"Takdah" is a Lepcha term meaning mist or fog and if you visit Takdah, you will realise the aptness of the name. The famous Takdah Cantonment is located a short distance from Takdah bazaar and used to be the hub of the British military residences during their colonial days. The renowned Takdah club, built in the year 1902, is now a Forest rest house.
At an altitude of about 4000 feet, Takdah has very pleasant weather around the year. It is surrounded immediately by towering pine trees, beyond which lies the natural forest area. If you venture out for a walk along the paths of Takdah in the early morning or late evening, don't be surprised if you venture across a wild boar or a barking deer which has wandered out of this outlying forest.
Vasudharani homestay, although named a homestay, is not a very typical one but the concern and service given to you will never feel like you are staying as a guest you are treated as a family. Its structure is modern, a 2-storeyed house with marble flooring and modern fixtures. There are 4 rooms, all on the upper floor along with a sitting and dining area as well kitchen. There is space to park your car in front of the roadside. The rooms have big screens from where you can enjoy the entire view of the Teesta Valley and surrounding areas.
The property has well-furnished rooms with an attached washroom installed with modern amenities, with vehicle parking facilities on the road in front.
The homestay has 4 rooms in total which are well furnished with wooden partitions, each can accommodate up to a maximum of 4 persons. All rooms have attached Western-style modern washrooms with geysers.
We serve both vegetarian and non-vegetarian food. Mostly egg is served in breakfast or lunch and chicken in dinner with fresh organic vegetables grown in the surrounding villages.
Location / Accessibility
If you rise early and walk to the Tinchule viewpoint, you can enjoy the sunrise. Takdah is a place where you relax and soak in the beauty of nature. There are many small nature trails which you can follow through the beautiful pine trees lining them. Birdwatchers will be delighted to spend a couple of days here as Takdah is one of the spots popularly known as a birder's paradise.
The famous Runglee Rungliot tea garden is also close by. You can visit Tinchule, Baramungwa and Chota Mungwa.Lamahatta is a mere half an hour's drive away. Takdah has a famous Orchid Centre, home to many species of Himalayan orchids. The centre has in recent years been revived by the state government and many tourists come to marvel at the variety of colourful orchids here.
Darjeeling is a mere 26 Km away, and easily accessible for local sightseeing there. Mongpu, which used to be frequented by Guru Rabindranath Tagore, is now maintained as a museum. You can also see the stretch of cinchona plantations on your drive to Mongpu
Mr. Sushil Pradhan -
About Your Host
Mr Sushil Pradhan is a local who started his homestay about 7 years ago. Gradually it has become his main source of livelihood. A soft-spoken, gentle-mannered person, he is attentive towards his guests and also guides them with their best interest in mind all the time.
From Bagdogra or Siliguri, follow the road to Mongpu via Sevoke. After you cross Mongpu and 3rd Mile, take a right towards 6th Mile and from there, another right to reach Takdah bazaar.
If you are coming from Darjeeling, take a left turn from Jorebunglow towards 6th Mile and then follow the same route as mentioned above. A third way to reach is: From Siliguri or Kalimpong, via Sevoke to Teesta bazaar and then take a left towards Baramungwa, Chota Mungwa, Tinchule and onwards to Takdah bazaar.
A reserved car from Siliguri or NJP Railway station will cost you around Rs. 3000 – 3500. It depends on your negotiation skills. The prices also vary a lot depending on the seasons.
You can also call your guesthouse/homestay and request them to arrange a pickup for you from Siliguri Bus Stand, NJP Railway Station, or Bagdogra Airport.
Takdah is accessible to different tourist destinations at a radius of 20km, you can drive 15mn to Tinchuley, about 30 min to Mangwa Village, and Darjeeling is 26km. Drive to River Teesta where you can enjoy water sports and can drive to Mangpoo chinchona plantation. There are many tea gardens nearby and can visit the factories.