HOTELS OF BHALUKPONG
On the foothills of Himalaya in the district of West Kameng lies a hill station called Bhalukpong which is 213m above the sea level in Arunachal Pradesh. Bhalukpong is on the bank of Kameng River and surrounded by dense forests borders which forms the edge of the Pakhui Game Sanctuary. We have to touch Bhalukpong if we are going to Tawang, Bomdila or Dirang. So it can be called the getaway of Tawang, Bomdila and Dirang. But since it has its own charm, it is a must visit hill station of North East.
Bhalukpong can give you an amazing experience with wildlife and a host of activities complimenting its natural beauty apart from being the nature lover’s glory. It can provide you a view of the environment of place which is less significant.
Bhalukpong looks more attractive for the running river in the forest nearby called The Kameng River. You can find yourself making the most of fishing, trekking, hiking and camping. Pakhui Game Sanctuary is a glamorous place of Bhlukpong which can be visited to see birds, tigers, elephants, barking dear and much more.
Bhalukpong is a place which can be very well visited anytime between September and June with the best time actually being in Septembet - November and again in March - May.
The Aka Tribe celebrates The Nyethidow Festival in March which attracts lot of tourists and a good time to visit the place.
Nature’s beauty is the main sightseeing of Bhalukpong. Some of the sightseeing options in Bhalukpong that you can explore are mentioned below:
There are limited options of stay in Bhalukpong. There are hardly 5-6 standard and deluxe hotels available in Bhalukpong. For backpackers in the market few budget hotels are found. I would like to give the list of hotels below so that the guest according to their pocket opt the hotel for the stay.
WAII INTERNATIONAL HOTEL: This is the best modern type of hotel come up in Bhalukpong in last 8 months. It can be said that the hotel is equivalent to 3 star categories. At present total 26 rooms with different category is the inventory of the hotel. The Tariff of base category of room starts above Rs 3000/- . You can get vegetarian and non-vegetarian as well as local food in the hotel but always recommended to intimate in advance your food preference so that it can be arranged beforehand.
I will rate this hotel from Deluxe to Diamond category of our North East Packages.
PRASHAANTI COTTAGES: Just beside Kameng River the resort is build. Basically the resort in Assam and the property of Assam Tourism. Since it is situated on the border of Assam and Arunachal one can enter Bhalukpong by walking. The area is huge and cottages are separately located. The inventory is 10 cottages and 9 Rooms and I can rate this resort as a 3 Star equivalent property without any hesitation.
HOTEL KOSHY RESIDENCY: Total 18 rooms’ inventory of 3 categories with a neat and clean atmosphere is one of the better hotel of Bhalukpong less known by agents. The entrance is not so attractive like other hotels because it is on the road side but once you enter into a hotel, you can count it as a good Deluxe Property. On the back side of the hotel you will find hills which are a good view for the guests who stay there.
SEAGULL HOTEL: A very old but a good property. The total of 20 rooms with wooden floor and architectural look inside the room is also a better Deluxe Hotel of Bhalukpong. Location wise it is much better.
HOTEL DRUK: Druk must be rated in between Standard and Deluxe. It’s a 2 star equivalent property with 15 rooms’ inventory. Since Bhalukpong is surrounded by mountain so most of the hotels location is fine as hotel Druk is.
HOTEL SOLU: Fantastic location but I believe the management has to take care of the maintenance and service of the hotel. Higher and medium end guest if enters into the hotel, they will not be happy most probably. From outside anyone who looks hotel Solu, they would love to stay there because of the location and view of the River Bohrali. The total inventory of 14 rooms. Service wise it is average. Agent can blindly sell this hotel in their standard category of packages.
Apart from the above 6 properties, there are other hotels to stay for a budgeted guest who are not accompanying with their family or the backpackers. The names of the few hotels are as under:
1. HOTEL 7TH HEAVEN
2. HOTEL SDC
3. HOTEL TASHIYANGTSE
4. HOTEL PAYUL
5. HOTEL LIPANG PHUDU
6. HORNBILL INN
7. HOTEL SANGRILA
IMPORTANT NOTE: It has been noted from past experience that travel agents when they are handling group of say 50-100 pax is under impression that Bhalukpong is not a place to make it overnight stay because of paucity of hotels in the place. But it is not true. Anytime we can keep a group of 50-100 pax in Bhalukpong in 3-4 different properties who are going up to Tawang.
FOOD: In all the hotels vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is available. Only HALAL meat is hardly available so those who are looking for HALAL food then must become a vegetarian in the area. There is no such good restaurant outside of the hotel in the area where you can get quality food except in the hotels you stay. Even Jain food is available on request. Or a group can carry its own chef and cook the food for them. Kitchen arrangements can be made on request at an extra cost.
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