Takdah, formerly known as ‘Tukdah,’ is a Lepcha word that means mist’ or ‘fog’. The name is quite appropriate, as the location remains shrouded in mists for most of the year.
Takdah is a former British cantonment built in the early 1900s.
One of the prime attractions in Takdah apart from the tea gardens and valleys is the Takdah Orchid Center.
If you are a nature lover and are fond of various flowers, then you can visit this famous Takdah Orchid Center located near Darjeeling.
Not only can you view a number of flowers and orchids here, but you can also spend some time amidst the serene nature.
In this article, you will get to know the following points about the Takdah Orchid Center,
Let’s see each of these points in detail…
How to reach Takdah Orchid Center
You can easily reach Takdah Orchid Center from the village of Takdah. Takdah is 64 kms from Siliguri.
Shared jeeps and cabs are available from Darjeeling as well as from Siliguri.
Its located at a distance of about 28 km from Darjeeling.
Takdah Orchid Center is located at Rangli Rangliot Tea Garden, Darjeeling, and is a famous tourist location near Tinchuley.
Takdah Orchid Center is located at a height of 4,000 feet and is surrounded by the sweeping beauty of beautiful green tea farms that dominate the slopes and valleys here.
It is just 30 minutes away from Lamahatta.
Location of Takdah Orchid Center: Near Rangli Ranglot Tea Garden, West Bengal – 734226
History of Takdah Orchid Center
The Orchid center is rooted in the deep history of the British era. The troops of British soldiers who were supposed to fight during World war 1 used to gather here.
Historical evidence reveals that Takdah was home to the second battalion of British soldiers.
Presently the Forest Department of the West Bengal Government maintains this remarkable orchid center.
What to see at Takdah Orchid Center
The Takdah orchid center is one of the most appealing destinations in North Bengal. It was once the largest Orchid center in Asia.
It is the home to rare and beautiful varieties of blooming orchids. Many varieties of Himalayan orchids and wild orchids are conserved here.
There are many rare cactuses in the nursery as well.
The Orchid center also features a herbal grove that consists of medicinal plants specifically grown and cultivated for ayurvedic treatments and other medicinal purposes.
The orchid enclosure is designed like a park and visitors can spend a lovely time walking around.
During the month of October, the orchid center blooms with seasonal flowers and sprinkles a magical charm in the entire surroundings. Therefore you can visit the orchid center during this season.
Takdah orchid center is popular all over Asia and you may have a wonderful experience exploring this international treasure!
Takdah Orchid Center Entry Fee
The entry fee for Takdah Orchid Center is Rs 15 per person. (Subject to change)
Places to stay near Takdah Orchid Center
There are many accommodations in Takdah.
Rose Villa Heritage Homes, Takdah Heritage Bungalows, Meera Homestay, and Solacetone Homestays are located very close to the Takdah Orchid Centre.
You can enjoy pleasant stays in these homestays and lodgings. We stayed at one of the Takdah Heritage bungalows during our trip.
Here you will get excellent facilities and will also be provided with good food.
Other attractions near Takdah Orchid Center
You can visit the nearby quaint hamlet of Tinchuley.
The tea gardens, the towering trees, the monasteries, and stunning viewpoints ( Lovers Meet Viewpoint) are sure to impress you.
The Takdah Monestry is another place to visit near Takdah Orchid Center. The amazing Lamahatta Eco Park is also located close to this place.
The Chota and Bara Mangwa are also some of the best places to visit near Takdah.
Among the various sites and attractions you can visit in Takdah, the Takdah Orchid Center offers numerous reasons to fall in love with this floral garden.
Visitors are usually welcome between the months of February and April. It is a major draw for nature enthusiasts and those who are in search of peace.
Don’t forget to click amazing photos of the beautiful Himalayan orchids and cactuses!
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