Morgan House, Kalimpong
Morgan House
Morgan House, Kalimpong is a colonial British mansion
Morgan House, Kalimpong is a colonial British mansion
Morgan House, Kalimpong is located in West Bengal
Morgan House, Kalimpong
Morgan House, Kalimpong is located in India
Morgan House, Kalimpong
Former names Singamari Tourist Lodge, Durpin Tourist Lodge
General information
Status Converted to Hotel
Type Mansion
Architectural style British colonial mansion
Location Kalimpong, West Bengal
Address Chandraloke, Kalimpong, West Bengal 734301
Town or city Kalimpong
Country India
Coordinates 27°02?43?N 88°27?39?E / 27.045380°N 88.460942°E / 27.045380; 88.460942Coordinates: 27°02?43?N 88°27?39?E / 27.045380°N 88.460942°E / 27.045380; 88.460942
Elevation 4480.47 feet/1365.65 metre
Current tenants West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation
Groundbreaking 1930
Height
Architectural British colonial mansion
Technical details
Material Stone, Wood
Floor count 2
Lifts/elevators 0
Grounds 16 acres
Other information
Number of rooms 7
Parking Available
Website
https://www.wbtdcl.com/home/lodge_search?Lodge_id=OA&Lodge_destinationName=Mw

Morgan House Kalimpong or Morgan House is a British colonial mansion built by an English jute baron Mr George Morgan in the 1930s on the hill station of Kalimpong, Kalimpong district, West Bengal. Today, the mansion is a hotel managed by West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation (WBTDC). Earlier this property was also known as Singamari Tourist Lodge or Durpin Tourist Lodge.[1]

Location

Morgan House is built on a sixteen acre estate atop the mountain of Durpindara. It is situated three kilometers off the center of Kalimpong town and has a clear view of the Kangchenjunga mountain range.[2] The mansion and the estate is surrounded by the Kalimpong Cantonment area and overlooks the valleys of Relli, Kapher, Deolo and Labha[3] in various directions.

Morgan House is 75 km from Siliguri, 52 km from Darjeeling and 75 km from Gangtok by road. Nearest railway station is in New Jalpaiguri and nearest airport is in Bagdogra.

History

Morgan house is a British colonial mansion built in the early 1930s. The building was to commemorate the wedding of an indigo plantation owner with a jute baron Mr George Morgan.

The property was used as a summer retreat and elaborate parties were hosted. It passed into the hand of trustees after Mr and Mrs Morgan died without heir.[2] It was further handed over to government of India post Indian independence. During 1962, after then prime minister Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru was taken ill, plans were made to convert this house into a government rest house.

However, due to sudden demise of Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru,[4][5] this plan was abandoned. In 1965 it was handed to tourism department and in 1975 it was finally handed over to West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation. Since then it is being managed as a boutique hotel and is open to tourists.

Popular culture

Indian actors and celebrities such as Uttam Kumar, Supriya, Kishore Kumar, Amit Kumar, Leena Chandavarkar, Nargis, Sunil Dutt and Om Prakash have stayed in this lodge and their testimonials can be seen framed in the lounge.[6] Actor Utpal Dutt was also a regular visitor.[1] American ambassador in India Chester Bowles stayed here.[2]

This lodge is also considered to be haunted and have been featured in several lists of haunted lodges and hotels.[7][8][9]

Gallery

Famous Testimonials

See also

References

Bibliography

  1. Gordon, Grant (2012-03-15). Cobras in the Rough. Hachette UK. ISBN 978-1-78033-512-4. 
  2. Mitra, Swati (2011). Wild Trail in Bengal: Travel Guide. Goodearth Publications. ISBN 978-93-80262-16-1. 
  3. Mehta, Vinod (2004). 100 holidays in the hills and 100 bonus hideaways. Outlook Pub. (India). ISBN 978-81-901724-6-2. 
  4. The India Travel Planner. Cross Section Publications (P) Limited. 2006. 
  5. Heritage holidays. Outlook Publishing (India). 2004. 
  6. Betts, Vanessa; McCulloch, Victoria (2014-02-10). Indian Himalaya Footprint Handbook: Includes Corbett National Park, Darjeeling, Leh, Sikkim. Footprint Travel Guides. ISBN 978-1-907263-88-0. 
  7. Planet, Lonely; Singh, Sarina; Benanav, Michael; Blasi, Abigail; Clammer, Paul; Elliott, Mark; Harding, Paul; Mahapatra, Anirban; Noble, John; Raub, Kevin (2015-09-01). Lonely Planet India. Lonely Planet. ISBN 978-1-74360-975-0. 
  8. Coxall, Michelle; Greenway, Paul (1996-09-01). Indian Himalaya: a Lonely Planet travel survival kit. Lonely Planet. ISBN 978-0-86442-413-6. 
  9. Desai, Madhavi; Desai, Miki (2016-12-05). The Bungalow in Twentieth-Century India: The Cultural Expression of Changing Ways of Life and Aspirations in the Domestic Architecture of Colonial and Post-colonial Society. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-351-89347-3. 

External links

  1. https://www.wbtdcl.com/home/lodge_search?Lodge_id=OA&Lodge_destinationName=Mw
  2. https://www.tripadvisor.in/Hotel_Review-g503707-d1179184-Reviews-Morgan_House_Tourist_Lodge-Kalimpong_Kalimpong_District_West_Bengal.html
  3. https://www.telegraphindia.com/1040330/asp/siliguri/story_3051029.asp
  4. https://www.telegraphindia.com/1130901/jsp/calcutta/story_17297672.jsp
  5. http://www.kolahal.com/travel/bengal/TDC/h/morgan.htm
  6. https://www.memorablemiles.com/morgan-house-tourist-lodge-kalimpong/
  7. http://kaluk.in/wbtdc_kalimpong_morgan_house.html
  8. http://www.kolkatabengalinfo.com/2015/08/morgan-haunted-house-kalimpong-sightseeing-spots.html
  9. http://www.mtvindia.com/blogs/music/indies/9-haunted-places-in-india-thatll-give-you-the-chills-52192727.html
  10. http://www.fearandyou.in/2016/06/a-night-in-haunted-morgan-house-creepy.html
  11. http://www.earthtraveler.net/2017/03/14/morgan-house-india-travel-north-bengal/

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