It’s more than 5 months since we visited Kila Dalijoda on 8 th March 2020. All through these months I am unable to get over the fantastic angling experience I had there. My over 20 years of unsuccessful experience in fishing got made up lock, stock and barrel. Between a friend and me we caught 11 fish on day 1 with one Indian carp weighing over 8 Kgs. For the first time I experienced a fish’s strength in water. Thanks to Debjit’s guidance I was able to get it out without breaking the line. To get a good catch you need to know how to catch a fish and above all the water must have the fish. At Kila Dalijoda I got both. Debjit showed us many good spots for angling which we will definitely visit in future now that I am hooked. Much appreciate the way Debjit has restored the hunting lodge and manages it. An experience which has kept me remembering and smiling through the lockdown.
Many thanks Debjit and Namrata for your generosity.
We love in India and made several trips but never we had a so in-depth plunge in the rurality: countryside is georgeous with small tribes villages, ponds, forests, superb landscape.
On the top the homestay is fabulous, unpredictable and take you back to the history of india, especially as the hosts are eager to tell and share the destiny of their old families.
On the top, the food is delicious, every day different, cooked with local products, based on local recipes.
Debjit and Namrata: great respect for what you offered to us and all inputs you provided.
Less than two hours by taxi from Bhubaneswar is the remote village of Ambilijhari at the foot of the Kapilash Forest Range. From Mangarajpur, our confident driver telephoned Debjit Singh Deo, the hereditary owner of Kila Dalijoda, to say that we were lost. Seeing a tiny milk delivery van labelled ORO Farm, unusual under any circumstances in India let alone in such a backwoods, it began to dawn on us that we had entered a different world.
Debjit Singh Deo, the great-grandson of JP Singh Deo who built this hunting lodge 1931, greeted us at the door, settled us in and quickly sent us off walking to visit the area. It wasn't until dinner time that we learned that the dairy products (including the little van), eggs, vegetables and fish all come from the Kila.
Under the watchful care of Debjit's wife Namrata, we were regaled with lovely home cooking and wonderful conversation, and there we planned the next day.
A very early morning stride through the forest to an untouched tribal village, back for breakfast and then off to the weavers' village of Nuapatna. We were lucky to visit at the same time as a textile heritage group from Western India, allowing us to view extraordinary Khandua textiles (including double ikat), of immense detail and finesse. A big shout-out to Shri Sarat Kumar Patra for his gentle introduction to his masterworks.
Zooming on and then turning down a dirt road near Dhenkanal, we arrived at a very small village where dokra casting (bell metal) is carried out. Meeting a very talented young man named Chandanmajli, we were able to see the steps involved in this ancient tribal craft.
What luck! A puja was being held by the Mahima sadhus at the Joranda Gadhi, where the supreme diety is celebrated as Sunya Brahma, or the shapeless Lord. After visiting the beautifully colored temple complex, enhanced by an intricate drumming sequence, we returned to the Kila.
With one morning remaining, Debjit suggested an early morning canoe trip, where he is converting former bird hunters to eco-tourism. His efforts are an unmitigated success.
Everything here is done with great heart, warmth of spirit and generosity. We wish Debjit and Namrata the best of all possible futures and may we meet again!
We were a group of 9 visiting from many parts of the world. At Kila Dilajoda, (The forest fort) we came to find a true experience of India. The natural ambience reflected peace and provided us with a well of inspiration. We enjoyed walking through the tribal villages, observing ancient methods by local artisans, and experiencing the prayers of the Sadhus. Debjit crosses thresholds of cultures and environment with ease making his guests feel completely at home wherever he takes you. Inside the home stay we were nourished by Namrata’s knowledge and divine taste of regional food and gift of storytelling of the Gods. It is self evident that this is a calling for them- to facilitate positive growth for their guests and their community. We are so very great-full to them and to the power and beauty with-in Odisha.
We stayed 4 nights and our hosts were wonderfully attentive and knowledgeable. The house is magnificent with a long history. We learned so much about the culture as well as having interesting walks. Very meditative. It is a calm, loving atmosphere away from TV, and the outside world.
I stayed 3 nights in this beautiful heritage homestay. I would have stayed longer. For Debjit and his wife we are guests. The meals are delicious. Debjit can offer you the visit of villages and boat ride for bird watching. A quiet place away from the horns and noice after 25 days of a tour on the roads of Odisha and Chattisgarh.
The location is near the village were we could walk freely and interact with the villagers. All excurcions fitted our needs as they were organised on demand.
The campfires are a delight and cozy moment to end the day .
Namrate and Debjit are wonderfull hosts. Their dog Cooklie and cat are part of the family. Very animal friendly ! Take also a look at the small biogas- installation, very ecological !