Takdah is a small hill station located in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. Known for its lush green tea gardens and spectacular views of the Himalayan mountain range, Takdah is a popular destination for tourists seeking a peaceful getaway in the midst of nature.
The best time to visit Takdah is between March and June when the weather is pleasant and the tea gardens are in full bloom.
Takdah cantonment area is well known among tourists for its old heritage British bungalows. During the plantation of cinchona in the British era, the British constructed several bungalows for their own accommodation. Most of the century-old old buildings are now used for tourist accommodation creating unique experiences for tourists.
What to see
Tea Gardens: Takdah is known for its lush green tea gardens and is a popular destination for visitors interested in tea cultivation. Visitors can take a leisurely stroll through the tea gardens, enjoy a cup of tea at one of the many tea houses, and take in the breathtaking views of the mountains.
Takdah Orchid Centre: The centre is home to over 500 varieties of orchids, and visitors can take a tour of the centre, learn about the different types of orchids, and even purchase orchids to take home.
Takdah Monastery: The monastery is located at the top of a hill and offers a peaceful atmosphere and beautiful views of the surrounding area. It's a perfect place for those interested in history and culture.
Scenic viewpoints: Takdah offers various viewpoints which provide visitors with a panoramic view of the surrounding area, including the Himalayas and the tea gardens.
Local Markets: Takdah has many local markets where visitors can purchase traditional handicrafts, souvenirs, and local food.
Local festivals: Takdah celebrates many local festivals like the Maghi Mela, a traditional festival that is celebrated in January, which is a great time to experience the local culture and customs.
The weather at Takdah varies depending on the time of year. The area experiences a subtropical highland climate, with cool temperatures year-round due to its elevation.
The summer months, from March to June, are the best time to visit Takdah as the weather is pleasant with an average temperature of around 20 - 25 °C and the tea gardens are in full bloom. This is also the time when the orchid blooms and the weather is perfect for trekking.
The monsoon season, from July to September, brings heavy rainfall and landslides can be a common occurrence during this time, so it's not the best time to visit.
The winter months, from December to February, are cool and crisp with an average temperature of around 10-15°C and the area may experience occasional snowfall. This is the perfect time for those who enjoy cold weather and want to witness snowfall.
It's always a good idea to check the weather forecast before planning a trip to Takdah and pack accordingly. Visitors can consult our travel consultants for the latest information regarding Takdah.
The nearest airport to Takdah is Bagdogra Airport, which is located around 80 km away. The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri Railway Station also in the same area with a distance of about 90 km. From the airport and rail station, you can hire a taxi to Takdah. Shared taxis will be difficult to come by and many regular taxi drivers who ply the usual route may not be willing to visit offbeat places like Takdah, so we recommend you book your vehicle well in advance. One way to book your taxi for Takdah is to take the service of Humro Cars, a well-known car rental company in the region which is also our sister concern. The Humro Cars team can be reached at 9733052020 / 9733068080. Further details about Humro cars can be found on their website.