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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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MountainloverKolkata wrote a review Oct 2011
kolkata143 contributions98 helpful votes
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.
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Date of stay: October 2011
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!
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EsEm66 wrote a review Aug 2011
Kolkata (Calcutta), India671 contributions79 helpful votes
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--
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Date of stay: December 2010
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.
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IndiaWest BengalBardhaman DistrictIlam Bazar
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