A reflection of the lifestyle of colonial tea planters
The property is located on the outskirts of Tezpur, 40 minutes west of the Jia Bhoroli River, once abundant in golden mahseer fish. Addressed within the biodiverse haven of the Eastern Himalayan Botanical Ark, it is a beautiful clutch of heritage stays inside Addabarie Tea Estate. It is a collection of plantation bungalows set in 22 acres lush with vegetation, with old wide canopied trees, well maintained lawns, drive ways, bamboo thickets and the tea estate. Though the winter months are the best season to visit Balipara, monsoons are also a special time and present a misty and magical image of the estate. Wild Mahseer named after the well-known game fish, is set within the Balipara division of Addabarie Tea Estate, which was established by the British Assam Tea Company in 1864.
Each bungalow has a different ambience and vibe. The stately bungalows offer a distinct old world charm.
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Wild Mahseer is a part of the Balipara Foundation which is set up as a conservation incubator. Their community focused approach to conservation is centred around social mobility and long-term sustainability. Some of their efforts include Habitat Mapping, Planning & Restoration, Research, Innovation...
Wild Mahseer is a part of the Balipara Foundation which is set up as a conservation incubator. Their community focused approach to conservation is centred around social mobility and long-term sustainability. Some of their efforts include Habitat Mapping, Planning & Restoration, Research, Innovation & Application and Policy Advocacy, Investment & Publication. The foundation works through Naturenomics™ to help preserve the balance between conservation imperatives and human development by creating ecologically compliant assets.
The bungalows that are a part of Wild Mahseer are abundant in character. The plantation lifestyle that once thrived in these, still pulsates in every corner. The bungalows are simplistic, clean and have sprawling gardens so your connection with nature is intact at all times. Wide verandahs, airy rooms, and vintage furniture leave their heritage stamp in every corner. Overall, the bungalows have a charming dated vibe but are extremely comfortable with all modern amenities. A lovely conservatory which is the dining pavilion and a conference room is a part of the complex.
Five independent bungalows and one cottage offer double bedrooms and suites with ensuite bathrooms, and are named after varieties of tea like Silver Tips, Golden Tips, Second flush, Ambrosia and the Heritage Bungalow. Silver Tips has three bedrooms and was originally Doctor Sahib’s Bungalow, while Golden Tips which was the accountant's bungalow has two bedrooms. Second Flush was the visiting agents office and now houses four spacious bedrooms. Ambrosia has two large bedrooms while the iconic Wild Mahseer Heritage Bungalow with three bedrooms was the visiting agent’s Bungalow. All the colonial era bungalows retain their vibe with large airy rooms, cosy intimate corners, vintage memorabilia and furniture from another era. Large, sunny and well-maintained gardens are a staple to all properties.
The cuisine at Wild Mahseer is a mix of Anglo Indian, Assamese and North Indian cuisines. Informal but hand-on cooking classes are organised in the bungalow kitchen with the help of the chefs on the estate.
Heritage and wildlife come alive at Wild Mahseer. The bungalow’s proximity to the Eastern Himalayan Botanical Ark promises encounters of the wild kind and a complete immersion in the biodiversity of the region. Wild Mahseer offers several excursions and activities which make it an ideal three to four night destination. Nameri National Park is just over thirty minutes while Kaziranga is a two hours’ drive. Nameri is the best sighting spot of the endangered bird white-winged duck, as well as tigers, elephants and extensive flora and fauna. Kaziranga is home to the famed one-horned rhinos, water buffaloes, tigers and more. The forests of Pakke and Orang are accessible from here as well.
Wild Mahseer is a bio-diverse Ark of 1,00,000+ plants, 90+ species of birds and 72+ species of butterflies and is also the gateway to the forests of Pakke, Kaziranga, Nameri and Orang. Naturenomics™ lead by local botanists is a very enriching experience for kids and elders alike. Tea tours, cooking classes, festivals, bird watching, community interactions are some of the signature activities organised by the team at Wild Mahseer.
Amongst all the nature based activities, the art of Jungle Bathing or ‘Shinrin-Yoku’ practiced in Japan is an experience that guests enjoy. The trail is 30-40 minutes long and guests can learn about different species of plants and birds from a botanist on this trail. Guests are encouraged to hug a tree and experience being close to nature!
Wild Mahseer offers several excursions and activities which make it an ideal three to four-night destination. This is great to step into the life of tea planters decades ago and also visit the national parks in the region.
Wild Mahseer is open all year.
Preservation of the colonial style bungalows, keeping the vibe unchanged, is one of the many things that Wild Mahseer ensures as a conscious property. The easy access to national parks and knowledge based activities on the same lines is unique to the property. There is ample community interactions, both as excursions as well as at the property, as most of the staff belongs to close by towns and villages.
Filtered water is stored in a glass bottle and provided in each room instead of using single use plastic mineral water bottles. Organic vegetables are grown that are used in the meals for guests. Tree saplings are grown at the nursery within Wild Mahseer that are then used for plantation at Balipara Forest Reserve and for various afforestation project sites. The 22 acres that Wild Mahseer stands on has been planted with indigenous species of plants. The landscaping for each bungalow is curated in a way which would enhance the biodiversity of the property. The tea bungalows at Wild Mahseer are designed keeping in mind the Assamese architecture. Furniture made from indigenous materials such as cane, bamboo and water hyacinth are used in all the rooms at Wild Mahseer.
The Eastern Himalayan Botanic Ark in residence at Wild Mahseer is a bio-diverse Ark of 1,00,000+ plants, 75+ species of birds and 72+ species of butterflies. Nature inspired activities are curated like the early morning botanical trail with a guide who has immense knowledge about the different species of plants, birds and butterflies. A walk through the trails is an eye opener for even the most uninitiated. The Japanese art of ‘Shinrin Yoku’ – the Japanese art of forest bathing that is done in the form of tree hugging and meditation and further accentuated by a yoga instructor who can conduct morning yoga sessions outdoor in the fresh green lawn. The Balipara Foundation is a society working towards preservation and conservation of biodiversity, culture and heritage, and it is headquartered within the 22 acre premises of Wild Mahseer. The Foundation holds workshops and awareness programmes regularly on ecology, different species of venomous and non-venomous snakes, fungi photography courses and on many other vital topics at Naturenomics™ School at Wild Mahseer. These are attended by guests, school children and people from the nearby communities and staff.
The entire staff of Wild Mahseer belong to the tea tribe Adivasi community, the local Assamese and Nepali tribes from the neighbouring areas. The estate is managed by retired senior tea plantation managers who have wide expertise not only related to tea but also sustainable agricultural, horticultural and agro-forestry processes. The tribal communities that live around the ark engages in traditional and sustainable lifestyle and guests are encouraged to visit them and experience the village tribal life. The community homestays of Mishing, Garo, Nepali, Bodo and Nyishi are around the Ark and organize various traditional activities such as organic dyeing workshops, weaving demonstrations, making rice powder, organize lunch by the river, boating and showcasing organic kitchen garden in their homes where they implement traditional agroforestry practices and grow medicinal plants. This allows the communities to preserve their heritage and continue to have a livelihood through responsible tourism. Wild Mahseer promotes cultural practices and celebration of all the community festivals like Bihu, Ali ai ligang and Donyi-Polo, while continuing oral traditions by narrating cultural and traditional stories of the forests, tea estates, people living around forest fringe communities. The diverse team represent various languages such as Assamese, Bodo, Nepali, Bengali, Garo, Mishing, Adivasi, etc.
by Chaitanya A on 05/31/2021
We stayed at the Wild Mahseer during a family trip to Assam in April 2021. We were lucky enough to be able to get the Burra Bungalow, which is the most spacious. The Bungalow with it's large rooms...
by surinder pal si... b on 05/01/2021
Located very close to the Tezpur city and surrounded by lush green tea gardens, this place transports you instantly to the wild. Enter the gate and you feel as if you are walking down a fire lane...
by rafishahab on 04/17/2021
Arrived at Wild Masheer with a sparkle in the eye to enjoy a day/night of bliss with good we'll know doctor frens from Guwahati and kids. All went fine till dinner , when the Mr. Munish Saraswat...