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

Village & Po Dwaranda, Ilam Bazar 731236 India
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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.
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Aditi London wrote a review Jan 2017
London, United Kingdom10 contributions1 helpful vote
We needed a short break away from the hustle and bustle of Kolkata. Babli was the most peaceful choice. It was an easy trip to Bolpur and within half an hour, we were in a different calm and simpler world. EVERY staff member was fantastic.
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Date of stay: February 2016
pankaj k wrote a review Dec 2016
Gurgaon District, India7 contributions5 helpful votes
Good and relaxing environment, far from the hustle of city life. huts are good and made of Bengoli style. Choose rooms depending on group visit or couple visit. The owner and care taker of the guest house is very polite and helpful person and having good knowledge about snakes and sculptures. For food either dinner lunch or breakfast, inform them in advance and they'll prepare authentic Bengoli food. Don't expect it to be par with high end restro offering Bengoli food, but it is as par as food being cooked in the villages with similar taste which i liked. The place is nearby Shanti nIketan and cab can hired to visit the same.
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Date of stay: March 2016
Brahmakhyapa wrote a review Feb 2016
Kolkata, India27 contributions8 helpful votes
If you are a nature lover and want to spend some time away from the hustle bustle of the city Babli is the perfect place for you. Great food, peaceful stay, basic accommodation so don't expect luxurious stay. A place I want to go back always!!
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Date of stay: February 2016
debojyotis wrote a review Jan 2016
Sydney, Australia185 contributions60 helpful votes
We were a group of 7 friends who wanted to spend 2 nights away from kolkata at a place within few hrs drive from here. Finally we selected BABLI and here's my views: Pros ------ We opted for the mud houses which can accommodate 4 people. It has a duplex where one needs to climb up for his/her own place 'among the cloud' ;) The room decor is ethnic and we loved the way it was decorated Bathrooms were clean and hot water is provided on request Sahadev and Pradeep are the chef who will do all that they can to satisfy your hunger pangs. We also loved the short conversation that we had with Aaditto da during the checkout process. Cons ------ Don't come to Babli if you are a 'Party Animal' or can't stay without the evening news on the TV. Verdict ---------- Come here to enjoy
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Date of stay: December 2015
Bidisha G wrote a review Nov 2015
Bengaluru, India7 contributions3 helpful votes
We have stayed with B.A.B.L.I. and her wilderness many times, discovering new sights, sounds and smells with every visit. The rooms with their tenderness of design, Sahadev-da's dining room antics filled with love and a wee bit of madness....keep us fresh and alive in every visit; we start making plans for the next trip even while we are there.
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Date of stay: February 2015
IndiaWest BengalBardhaman DistrictIlam Bazar
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