Takdah British Heritage Colonial Bungalow
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Takdah Heritage Bungalow, where you feel the history
Takdah is placed at an altitude of 5100 feet at the foothill of the Himalayan Forest vegetation. There are about 15 heritage colonial bungalows at Takdah.These bungalows have been built between the years 1905 and 1915. The bungalows are also popularly known by the local name of ‘Kothis’.it is located 28km from Darjeeling.
Takdah started as a military cantonment during the British colonial days in early 1900s. During those days, many senior British officers frequently visited this place. And therefore many bungalows and houses came up here for their accommodations. Those houses were built in traditional British architecture with slanted roofs.
The original name was pronounced as ‘Tukdah’, which is a Lepcha word meaning “mist or fog”. And the name is aptly given as the place often remains covered with fog.
At present, these bungalows belong to the local populace. Some of them have been converted to schools like Griffith High School and Green Shields School. Some are converted to offices and hospital buildings while a few others have been converted into guesthouses.
Some of the finest tea gardens of Darjeeling district are located in Takdah.
1>Tinchuley village another lovely hamlet about 3kms away from Takdah and famous for its lovely views of Himalayan range including the snow peaks of Kanchenjunga and spectacular sunrise views.
2>Lamahatta Village with its magnificent gardens and views of Kanchenjunga is about 12kms from Takdah (40 minutes).
3>Visit the lovely orange orchards located in Bara and Chota Mangwa (12kms)
4>A great place to visit by car is Triveni, confluence of river Teesta & Rangeet.
How to reach Takdah
Takdah is about 60kms from NJP (the nearest railhead) as well as Bagdogra (the nearest airport). It takes about 2.5-3 hours to reach Takdah by car from NJP or Bagdogra. Siliguri, the nearest town is about 52kms from Takdah, Darjeeling is 28kms away (about 1.5 hours by car) and Kalimpong about 40kms (2 hours).
From Darjeeling, you need to come up to Jorebungalow and take a left to Peshoke road. At a place called 6th Mile take right towards Takdah, while the original road continues towards Teesta Bazaar.
Accommodation in Takdah Heritage Bungalow
We have Four Rooms in Heritage Bungalow no.3 & two rooms @ Rs.2200/- & two rooms in bigger size @ Rs.3200/- in EP. Food apprx.650 per head
We have Two Deluxe Room @ Rs.3000 & 1 Suite @Rs.4000/- in EP. Food apprx.800 per head
We have Four Rooms in Heritage Bunglow@Rs.3000/- in EP. Food apprx.600 per head