Takdah Cantonment area is a beautiful settlement in the Darjeeling district. It was a British army cantonment towards the end of the 19th century. Later Cinchona planters occupied the area. The British had built several beautiful bungalows spread over uninhabited forest land. After they left, the bungalows were taken over by a few people from the hills and the plains. For several decades the area remained undiscovered.
Recently there has been renewed interest in the Takdah area due to its potential as a homestay tourism destination. You can stay at one of these British Bungalows and roam around carefree in a secluded and serene environment.
The location of Takdah is quite central. It is located between Darjeeling and Kalimpong towns. Darjeeling town is about 25 km from Takdah whereas Kalimpong is about 35 km away.
The main tourist attractions in the area include
Tea Gardens – There are several tea gardens in the area including Rangli Rangliot, Namring and others.
Takdah Orchid Center – It is a large park with an orchid centre and a nice view of the tea garden and Teesta river. A pleasant place to spend a few hours in seclusion.
Takdah Club – The historic Club that was the meeting place for British officers is still a site worth visiting.
Tinchuley – The tinchuley village is just 3 km away from Takdah and can be visited even on foot. The road from Takdah to Tinchuley offers a nice view of the hills on the Kalimpong and Sikkim sides.