BASA, The B.A.B.L.I. Guest House

BASA, The B.A.B.L.I. Guest House

Village & Po Dwaranda, Ilam Bazar 731236 India
B.A.B.L.I. Guest House
Traveller (45)
one of the bungalows
Room & Suite (8)
Dining (3)

View prices for your travel dates

Contact accommodation for availability.
There are similar hotels available.
View all

About

4.0
#1 of 1 ranch in Ilam Bazar
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.3 of 5 bubbles
Value
B A S A, or "BABLI SHANTI ALAYA", is the Guest-House within B.A.B.L.I [Bureau for Agro-Based/ Linked Industries].BABLI is a rural-action project in interior Birbhum, near Shantiniketan (13 Kms), under the jurisdiction of Illambazar Police Station, in West Bengal, India.We also have a GUEST-HOUSE - where like-minded people, who want to spend a few days in a rural setting, away from the din of city life, can rent cottages of various types and tariffs.However, we are NOT a 'resort'/'eco-tourism centre' - the whole project is LITERALLY wild and UN-MANICURED. At the project, we explore various unconventional farming methods, aimed at rejuvenating the agriculture of the region and countering the process of rapid urbanisation by trying to support the rural culture and livelihood. Our work also aims at rejuvenating the fast-depleting forest cover of the adjoining areas, and conserving the threatened flora and fauna of the region.
Read more
Suggest edits to improve what we show.Improve this listing
Property amenities
Restaurant
Room types
Suites
Good to know
HOTEL STYLE
Charming
28Reviews3Q+A13Room tips
Traveller rating
  • 14
  • 8
  • 4
  • 1
  • 1
Time of year
Traveller type
Language
Selected filters
  • Filter
  • English
Sort by:
Detailed Reviews
Debashis M wrote a review Jan 2020
Kolkata (Calcutta), India41 contributions64 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Stay in Babli if you are fine with carrying buckets of hot water to your bathroom, staying in a room with cheap curtains and furnishings, sleeping on a hard bed with a brick-hard pillow and have zero expectations of any kind of service.
I wish congratulate the management of Babli for their fantastic business model. They have reduced their expenses to bare bones by hiring negligible staff, providing minimal services, using the cheapest of furniture / fittings / furnishings, making the guests print their own receipts, no reception desk, no gatekeeper, etc, etc, but their tariff is comparable to the other more modern and comfortable resorts in the vicinity. And the master-stroke of Babli's business model is their slogan that "We are not a resort". IMHO, their slogan is a very clever all-encompassing excuse for not providing basic comforts and services and taking away the right of guests to complain about anything by retorting "Didn't I warn you before that it is not a resort"!
Read more
Date of stay: January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
SOUMEN DUTTA wrote a review Aug 2014
Kolkata (Calcutta), India199 contributions119 helpful votes
+1
3.0 of 5 bubbles
A average guest house in a huge property.Go through their website for all the details. As I had gone through all the details therefore I am not complaining. I thought I can adjust. But I am sorry I could not adjust with the team of frogs coming into the room at evening and also at dead of night all of them croaking together. Lots and lots of insects and expect huge quantity of mosquitoes and lots of insect bites. We had gone there in a team of four families and in August during heavy monsoon. Expect to walk in almost dark in totally muddy roads while you go to have dinner at the restaurant. Food preparation is below average. I expected good bengali food. But the veg meals alongwith non veg (fish chicken mutton) were so so. Cost of food is huge. Rs.150/- for 1 plate country chicken curry and that too only 2 small pieces. When I say "small" , its really small. And the place is not that remote. Approx 10 km/12 km from Shantiniketan and Bolpur.The rooms were not clean when we checked in. I noticed the lots of dust on the shelves in the evening. Getting mineral water and cold drinks is difficult. Cold drinks is not kept in their fridge. So cold drinks may become hot when it comes to you. Our Room(Suite/Room S/Three bedded) was below average. The height of the 1st room is only approx 6'2". For a person like me who is 6' tall its too problematic. Every time my head banged accidentally when I went to the toilet. See my pics. I do not think this type of a room plan is an integral part of an eco project. The bed covers on the beds were of utmost low grade. Even the towels provided of low grade.What I mean to say is at 1500/- for a NON AC room its not cheap and therefore I expected a bit better quality. Again I do not think this will effect the environment.This type of a eco and jungle experience may be experienced in lots of other places in west bengal or rather near Kolkata and in a lot better way.

We still enjoyed as we were 8 adults and 5 kids.We have a tendency to enjoy in every outing. I will not recommend this place to fellow travellers. Instead Go to BAWALI/ITACHUNA RAJBARI/GARPANCHKOT etc.
Read more
Date of stay: August 2014
2.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
3.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
1.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: If you must go here then choose mud huts only. Do not go for any other room. Only mud huts are...
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
MountainloverKolkata wrote a review Oct 2011
kolkata143 contributions98 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
We stayed in Babli farm from 7th Oct 2011 to 10th Oct 2011. The place is about 10 km from Shantiniketan in West Bengal. The farm is spread in about 36 bighas of land. It has got two ponds. Ducks, hens, cows, dogs and cats are there to give you company. The garden is not manicured thus has retained its rustic charm. The accomodation is basic in nature. Best would be to book mud hut, which normally is in great demand. Food is basic. No room service. You have to walk down to the canteen to have your food. There is no geyser. However, they will supply you hot water in buckets at additional charge. There is no television. Only bengali newspaper is available in the canteen. Mobile signal is very faint. Hence you are cut away from the civilisation if you are staying only at the farm. It was a welcome bliss for us and reminded us of the days when there was no mobile connection. Life was simple and peaceful. The staffs are very nice, soft and gentle and are local people. The rooms are cleant daily. In the morning you can hear different birds chirping and twittering. We saw many birds but could not identify them. However, be aware of the frogs which will enter your room unannounced. We did not have any problem having frog as our guest. However, my 5 year old daughter got really scared of the frog as she had never seen a frog earlier. I also saw a snake. I also saw a lovely sight of a cat drinking milk of a mother dog. The dog and cat lives in complete harmony. This is unique and I am sure not many people have seen a cat suckling the milk from a dog. We had a peaceful and enjoyable stay and would love to go to Babli farm once again. You can also visit Shantiniketan, Sriniketan, Amar Kutir, Kankalitala from Babli farm provided you have a car. I am sure the farm will help you in hiring a car in case you do not have your own vehicle. They charge parking fees for parking your car in the farm. Also generator will be provided to you @ Rs. 10/- per hour. Overall the stay was good in the lap of nature.
Read more
Date of stay: October 2011
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
3.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Pls try to book mud hut. There are only 2 mud huts available and always in great demand
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Responded 22 Oct 2011
Sir/ Madam, Thank you very much for your succinct feedback about our farm-project! We are always very happy to to have like-minded visitors, like yourself, who appreciate and enjoy the unique, pastoral charm of the place. Hope to see you again at BABLI!
Read more
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
TravelUntilYouDie wrote a review Jan 2020
Kolkata (Calcutta), India3 contributions1 helpful vote
2.0 of 5 bubbles
I chose BABLI based on feedback given by one of my colleagues. I was traveling with my 4 years old kid and 69 years old mother. I was over conscious while selecting the stay because of them. But unfortunately it did come out so. We were given a room which was the coldest and damped one. It was 29th of December and the temperature also was around 8- 9 degree c. We were almost frozen and did not make ourselves coming out of the blanket to have dinner. Later when I informed this to the manager he told due to year end rush they assign us that room !!! knowing that I have an old person and a kid ( may be stay was for 1 day? ). Now my suggestion to other travellers is that do not pick up the resort if you have kids with you and you are traveling in winter, as they have very basic amenities, you will not get hot water or room heater. Atleast avoid room(probably).

They do not work professionally well when there is full crowd as it was mostly managed by local people. There was a communication gap for which we were delayed by 2 hours in getting breakfast.

Finally I felt the stay cost and food are overrated. They charged 300 rs for extra person but did not provide mattress or pillow. We ordered boiled potatos for 5 of us with rice in breakfast and it was charged around 300 considering a side dish. These are few examples.

Actually none of above mattered if we got a better airy warm room to stay or they compensate the dissatisfaction of us in any other way ( may be discounts somewhere).

Good thing is that u feel close to nature , the dining hall is nice, food was ok.
Read more
Date of stay: December 2019Trip type: Travelled with family
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
EsEm66 wrote a review Aug 2011
Kolkata (Calcutta), India673 contributions80 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Babli Farm is not a conventional Hotel. Its a guest house amongst nature. The purpose is dual--- to provide its visitors a quiet weekend getaway in the midst of rural Bengal in Birbhum district in reasonable comfort, and to try and support the rural folk of the area by unconventional farming methods, afforestation, and conserve the flora& fauna of the area. If you cant do without ACs, TV sets, Discos, Spas, Multi cuisine restaurants, other comforts of a star hotel, this place is not for you. But if you are game for a relaxed holiday in a rural setting with dairy farms, ponds, farming areas, forest tracks leading to your place of stay, outdoor sitting areas in natural settings, this is the place for you. You have to actually soak it in to enjoy Babli.
Now for the real stuff-- the accomodation. There are two Mud Houses which are the best that Babli offers. These unique thatched roof traditional accomodation are tastefully decorated with beds, curtains, other accessories all done up in Shantiniketan style. It even has a mezannine floor. The bathrooms are clean, there is electricity and running water and there is a small sitting area both in the front (overlooking the pond) and in the back (overlooking the forest). There are also two bed Deluxe, two bed Regular and suites and family rooms at Babli Farm. The tariff is extremely reasonable-- ranging from Rs1200 for the mud house to Rs 750 & 650 for other rooms. Beds are available in the dormitory used mainly by drivers (Rs120 only). Parking space is available. The restaurant also has an ethnic touch and serves pure Bengali home made food. Not much of a variety but the guests enjoy it. Bar be que are also arranged on demand. Nearby is another eating joint which is also very well patronised. A day trip to Shantiniketan is a must from Babli. You can reach Babli Farm by road from Kolkata. Take the Durgapur Expressway, Go past Panagarh and then turn right from Darjeeling More. Drive upto Ilambazaar and take the road to Bolpur. After about 7 kms, turn right from Bonovilla and after 500 mts or so, you will reach Babli (4 hrs from Kolkata). The nearest railhead is Bolpur. Plan your trips during winters, forget about certain material comforts, interact with the locals, make a trip to the nearby forest, roam around inside the farm and I'm sure you will love this unconventional but memorable holiday.
Read more
Date of stay: December 2010
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: For couples or a family with upto two children, the unique Mud Houses are the best. Having a car...
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Response from Aaditto, General Manager at BASA, The B.A.B.L.I. Guest House
Responded 10 Jan 2012
Sir/ Madam, Thank you very much for appreciating the uniqueness of B.A.B.L.I... It is evident from your review here that you have genuinely absorbed the ethos and motivations behind our farm-project. We are both glad and thankful to have guests like you visiting us - since our guest-house is really not a 'resort-style' commercial venture - it is, as you have aptly described, a place that needs to be 'soaked in' - an extension of the rural-action programme of the project. We hope to see you again at BABLI, soon! Best regards, Aaditto Shen.
Read more
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Ranajoy9594 wrote a review Mar 2014
Kolkata (Calcutta), India8 contributions19 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
It was a lovely experience in balbli's..............Beautiful place,well maintained,delicious and healthy food......a must go place in Bonvile,just 11 kms away from Bolpur.

Its like staying in Jungle experience,once you are inside the resort you, just switch off your cell and enjoy your stay.....
Read more
Date of stay: August 2013
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Please go for the Mud House
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Saradindu G wrote a review Feb 2015
Kolkata (Calcutta), India82 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I was taken aback that such a nice place was hiding from our eyes for so long. This place is just 15-20 mins drive from Bolpur Railway Station towards Ilambazar, at Birbhum district. The exact name of the village is Dwarindha. The moment we are in the resort, we were welcomed by some unique design of the accommodation huts. We were a group of 7 fiends, so we booked the large dormitory cottage. Room No. 9. Every cluster of cottage was quite at a distance from each other. The amenities were basic only the thing you need to stay peacefully at a village ambiance. Every room were equipped with a mud pitcher of water. Though the water was from purified source, this style of storing water really surprised me. I liked it, reminded me of the old days when we don't have aquaguards or other UV filters in our homes. The washrooms were of western style with most of basic necessities fitted inside. For hot water, you have to inform them personally, it comes with a price attached. It was prepared by the staffs on a traditional way, using mud stoves, so it can be delayed. So be assured to inform them well in advance. The rooms are not fitted with intercoms, you have to personally inform them about your requirement. The food was just "FABULOUS". I have no words for it. It was traditional Bengali food "AT ITS BEST". The USP of BABLI is its food. The dining area is uniquely designed as per all the other structures of the resort. They can even arrange for Bar-B-Q and Bon Fire on request. They even had small bamboo thatched structures for adda joints. The property was huge. The best possible option is obviously Mud Huts. You can even visit Salboni and the banks of Ajay River from there.
So, overall if you want to spend a few days in the lap of nature, without newspaper, television and crowd, this is the best place to be. But do avoid monsoon and summer as there was no air conditioning available.
Read more
Date of stay: January 2015
4.0 of 5 bubblesValue
3.0 of 5 bubblesService
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Opt for the Mud Huts if available. Do avoid extreme summer and monsoon.
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Pinkkeys wrote a review Nov 2014
Berlin, Germany1 contribution3 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We are follower, dreamer, friends and part of Babli community ... Babli (as they say) is not a resort, not a paid holiday home/hotel, not a space where you get all inclusive (paid) service. It's a rather community living experience with spartan basic (but very very clean) facilities. Babli is the best place for people who appreciate organic, natural, no television, no air con philosophy ! It's a quiet green space, away from the hustle bustle of city, surrounded by forest, village and lovely non touristy Bengal landscape. If you want to have a first hand experience of living in an organic farm, where most of your daily food coming fresh from garden and be away from most of so called urban facilities (read : gadgets), there is not much alternative of Babli in this part of the World.
Read more
Date of stay: July 2014
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
PSen35 wrote a review Dec 2013
Kolkata (Calcutta), India255 contributions73 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
This is a quiet guest house (more like homestay) inside a farm, with lots of greenery and peaceful farm life all around you. This is located on the Ilambazar Bolpur stretch, on the borders of Choupahari Forest. It's about 15 minutes drive from Shantiniketan.

Visit this place if you -

1. Want to visit Shantiniketan, but want to be away from the hustle and bustle.
2. Like village/farmhouse ambience.
3. Like nature and greenery.
4. Like quiet.
5. Like Bengali Food, made in authentic and simplest way. Food made by Sahadeb-da is awesome. Go for simple Bengali Food. We always go for 'kochi panthar jhol', 'bhat e bhat' kind of dishes. Food has become a bit costly, but no complaints as far as taste is concerned.
6. Like a barbeque in the woods. We do it everytime we visit.
7. You are ok with basic but clean cottage type accommodation. We notice aesthetics and eye for details in its simplicity. We love the 'Matir Ghar's.
8. You are not necessarily looking for a typical hotel or a resort. It's more like homestay, with its own set of rules and regulations, which you are expected to follow.
9. Your life does not come to a standstill without a TV or newspaper for a few days.

We like this place and would recommend it.
Read more
Date of stay: December 2013
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with friends
Room Tip: Matir Ghar is our favourite.
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Quindeayllu wrote a review Jan 2013
Newark9 contributions17 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
One of the highlights of my visit to India was staying three nights at BABLI during the Winter fair. While there, we visited Tagore's experimental university, threshed rice with the local villagers, relished a chicken roasted on the fire and a walk in the woods. We learned a great deal from the teacher and BABLI's head, Mr. Shen. Although he did not sing Leonard Cohen for us, he taught us about organic alternatives to pesticides, his vision for working with dance, remedies for excema, art. The food was excellent. The rooms were exquisite and built with a vision to preserve the knowledge of adhivasi architecture (I especially liked the stained glass and mud murals on the walls of the "mud" hut). A brilliant mosquito net system, delicious well water and vasaka made our stay a delight. A great value. I just wish I had purchased one of those beautiful handmade brooms. THANK YOU FOR SHARING A FEW DAYS WITH US. We hope we will be back.
Read more
Date of stay: December 2012
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
5.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled with family
Room Tip: Stay in the MUD HUT!!!
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
Saha90 asked a question Dec 2017
The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield, United Kingdom68 contributions32 helpful votes
Is there any internet there. What about mobile reception.
Bulbul G asked a question Mar 2017
6 contributions4 helpful votes
Single/double beded room rate
Bodhisatwa Datta asked a question Jan 2017
Kolkata (Calcutta), India1 contribution
what is ur contact number? wanted to book from 25-27 feb
Answer from Aditi London
London, United Kingdom9 contributions1 helpful vote
Mr. Aaditto Shen: weekdays: 11 am to 9 pm Mo# (+91) 94747 72715
margaretsart wrote a tip Aug 2019
Orinda, California6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"I would ask for one of the bungalows. They were roomy and lovely"
Read full review
Aditi London wrote a tip Jan 2017
London, United Kingdom9 contributions1 helpful vote
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are great!"
Read full review
Brahmakhyapa wrote a tip Feb 2016
Kolkata (Calcutta), India26 contributions8 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"All rooms are nice."
Read full review
debojyotis wrote a tip Jan 2016
Sydney, Australia179 contributions61 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Select the mudhouse"
Read full review
Bidisha G wrote a tip Nov 2015
Bengaluru, India9 contributions6 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The mud huts!"
Read full review
Not the right property for you?
There are more places to choose from in the Ilam Bazar area.
LOCATION
IndiaWest BengalBardhaman DistrictIlam Bazar
NUMBER OF ROOMS
11
Prices are provided by our partners, and reflect average nightly room rates, including taxes and fees that are fixed, known to our partners, and due at time of booking. Please see our partners for more details.
Is This Your Tripadvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

BASA, THE B.A.B.L.I. GUEST HOUSE (Ilam Bazar) - Ranch Reviews & Photos - Tripadvisor

Frequently Asked Questions about BASA, The B.A.B.L.I. Guest House
Which popular attractions are close to BASA, The B.A.B.L.I. Guest House?
Nearby attractions include Amar Kutir (7.2 km), Ballavpur Wildlife Sanctuary (7.4 km), and Shonibarer Haat (7.2 km).
What food & drink options are available at BASA, The B.A.B.L.I. Guest House?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant during their stay.
What are some restaurants close to BASA, The B.A.B.L.I. Guest House?
Conveniently located restaurants include Bonolakshmi, Kharimati Resort, and Atithya.