We spent one night at Thengal Manor en route to Majuli Island. Thengal Manor is situated outside Johat. The property was built in 1929 and therefore has the style of the Edward Lutyens bungalows in Delhi. It has been recently restored and, we are told, it is the more representative property of the period amongst 2 other properties under the “Welcome Heritage “ management (Burra Sahib’s and Mistry Sahibs bungalows). The property itself and the grounds are excellent. However the cleanliness, lack of attention to detail, average food and initial cool reception shows the weakness of remote management. Every room and hallway is stuffed with family heirlooms and while one is happy to dine under the gaze of an occasional antelope or tiger, we found the collective gaze of uncles, aunts, brothers and sisters all over the house cuts your appetite. The rooms are tastelessly cluttered with bric a brac that collect dust.
Considering the price of the stay, Thengal is bad value for money. It could be excellent and worth every rupee if it had the right woman running it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Amidst the typically Assamese village of Jalukonibari, stands the 72 year old Thengal Manor in Jorhat. Thengal offers you the unique pleasure of gracious living in the lap of nature. Plush suites of single and double bedrooms with baths and dressing rooms attached. In addition there is a sitting room, dining room, lounge. kitchen and pantry. Feel the ambiance of colonial days as you relax in the period furniture and decor. A sense of dejavu pervades when you realize that this was the lifestyle of pioneering Assam planters. ... more less
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