Surrounded by tea gardens and cinchona plantations, Takdah was once a British army cantonment almost a century ago. Now Takdah is an offbeat tourist destination which is slowly gaining popularity to the tourists.
To get here, you can take one of the following alternatives given below:
- By Train: The NJP Railway Station in Siliguri connects the city to several cities across India. If you are journeying from Kolkata, then get in the Darjeeling mail which arrives at 10:00 pm in Kolkata. Once you reach NJP Station, take a taxi ride to Takdah as described below.
- By Jeep/Taxi: From Siliguri, follow the Sikkim â€“ Bengal national highway up to Rambhi Bazar. From here, a small road will lead you through the Teesta valley and Rangli tea gardens directly to Takdah. Or if you are in Darjeeling, then you can take the Peshok road which goes through Ghoom until you reach the 6th mile, a roadside village. From here a right turn and a drive of 7 to 8 km will bring you to Takdah. Or if you are starting in Kalimpong, then you may take the Peshok road up to 6th mile and take an alternate route travelling through Teesta Bazar which goes through Bara Mangwa and Tinchuley. This road is quite steep and it is generally not recommended to travel through this route.
- By Plane: Bagdogra airport located at Siliguri is has several planes available offered by many airlines. Some of them are:
Air India and Jet Airways has flights from Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata to Bagdogra available, Go Air has daily flights to and from Delhi and Spice Jet operates flights from Kolkata and Delhi.
Once you reach Bagdogra airport, you can take a taxi ride as described above.
Things to see in Takdah
The British Bungalows: Before India gained its freedom, this was a British Army cantonment and plantation. As such, many British planters built several bungalows for their accommodation. These bungalows now abandoned or occupied by locals display the history of a time gone by and are must see in Takdah.
Sonpur House: The Sonpur house was built by the king of Sonpur in 1911. This is a very frequently visited bungalow in Takdah.
The Takdah Club: During the British reign, the Takdah Club was built by the British for their recreational activities and for passing time. Now it stands testament to an era long gone by.
The Rangli Rangliot Garden: The Rangli Rangliot tea garden is the most major attraction of the area. It is one of the largest and most beautiful tea gardens in the entire Darjeeling hills area. This tea garden is located at a meagre distance of just one kilometre from the Takdah Club.
Things to do in Takdah
Visit Bara Mangwa: Another offbeat tourist destination Bara Mangwa is situated near Takdah and can be visited from here.
Visit Tinchuley: Tinchuley, yet another offbeat tourist destination is also situated near Takdah and can be easily traversed from here.
Accommodations in Takdah
There are many small and large bungalows available as accommodations. They have a medium to high price range.