Morgan House, Kalimpong
Morgan House Kalimpong or Morgan House is a mansion of British colonial architecture 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.
|Former names||Singamari Tourist Lodge, Durpin Tourist Lodge|
|Status||Converted to Hotel|
|Architectural style||British colonial architecture|
|Location||Kalimpong, West Bengal|
|Address||Chandraloke, Kalimpong, West Bengal 734301|
|Town or city||Kalimpong|
|Elevation||4480.47 feet/1365.65 metre|
|Current tenants||West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation|
|Architectural||British colonial architecture|
|Number of rooms||7|
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. The mansion and the estate is surrounded by the Kalimpong Cantonment area and overlooks the valleys of Relli, Kapher, Deolo and Labha in various directions.
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. 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, 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.
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. Actor Utpal Dutt was also a regular visitor. American ambassador in India Chester Bowles stayed here.
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