The stay at IORA was very pleasant. The place is landscaped beautifully with a lot of green and colorful flowers. The rooms are comfortable. They have in-house staff staying in the hotel basement or in the adjoining quarters who are very prompt in their service. Booking the reservation did take some calling and emailing on my part but other wise their front desk staff were very helpful.
Our pick up and safaris were arranged professionally. Apart from the common elephant and jeep safaris, we also did a 3 hour trek (arranged by IORA) at the Burapahar range. The best part was when we crossed the jungle and went on to the sandy plains of the Brahmaputra river. We saw footprints of the elusive wild cats. Gibbons were aplenty and we got a nice feel of walking through the jungle.
Loved the food at the Assamese restaurant, Bhatbaan. Had chicken and bamboo shoot cooked in a bamboo sleeve over charcoal fire (Bahor Sungat Dia Bahgaj Aru Gahori) with rice and also ordered a catfish cooked in peppery sauce as a side dish. Was yum! My wife is a vegetarian and did not have too many options. So it was a one time visit for us. The rest of our food was at their other multi-cuisine restaurant. We also tried the famed north east chilli vodka (not listed on the menu but read about it online) at their bar and found it okay.
We met a local on a post lunch walk outside the resort. We saw many other places along the way but none really stood out. We realized and also heard from the local that IORA is a high end and expensive resort for the region.
Overall we loved the place and would definitely recommend it.
- Also Known As:
- Iora - The Retreat,Kaziranga Hotel Kaziranga National Park
- IORA - The Retreat,Kaziranga Kaziranga National Park, Assam