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Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow - Recommended Stay in Dibrugarh, Assam - India

Tea is more than just a morning beverage for the people of Assam. It is a way of life. And when it comes to the town of Dibrugarh, you can see lush green tea gardens as far as the eye can see. This colour of life and abundance was all we saw as we stood on the first floor of Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow – the iconic ‘Chang Ghar’ surrounded by tea gardens in Dibrugarh, Assam. This article is a review of our stay experience at the chang bungalow.

Mancotta heritage Chang Bungalow in Dibrugarh, Assam
Mancotta heritage Chang Bungalow in Dibrugarh, Assam


The Chang Bungalows of Assam

We all know how luxuriously and comfortably the Britishers loved to live in India. Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow is a classic example and an ideal representation of their lifestyle. When seen from afar, the bungalow seems to be floating over the tea bushes that surround it. Only when you get near will you find that it is supported on wooden stilts. Such bungalows are called the ‘Chang Bungalows or Chang Ghars,’ hence the name – Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow.

Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow, Dibrugarh - Upper Assam, India
The 'Chang Ghars' of Assam are supported by wooden stilts

Review of Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow

Location of Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow

Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow is located on the outskirts of Dibrugarh town in Upper Assam, India. In 1970, it was bought from the British Indian Tea Company by the Jalans – the oldest tea-growing families in Assam. Through their company named Purvi Discovery, they converted the chang bungalow into a 6-room heritage guesthouse in 2001.

Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow, Dibrugarh - Upper Assam, India
Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow - a boutique stay in Dibrugarh, Assam - India

3 rooms are on the ground floor and 3 on the floor above, each named after a tributary of the Brahmaputra River. Until the late 1900s, the entire house stood on wooden stilts. This was done both to keep the house cool by allowing fresh air to blow from beneath and to keep animals and water out. But while the chang ghar was converted into a heritage guesthouse, 3 rooms were built on the ground floor. So, it is no longer all stilts, though we could still see plenty of stilts supporting the first floor.

Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow, Dibrugarh - Upper Assam, India
Hundreds of years old rain forest tree surround the Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow in Dibrugarh, Assam

The entire chang ghar, as well as the décor and furniture, is made up of wood. One of the most interesting features is that even the nails used in the flooring are made of wood, not iron. These wooden nails are said to be handcrafted by traditional Chinese artisans.

Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow, Dibrugarh - Upper Assam, India
Night view of the Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow in Dibrugarh, Assam

Reaching Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow

As we approached the Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow, we passed through the impeccably manicured garden home to a more than 150-year-old giant rain tree. Driving on the gravelled road of the estate, we arrived at the grand entrance/ parking area, where our hosts warmly received us. Some quick check-in formalities, and after an appropriate serving of an iced tea, we were escorted to our room on the first floor of the chang ghar.

Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow, Dibrugarh - Upper Assam, India
Gravelled roads that lead to Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow in Dibrugarh, Assam

Our room at Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow

The rooms on the first floor of Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow are as old as the house and still ooze a sense of the by-gone era. Our bedroom was enormous, large enough to sleep an army. Cute box windows with floral curtains opened to the outdoor balcony-type seating area that eventually overlooked the lawn.

Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow, Dibrugarh - Upper Assam, India
Dihang - Bedroom named after Brahmaputra's tributary at Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow in Dibrugarh, Assam

Equipped with all modern amenities, our bedroom at Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow had a king-sized bed with warm and comfortable linen, bed-side tables and lamps, a unique wooden towel hanger, a coat hanger, a dresser, a study table, a full-sized mirror, a shoe-rack, a luggage rack, and an easy chair. The bedroom led to a small dressing room, which in turn led to a bathroom. Fitted with a bathtub, a geyser, and a cosy shower, the bathroom was as large as the bedroom.

Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow, Dibrugarh - Upper Assam, India
The huge bathroom at Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow in Dibrugarh, Assam

The floor-to-ceiling box windows that opened to the huge balcony/ sitting area outside the room were adorned with outdoor furniture to sit, relax, and enjoy the winter sun. The room was also equipped with a super-useful heater as we visited during the winter season. As a result, we felt extremely safe and snug in our modern yet historic British abode.

Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow, Dibrugarh - Upper Assam, India
Balcony adorned with outdoor furniture at Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow in Dibrugarh, Assam

Other rooms / areas at the Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow

Besides the 6 rooms, Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow also has a lounge area, an indoor dining room, an outdoor breakfast area, and a snuggly library. Each of these areas is adorned with British-time maps on the walls, unique paintings, old photographs of the house, and quirky yet notable sit-outs. The chang ghar had all the elements that put you at ease and transports you to a period over a century ago.

Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow, Dibrugarh - Upper Assam, India
The lounge area at Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow in Dibrugarh, Assam

All these were surrounded by acres and acres of tea gardens where the staff used to work in an orderly manner, either pruning the tea plants or picking tea leaves. The active and loud humdrum in the far-away tea gardens never affected the quiet, splendid isolation of the chang ghar.

Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow, Dibrugarh - Upper Assam, India
Cosy library area at Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow in Dibrugarh, Assam

Our experience at the Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow

We spent most of our time lazing on the first-floor front side verandah of the chang bungalow, watching the labourers work in the tea fields. We even requested our breakfast to be laid there. Our morning started with a ceremonial tea made with utmost precision by the kitchen staff. Breakfast at Mancotta Heritage Chang Bungalow is entirely an English affair but with an Indian touch. There’s honey, fresh fruits, juices, cereals, toasts, and milk.