Darjeeling Tea Tourism Is a Growing Trend

India is seeing the interest in tea tourism really growing and becoming an important source of revenue for some struggling tea gardens. The Darjeeling area is a big draw and sports many fine locations from which to choose. This little teapot encourages you humans to check them out. We offer some information on a few that we find especially inviting below.

The Appeal of the Darjeeling Gardens

The tea gardens of the Darjeeling area are the source of almost a quarter of India’s overall tea production. Darjeeling offers incredible views, being located in the Lower Himalayas, and its teas are characteristically fragrant and subtle. In addition, the Darjeeling area is a big draw due to its history. You can step back in time to the late 1800s when most of these gardens were first planted with tea seeds and young plants smuggled out of China. Yet, many of the gardens offer their guests modern conveniences and comfortable or even luxurious accommodations with friendly staff dedicated to you having a wonderful stay. Locations are often fairly remote and surrounded by the beauties of nature.

Visit March through May and October through November for tea plucking; June to September is monsoon season and best avoided.

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Major Tea Garden Resorts

It seems that three gardens (Glenburn, Happy Valley, and Makaibari) get the lion’s share of the publicity. But there are several others to note and keep in mind when planning your tea tour or back-to-nature getaway.

Goomtee

District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Mahanadi Tea Company (P) Ltd.
Tourism Info
More Info See our article here.

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Glenburn (Glenbern)

District (Valley) Teesta (Glenburn)
Company DLX Ltd.
Tourism Info

The estate has a boutique hotel and retreat. It is poised above the scenic River Rungeet. The hotel and retreat were restored a decade ago and are now one of India’s best. The restaurant features Glenburn tea and special dishes like tealeaf pakoras that take advantage of the region’s bounty. High-end, attracting mostly overseas visitors. About 50 minutes drive from Darjeeling. Mesmerizing view of the hills and the river. Go rafting from here or visit Kalimpong or even drive to Gangtok. Ideally located with an approach road from all the major tourist destinations of the region.

More Info

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Makaibari

District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Makaibari Tea and Trading Co. Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info

Visitors can stay at the heritage Stone Lodge or in any of the 20-25 houses of tea-garden workers close to nature and the community. All activities are managed by locals. Revenues from tourists go to the villagers. Visit the tea-factory, or go horse-riding and bird-watching.

More Info See our article here.

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Rainbow Valley in Kalej Valley Tea Estate

District (Valley) Darjeeling/Darjeeling
Company Dooteriah & Kalej Valley Tea Estates Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info Rainbow Valley Resort site

Located in the Kalej Valley Tea Estate and nearby to famous Rainbow Water Falls (local name is Indrani Chhago).

More Info Merged with Dooteriah

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Singtom (Singtam)

District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company Camellia Tea Group Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info

The Tea Resort opened its doors for guests in 2012. One of the finest tea bungalows, steeped in the history of Darjeeling. Ideally situated inside Singtom/Steinthal Tea Estate at an altitude of nearly 4500 feet, so the climate tends to be cold throughout the year. The resort was renovated to state-of-the-art condition.

More Info Merged with Steinthal

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Soureni (Sourenee)

District (Valley) Mirik
Company Soureni Plantation (P) Ltd.
Tourism Info

Solitude in a pristinely natural surrounding. About 50 kilometers from Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP). One of the finest locations for tea tourism and one of the most luxurious retreats in the region. Factory visit, tea tasting session, informative interaction with the leaf pluckers. Other tourists sites available.

More Info  None found.

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Tumsong (Chiabari)

District (Valley) Darjeeling (East)
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info

In the Eastern Himalayas, nestled next to the Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain peak in the world.

Open to the public, situated around a temple called Tamsa Devi, a local deity. The temple stands on a steep slope that rises sharply from 2700 feet to 5500 feet and offers fantastic views of the majestic Kanchenjunga and the Golden Valley of Darjeeling. The tea plants here grow very slowly and flavour the entire estate with their aroma. The locals believe that the goddess Tamsa presides over this serene landscape and in fact the locals refer it as Garden of Happy Hearts.

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Tea Gardens Welcoming Tours

Many Darjeeling tea gardens will welcome tour groups with prior arrangement through the manager or his assistant.

Garden Name

Alloobari (Aloobari, Allubari)

District (Valley) Darjeeling/Darjeeling
Company P.W. Laden La & N.L. Laden La (Ms)
Tourism Info None found.
More Info One of the first commercial tea gardens in West Bengal, along with Tukvar and Steinthal. First planted in 1852 on several hundred hectares of land cleared of wild growth. Originally opened by the Kurseong and Darjeeling Tea Company.
Garden Name

Ambiok

District (Valley) Teesta
Company Anand Gopal Tea Co. (Darjeeling) Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info Also called Hillton.
Garden Name

Ambootia

District (Valley) Kurseong (North)
Company Ambootia Tea Group
Tourism Info Sikkim-darjeeling.com

One of the most beautiful tea estates, over a century old. Stay at the Cochrane Palace with acres of tea bushes that appear like a lush green carpet along the slopes covered with mist. Try the tea, delight in nature, enjoy shopping & tourist excursions.

More Info This ailing garden, along with nine others, was taken over by Ambootia Tea Group and brought back to life.
Garden Name

Arya

District (Valley) Darjeeling (East)
Company The Arya Tea Co. Ltd.
Tourism Info Tourism-of-india.com
More Info See our article here.
Formerly called Sidrabong.
Garden Name

Avongrove

District (Valley) Rungbong
Company KPL International Limited (as of 2008)
Tourism Info Tourism-of-india.com
More Info See our article here.
Garden Name

Balasun

District (Valley) Kurseong (North)
Company Jay Shree Tea & Industries Ltd. (since 2005)
Tourism Info None found.
More Info None found.
Garden Name

Bannockburn

District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info None found.
Garden Name

Barnesbeg (Bernesbeg)

District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company Goodricke Group Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info None found.
Garden Name

Castleton

District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Goodricke Group Limited (Amgoorie India Ltd.)
Tourism Info None found.
More Info See our article here.
Garden Name

Chamong

District (Valley) Rungbong
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info Chamong.com
More Info See company site.
Garden Name

Chongtong (Chongton)

District (Valley) Darjeeling (East)
Company Ambootia Tea Group
Tourism Info None found.
More Info This ailing garden, along with nine others, was taken over by Ambootia Tea Group and brought back to life. Also know as Siristi (Sirisi).
Garden Name

Dhajea

District (Valley) Rungbong
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info None found.
Garden Name

Dilaram

District (Valley) Kurseong (North)
Company Goodricke Group Limited (Amgoorie India Ltd.)
Tourism Info None found.
More Info None found.
Garden Name

Dooteriah (Dooteria, Dooterish)

District (Valley) Darjeeling (East)
Company Dooteriah & Kalej Valley Tea Estates Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info See our article here.
Merged with Kalej Valley.
Garden Name

Edenvale (Eden Vale) / Maharani

District (Valley) Kurseong (North)
Company Goodricke Group Limited (Amgoorie India Ltd.)
Tourism Info None found.
More Info None found.
Garden Name

Giddapahar

District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Giddapahar Tea Estate or Ellenbarrie Tea Co. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info See our article here.
Also known as Eagles Cliff.
Garden Name

Gielle

District (Valley) Teesta
Company Teesta Valley Tea Co. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info Local name: Chota Gielle.
Garden Name

Ging

District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info None found.
Garden Name

Gopaldhara

District (Valley) Mirik
Company Gopaldhara Tea Co. Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info None found.
Garden Name

Happy Valley

District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company Ambootia Tea Group
Tourism Info

One of the oldest tea gardens in Darjeeling, established in 1854. Some of its tea bushes are well over 100 years old. Unfortunately, several years ago the garden began transitioning to organic growing, increasing labor costs and lowering acreage yields without improving quality or achieving any other benefit that organic farming is supposed to bring.

More Info This ailing garden, along with nine others, was taken over by Ambootia Tea Group and brought back to life. Formerly called Wilson.
Garden Name

Jogamaya (Jogmaya)

District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Radharani Tea & Estates Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info Formerly Ghyabari.
Garden Name

Jungpana (Jungpana Upper)

District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Jungpana Tea Estate
Tourism Info Tour groups are always welcome with prior arrangement.
More Info See our article here.
Includes Mahalderam (since 1953).
Garden Name

Kanchan (Kanchaan) View

District (Valley) Darjeeling/Darjeeling
Company Terai Tea Company Limited
Tourism Info None found.
More Info In a prime location in the Darjeeling area. Near the Rungneet river. Formerly called Rungneet Tea Estate.

A proprietary garden; in 1856 was owned by Miss Mckenzie. The Manager was T.V.H. Steel . It was on 80 acres and the brokers / agents in Calcutta were W.S. Cresswel & Co. (Source: The London Tea History Association)

Garden Name

Kumai

District (Valley) Teesta
Company Snowview Tea Co. Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info Also known as Snowview.
Garden Name

Lebong / Mineral Spring

District (Valley) Not sure.
Company Lebong and Mineral Spring Co. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info Formerly Harrison.
Garden Name

Lingia

District (Valley) Darjeeling (East)
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info Chamong.com
More Info See company site.
Garden Name

Longview (Highlands)

District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Longview Tea Company Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info See our article here.
Garden Name

Lopchu

District (Valley) Teesta
Company Lopchu Tea Co. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info None found.
Garden Name

Margaret’s Hope

District (Valley) Kurseong (North)
Company Goodricke Group Limited (Amgoorie India Ltd.)
Tourism Info Launch of Tea Lounge
More Info See our article here.
Local name: Bara Rington.
Garden Name

Marybong

District (Valley) Darjeeling (East)
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.

(acquired from Duncans Industries Limited which still shows this garden as one of theirs on their site)

Tourism Info None found.
More Info Formerly Kyle.
Garden Name

Millikthong

District (Valley) Mirik
Company Bagaria Group
Tourism Info None found.
More Info Includes Gyabaree.
Garden Name

Mim

District (Valley) Darjeeling (East)
Company Andrew Yule & Co. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info None found.
Garden Name

Mission Hill

District (Valley) Darjeeling/Kalimpong
Company Moondakotee Industries Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info None found.
Garden Name

Mohan Majhua

District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Dudhnath Prasad Sahu & Ors.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info No other information available.
Garden Name

Monteviot

District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Ambootia Tea Group
Tourism Info None found.
More Info This ailing garden, along with nine others, was taken over by Ambootia Tea Group and brought back to life.
Garden Name

Moondakotee (Mondakotee)

District (Valley) Kurseong (North)
Company Ambootia Tea Group
Tourism Info None found.
More Info This ailing garden, along with nine others, was taken over by Ambootia Tea Group and brought back to life.
Garden Name

Mullootar (Mullotar)

District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Ambootia Tea Group
Tourism Info None found.
More Info This ailing garden, along with nine others, was taken over by Ambootia Tea Group and brought back to life.
Garden Name

Nagri

District (Valley) Rungbong
Company Ambootia Tea Group
Tourism Info None found.
More Info This ailing garden, along with nine others, was taken over by Ambootia Tea Group and brought back to life.
Garden Name

Nagri (Nagari) Farm

District (Valley) Rungbong
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info See our article here.
Garden Name

Namring

District (Valley) Teesta
Company Darjeeling Impex Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info See our article here.
2 divisions: Namring Lower, Namring Upper
Garden Name

Narbada Majhua

District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Mahanadi Tea Co. Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info No other information available.
Garden Name

North Tukvar

District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company Jay Shree Tea & Industries Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info None found.
Garden Name

Nurbong

District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Ambootia Tea Group
Tourism Info None found.
More Info This ailing garden, along with nine others, was taken over by Ambootia Tea Group and brought back to life.
Garden Name

Oaks

District (Valley) Kurseong (North)
Company Dears Tea Company Pvt.Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info See our article here.
Local name: Talkot Kaman
Garden Name

Okayti

District (Valley) Mirik
Company Okayti Tea Co. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info Local name: Rungdoo.
Garden Name

Orange Valley

District (Valley) Darjeeling (East)
Company Bagaria Group
Tourism Info None found.
More Info Formerly Bloomfield.
Garden Name

Pandam

District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company West Bengal Tea Development Corp. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info No other information available.
Garden Name

Pashok (Peshoke, Peshok)

District (Valley) Darjeeling/Darjeeling
Company Tea Trading Corp of India, Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info No other information available.
Garden Name

Phoobsering (Phoobshering)

District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info None found.
Garden Name

Phuguri

District (Valley) Mirik
Company Bagaria Group
Tourism Info None found.
More Info None found.
Garden Name

Poobong

District (Valley) Darjeeling/Darjeeling
Company Poobong Tea Co. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info See our article here.
Garden Name

Pussimbing (Minzoo)

District (Valley) Darjeeling (East)
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info Chamong.com
More Info None found.
Garden Name

Puttabong (Pattabong)

District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company Jay Shree Tea & Industries Ltd.
Tourism Info Sikkim-darjeeling.com

A beautiful estate, and your stay will be a nice, warm one. Guest accommodations are near the tea gardens yet private and quiet.

More Info Formerly Tukvar.
Garden Name

Rangaroon

District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company West Bengal Tea Development Corp. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info None found.
Garden Name

Ringtong (Rington) & Hopetown

District (Valley) Kurseong (North)
Company Ringtong Tea Co. Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info No other information available.
Garden Name

Risheehat (Risheeat)

District (Valley) Darjeeling (East)
Company Jay Shree Tea & Industries Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info Formerly Tshering Bagan, includes Liza Hill.
Garden Name

Rohini

District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Gopaldhara Tea Co. Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info See company site.
Garden Name

Runglee Rungliot

District (Valley) Teesta
Company Duncans Industries Limited
Tourism Info Runglee Rungliot 3 N 4 D
More Info No other information available.
Garden Name

Rungmook / Cedars

District (Valley) Darjeeling (East)
Company West Bengal Tea Development Corp. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info No other information available.
Garden Name

Samabeong

District (Valley) Teesta
Company Darjeeling Trading Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info Local name: Pashting
Garden Name

Seeyok

District (Valley) Mirik
Company Seeyok Tea Co. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info Also known as Spring Valley.
Garden Name

Selim Hill

District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Peerless Tea and Industry Ltd.
Tourism Info Selim Hills Tea Package 3 N 4 D
More Info See tourism site.
Garden Name

Sepoydhoorah (Seepoydhura)

District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Ambootia Tea Group
Tourism Info None found.
More Info This ailing garden, along with nine others, was taken over by Ambootia Tea Group and brought back to life. Also known as Chamling.
Garden Name

Shree (Sri) Dwarika

District (Valley) Darjeeling/Darjeeling
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info Formerly Vah Tukvar.
Garden Name

Singbulli

District (Valley) Mirik
Company Jay Shree Tea & Industries Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info See company site.
Garden Name

Singell

District (Valley) Kurseong (North)
Company Singell Tea & Agricultural Industries Ltd.
Tourism Info Darjeeling-tourism.com
More Info N/A
Garden Name

Sivitar (Sivita)

District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Ambootia Tea Group
Tourism Info None found.
More Info This ailing garden, along with nine others, was taken over by Ambootia Tea Group and brought back to life.
Garden Name

Soom

District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info Chamong.com
More Info See company site.
Garden Name

Springside

District (Valley) Kurseong (North)
Company Goodricke Group Limited (Amgoorie India Ltd.)
Tourism Info None found.
More Info See company site.
Garden Name

Sungma

District (Valley) Rungbong
Company Jay Shree Tea & Industries Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info Merged with Turzum
Garden Name

Thurbo

District (Valley) Mirik
Company Goodricke Group Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info See company site.
Garden Name

Tukdah (Takdah)

District (Valley) Rungbong
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Tourism Info Windozslg.com
More Info Formerly Teesta Valley.
Garden Name

Turzum

District (Valley) Rungbong, Mirik valley
Company Jay Shree Tea & Industries Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info Merged with Sungma.
Garden Name

Upper Fagu

District (Valley) Kalimpong district, Rungbong valley
Company Sombaria Company Ltd.
Tourism Info None found.
More Info Garden was abandoned for 27 years, then acquired by Sombaria in 1995. The garden was replanted with the best clonal tea plants and now produces high quality tea on about 103 hectares.

Organized Tea Tours

Various companies, too numerous to mention here, offer various tour packages that include one or more tea gardens. Beware, though, many of these tea tours don’t even stop in the Darjeeling area nor visit any of the gardens there.

A Different Kind of Tea Tourist

One of the great pleasures of traveling is taking time to enjoy some tea in a new place according to the customs of the local residents. And if you are one of those people who travels for the purpose of getting a taste of what life is like in a place other than home, you will consider such tea experiences to be part of the tour. And you will be a different kind of “tea tourist,” seeking out tea wherever you go.

Being a “tea tourist” is not the same as taking a tea tour. When you take a tea tour, your whole focus is on tea and you are usually visiting a tea garden or even several tea gardens and maybe even visiting a tea factory or two. There may even be some official-style tea tasting going on — steep, slurp, swish, spit!

When you’re a “tea tourist,” you are first and foremost a tourist, traveling to some destination to see the sights and/or visit family and friends. It could be heading to Paris to ride the elevator to the top of La Tour Eiffel, drive through L’Arc de Triomphe, or catch a risqué show at Le Moulin Rouge. Or you might choose something exotic like a rafting trip down the Colorado River that runs through the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Trekking north to the wilds of Canada and Alaska for some snow adventures is another possibility. And then there’s a trip to Japan to explore the ancient sites and the modern sights. You have your fun and then head to the nearest tea joint to “fuel up” on tea and croissants or fruit tarts or sushi or baklava or whatever the local treat for tea time is.

Many more such excursions await you around the world. Be a “tea tourist” and include tea as part of your journey!

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