Wrapped in mist, Morgan House in Kalimpong is a 20th-century mansion, perched atop Durpindara Mountain. An enjoyable ride uphill takes you to this 16 acres estate where one of the highest 9-hole golf courses of India rests. This ivy laced colonial bungalow offers breathtaking views of the mighty Mount Kanchenjungha. It stands as an example of colonial architecture in Kalimpong, where forests surround it offering an amazing bird-watching experience with chances to spot wildlife as well.
The architectural marvel can be reached within 7 minutes by driving from the Elgin Silver Oaks. You will be amazed at its ambiance that accentuates its historical significance, thanks to style and the erstwhile architectural prowess. Its expanses are adorned by gorgeous gardens where colorful blooms transform the entire scenery as if it is right from a storybook! Hills visible at distance make it ethereal. Today, this stone bungalow is now converted into a tourist lodge, which is now a premium property of West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation (WBTDC). In the account below, we will get more insight into this grand guesthouse.
- Chandraloke, Kalimpong, West Bengal
- 3 km from Kalimpong Bus Station
Type of Destination : Historical
About Morgan House
Initially, Morgan House was known as Singamari Tourist Lodge or Durpin Tourist Lodge. Historical as the bungalow is, there is exquisite background associated with it. Believed to be loved by a wealthy jute merchant of England – Mr. Morgan, this mansion came into being somewhere in 1930. It is said that Mr. Morgan gifted this glorious house to his wife as a wedding present. In the next nine years, it will be celebrating its century!
In the top room, Lady Morgan resided. Everything that she used was kept in the room a few years before. From here, you can also capture an amazing view of the lofty Himalayas. As a bonus, the extensive range of Kanchenjungha is also visible from here.
It has 10 rooms that are well-kept for the convenience and comfort of its guests. The cozy cocoons are equipped with a mirror, television, wardrobe, attached bathroom with hot/cold running water facility, and wake-up call service. Other facilities include airport transfers (surcharge), luggage storage space, front desk assistance (limited hours), and room service (limited hours). Its well-manicured lawns are home to colorful flowers that make your stay all the more delightful. The lawn also houses some rare flowers. Sip on a cup of refreshing Darjeeling tea here with pine-scent treating your senses and indulge in the wonderful vistas of cedar forests around.
The food served here is mainly Bengali. Chinese fare is also available with varied basic dishes as per your palate.
Guests from Bollywood and Abroad
Indian actors such as Kishore Kumar, Leena Chandavarkar, Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Uttam Kumar, Supriya, Om Prakash, and Utpal Dutt have stayed here. The lounge still holds their testimonials. Chester Bowles, the American ambassador has also stayed here.
How to Reach
- The nearest railway station to the place is in Darjeeling Railway Station (52 km) and the nearest airport is in Pakyong (62.5 km).
- Standing opposite to Army Golf Club, en route Durpin Monastery in West Kalimpong, Morgan House enjoys a prime location. From Kalimpong Market to Durpin Monastery, there are regular shared car services.
- Durpin View Point (8 km)
- Teesta Bridge (45 km)