The Morgan House – located in a quaint corner of the popular West Bengal hill station – Kalimpong, is a 1930s building . Surrounded by big pines and walls covered by vines all over, the place does give an eerie feeling at first look. It is said to be a haunting place of a female ghost. Though it looks dilapidated it is a famous boutique hotel named – The Morgan House Tourist Lodge managed by the West Bengal Tourism Department.
The ghost of Lady Morgan
The Morgan House was originally a British colonial mansion built to celebrate the wedding of an indigo plantation owner with a jute baron Mr George Morgan. The 16-acre estate located on the Durpindara mountain, was a summer retreat. It was owned by Mr and Mrs Morgan for a long time and they entertained their guests on the sprawling estate overlooking the fascinating Kachenjunga mountain range. But after Mrs Morgan died, Mr Morgan abandoned the house. The estate and the lodge was then managed by a trust and post independence it went to the government. The locals believe that the ghost of Mrs Morgan is haunting the tourist lodge. There are tales of Mr Morgan having jilted his wife, before her death and thus causing a lot of agony to her soul. No one has ever seen or claimed of ghost appearances, but there are rumours of hearing of tapping of high heels in the dilapidated corridors.
Famous lodge for its Celebrity Guests
Whether the lodge is truly haunted or not, no one really can say, but it sure has been a favourite place to stay for many celebrities. Indian actors such as Kishore Kumar, Uttam Kumar, Amit Kumar, Leena Chandavarkar, Sunil & Nargis Dutt, Om Prakash have stayed in the lodge. One can see their testimonials framed in the lounge area. It was a favourite hangout for Bengali actor Utpal Dutt, who was a regular visitor to Kalimpong. So whether you will meet Lady Morgan’s ghost or not, you certainly will get to feel the space where several famous people have stayed in the past. And who knows you might just get to meet a present day celeb there!