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This Is How Bungalows Got Their Name. And It’s Not Foreign Language Word

Published on 23 January, 2017 at 5:08 pm By

I am sure that every Indian must have visited or at least seen a bungalow. Some of you may have been fortunate enough to own one as well. But do you know how this kind of architectural style came to be known as ‘Bungalow’?

A typical Bungalow in Bangalore, India Wikipedia

 A bungalow is a type of building, originally from Bengal, often used for residential purposes.


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The term ‘bungalow’ originated in India, deriving from ‘Banglo’ in Gujarati. ‘Banglo’ in Gujarati means Bengali and was used to refer to a house in Bengal style.

A modern Bungalow in Kerala Homestayz

To construct buildings, Bengali style was used which means a small one storey house. However, they had the wide verandah in the front of the house.

A quintessential Bengali Bungalow LSU

During the colonial era, Bungalow found its place in the English language and grew in size to denote large, spacious mansion-like buildings which housed the military officers of the East India Company.

And in no time, from the humble beginning of a small house, bungalow became larger to portray the status of the rich and the affluent.

A British era bungalow in tea gardens of Assam Heritage Bungalows



In India, bungalow continues to denote a single family unit, like a house, for the middle-class living. Most of them continue to sport single storey. However, the British introduced an elaborate structure to show off and the British Bungalows soon had multiple storeys. The best example of the British-made Bungalows are the once in Lutyens Delhi and in the cantonment across the country.

Lutyens style Bungalow in New Delhi New York Times

Now, one can find this Bengali style home across the globe owned by the rich and the famous.


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Who knew that the style statement of the rich had such a humble beginning in Bengal?

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