The World Is a Tea Party Presents: Your Guide to the Darjeeling Tea Gardens


Greetings, fellow tea lovers!


The Tea Board of India (TBI) currently recognizes 87 gardens in West Bengal, India, and official Darjeeling tea gardens. (There are other gardens in the area but for one reason or another, they do not meet the requirements for this official status.) We haven’t tried teas from all of them but included them all here anyway. Some of these gardens produce such low amounts that their teas are sold locally. Others get snapped up quickly wholesale by various retailers who then rename them (so the garden name gets disassociated with the market).

Note: The spelling of some garden names is varied, since they are Anglicanizations from a language using a totally different character set. We have tried to include as many of these variations as we could find.


List of Gardens


A

Alloobari (Aloobari, Allubari)
Ambiok
Ambootia
Arya
Avongrove

B

Badamtam
Balasun
Bannockburn
Bara Rington – see Margaret’s Hope
Barnesbeg (Bernesbeg)
Bloomfield – see Orange Valley

C

Castleton
Chamling – see Sepoydhoorah
Chamong
Chongtong (Chongton)
Chota Gielle – see Gielle

D, E

Dhajea
Dilaram
Dooteriah (Dooteria, Dooterish)
Eagles Cliff – see Giddapahar
Edenvale (Eden Vale)

G

Ghyabari – see Jogamaya (Jogmaya)
Giddapahar
Gielle
Ging
Glenburn (Glenbern)
Goomtee
Gopaldhara
Gyabaree (Gayabari, Gaybaree, Ghayabaree, Gyaabaree) – see Millikthong

H, J

Happy Valley
Harrison – see Lebong / Mineral Spring
Hilton – see Ambiok
Jogamaya (Jogmaya)
Jungpana

K

Kalej (Kaley) Valley
Kanchan (Kanchaan) View
Kumai
Kyel – see Marybong

L

Lebong / Mineral Spring
Lingia
Liza Hill
Longview (Highlands)
Lopchu

M

Mahalderam – see Jungpana
Maharani – see Edenvale (Eden Vale)
Makaibari
Makarjung – see Nagri (Nagari) Farm
Margaret’s Hope
Marybong
Millikthong
Mim
Minzoo – see Pussimbing
Mission Hill
Mohan Majhua
Monteviot
Moondakotee (Mondakotee)
Mullootar (Mullotar)

N, O

Nagri
Nagri (Nagari) Farm
Namring
Narbada Majhua
North Tukvar
Nurbong
Oaks
Okayti
Orange Valley

P

Pandam
Pashok (Peshoke, Peshok)
Pashting – see Samabeong
Phoobsering (Phoobshering)
Phuguri
Poobong
Pussimbing
Puttabong (Pattabong)

R

Rangaroon
Ringtong (Rington) & Hopetown
Risheehat (Risheeat)
Rohini
Rongbong – see Selimbong
Rungdoo – see Okayti
Runglee Rungliot
Rungmook / Cedars
Rungneet – see Kanchan View

S

Samabeong
Seeyok
Selim Hill
Selimbong
Sepoydhoorah (Seepoydhura)
Shree (Sri) Dwarika
Sidrabong – see Arya
Singbulli
Singell
Singtom (Singtam)
Siristi (Sirisi) – see Chongtong
Sivitar (Sivita)
Snow View – see Kumai
Soom
Soureni (Sourenee)
Spring Valley – see Seeyok
Springside
Steinthal
Sungma

T

Talkot Kaman – see Oaks
Teesta Valley – see Tukdah
Thurbo
Tindharia
Tshering Bagan – see Risheehat & Liza Hill
Tukdah (Takdah)
Tukvar
Tumsong
Turzum

U, V, W

Upper Fagu
Vah Tukvar – see Shree (Sri) Dwarika
Wathan Kaman, Wathan’s tea garden – see Springside
Wilson – see Happy Valley

See also some of the teas we’ve tried.


Garden Details


Alloobari (Aloobari, Allubari)

TBI # 1
District (Valley) Darjeeling/Darjeeling
Company P.W. Laden La & N.L. Laden La (Ms)
Year Planted 1852
More Info One of first commercial tea gardens in West Bengal, with Tukvar and Steinthal. First planted on several hundred hectares of land cleared of wild growth, and in 1856 they were ready for full-scale development, having experimented to find the best growing methods and cultivars. Originally opened by Kurseong and Darjeeling Tea Co.

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Ambiok (Hillton)

TBI # 2
District (Valley) Teesta, Darjeeling/Kalimpong
Company Anand Gopal Tea Co. (Darjeeling) Pvt. Ltd.

Owner: Begraj Agarwalla

More Info None available.

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Ambootia

TBI # 5
District (Valley) Kurseong (North)
Company Ambootia Tea Group
More Info One of 10 ailing tea gardens taken over by Ambootia Tea Group and brought back to life.

All 10 gardens:

Ambootia
Chongtong
Happy Valley
Monteviot
Moondakotee
Mullootar
Nagri
Nurbong
Sepoydhoorah
Sivitar
See also Our article from a few years ago

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Arya (formerly Sidrabong)

TBI # 3
District (Valley) Darjeeling (East)
Company The Arya Tea Co. Ltd.
More Info The tea garden was the place where Buddhist monks dwelled in the 1800s. They had chosen that spot based on a monk who had been entranced by its beauty. He happened also to be skilled in Chinese tea seeds development and was intent on planting them on this spot to produce a tea of exceptional taste and quality.
See Also Our article here

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Avongrove

TBI # 4
District (Valley) Rungbong
Company KPL International Limited (as of 2008)
See Also Our separate article with other small gardens
Tourism Info DarjeelingTourismPackages.com

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Badamtam

TBI # 6
District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company Goodricke Group Ltd.
Year Planted 1858
More Info Planted by Christine Barnes; a succession of managers have increased production and quality. They grow both China “jats,” so light and delicate, and Assam varietal, brisk and bright.

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Balasun

TBI # 9
District (Valley) Kurseong (North)
Company Jay Shree Tea & Industries Ltd. (since 2005)
Year Planted 1871
More Info Established by M/s Davenport & Company Ltd. Named Nahore Balasun from the Lepcha dialect. Later renamed Balasun after the river flowing through the it. Jayshree Tea and Industries has improved the garden and fully renovated the factory, roads, and office. They have also improved the quality so that now the garden is famous for the fuller body and muscatel flavor.
Tourism Info DarjeelingTourismPackages.com

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Bannockburn

TBI # 8
District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Year Planted 1850s
More Info One of the earliest gardens planted in West Bengal. The name refers to the famous battle in which Robert the Bruce of Scotland defeated the English King Edward II in 1314 and keeps a little bit of Scotland in India.
Tourism Info DarjeelingTourismPackages.com

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Barnesbeg (Bernesbeg)

TBI # 7
District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company Goodricke Group Ltd.
Year Planted 1877
More Info Planted by Christine Barnes. The slopes and moderate climate produce the best from the bushes. “Barnesbeg” was probably derived from “Barnes’ bagh” (“garden”). Produces black and green teas. Plants are mostly Camellia sinensis assamica, so teas are different than other Darjeelings, brisk flavors.
Tourism Info DarjeelingTourismPackages.com

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Castleton

TBI # 12
District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Goodricke Group Limited (Amgoorie India Ltd.)
Year Planted 1885
More Info One of the most renowned of all Darjeeling estates, planted with predominately China bushes by Dr. Charles Graham. The name comes from a building nearby that looks like a castle.
See Also Separate article
Tourism Info DarjeelingTourismPackages.com

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Chamong

TBI # 11
District (Valley) Rungbong
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Year Planted 1871
Area 332 hectares total
132 hectares planted
Elevation 1150 to 1850 meters
More Info A type of bird in the area is called “chamoo.” Legend says these birds would remove leaves and twigs that fell into a pond there and keep it clean. So the garden was named “Chamong” in their honor. One of first Darjeeling gardens acquired by Lohia Group.

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Chongtong (Chongton), aka Siristi (Sirisi)

TBI # 10
District (Valley) Darjeeling (East)
Company Ambootia Tea Group
More Info One of 10 ailing tea gardens taken over by Ambootia Tea Group and brought back to life.

All 10 gardens:

Ambootia
Chongtong
Happy Valley
Monteviot
Moondakotee
Mullootar
Nagri
Nurbong
Sepoydhoorah
Sivitar

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Dhajea

TBI # 13
District (Valley) Rungbong
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Year Planted 1870
Area 317 hectares total
180 hectares planted
Elevation 2500 to 3200 feet
More Info “Dhaja” means “flag” in the Lepcha language; over the years, the estate came to be called Dhajea (“the place of prayer flags”). Originally a division of the Moondakotee Tea Estate. Tea leaves were sent they for processing. In 1995, a factory was constructed on the estate.

Annual production of 95 million tons (95000 kgs) of tea. Leaves are plucked by hand and processed in the factory to maintain evenness and uniformity. Their tea is subtle and pale. Some of the best Darjeeling tea. Produces black and green teas.

Tourism Info DarjeelingTourismPackages.com

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Dilaram

TBI # 15
District (Valley) Kurseong (North)
Company Goodricke Group Limited (Amgoorie India Ltd.)
Year Planted 1870
Elevation 1200 to 1770 meters
More Info Originally planted by Mr. Bell. A very quiet, simple and peaceful atmosphere, frequently visited by tourists. Leaves are plucked manually and sent to the factory where they are processed mechanically to maintain uniform and consistent taste. Mostly traditional black tea and green tea. The teas are noted for their flavor richness.
Tourism Info DarjeelingTourismPackages.com

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Dooteriah (Dooteria, Dooterish) – merged with Kalej Valley

TBI # 14
District (Valley) Darjeeling (East)
Company Dooteriah & Kalej Valley Tea Estates Pvt. Ltd.
More Info No other information available.
See Also Our separate article with other small gardens

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Edenvale (Eden Vale) (aka Maharani)

TBI # 16
District (Valley) Kurseong (North)
Company Goodricke Group Limited (Amgoorie India Ltd.)
Year Planted well over a century ago
Elevation 1066 to 1358 meters
More Info Planted by Mr. Kerr. Charming and scenic area. 100% China bushes produce lovely teas, ‘second flush’ is a mellow cup with fine fragrance. Some of the world’s most exquisite teas.

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Giddapahar (aka Eagles Cliff)

TBI # 22
District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Giddapahar Tea Estate or Ellenbarrie Tea Co. Ltd.
See Also Separate article
Tourism Info DarjeelingTourismPackages.com

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Gielle (local name: Chota Gielle)

TBI # 18
District (Valley) Teesta
Company Teesta Valley Tea Co. Ltd.
Elevation 2500 to 6500 feet
More Info Selected China tea bushes highly planted with infinite care. Blessed with cool mists, crisp winds of Kanchenjunga and bright sunshine that helps tea plants grow.

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Ging

TBI # 17
District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Year Planted 1860 to 1864
Area 250 hectares planted
Elevation 650 to 1500 meters
More Info Started by The Darjeeling Tea Company. Traditional methods of producing Darjeeling tea. Leaves are plucked manually by experienced female workers and then sent to the factory for processing to maintain consistency and uniformity of taste and quality. It produces almost all varieties – black, green, white teas of all flushes.
Tourism Info DarjeelingTourismPackages.com

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Glenburn (Glenbern)

TBI # 19
District (Valley) Teesta
Company DLX Ltd.
Year Planted 1859
More Info Started by a Scottish tea company, then passed to The Prakashes. Today, the 3rd and 4th generation have almost a century of tea knowledge. Same old traditional methods and some secret methods specific to the tea garden. The factory mechanizes the process for consistency and evenness. They produce white (Silver needle, White Peony), oolong (Oolong Moonshine), and green teas. In 2002 the Burra Bungalow (original manager residence) was restored as a tourist accommodation. In 2008 the 4-room Water Lily Bungalow was added.
Tourism Info Darjeeling-tourism.com
DarjeelingTourismPackages.com

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Goomtee

TBI # 21
District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Mahanadi Tea Company (P) Ltd.
See Also Separate article

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Gopaldhara

TBI # 20
District (Valley) Mirik
Company Gopaldhara Tea Co. Pvt. Ltd.
Year Planted 1881 to 1910
Area 320 Hectares total
172 Hectares planted
Elevation 5500 to 7000 feet
More Info “Gopaldhara” origin: paddy fields converted to this tea garden belonged to a person named Gopal. “Dhara” means natural streams in the local language. One of the highest tea estates in Darjeeling. In 1918 the factory was set up. Current owner is Mr. Dalchand Saria, but garden is managed by his sons and grandsons. Replanting is ongoing of old bushes more than 100 years old with new varieties of high quality clonal tea bushes. A new factory was built and incorporates all hygiene and food safety requirements. Produces teas in all categories. Traditional methods mixed with modern technology. The finest leaves are plucked by female workers and sent to the factory for processing with modern machines and technologies to maintain the consistency and uniformity and bring out the best taste.
Tourism Info DarjeelingTourismPackages.com

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Happy Valley (formerly Wilson)

TBI # 24
District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company Ambootia Tea Group
Year Planted 1854
Area 437 acres
Elevation 6800 feet
More Info One of the oldest and finest, established by David Wilson, an Englishman, and named Wilson Tea Estate. In 1903 it was taken over by a Bengali man, Tarapada Banerjee. Has the highest elevation tea factory in the world. Fell on hard times due to a failure to recognize market trends and adjust to them.

One of 10 ailing tea gardens taken over by Ambootia Tea Group and brought back to life.

All 10 gardens:

Ambootia
Chongtong
Happy Valley
Monteviot
Moondakotee
Mullootar
Nagri
Nurbong
Sepoydhoorah
Sivitar
Tourism Info DarjeelingTourismPackages.com

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Jogamaya (Jogmaya) (formerly Ghyabari)

TBI # 25
District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Radharani Tea & Estates Pvt. Ltd.

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Jungpana (Jungpana Upper)

TBI # 26
Includes Mahalderam (TB#41 – Oddly, the Tea Board of India lists this as a separate garden, even though it joined with Jungpana in 1953.)
District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Jungpana Tea Estate
See Also See our article here

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Kalej (Kaley) Valley – merged with Dooteriah

TBI # 27
District (Valley) Darjeeling/Darjeeling
Company Dooteriah & Kalej Valley Tea Estates Pvt. Ltd.

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Kanchan (Kanchaan) View (formerly Rungneet)

TBI # 64
District (Valley) Darjeeling/Darjeeling
Company Terai Tea Company Limited
More Info In a prime location near the Rungneet river.
See Also Separate article by Rajiv Lochan

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Kumai (aka Snowview)

TBI # 28
District (Valley) Teesta
Company Snowview Tea Co. Pvt. Ltd.
More Info No other information available.

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Lebong / Mineral Spring (formerly Harrison)

TBI # none
District (Valley) unknown
Company Lebong and Mineral Spring Co. Ltd.
Year Planted 1824
Area 575 acres planted
More Info The Mineral Spring face of the garden in Nepalese is known as “Dabaipani” (“Medicine Water”). Legend has it that an Englishman with festering sores washed himself in one of the natural springs and got cured.

Harsing, Dabaipani and Yangkhoo Busties on the Lebong Spur of the Darjeeling-Jalapahar Range. Yangkhoo and Dabaipani Busties are further away across the valley. They form the major portion of what constituted the Harrison Tea Estate. Harrison’s Tea Company was established by Mr. Harrison.

The tea garden has a turbulent history and fell under the spell of Communism for awhile. All during this, the people who lived there and relied on the garden scraped out a meager existence, hoping for better times. Some tried to run their own part of the land as a tea garden but lacked the expertise. Other issues caused more problems. Today, the people of Mineral Spring have organized themselves in collective which is in the process of being registered as Sanjukta Vikas Sanstha. As of now, the major income base is the sale of green leaf tea.

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Lingia

TBI # 29
District (Valley) Darjeeling (East)
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Year Planted 1867
Area 220 hectares total
141 hectares planted
Elevation 2800 ft to 6000 ft
More Info Two German missionaries, the brothers J.A and F.J. Wernicke, planted tea in a piece of land in the Golden Top valley, about 30 kilometers west of Darjeeling town and very close to India’s border with Nepal. This area was called “Ling-ge” in lepcha, meaning “the triangle of 8 peaks.” Lingia Tea Estate stands in this dazzling high valley, facing the snow-clad Kanchenjunga. Chamong Group purchased the garden from Williamson Magor Company Ltd in 2001. The garden grows pure China leaf of the Black China variety.

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Liza Hill – see also Risheeat

TBI # 30
District (Valley) Darjeeling (East)
Company Jay Shree Tea & Industries Ltd.

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Longview (Highlands)

TBI # 31
District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Longview Tea Company Ltd.
Board of Directors Shri Pradip Kumar Daga

Shri Yashwant Daga

Shri Manoj Kumar Agarwal

Smt Santosh Devi Mall

Registered Office Longview Tea Company Limited

16, Hare Street, 1st Floor, Kolkata-700 001

Phone: 033-2248-2391/2/3,Fax: 033-2248-9382

E-Mail:  info@longviewtea.org

See Also Our separate article with other small gardens
Tourism Info DarjeelingTourismPackages.com

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Lopchu

TBI # 32
District (Valley) Teesta
Company Lopchu Tea Co. Ltd.
Area 226 acres planted
Elevation 4800 ft.
More Info The two leaves and a bud are nurtured by natural resources, hand-picked with utmost care, manufactured and blended using traditions handed down over generations. Most plucking is done by hand with the processing done in the factory by machines to maintain the consistency and evenness. The tea is one of the finest, produced from the various tea gardens of Darjeeling, and known mostly for its delicate muscatel flavor. A fine aroma and a soothing experience which comes from the specific quality Chinese buses and the distinct climate and topography.
Tourism Info DarjeelingTourismPackages.com

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Makaibari

TBI # 39
District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Makaibari Tea and Trading Co. Pvt. Ltd.
See Also Our article here
Tourism Info DarjeelingTourismPackages.com

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Margaret’s Hope (local name: Bara Rington)

TBI # 33
District (Valley) Kurseong (North)
Company Goodricke Group Limited (Amgoorie India Ltd.)
Year Planted Over a century ago
Elevation 915 to 1830 meters
See Also Separate article
Tourism Info DarjeelingTourismPackages.com

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Marybong (formerly Kyel)

TBI # 34
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)

Year Planted 1876
Area 400 hectares total
285 hectares planted
Elevation 3000 – 6000 feet
More Info Originally planted by Louis Mandelli who was also the manager of Kyel Tea Estate (later named Marybong). Mr. Evandeon and his associates owned and managed Marybong from 1880 until 1955, when the Duncan Brothers took control; a half century later, the Chamong Group acquired the ailing garden. Currently produces about 200 million tons of tea per year. The China bushes produce orthodox Darjeeling tea with a unique flowery flavor that remains distinctive through all seasons. The leaves are plucked manually by experienced workers, and then processed in the factory using modern technology and machines. They produce different varieties of tea ranging from black to green of all types like first flush, second flush, autumn flush etc. The liquid has a well-balanced, aromatically sweet and strong taste with a light copper color. Leaves are smaller, fine and dark with green parts and bright tips.
Tourism Info DarjeelingTourismPackages.com

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Millikthong (includes Gyabaree)

TBI # 23
District (Valley) Mirik
Company Bagaria Group
Area 812.85 hectares
Elevation 1500 to 4500 feet
More Info One of the biggest Tea Estates in Darjeeling; annual production of 2,500,000 kg. Experienced and skilled workers have mastered the art of plucking tea leaves, which are stored and transported carefully. Tea garden has extensive collection of China tea bushes which produces good quantity of China and Wiry tea bushes for price sensitive traders. The specialty is ‘Black Pearl’ tea.
Tourism Info DarjeelingTourismPackages.com

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Mim

TBI # 35
District (Valley) Darjeeling (East)
Company Andrew Yule & Co. Ltd.
Elevation 6500 feet
More Info One of the oldest and most established tea gardens of Darjeeling. The British manager died from a sudden illness, and his wife took over. “Mim” came from “Mem Kaman,” which in the local Nepali language means a garden run by Memshab (a word used to address British ladies). Produces about 100 MT of tea annually. One of the few remaining tea estates of Darjeeling with a very high percentage of china bushes, about 80%, thus the tea from this garden is in high demand. The single blend yields thin bodied, light-orange colored liquid with a floral delicate aroma and a taste with a tinge of astringent tannic characteristic and “muscatel” quality. The tea of this garden is uniformly sized with medium to long green and black leaves which infuse a pale golden liquid with an excellent body and a classic citral Darjeeling taste.
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Mission Hill*

TBI # 36
District (Valley) Darjeeling/Kalimpong
Company Moondakotee Industries Ltd. (or Asha Tea Company?)
Year Planted 1928
Area 951.02 acres
Elevation 1300 to 2300 feet
More Info “Mission Hill” probably came from the fact that the Scottish Missionaries came in this area with a mission. The lease for this garden was granted by the British Government in 1922 and the factory license was issued in 1928. Annual output is 260,000 kgs (45% leaf, 30% broken, 25% fannings). Mostly produces Darjeeling Tea and Orthodox Green Tea that is sold via auction to major buyers and reputed brands. It is also customized as per the requirement of the individual buyers.
Tourism Info DarjeelingTourismPackages.com

* Cannot be accessed from some countries. Very odd.

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Mohan Majhua

TBI # 38
District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Dudhnath Prasad Sahu & Ors.
More Info No other information available.

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Monteviot

TBI # 42
District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Ambootia Tea Group
More Info One of 10 ailing tea gardens taken over by Ambootia Tea Group and brought back to life.

All 10 gardens:

Ambootia
Chongtong
Happy Valley
Monteviot
Moondakotee
Mullootar
Nagri
Nurbong
Sepoydhoorah
Sivitar

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Moondakotee (Mondakotee)

TBI # 37
District (Valley) Kurseong (North)
Company Ambootia Tea Group
More Info One of 10 ailing tea gardens taken over by Ambootia Tea Group and brought back to life.

All 10 gardens:

Ambootia
Chongtong
Happy Valley
Monteviot
Moondakotee
Mullootar
Nagri
Nurbong
Sepoydhoorah
Sivitar

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Mullootar (Mullotar)

TBI # 40
District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Ambootia Tea Group
Year Planted 1850s
More Info One of 10 ailing tea gardens taken over by Ambootia Tea Group and brought back to life.

All 10 gardens:

Ambootia
Chongtong
Happy Valley
Monteviot
Moondakotee
Mullootar
Nagri
Nurbong
Sepoydhoorah
Sivitar

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Nagri

TBI # 43
District (Valley) Rungbong
Company Ambootia Tea Group
More Info One of 10 ailing tea gardens taken over by Ambootia Tea Group and brought back to life.

All 10 gardens:

Ambootia
Chongtong
Happy Valley
Monteviot
Moondakotee
Mullootar
Nagri
Nurbong
Sepoydhoorah
Sivitar

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Nagri (Nagari) Farm (local name: Makarjung)

TBI # 44
Web Site Nagri (Nagari) Farm
District (Valley) Rungbong
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Year Planted 1883
Area 571.37 hectares total
256.00 hectares planted
Elevation 2500 to 6400 ft
More Info “Nagri” is probably from “Nav Gauri” (the nine incarnations of Hindu god Lord Shiva’s wife Parvati). “Farm” comes from this originally being a dairy farm. Mr. Greenhill, the estate’s owner, switched from dairy to tea and appointed a British manager for his operation. They built a small factory near the area where the Director’s bungalow stands today. Mr. Greenhill sold the estate to Williamson Magor which formally established the Nagri Farm Tea Company Ltd. The factory was moved to its present site, but its wood structure was gutted in two fires in 1912 and 1962. It was then rebuilt in its current cement form. The Chamong Group bought Nagri Farm Tea Estate in 2001. They renovated the factory with modern machinery, producing both orthodox and green tea, and began replanting, rejuvenation and infilling of the tea bushes from their own nurseries. Production is 200 million tons per year.
See Also Our separate article with other small gardens
Tourism Info DarjeelingTourismPackages.com

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Namring

TBI # 48
Divisions Namring Lower, Namring Upper
District (Valley) Teesta
Company Darjeeling Impex Ltd.
Area 457 hectares
Elevation 1000 to 1700 meters
See Also Separate article
Tourism Info DarjeelingTourismPackages.com

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Narbada Majhua

TBI # 46
District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Mahanadi Tea Co. Pvt. Ltd.
More Info No other information available.

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North Tukvar

TBI # 45
District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company Jay Shree Tea & Industries Ltd.
Elevation 1500 ft to 2800 ft msl
More Info Acquired by Jayshree Tea & Industries Ltd. In 1995, the group has invested massively in developmental work like uprooting, replanting and soil rehabilitation which has led to improvement in quality year after year. The garden is in a rain shadow area but 75% of the garden uses sprinkler irrigation by gravitational force.

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Nurbong

TBI # 47
District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Ambootia Tea Group
More Info One of 10 ailing tea gardens taken over by Ambootia Tea Group and brought back to life.

All 10 gardens:

Ambootia
Chongtong
Happy Valley
Monteviot
Moondakotee
Mullootar
Nagri
Nurbong
Sepoydhoorah
Sivitar

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Oaks (local name: Talkot Kaman)

TBI # 49
District (Valley) Kurseong (North)
Company Dears Tea Company Pvt.Ltd.
See Also Our separate article with other small gardens

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Okayti (local name: Rungdoo)

TBI # 50
District (Valley) Mirik
Company Okayti Tea Co. Ltd.
Year Planted 1888
Elevation 4000 to 6200 feet
More Info One of the highest elevation tea gardens found in Darjeeling. The leaves are plucked by the workers and then bought to the factory for processing. At every step of production they are careful to retain and enhance the fine quality of the tea. Consumed by some of the most famous people in the world and sold in Harrods of London. Tourists come here from all over the world.
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Orange Valley (formerly Bloomfield)

TBI # 51
District (Valley) Darjeeling (East)
Company Bagaria Group
Area 347.26 Hectares
Elevation 5000 to 6000 meters
More Info Offers world’s most exclusive and unique flavored tea which is naturally processed. Experienced and skilled workers have mastered the art of plucking tea leaves. Mostly China bushes. The old bushes are replaced at about 2% per year. Produces about 1,300,000 kgs of tea annually.
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Pandam

TBI # 52
District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company West Bengal Tea Development Corp. Ltd.
More Info No other information available.

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Pashok (Peshoke, Peshok)

TBI # 53
District (Valley) Darjeeling/Darjeeling
Company Tea Trading Corp of India, Ltd.
More Info No other information available.

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Phoobsering (Phoobshering)

TBI # 54
District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Year Planted mid 1800s
Area 510 hectares total
240 hectares planted
Elevation 3000 to 6000 feet
More Info “Phoobsering,” named after its local supervisor called Phoob Tshering, is one of the oldest plantations in the Darjeeling West valley. It changed hands many times since its beginning. Yields 133 million tons (130,000 kgs) of tea per year. Their first flush tea has won the Gold at the Great Taste Awards. Leaves are plucked in early Spring and yield a light-bodied, pale liquid with a subtle, half-fermented, lingering floral flavor reminiscent of the most delicate White Tea. Leaves with a bud are handpicked by workers which are then bought to the factory for processing. In the factory sophisticated and latest technology is employed to ensure that the leaves retain their moisture and flavor.
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Phuguri

TBI # 57
District (Valley) Mirik
Company Bagaria Group
Area 1069.14 acres
Elevation 3500 to 6000 feet
More Info One of the biggest Darjeeling Tea Estates with an annual production of 1,500,000 kg. Produces one of the “finest clonal” teas in Darjeeling district. The garden produces tea mainly from China bushes and uses the traditional and orthodox methods of tea production. A well-equipped factory ensures that the quality is maintained. To maintain the high quality of tea produced, the garden replaces 2% of its plantation every year. Experienced and skilled workers who have years of experience in the production of tea and thus know their trade well.
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Poobong

TBI # 55
District (Valley) Darjeeling/Darjeeling
Company Poobong Tea Co. Ltd.
See Also Our separate article with other small gardens

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Pussimbing (aka Minzoo)

TBI # 56
Divisions Pussimbing, Lami & Minjoo, Kothi Dhura
District (Valley) Darjeeling (East)
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Year Planted 120 year old
Area 500 acres total
201 hectares planted
Elevation 4500 to 6000 feet
More Info “Pussimbing” is Lepcha name meaning “full of natural streams.” Uses the traditional method of tea cultivation; leaves are plucked manually from bushes and processed in the factory which was modernized by the Chamong Group with the latest machinery. The numerous fast streams on the estate are used to make hydro-electric power to run the machinery. Bushes are premium China and the Assam hybrid varieties.
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Puttabong (Pattabong) (formerly Tukvar)

TBI # 79
District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company Jay Shree Tea & Industries Ltd.
Year Planted 1852
Area 22 sq. kms
Elevation 1500 to 6500 feet
More Info “Puttabong” literally means “house of green leaves.” One of the biggest tea estates in Darjeeling; has 5 divisions. Planted by the pioneering British Tea Planter Dr. Campbell. First tea estate to fetch the world record Price of Rs.10001/- Kg. for its Antique Tea in 1992. Planted with Darjeeling Clonal, Chinary bushes and Clonal tea stock especially developed to meet the agro climatic conditions of the area.

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Rangaroon

TBI # 58
District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company West Bengal Tea Development Corp. Ltd.
Area 146.55 hectares total
89.93 hectares planted
Elevation 6100 ft
More Info No other information available.

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Ringtong (Rington) & Hopetown

TBI # 59
District (Valley) Kurseong (North)
Company Ringtong Tea Co. Pvt. Ltd.
More Info No other information available.

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Risheehat (Risheeat) (formerly Tshering Bagan)

TBI # 60
Divisions Liza Hill & Risheehat
District (Valley) Darjeeling (East)
Company Jay Shree Tea & Industries Ltd.
Year Planted 1900s
Elevation 2500 to 4800 feet
More Info “Risheehat” literally means “Home of Holy Saints.” Established by British planters in the mid-19th century; named Tsering Bagan after the local Tsering tribe. Acquired by Jayshree Tea management in 1955, which is owned by B. K. Birla Group of Companies. They have improved the quality and production of tea. Produces more than 180 tons per year. Uses the traditional methods of tea production. After the leaves are plucked by the experienced workers and then sent to the factory for processing. Famous for 2nd flush muscatel flavor and1st flush unique fruity flavor. Also produces orthodox Darjeeling black teas, Darjeeling green teas, Darjeeling white teas, specialty teas, silver tip teas, hand rolled teas and silver blossom teas.
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Rohini

TBI # 61
District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Gopaldhara Tea Co. Pvt. Ltd.
See Also Separate article
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Runglee Rungliot

TBI # 62
District (Valley) Teesta
Company Duncans Industries Limited
More Info No other information available.

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Rungmook / Cedars

TBI # 63
District (Valley) Darjeeling (East)
Company West Bengal Tea Development Corp. Ltd.
More Info No other information available.

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Samabeong (local name: Pashting)

TBI # 65
District (Valley) Teesta
Company Darjeeling Trading Ltd.
More Info No other information available.

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Seeyok (aka Spring Valley)

TBI # 78
District (Valley) Mirik
Company Seeyok Tea Co. Ltd.
Year Planted 1869
Area 406 hectares total
154 hectares planted
Elevation 1100 to 1800 meters
More Info Produces superior quality tea with a unique fragrant leaf, which is processed in the estate’s factory located at the top of a hill. A specially pointed aroma and full briskness. The spring flush of this garden is particularly special and in great demand. Leaves are plucked manually and sent to the factory, undergoing various processes to bring out the best flavor.
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Selim Hill

TBI # 71
District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Peerless Tea and Industry Ltd.
Year Planted 1870
Area 170 hectares
More Info Setup by a British planter. The old Planter’s Bungalow has four luxurious double rooms, a living room, dining room, a large veranda and a wonderful garden with many different flowers and magnificent views.
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Selimbong (aka Rongbong)

TBI # 66
District (Valley) Rungbong
Company Selimbong Tea Co. Ltd.
More Info No other information available.

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Sepoydhoorah (Seepoydhura) (aka Chamling)

TBI # 77
District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Ambootia Tea Group
More Info One of 10 ailing tea gardens taken over by Ambootia Tea Group and brought back to life.

All 10 gardens:

Ambootia
Chongtong
Happy Valley
Monteviot
Moondakotee
Mullootar
Nagri
Nurbong
Sepoydhoorah
Sivitar

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Shree Dwarika (Sri Dwarika) (formerly Vah Tukvar)

TBI # 87
District (Valley) Darjeeling/Darjeeling
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Area 197 hectares
More Info Fell on hard times and was handed over to the central government owned Tea Trading Corporation of India (TTCI) for management. But the TTCI was floundering and unable to run this garden as well as others in their care, finally abandoning them and the workers who had relied on them. In 1995, the garden was unofficially dead. Desperate locals looted the factory and manager’s bungalow. Squatters settled on part of the land, which was lying fallow. The Chamong Group acquired and re-opened it on January 1, 2006, under the name Shree Dwarika. Work continues on rebuilding the garden and factory.

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Singbulli

TBI # 72
Divisions Singbulli, Manja, Tingling, Murmah
District (Valley) Mirik
Company Jay Shree Tea & Industries Ltd.
Year Planted 1924
Area 473.95 hectares planted
75.00 hectares under clonal plantation
Elevation 1200 to 4100 ft
More Info Originally established by British planters; taken over by Jayshree Tea and Industries in 2003. World famous for clonal tea, first flush tea, second flush tea and autumn tea. Yields an annual out of 245 tons of tea, including black tea, organic green tea, exclusive teas like SFTGFOP1 ruby, clonal flowery and clonal superb.
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Singell

TBI # 76
District (Valley) Kurseong (North)
Company Singell Tea & Agricultural Industries Ltd.
More Info Has the Singell Homestay, a family run small homestay in Kurseong overlooking the tea garden. Straight ahead you see the vast landscape of the Singell tea garden and the estate. The homestay guests are allowed to visit the tea estate factory, take an internal tour and watch tea processing and plucking.
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Singtom (Singtam) – merged with Steinthal

TBI # 68
District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company Camellia Tea Group Pvt. Ltd.
More Info Offers a luxury tea garden vacation in an old colonial planter’s bungalow at a very reasonable price making it affordable for even middle income groups.
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Sivitar (Sivita)

TBI # 73
District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Ambootia Tea Group
Elevation from the valley at the base up to 1200 m (3900 feet) above sea level
More Info “Sivitar” means “abode of Lord Shiva” (an important Hindu god). Produces some of the best black and white Darjeeling tea which has high demand in the domestic and international market. Water is plentiful in the lower parts of the garden and most of the bushes are here. Further up, water supply decreases and a sprinkler system is used. Leaves, which have a special freshness and fragrance, are manually plucked and then processed in the factory. It has a delightful aroma of green almond and Brazil nut. The liquid is limpid and bright that is absolutely delicate and cool.

One of 10 ailing tea gardens taken over by Ambootia Tea Group and brought back to life.

All 10 gardens:

Ambootia
Chongtong
Happy Valley
Monteviot
Moondakotee
Mullootar
Nagri
Nurbong
Sepoydhoorah
Sivitar
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Soom

TBI # 67
District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
Year Planted 1860
Area 535 hectares total
237 hectares planted
Elevation 5300 feet
More Info “Soom” is the Lepcha word for “triangle.” The garden is roughly triangular in shape. Captain J. Jerden was the first planter. The first factory at Soom was constructed by Chinese laborers. Williamson Magor, owned the garden for more than a century. The Chamong Group took control of the dying historical estate in 2001 and gave it a new lease of life. The garden is divided into 3 divisions.

Leaves are plucked manually and then taken to the factory and processed. The Soom factory was burnt to ground in the year 1995 after which it was rebuilt. The new factory is fully equipped with the latest machines and technology. Top quality first flush Darjeeling tea, plus second flush and autumn flush. It produces black tea, green tea and white tea.

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Soureni (Sourenee)

TBI # 75
District (Valley) Mirik
Company Soureni Plantation (P) Ltd.
Year Planted 1902
Area 137 hectares
Elevation 700 to 1300 meters
More Info “Soureni” comes from “Sour” (a kind of medicinal plant that grows on the hills) and “Rani” (“queen”). Initially started by the Tiwari family. Taken over by the Titagarh Wagons Ltd. in 2007, leading to the formation of Sourenee Leaves Private Ltd., which currently owns and manages this garden. Uses traditional and conventional processing methods developed in the 1800s. The two leaves and a bud are plucked manually by the workers and then sent to the factory for processing where they are processed without “cut and crush” techniques.

Besides the normal black tea and green tea, it also produces a wide range of specialty teas like the Black Blossom, Black Dragon, Oolong and Silver Green. To maintain its unique flavor and aroma the tea leaves are plucked from the demarcated areas only on special days. Over the years this tea garden has received several accolades and prizes like Gold Medal Certificate from China.

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Springside (aka Wathan Kaman, Wathan’s tea garden)

TBI # 74
District (Valley) Kurseong (North)
Company Goodricke Group Limited (Amgoorie India Ltd.)
Elevation 915 to 1830 meters
More Info Named after a natural spring on the property. In 1900, Alfred Wathan, the Manager, and his wife, Mary, lost their baby daughter and buried her near this spring, planting a flower garden all around. Their teas are of excellent flavor, aroma, and color.

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Steinthal – merged with Singtom

TBI # 69
District (Valley) Darjeeling (West)
Company Camellia Tea Group Pvt Ltd.
Year Planted 1852
More Info One of the first commercial tea gardens along with Tukvar and Aloobari. They used seeds raised in government nurseries.

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Sungma – merged with Turzum

TBI # 70
District (Valley) Rungbong
Company Jay Shree Tea & Industries Ltd.
Year Planted 1863–1868
Area 281.95 hectares planted
Elevation 1100 to 1700 meters
More Info “Sungma” is from the Tibetan words “Sanga Maru” (“a place where mushrooms grow”). Established by a British Planter with excellent quality of China seed stock by random assortment. Taken over by the Jhunjhunwala who owned and managed it until the 1950’s. Sold to the Jindals in 1975. Around 1991 they sold it to Jayshree group which runs and manages this garden to date. Merged with Turzum tea garden after a massive earthquake in 1934 destroyed the Sungma tea factory; tea manufacturing operations were shifted to Turzum. Produces one of the best quality black teas and green teas of first flush, second flush and autumn flush. Total output is 150 tons per year.
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Thurbo

TBI # 83
District (Valley) Mirik
Company Goodricke Group Ltd.
Year Planted 1872
Elevation 762 to 1890 meters
More Info Due to the altitude, temperatures remain low with less sunshine in the rainy season and in the winter season. The other months are generally dry and windy with low temperatures. Rainfall from 171.60 to 338.56 cms, temperature 41-79°F. Indigenous clonal teas have unique character, this combined with others ‘jats’ like P316 & AV2 grow matchless autumnal teas. Teas imbued with a rare and delicate fragrance, that fetch awesome prices. ‘Chinas’ are bright and flavorful, Assam hybrids are rounded and sweet. Autumn flush has a delicate mellow flavor.

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Tindharia

TBI # 82
District (Valley) Kurseong (South)
Company Kanoria International
More Info No other information available.

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Tukdah (Takdah) (formerly Teesta Valley)

TBI # 84 / 85
District (Valley) Rungbong
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt., Ltd.

Teesta Valley Tea Co., Ltd.

Elevation 2500 to 6500 feet
More Info The original name was taken from the turbulent Teesta river nearby. Selected China tea bushes highly planted with infinite care.

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Tukvar

See Puttabong
District (Valley) Darjeeling/Dooars
Company Jay Shree Tea & Industries Ltd.
Year Planted 1852 to 1857
Area 8.92 sq. kms total
4.37 sq. kms planted
Elevation 1500 to 6500 feet
More Info One of the first commercial tea gardens along with Steinthal and Aloobari. They used seeds raised in government nurseries.

Has a reputation for producing one of the finest brands of Darjeeling Tea. One of the largest tea estates, divided into 5 sub-divisions that stretch from Darjeeling town to the border of neighboring state Sikkim. Produces tea from the Darjeeling clonal, Chinary bushes, and Clonal tea which suits the climatic and soil conditions of this place. It is mostly popular for Orthodox black and green tea. The pleasant climate and unique topography of this garden gives its tea a unique flavour that is unmatched and special. In 1992 this garden went on to create history when its antique tea fetched a price of Rs 10001 per kg.

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Tumsong

TBI # 80
District (Valley) Darjeeling (East)
Company Chamong Tee Exports Pvt., Ltd.
Year Planted 1867
Area 186 hectares total
114 hectares planted
Elevation 2700 to 5500 feet
More Info Named after a Hindu goddess (Tamsa Devi) whose temple was in the area. The garden was planted around it, and easy access was granted to the locals who regularly prayed there. Original owner was a German (JA Wernicke) who was one of the brothers who started a tea plantation in nearby Lingia at the same time. Their teas are known to be among the best in the Darjeeling area and command high prices at auctions. It produces tea from special china bushes, considered to be one of the best in the Darjeeling area and fetches high prices in the market.
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Turzum – merged with Sungma

TBI # 81
District (Valley) Rungbong, Mirik valley
Company Jay Shree Tea & Industries Ltd.
Year Planted 1863 to 1868
More Info In the Rung Bong valley. Established by British Planter with excellent quality of China seed stock by random assortment. A massive earthquake in 1934 destroyed the Sungma tea factory; tea manufacturing operations were shifted to Turzum and the two gardens merged. Taken over by Jayshree Tea in 1933 who underwent a continuous investment in tea growing, successful replanting program, employee welfare and tea manufacturing infrastructure; remarkable quality improvements leading to better pricing for its teas.

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Upper Fagu

TBI # 86
District (Valley) Kalimpong district, Rungbong valley
Company Sombaria Company Ltd.
Area 103 hectares planted
More Info Abandoned for 27 years. Acquired by Sombaria in 1995. Replanted in a massive undertaking with the best clonal tea plants, and now produces high quality tea.

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Some Teas


Many of the teas we have tried in the past were already posted in articles (see links above).

These are the ones not yet posted in separate articles.

Gielle, Gopaldhara, & Mim Teas

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Puttabong Teas

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Risheehat Teas

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Singbulli Teas

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Sourenee Teas

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Sungma Teas

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Thurbo Teas

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Turzum Teas

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Final Thoughts


As you can see above, the Darjeeling gardens have a long history going back to about 1850. They end up today dealing with that past. Gardens are being revived from when they were abandoned or mismanaged. But other forces are causing issues, too. How India will deal with all of these remains to be seen. Rajiv Lochan (who has contributed articles to this site) and others are doing their best to bring reason to the process.

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