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KILA DALIJODA, A Heritage Homestay. Experience India as never before.

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Take a deep breadth and feel the freshness of incredibile India and its simplicity and its heritage.
enjoy bedrooms with colored windows,feel the cooling effect of a bygone era, using wet root curtains
Spend the rarest moments of your life with someone so simple in the most remote villages in India

Overview
4 bedrooms
4 bathrooms
10 guests
1 night minimum 
Holiday Rental House
This beautiful Mansion was once an exclusive hunting resort of an Indian King hailing from Panchakote Raj state of West Bengal, in the eastern part India. Now converted into a very beautiful, eco friendly Heritage Homestay by his descendants. This two-storied mansion is built in laterite stone, and is situated close to the city of Cuttack in Odisha, near the forest and hills of Dalijoda range, which gives a scenic backdrop to the palace. Two large water bodies in the foreground gives it a serene touch and tourists can enjoy an alfresco dinner next to the water on a moon-lit evening. This former hunting lodge is built like a chateaux inspired by European styles with its arched windows and doors fitted with multi-coloured glass. Presently, this property is maintained by descendants of th...This beautiful Mansion was once an exclusive hunting resort of an Indian King hailing from Panchakote Raj state of West Bengal, in the eastern part India. Now converted into a very beautiful, eco friendly Heritage Homestay by his descendants. This two-storied mansion is built in laterite stone, and is situated close to the city of Cuttack in Odisha, near the forest and hills of Dalijoda range, which gives a scenic backdrop to the palace. Two large water bodies in the foreground gives it a serene touch and tourists can enjoy an alfresco dinner next to the water on a moon-lit evening. This former hunting lodge is built like a chateaux inspired by European styles with its arched windows and doors fitted with multi-coloured glass. Presently, this property is maintained by descendants of the erstwhile king. They have kept the property natural and wild, without disturbing its very essence and with great effort are renovating this mansion to its original glory. Travelers are offered a real heritage home stay with ( BED & BREAKFAST ). Delicious traditional, home-cooked food made by the members of the family are also offered on request with additional charges. They organize a close look at Odisha's old temples, cult and culture, art & craft as well as serene tribal village life with their Haats or weekly markets. On request, they also organize trekking or nature walks by foot or by cycle in the nearby forests. The place is a must for cyclists and anglers. Odisha's best locations for Angling are located next to the property on the river Mahanadi famous for all types of exotic indian carps, snakeheads catfish, especially goonch, wallago attu, chitala, etc. Vsits are organised as day tours to textile weaving villages, Dhokra craft villages, Alekh Mahima Dharma monastery at Joranda, Buddhist sites of Udaigiri, Lalitgiri and Ratnagiri, and Dhabaleswar temple. Maritime museum at Cuttack is also a great place to see Odisha rich history. The area is a source of great attraction for Birding . The place offers good opportunity to see forest and aquatic birds. Scholars who like to study many different species of moths, butterflies and beetles during the monsoons season.
House Rules
Pet-friendlyKid friendlySmoking allowed
Bedrooms
2 Kings2 Singles
Bathrooms
4 Attached (ensuite)

Meet the host
Debjit S
Hosting since January 2013
Languages spoken: English
Response Rate: 75%
Response Time: Within a day
Interaction with guestsBeing permanent resident of this property , the hosts take all care and smile to personally welcome all guests. As hosts, the couple exudes a tremendous sense of feel good factor throught the length of stay and they are personally involved in all aspects of arranging guest activities, fooding, arranging transport etc. Host make it a point to share the dinning table with all hosts in all meals. Host also accompanies guests for various activities and other day tours if required.

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Reviews (135)
Christine F
Christine F
Paris, France1 contribution
Outstanding stay with very generous Hosts
Our 5 days stay in KILA DALIJODA was really an outstanding time ! A Heritage House with a so particular history , so kind and generous hosts sharing with us the family history but also their guidance and explanations when visiting local villages, discovering local art and craft , attending ceremonies as Puja , walking in the Jungle ... Additionnally , each meal was a discovey of cooking specialties , from Bengal or Odissa , anyway always a good surprise . So many experiences that will stay in our memories for a long time, for sure . Thanks again Debjit and Namrata for your so kind and generous sharing during our stay. We recommand a stay in KILA DALIJODA for anyone willing a real life experience and more understanding of original India as it is today .
Visited March 2023
Written 28 March 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Sunshine63451766607
Sunshine63451766607
1 contribution
LIVED LIFE KING SIZE
A must visit royal home stay at the mid of a jungle village. Wonderful food & great hospitality by Mrs. & Mr. Debjit SinghDeo and team. Felt like we went back years to the times of the ROYALS. Awesome activities during the stay. Away from the hustles & bustles of the City, its very refreshing mentally & physically to get charged up. Very very high recommendation from our entire family for guests who love to experience home stay. ALL THE VERY BEST WISHES....
Visited March 2023
Written 20 March 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Francois
Francois
2 contributions
Exceptional place, warm and personalised welcome, outstanding experience in the surroundings thanks to our host
Debjit and Namrata have many stories to tell about their home place - Kila Dalijoda, about their family and their ancestors who built the mansion and about India. And many places and people to visit around, with their guidance. It made our stay there a life experience. Thanks to them we gain a better and more profound understanding of India, this marvellous country. Our stay will remain in our memories ever.
Visited March 2023
Written 15 March 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Christian T
Christian T
1 contribution
Beautiful experience
Debjit and Namrata are excellent hosts and knowledgeable conversationalists who were able to give us a lot of information about life in Orissa, life in the wild and the development of society. One feels like a guest with good friends. One gets not only accommodation and full board, but also inspiration and well organized excursions. Thank you for this, from me a hundred percent recommendation.
Visited March 2023
Written 14 March 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Soumyadip C
Soumyadip C
Kolkata (Calcutta), India2 contributions
Out of a fairy tale
Namrata and Debjit have re-created an idyllic world at Kila Dalijoda. Theirs is a labour of love,evidenced from their perennial attention to details and care for guests. This is one place that takes you back in time....and what a time it must have been! And the variety and taste of the food on offer! That'd require a separate chapter! Kila Dalijoda is one place where I can't wait to go back.
Visited March 2023
Written 10 March 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Ajay
Ajay
4 contributions
The homely Dalijoda lodge
Namrata and Debjit Singh Deo turn this old hunting lodge into a warm and comfortable experience. Living with them brings one face to face with the realities of residing in a forest, away from city conveniences. This is a true hands on experience in adaptation. While conversations with Namrata and Debjit are clearly the highlight of this experience, the food is simple but delightfully flavorful. While primarily Odhishan, their cuisine has a Bengali, Central Indian as well as a Gujarati influences, stemming from their backgrounds. However, their masterful adjustments would leave any western palate wonderstruck. Rice flour patties steamed in dried turmeric leaves to burnt cottage cheesecake, one finds eclectic flavors in this very simple appearing kitchen. If you are lucky, you may be treated to a dish of fresh baby bamboo shoots. If you are a fan, ask Namrata to make you Paan. The quality of the leaves from their garden betel nut creeper is subtle but distinctly sharp. The room and attached bath is spacious and very comfortable. Be prepared to meet some other friendly creatures, some more vocal than others! You are in a forest. Debjit has great relations with the other native folks (his neighbors) in the forest and beyond. Be prepared to walk. Personalized tours with Debjit to weaving or metal craft villages is a must. So are the trips to the forgotten step well and the Goushalla. Dalijoda is a rare and sobering experience that will linger in your thoughts for a long, long time.
Visited February 2023
Written 3 March 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
debjitsinghdeo
debjitsinghdeo
Thank you so much Dr Ajay and Priya for your reviews. As hosts we couldn't have asked for better people. It was such a good feeling of satisfaction for us to meet you. We learnt a lot from your visit. Looking forward to seeing you again sometime in future. Best wishes. Debjit
Written 10 March 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Enrique
Enrique
Pune, India119 contributions
Unique heritage homestay in harmony with its environment
25 kilometers west of Cuttack at the edge of the Dalijoda forest, Debjit and Namrata have reclaimed their heritage to provide a unique homestay experience that includes the local community. Spacious interiors reflect the hunting lodge ambience with wake-up calls from birds in the trees outside the windows. Debjit is a passionate birder and took us to three contrasting habitats - open scrub, dense teak forest, and wetland. We enjoyed visiting a tribe of elephant whisperers with historical ties to Debjit's family. The drive on a dirt road through dense teak forest, punctuated with sudden stops to observe interesting birds, was something out of an old story book. At the end of every outing there was a hot meal with dishes from traditional family recipes. Followed by stories of the generations that lived in this old hunting lodge. A rare heritage experience that we were lucky to have. Highly recommended for birding, nature, and heritage enthusiasts
Visited February 2023
Written 20 February 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
debjitsinghdeo
debjitsinghdeo
Thanks so much Neville. As host we thoroughly enjoyed meeting and hosting you and Ipshita. Really enjoyed some good birding together. I highly recommend this couple to all homestays . Looking forward to meeting you again . Warm regards Debjit
Written 21 February 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

RK P
RK P
India1 contribution
A rejuvenating sujourn in the lap of nature.
If one is looking for a means to go back in time, the search definitely ends here. You get the best of both worlds, integrated and entwined in a perfect blend of rustically royal life style and comforts of a modern living. One has to be there to experience the serenity and divine radiance of Mata Baglamukhi's aura in the surroundings. At the same time one can immerse oneself in the cool, calm and tranquil depths of forests adjacent to the Kila. However, the icing on the cake is the pleasant presence of the hosts, Debjit Babu and Namrata, whose omnipresence and endearing humility leaves you soaked with warmth to the core. Thank you, Deb and Namrata, for making our visit so special, the memories of which we shall cherish for a long time to come. We are coming back to you again, for sure. Warm regards Raj Prasad.
Visited February 2023
Written 9 February 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
debjitsinghdeo
debjitsinghdeo
A million thanks Raj for your words. It was a sheer pleasure to meet you all in person and spend some good time sharing our lives. Felt very happy to host you all. Lots of hugs. Looking forward to make a visit to your place as soon as possible. warm regards. Debjit
Written 15 February 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

FarAway00666026853
FarAway00666026853
1 contribution
A hidden gem filled with warmth and hospitality
A serene and comfortable place to stay close to Cuttack. We discovered this place by accident but we are glad we did so. The chirp of birds greeted us as we entered the property and as we sat by the nearby ponds all our worries melted away. The warmth and hospitality of the hosts Debjit and Namratha blew us away. An early morning bird watching trip in the nearby forests was icing on the cake. We wished we could have spent more time here than the one day we had and would love to do so again, Thanks for the memories Karthik , Sangeetha and Keerthana
Visited December 2022
Written 17 January 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Awaneesh
Awaneesh
3 contributions
Great experience!
Spending time at Kila Dalijoda was a great experience. It is a very nice place to unwind, fish at their ponds, eat homely food, learn their history, walk around the nearby villages and forests. Debjit and his family give each guest their personal attention. Their passion to bring their heritage to life and to contribute to the upliftment of their surroundings is very humbling.
Visited December 2022
Written 8 January 2023. This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
debjitsinghdeo
debjitsinghdeo
Thanks Awneesh for your nice reviews. It was really good to meet and host you. So. So come back with your family sometime in future. Best wishes from all of us. Have a great year ahead..
Written 11 January 2023. This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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What this rental offers
Nearby
  • Hiking areas
  • Countryside area
Kitchen and dining
  • Freezer
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
Additional amenities
  • Boat available
Wi-fi and internet
  • Wi-fi
Indoor amenities
  • Internet access
  • Cable television
Parking
  • Secure parking available
Property features
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Staff on property
Services
  • Housekeeping included
Bathroom and laundry
  • Iron
  • Linens provided
  • Towels provided
  • Washer
Location info
  • City getaway
Scenic views
  • Mountain views
  • Waterfront views
Things to do
  • Fishing spots available
Outdoor amenities
  • Balcony
  • Private yard
  • Terrace

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About the neighbourhood
Choudwar is situated close to the ancient city of Cuttack as well as Bhubaneswar, which is the capital of Odisha. The place is surrounded by lovely forests and hills of Dalijoda on one side and serene rural villages on the other -- offering the traveler a multiplicity of choices to experience local culture as well as the tribal lifestyle of villagers, including ancient practices such as cock-fights and their own version of a farmer's market. To complement your stay in Choudwar at Kila Dalijoda you can expect healthy, clean and traditional Indian food cooked in an eco-friendly kitchen. From wild-life safaris, bird-watching, nature-walks you can walk through tiny hamlets and have a glimpse of local village life or even witness the making of hand-crafted utensils a speciality of the area. The area also offers plenty of opportunity for bird watching, nature photography, boating in river Mahanadi. This place is excellent for those who are still chasing butterflies, literally! The area is packed with a variety of butterflies, moths and beetles. Just an hour away from Choudwar is also the head-quarter of the Alekha Mahima Dharma, where semi-clad sadhus or monks practice a unique cult. The nearby forest and the hills offer plenty of exciting trekking routes and the rivers, its creeks and lakes offer an ideal destination for Anglers for sport-fishing. Trophy size fishes of many variety, like all major Indian carps, snakeheads, catfish, wallago attu, chitala, goonch etc abound in these waters.It is recommended that those who are in the field of research for moths and insects must visit this area, specially during the pre-monsoon and monsoon season ( June end - Sept end )
Access
Car advised
How to get there
The property is well marked in Google GPS. 43 km From Bhubaneswar and 22 km from Cuttack to take a cab/taxi and drive via Choudwar. Takes about 1 hr and 15 minutes. Travelers and tourists can also aviail railway service from Bhubaneswar or Puri to reach the nearest railway station which is only 3 KMS away from the property. Details of train can be given on request. Uber or Ola Taxis are also available from twin cities. Hosts can also arrange taxis on request.
Activities nearby
Fishing spots available

Cancellation Policy
  • 100% refund within 24 hours after booking (provided the stay is at least 60 days away).
  • 50% refund* if you cancel at least 4 weeks before check-in
  • No refund available if you cancel thereafter

*Booking fee is excluded from refund amount


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KILA DALIJODA, A Heritage Homestay. Experience India as never before. is able to accommodate up to 10 guests. See all property details.

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