Photo Gallery of Tea Garden Bungalows

Bordubi Superintendant's Bungalow

Bordubi T.E (Doom Dooma, Assam) Superintendant’s Bungalow. Courtesy: Saud Sultan. Saud’s father Zufi Sultan was with Magors and in this bungalow from 1979 to 1986.

Please click on the photos above to view the gallery.

You can also see my collection on bungalows on my PINTREST BOARD titled “Colonial tea garden bungalows of India” (check it out HERE).

Tea planters please share with me any tea garden bungalow photos you may have and let me know how you want to be credited. If any of the photos used in this blog or PINTREST are yours, please let me know. Only we tea folks know how lucky we are to have lived in these beautiful bungalows. Many thanks for your comments and contributions to my TeaBuddy blog. If you have any questions please CLICK HERE to drop me a line.

Cheers!:) Shona

Photo Specifications

* Jpegs of photos (the bigger the better) color or b&w are acceptable

* Please include your name, name of tea garden/bungalow and which years you lived here

* email photos as attachments to teabuddy7(at)gmail(dot) com

Many thanks – you guys are awesome!!


28 thoughts on “Photo Gallery of Tea Garden Bungalows”

  1. Sreerupa (Singh Roy) Majumdar....... otherwise Ruma said:

    Love all this Shona… so much nostalgia…… we have met before , in MHS as well as through Minku de… infact you visited us in our garden , Taipoo, while holidaying with them….. Also a friend of mamlu’s and Nina’s.
    keep it up , keep the memories alive.

    • Sreerupa, I remember the visit. We drank tea on your lovely verandah.This was during my college days when I visited the Deys at Siliguri, I think. Please send me pix of your bungalow to post on my blog and many thanks for your comment.

  2. Souri Misra said:

    I too spent my childhood in the Tea gardens-although Dad was a Doctor and not a Planter. These pics bring back a lot of memories as i have visited them! I think the PMO’s Bungalow in Labac in Cachar on top of a little hillock was by far the most beautiful that i have seen…but thats my opinion….

    • Souri, many thanks for your comment. Cacher bungalows are very picturesque as many are set on top of “tillas’ and have winding driveways that overlook a lake or waterway. If you have a photo of the Labac bungalow please share. I would love to see it.

      • Souri Misra said:

        Infact we did have a huge picture of the Labac Bungalow that i am referring to, but will require to search for a smaller one in the old albumns. Another beautiful bungalow was the one at Rungagora-“White House” as it overlooked the River….Rupa or Munmun Ghosh should have a few snaps of it

        • Many thanks. That will be great if you can locate the photos. The Rungagora bungalow is famous. I have visited it. Must ask Munmun if she has pixs. Cheers!

  3. Leonard Cormack said:

    Great Blog!!!! I am an Anglo Indian, born in Guwahati, Assam. My father was born in Chabua, Dibrugarh Dist. His father was a scotsman (worked as a tea plantation manager) and his mother an Anglo Indian. i understand there were many Anglo Indians working in the tea plantations in the years gone by.

    Did you meet any such people during your research you conducted for your novel?

    Thanks,

    Leonard Cormack.

    • Leonard,
      Indeed, I have met several Anglo-Indians while doing my research. Many have emigrated to Australia and New Zealand, it seems. Anglo-Indians have a whole different perspective on tea life. Interesting how the tea industry attracted such diverse people. Many of us have gone on to different things, yet the tea bond runs deep. Many thanks for popping by my blog.

      • Leonard Cormack said:

        Thanks for replying to my post. I am desperately trying to track and locate the few AIs left, if any, in our beautiful part of India. Do you know of any families still residing in Assam or any of the other NE states? If possible, can you direct me as to how I may get in contact with them and possibly gauge how many are still living in Assam and the surrounding areas?

        Thanks alot,

        Leonard Cormack

        • Absolutely. I am forwarding your email to some ex tea planters with AI connections. Hopefully you will get some response. Cheers!

          • Leonard Cormack said:

            Thank you so much for your prompt response. I am very grateful and with a bit of luck get some feeback and learn how many AI families are still around. I live in the UK, but still have family living there, and my aim is to organize the few AIs left in region to come together and collectively work towards a better future for our tiny and almost unheard of community. I am so glad that you’ve met a few AIs in your travels. I hope they left a positive impression on you, Thanks again!!!!!

          • Leonard Cormack said:

            Thanks a million for your help, I have received a response from David. I wish you all the best and you have my email, please feel free to keep in touch if you so desire

        • Rosemary Huntley said:

          My Grandmother Margaret Ferrier Cormack was born in Purncah, India the daughter of a Scottish tea planter, John Taylor Cormack and mother Christina Ross. Do you have any idea where Purncah is in India?

          • Purncah does not ring a bell. Do you know which district this is in? Assam or elsewhere? Perhaps another reader will be able to answer this. Thanks for stopping by my blog,

            • Diana Thomson said:

              Hello Shona,
              My great, great grandfather, Peter Ferrier Ross was a brother of Christina Ferrier Ross, Rosemary Huntley’s great grandmother, married to tea planter, John Taylor Cormack – who, back in the 1860s was living in Darjeeling.
              I would very much appreciate corresponding with Rosemary about our family connection. Your assistance in connecting us would be much appreciated.
              Best regards,
              Diana Thomson

  4. David Meadows said:

    Dear Shona.
    I was born in Chabua in 1955 and have many memories of my times in India- I am busy putting together a journal to share with my children.

    My father started on Maijan moving onto to Dinjan. He spent nearly all his years as manager on Rungagora TE building it. up I am curious as to the white bungalow overlooking the river. When we were there I do remember a bungalow being built overlooking the river, but somehow recall it was for the Superintendent. I have some old photographs of the old estates which I am busy scanning and will let you have copies when finished. Are there any pictures of the “white building”?

    We finally departed from Khoomtaie TE in the late sixities (1969?).

    Love the site, pity about the lost pictures

    Thanks alot
    David Meadows

  5. Gaurav Kacker said:

    Shona- Nee Bagai- correct? wonderfully done this. Wish you would include pictures of other Bungalows as well, i am sure you have them available somewhere. Once again- Great- Oma’s bit was lovely reading.

    • Actually, this is another Shona (nee Nag) but I do know of a Shona Bagal who has connected with me through this blog. If there are other bungalow pixs you want to add, please let me know and thanks for visiting. Cheers!

  6. dear shona,
    would request you to include the south indian part of the indian tea saga also. my father was with carritt.s so i grew up on the sounds and smell of estates and tea. very nostalgic and rich in history.

    • Hi Roy, Many thanks for your suggestion. Tea is such a vast and involved subject that I have to limit myself to Assam Tea just to stay on track. Perhaps you can champion the cause of South Indian tea, yourself?? Munar is very beautiful. I have been there. Best wishes, Shona

  7. Heidi Swinson said:

    Hi Shona, I am want to connect to other AI please give them my email address.

  8. Hi Shona
    I noted David Meadows’ e-mail about the Rungagora white bungalow. I do not recall this particular building but as I had mentioned about the Nagaghoolie bungalow photo, that was demolished and rebuilt at Rungagora TE as the Superintendents abode – subsequently consumed by the Dibru River. Maybe the ‘white’ bungalow is Rungagora of Jorehaut Tea Company. I will suggest to another ‘koi-hai’, Ron Aston, to log on to your blog and make a comment about the white building. Ron was Rod Meadows’ assistant at Rungagora in the 1960s. I stayed with Rod and Joan at the chung bungalow at Rungagora when inspecting the Crossley engine there in 1965. I was amazed at the number of ‘jungli moorgies’ that used to come to the burra bungalow lawn – I believe they were Joan’s special ‘pets’ – maybe David Meadows may remember them.
    Great site as ever Shona – I had not logged on to it for some time but glad to see that people are corresponding on the tea gardens.

    • Alan, thanks for your comments. Yes, there has been a lot of interest from readers and ex tea planters regarding these bungalows and tea in in general. Shona

  9. I spent my early childhood in Hantapara, seeing your lovely picture of the bungalow brought back many memories. I was born in Darjeeling, my parents and grandparents were tea planters in the Dooars. Grandparents surname Bird-Wilson, my father’s surname Scott.

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