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

There is a more updated collection of bungalows on my PINTREST BOARD titled “Colonial tea garden bungalows of India” (check it out by clicking 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!!


56 thoughts on “Photo Gallery of Tea Garden Bungalows

  1. 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.


    1. 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. 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….


    1. 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.


      1. 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


  3. 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?


    Leonard Cormack.


    1. 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.


      1. 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


          1. 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!!!!!


          2. 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


        1. 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?


            1. 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


                1. I would be most grateful to communicate with Diana Thomson & Rosemary Huntley because of family connections to the Ferrier Ross family of Tain. as well as the Taylors & Cormacks from Thurso. Thanks for your help


        2. Mrs Charmars is living in Silchar, near SMC Hospital. Mr Channarayapatra worked in Derby T E. He expired 15 years back.


      2. Hi Shona,

        My name is Anirban and i head the kitchens at the new Taj in Guwahati Assam, wish to know more about anglo Indian settkements and their food during those days…wish if you can help to get an insight.


  4. 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. 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.


    1. 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.


    1. 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. 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.


  8. 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.


  9. Hi Shona,
    Stumbled upon your blog while searching for bungalow designs. We were in Assam between 1968 and 1985 in Singlo and Empire Tea Plantations, in North and South Banks. I spent my entire childhood in Assam- in Napuk, Suffry, Borjuli, Dhulapadung and Sessa tea estates. My father was a marine and mechanical engineer who was a shippie before leaving the Bank Line( Tweed Banks was his last ship) and joining Tea( Both owned by Gillanders at that time). I studied in HHMI, Jorhat and St Edmund’s Shillong. Your Blog has brought back treasured memories of almost another world, difficult to imagine these days. Will try to send whatever pictures I can trace. You have done a truly wonderful job! Must read your book, – is the second one out yet? All the Best. Don
    ( Sumanta Kumar Chatterjee, Dubai / Pune)


  10. Hi

    I’ve started researching the establishment of Tea Estates by the British in colonial India for my presentation on your novels at the Assam University in Shilchar.

    After reading Teatime for the Firefly, I have found sufficient material that will help me to relate your work to a few concepts of post-colonialism. In the meantime, I’m waiting for your second novel to reach me in a few days. Thanks for your support.


    G. Sarwar Chowdhury
    University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh


  11. Hello Shona, I chanced upon your blog today and loved it. Sumanta Kumar Chattterjee’s comments were particularly interesting because I was the Manager of Borjuli Tea Estate from 1973 to 1981. Sumanta’s father B.K.Chatterjee was with me for two years in Borjuli while I was there. I would love to get in touch with Sumanta. My two years in Ghoirallie followed by 8 years in Borjuli both in Thankurbari district of Assam was certainly the best.

    I also had some good Anglo Indian planter friends who have emigrated to Australia and England. Would Leonard like to get in touch with them? Ask him to contact me should he be interested.

    Aloke Mookerjee


    1. Hi Mr Mukerjee,

      This is Sumanta ( Don- to all who knew me as a little boy at that time). I just received a mail from Tea Buddy and saw your response in the trail. My father B.K.Chatterjee retired in March 1985 from Sessa TE after almost 20 years in Assam with Gillanders and Apeejay, and moved to Calcutta and then finally settled in Himachal, where he passed away in 1991. I am currently settled in Pune after 20 years in the Middle east. My eldest brother Jayanta is also settled in Pune after retiring from Axis Bank. Would love to reconnect with you. Please mail me at


  12. HI This is Madhumita I am also a planters daughter and going through your posts brought back many fond memories of my life in tea.My father was the Manager of Tonganagao T.E in Dumduma then in Bubrighat in Cachar and then worked in Tejpore Tea of Shaw Wallace . Tea garden life was really great the huge bungalows the fleet of servants the swimming pool etc etc.The clubs the parties are all fresh in my mind even after staying in Delhi for the last 30 yrs. Life in Tea was a luxury pampered by servants who used to call us babas and babys.But it really brings tears to my eyes seeing the detoriating condition of the Tea Gardens .I hope government takes measures to revive its past glory.


  13. Hi Shona,
    Great reading your blog about the old tea garden bungalows, which have really brought back memories. Dad was an old tea planter in Darjeeling, Cachar and the Dooars, me and my siblings grew up on the plantations.

    I myself finished off from Bordubi at the end of 1969 and went to work on plantations in Papua New Guinea, left tea in the early seventies and joined the coffee industry and still very active in coffee.

    I left PNG in late 2012 and now back in Kalimpong where I have started the first organic coffee project with the local Lepcha tribals and also doing a spot of advisory for the Bhutan Coffee Programme.

    I also read the blog from Alok Mukerjee whom I knew quite well from our PNG days.

    Thank you for your blog and bringing back memories




    1. Hi Lue,
      Great to hear from you and thanks for stopping by my blog. I wonder if you know Davey Lamont, ex Assam tea planter who also went to work in PNG. Dave now lives in the Gold Coast Australia. Best wishes, Shona


  14. We were regular in this bungalow from 1996 to 2000 when Mr. And Mrs. BOBBY GAREWAL were here. We were at Koomsong those days and often visited the fantastic couple for unlimited joy and learning!!!!!!!


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