Tea Tourism is a moderately new idea on the global front and Darjeeling is a taking a lead here. Darjeeling is after all the Mecca of tea and sprawling bequests delivering what we know as the “Champagne of Teas” to the pleasure of the world. There are around 80 odd operational tea gardens in Darjeeling that traverse crosswise over a huge number of sections of land of area region on open hill slopes. Now imagine yourself sprawling in a tea estate resort, with proper facilities, and a special tea garden tour. Sounds blissful, already!
Forget looking for those mainstream Darjeeling tour packages from Delhi or anywhere across the country, for Darjeeling has come up with something that is totally offbeat, very rarely tried and an altogether exasperating experience for nature lovers, and tea epicureans. Here’s a list of some of the finest tea estate resorts that you must check out to experience nature at its best. Sip in fresh plucked tea, and eat everything organic. These resorts are here to give you the right feel!
Makaibari Tea Estate, the maker of Darjeeling’s costliest tea, was built in 1859, making it one of the most established family-claimed tea gardens in Darjeeling. Nearby families at the domain have opened up their homes to guests, giving them basic homestays with the best convenience and generous suppers. With 70 percent of its whole zone still under the backwoods cover, the eco-differing qualities at Makaibari is shocking.
This is the main tea resort which has truly approached to offer an extravagant tea garden get-away in an old, colonial planter’s lodge at an extremely reasonable costs. Such tea resort stay and garden experience would have generally remained a fantasy for some. It is home to the tea bequest called Steinthal which is the main greenhouse to be planted in Darjeeling slopes amid the British period path in 1852, and also, this tea resort is the one nearest to Darjeeling town. This resort is disconnected from the chaos of city life and has sprawling tea gardens on an unlimited stretch of mountain slants, and thereby is the best tea estate lodging so far.
It sprawls across more than 1600 acres of land of verdant woodlands, gorgeous hill slopes, tea picker towns and a couple of waterway valleys. Set in the heart of the tea estate, two colonial style planter’s bungalows stand, overlooking the astonish scene of the green hill slopes on one side and the powerful Kanchenjunga mountain range on the other. The fragrance of crisp blooms lingers palpably and the four-poster beds, hand weaved linen and upholstery, and open verandas loan an exceptionally English feel to the resort.
Situated in the Ghoom range of Darjeeling, Tumsong has an astonishing tea garden on a bequest that spreads more than 186 hectares of land, on an open hill slope which is at height around 5,500 ft. The resort here holds the old colonial air and offers four extensive suites. Tumsong is around 3 hours from Bagdogra airplane terminal/Siliguri, and around 1 hour 15 minutes from Darjeeling town.
One thing is for sure, after knowing about these, many travellers would ditch the boring Darjeeling tour packages from Delhi, and head to these astounding tea estate resorts.