Tea Tourism is a relatively new concept worldwide, and Darjeeling is taking the lead in this area. And why not? After all, Darjeeling is the Mecca of tea and sprawling estates producing what we know as the “Champagne of Teas,” to the world’s delight. There are 80-odd operational tea gardens in Darjeeling that span thousands of acres on open hill slopes. There’s something unique and serene about spending a few days in a tea garden resort.
What exactly is tea tourism? Imagine taking a break for a few days at the vast tea garden. You will stay in a Bungalow, typically the residence of a British tea planter built during the old colonial time. The bungalow retains the antique furnishing and aura of the colonial days and is set up amidst a lush garden within the estate. The food served in tea resorts are typically comprised of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables from the garden in the backyard.
Above all you wake up and sip a cup of the finest aromatic tea plucked fresh from the gardens, a tea brand that the world knows. As you stroll around the garden and talk to gardeners, observe how they expertly pluck two leaves with bud and get to know their lives. Additionally you can take a look and learn about the tea processing in the factory , where some of the best teas in the world are withered, rolled, dried, sorted, and packaged.
Tea Tourism Activities:
The best season to visit Darjeeling is during early summer and spring season. There are many fun-filled activities you can enjoy in Darjeeling, especially if you want nature. Staying in a tea bungalow or tea resorts will transport you to the British countryside, where tea gardens and hills will surround you with a cool breeze. All of the food served here is grown on the farm and 100% organic. You’ll wake up with a cup of freshly brewed tea plucked from the garden. So some of the main activities you can enjoy in a darjeeling tea garden resort are mentioned below:
- Tea Garden Walk
- Tea Tasting
- Picnic day out with fishing or birding
- Tea Processing observation
- Interaction with the Garden workers
- Ethnic cultural program with bonfire
- Hill toy train ride
Best Tea Garden Resort-Darjeeling Tea Estate:
Chamong Chiabari – Mountain Retreat:
Perched atop a serene cliff, Chamong Mountain Retreat and Spa is one such Darjeeling luxury resort that offers the best to its guests in one of the world’s most stunning mountaintop locations at an elevation of 4800 ft. This mountain resort and spa offer you the best of services in one of the most spectacular mountain locations in the world. If you wish to soak in mystic nature, then this is where you need to be.
Chamong retreat is located 2.5 hrs from the airport, near Mirik, and 90 mins from the Darjeeling mall. It is on 350 acres of organic gardens surrounded by tea gardens and covered by mountains and lush green natural habitats. Further, the beauty of the topography is enough for anyone who wants to enjoy the time of their life.
Tumsong Tea Retreat:
The gorgeous Himalayan mountains surround the tea estate, and you get a magnificent view of the Kanchenjunga from here. The rolling deep green tea plantation is laid on an open hill slope with an altitude varying from 5,500 ft to 2,700 ft. This is a bio-organic garden and has a high concentration of fine China tea bushes. The cool flowing breeze helps grow the bushes gradually and saturate slowly, thus offering a special tea flavor.
It can be reached from Darjeeling town at a distance of 23 kms and can also be reached from Ghoom; which is at a distance of 17 kms. This tea estate is known to produce some of the best Darjeeling first-flush teas.
Additionally, tourists’ accommodation in Tumsong Tea Retreat is provided in a colonial house, the Manager’s Bungalow. Four large suites are simple and have antique furniture retaining the aura of the British colonial days. The suites are named after the Wernicke family members who originally owned the estate. Moreover, you will find a vase full of fresh flowers from the gardens and a basket of fresh fruits delivered daily to your room. All four rooms in the retreat are suite rooms.
Ging Tea House:
Ging Tea House is considered one of Darjeeling’s largest tea production estates and is a pioneer in organic tea cultivation. The resort offers luxurious comfort and an ambiance of relaxation with the lush greenery. It’s a gorgeous combination of the coffee plantations, as well as the style and design of the resort; giving you and your family members the perfect getaway.
It’s a mere 30-minute drive from Chowk Bazaar, the lower town region of Darjeeling. The estate, which is rolling, spreads over 600 hectares, situated on the slopes of the Darjeeling hills; with altitudes ranging from 2,000 feet to 5,000 feet. But as a bio-organic park, 60 percent of the estate is left uncultivated to maintain the balance of nature. The uncultivated areas are mostly comprised of forest land that is natural and filled with flora and fauna.
A day spent at Ging Tea House begins with watching the sunrise from Tiger Hill, gazing over the magnificent Kanchenjunga. You are then served a delectable breakfast made using fresh and local ingredients. After breakfast, you can step out to discover the scenic beauty of the forests filled with stunning flora and fauna and the tune of Nepalese folk songs. Besides women working at the tea garden in Darjeeling are singing these tunes joyfully as they pluck the tea leaves out of their baskets made of wicker.
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Note: This is just a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We tailor holidays for your specific needs. Contact us if you want modifications so that we could tailor a holiday to suit your need for an unforgettable Darjeeling tour.
Darjeeling Tea Tourism Package for 5 Days at a glance
Arrival at Bagdogra Airport/NJP railway station. Transfer to the resort. Day free for leisure activities. Lunch at the resort. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.
Breakfast. Enjoy a tour of the tea factory followed by a tea tasting session. Rest of the day free for leisure. Lunch at the resort. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.
End your day with another overnight stay at Darjeeling.
After breakfast, proceed for a day trip to Darjeeling. Return to the resort. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.
After breakfast, explore nearby places like Pashupati, Simana, Jorepokhri, and Lepchajagat. Return to the resort. Dinner and overnight stay at the resort.
Post breakfast Transfer to Bagdogra Airport for your return flight.