips, suggestions, resources, info about Dak Bungalows is welcome.

I am looking for specifically British built forest rest houses and not the new ones. They can be anywhere in India. I will be moving abroad in a couple of months so this is my last chance to fulfill my wish.
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#2 Oct 9th, 2018, 15:13
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Your post made me curious what a dak bungalow is. Since no one is responding, I tell you about my online findings (no personal experience then):

"Many Dak bungalows fell into disrepair or were later replaced by circuit houses,[5] although some have been maintained and continue in use, as the lodges at the Sipahijola and Radhanagari wildlife sanctuaries."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dak_bungalow

"There is an accommodation at the forest where a dak bungalow, called Abasarika, near the botanical garden, zoo and boating lake attracts the tourists to have a night adventure in the middle of the forest which is a great experience."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sipahi...life_Sanctuary


" For accommodations, there is a forest rest house, dak bungalow, and a dormitory managed by the Deputy Conservator of Forests - Wildlife, Bindu chowk, Ganji Galli, Kolhapur. 416 002 India ( 91-231-2542766). "
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radhan...life_Sanctuary


This seems to be a renovated dak bungalow:
https://www.soulitude.in/

according to this:
"Get some Soulitude in the Himalayas at Ramgarh (Uttarakhand)
‘I’m off to Ramgarh’ you can announce nonchalantly and let the world figure out which of the dozen Ramgarhs in India you have toodled off to. Thanks to its remote location, the village of Gagar near Ramgarh (35 km north east of Nainital) is free from tourist traffic. Tucked away in the slopes of a scenic hamlet at 7,000 ft, it commands a majestic view of the Kumaon Himalayas – Nanda Devi, Trishul, Panchachuli, Pindari Glacier, Nandakot, Nandaghunti and Kamet. Its ten rooms, named Nirvana, Bliss, Quietude, Awakening, Peace (you get the idea), offer ample ‘soulitude’ and inspiration. Hike to the local Ramgarh market and continue to scenic orchards and old dak bungalows of Ashok Vatika renovated by Neemrana into the Ramgarh Bungalows. Wake up to a magical sunrise in this quiet nook that served as Rabindranath Tagore’s literary retreat for six years – he even considered it as the location of his dream abode and university Shantiniketan! The renowned poetess Mahadevi Verma too lived in Ramgarh – her home is now a library of her works. You might consider reading a book here, if not writing one! Owner Manish Chandra also runs another quiet retreat called Soulitude by the River at Chanfi nearby."
source: https://redscarabtravelandmedia.word...emrana-hotels/


This is also an interesting read: Dare to live in a haunted Dak bungalow?

Read more at: Dare to live in a haunted Dak Bungalow?
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/a...campaign=cppst

the interviewed author says he identified 20 dak bungalows, but names only one, the one in Damoh of which he says it is so eerie he definitely does not want to go back there, as its structure made an unwholesome impression on him. It seems to be listed as a haunted house, when you google it.

Here are some tales about it.
#3 Oct 13th, 2018, 21:34
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Originally Posted by atala View Post Your post made me curious what a dak bungalow is. Since no one is responding, I tell you about my online findings (no personal experience then):

"Many Dak bungalows fell into disrepair or were later replaced by circuit houses,[5] although some have been maintained and continue in use, as the lodges at the Sipahijola and Radhanagari wildlife sanctuaries."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dak_bungalow

"There is an accommodation at the forest where a dak bungalow, called Abasarika, near the botanical garden, zoo and boating lake attracts the tourists to have a night adventure in the middle of the forest which is a great experience."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sipahi...life_Sanctuary


" For accommodations, there is a forest rest house, dak bungalow, and a dormitory managed by the Deputy Conservator of Forests - Wildlife, Bindu chowk, Ganji Galli, Kolhapur. 416 002 India ( 91-231-2542766). "
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Radhan...life_Sanctuary


This seems to be a renovated dak bungalow:
https://www.soulitude.in/

according to this:
"Get some Soulitude in the Himalayas at Ramgarh (Uttarakhand)
‘I’m off to Ramgarh’ you can announce nonchalantly and let the world figure out which of the dozen Ramgarhs in India you have toodled off to. Thanks to its remote location, the village of Gagar near Ramgarh (35 km north east of Nainital) is free from tourist traffic. Tucked away in the slopes of a scenic hamlet at 7,000 ft, it commands a majestic view of the Kumaon Himalayas – Nanda Devi, Trishul, Panchachuli, Pindari Glacier, Nandakot, Nandaghunti and Kamet. Its ten rooms, named Nirvana, Bliss, Quietude, Awakening, Peace (you get the idea), offer ample ‘soulitude’ and inspiration. Hike to the local Ramgarh market and continue to scenic orchards and old dak bungalows of Ashok Vatika renovated by Neemrana into the Ramgarh Bungalows. Wake up to a magical sunrise in this quiet nook that served as Rabindranath Tagore’s literary retreat for six years – he even considered it as the location of his dream abode and university Shantiniketan! The renowned poetess Mahadevi Verma too lived in Ramgarh – her home is now a library of her works. You might consider reading a book here, if not writing one! Owner Manish Chandra also runs another quiet retreat called Soulitude by the River at Chanfi nearby."
source: https://redscarabtravelandmedia.word...emrana-hotels/


This is also an interesting read: Dare to live in a haunted Dak bungalow?

Read more at: Dare to live in a haunted Dak Bungalow?
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/a...campaign=cppst

the interviewed author says he identified 20 dak bungalows, but names only one, the one in Damoh of which he says it is so eerie he definitely does not want to go back there, as its structure made an unwholesome impression on him. It seems to be listed as a haunted house, when you google it.

Here are some tales about it.
Thanks for the effort!

I read the last book that you mentioned a couple of years back. It only added fuel to my fire. Gawd! I want to GO to a dak Bungalow NOW!
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Here's a write up with a photo of my encounter with a dak bungalow (it was in jharkhand)

https://www.indiamike.com/india/spir...3/#post1814598
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post Here's a write up with a photo of my encounter with a dak bungalow (it was in jharkhand)

https://www.indiamike.com/india/spir...3/#post1814598
This was a part of your central India tour right?
I followed those posts regularly at that time and to tell you I was inspired by your posts!
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No this was a short two day trip to Shikharji in Jharkhand...
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Originally Posted by vaibhav_arora View Post No this was a short two day trip to Shikharji in Jharkhand...
okay. Reading it completely now.

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