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Saino: The Heritage Bungalow Homestay (Takdah) – History, Food

Takdah is a beautiful hamlet located near Darjeeling. It is one of the best offbeat destinations near Darjeeling. As this place was a British military cantonment, this place has a lot of British colonial-era bungalows.

During our trip, we stayed in one such Bungalow, known as the Saino – The Heritage Bungalow. It is a charming guest house built in 1907 and was now restored by the Moktan family.


The guest house offers cozy rooms with fireplaces and attached bathrooms, as well as a spacious garden with scenic views of the tea estates and mountains. Here you can experience the history and culture of Takdah, as well as enjoy the natural beauty and tranquility.

In this article, you will get to know the following points about Saino – The Heritage Bungalow,

Let’s see each of these points in detail.

History of Saino The Heritage Bungalow

The history of Saino Heritage Bungalow goes back to the colonial era. Takdah was once a military cantonment for the British Raj. For that reason, various beautiful bungalows were built between 1905 and 1915.

These bungalows reflect the lifestyle and architecture of the British officers who lived there. Today, they are owned by local people and serve as post offices, homestays, and schools.


The Saino Heritage Guest House is once such a Bungalow that is now converted into a homestay. You can learn a lot more about its history from the owner.

Accommodation options in Saino The Heritage Bungalow

View from Saino Heritage Bungalow

There are four 2-bedded rooms in the original Saino Heritage Bungalow. Three more rooms have been added on the side. These are two 2-bedded and one 4-bedded room.

The rooms are large and spacious and have attached bathrooms with modern facilities. They offer a cozy and homely atmosphere. The bungalow also has a beautiful garden, a library, and a dining hall.

You can book the rooms by calling them directly.

Food options in Saino The Heritage Bungalow

You can have breakfast, lunch, snacks, and dinner in the Bungalow. The food is delicious and you can get Bengali and Nepali cuisines here.


Just inform them in advance that you want to have lunch or dinner, and they will call you when it’s ready. The prices are affordable and the quality is excellent.

These are some points about the homestay I chose during my trip to Takdah. I would highly recommend this homestay. It is suitable for friends, couples, and families.

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