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Darjeeling: 5 stunning tea estates to visit

No trip to Darjeeling is ever complete without exploring its spectacular tea estates.

The moment we think about Darjeeling, an image of lush tea estates spreading over majestic hills comes into our mind. While the Queen of Himalayas is bestowed with a lot of attractions, the tea estates have a special appeal that is surely hard to ignore! These estates produce a variety of high-quality tea – which is widely regarded as the “Champagne of Teas” – for both domestic use and foreign trading. Also, they offer tea tours of different packages which you can opt to learn everything about the manufacturing process of your favorite beverage. On the other hand, there are several accommodations where you can stay for a couple of days. So, without more ado, let’s have a look at the five most popular tea estates that you simply cannot afford to miss in Darjeeling.

Makaibari Tea Estate: Probably the most talked-about tea estate in Darjeeling, Makaibari grows some of the finest and costliest tea leaves in the world. Also, this family-owned estate was the first to build a tea factory that is still active. The teas, which are grown organically, have won lots of accolades in western countries. On the other hand, it offers luxury colonial-era accommodations at a reasonable price.

Glenburn Tea Estate: Established in 1859, Glenburn Tea Estate spreads over 1600 acres of land that grows several types of teas – especially black tea. The entire area looks heavenly as it is surrounded by misty mountains along with rivers, valleys, and forests. Also, the estate is home to many luxury bungalows where you can spend a weekend with utmost comfort.

Gomtee Tea Estate: Established by a British planter named Henry Montgomery Lennox, Gomtee Tea Estate is an organic tea garden that produces a fine quality of orthodox Darjeeling tea. The area is home to a 100-year-old heritage bungalow from where you can get a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains. For the best experience, visit Gomtee during the months of winter.

Sourenee Tea Estate: Located in the Mirik Valley of Darjeeling, Sourenee Tea Estate is widely famous for producing Black Blossom Tea. This centuries-old estate covers a vast land of around 137 hectares. Also, it is home to a luxury bungalow filled with top-notch amenities. On the other hand, it seems like a paradise for all the trekkers out there.

Happy Valley Tea Estate: Happy Valley Tea Estate is worth visiting for a one-day trip. Established in 1854, this tea estate is located at a near distance from Darjeeling town. It offers an amazing opportunity to see tea plucking, learn the manufacturing process of tea, and even buy some high-quality tea leaves. For the best experience, visit Happy Valley sometime between March to May.

Ging, Chamong, Chongtong, etc. are some other popular tea estates in Darjeeling.

Sayan Paul

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