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Runglee (Rungliot)

A premium Darjeeling tea, Runglee Rungliot is one of the oldest brands of Duncans, named exclusively after the garden it is grown in near Takdah and Teesta Bazaar.  Legend has it that years ago, in search of the finest tea, a Buddhist monk stepped into our garden. Inhaling the aroma, and observing the light colour, he exclaimed ‘Runglee Rungliot’, which meant, ‘this far and no further’. Thus the name of the Tea Garden. The tea is light liquor and lingering aroma. A connoisseur’s cup, it remains true to the age-old ritual of brewing the fragrant leaves in a traditional teapot.

Places of interest staying here are many. The best is the natural beauty & tea Estate. There is a religious monastery or gumpha, (Dechhen Pema Tshoiling Monastery) centrally located in Takdah beside the caves of Mata Durga. This monastery and the caves were looked after by Rev. Lama Karma Gyaltchen till 1st May 2007. Other than these, there are the British Bungalows (locally known as Kothis) built mostly between 1905 and 1915. The most famous Colonial Bungalows of Takdah are the clubhouse, forest bungalow, Shikharini, Rani Kothi (Presently a church), Att Number Kothi and the famous Sonpur Palace now in ruins. Some of the colonial bungalows have also been taken up by local schools like Green Shields and Griffith High School. There are around 12 colonial bungalows in Takdah. Takdah is surrounded by larges stretches of pine forests and tea gardens like Runglee Rungliot, Takdah Tea Estate, Gielle, Teesta Valley and Namring. The Orchid Centre, Dokan Dara (local market) and the Durpin View Point are some other destinations where you can visit. Another interesting nearby place to visit is the century old suspension bridge called Barbatey bridge.

Tinchuley - Beautiful views of Mt. Kanchenjungha is only 4 kilometers from the heart of Takdah. The famous orange orchards of Bara Mangwa and Chota Mangwa are around 20 kilometers away and the mesmeric views from Peshoke Tea Garden view point is 14 kms away. The newly – discovered Lamahatta village, which has great views of Mount Kanchenjungha is around 21 kilometers away. One can also see the collection of uncommon Himalayan orchids in the orchid centre of this cantonment town. A visit to the local Chagporti Tibetan Medical Institute can also be rewarding for all those interested in local culture.

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One can reach from Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) / Siliguri Bus Terminus (Junction) or Siliguri and from there the resort is approximately 70 kilometers and is nearly 02 - 03 hours drive. Kalimpong is 50 kilometers and Darjeeling is 37 kilometers away. The drive preferably will be along National Highway 10. There are regular trains to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) from all over India on daily basis. Flights also are regular to Bagdogra Airport (IXB). Private Vehicle s are available for all transfer.   

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