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

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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
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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
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Brahmakhyapa wrote a review Feb 2016
Kolkata (Calcutta), 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
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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
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Bidisha G wrote a review Nov 2015
Bengaluru, India8 contributions4 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
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Saradindu G wrote a review Feb 2015
Kolkata (Calcutta), India82 contributions17 helpful votes
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
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Date of stay: January 2015
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Pinkkeys wrote a review Nov 2014
Berlin, Germany1 contribution3 helpful votes
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
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Date of stay: July 2014
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SOUMEN DUTTA wrote a review Aug 2014
Kolkata (Calcutta), India200 contributions99 helpful votes
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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
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Date of stay: August 2014
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Ranajoy9594 wrote a review Mar 2014
Kolkata (Calcutta), India8 contributions19 helpful votes
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.....
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Date of stay: August 2013
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PSen35 wrote a review Dec 2013
Kolkata (Calcutta), India254 contributions72 helpful votes
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
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Date of stay: December 2013
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IndiaWest BengalBardhaman DistrictIlam Bazar
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