Tea Tourism

Why To Go

If you are tired of the daily grill and are planning a break, tea tourism is the best for you. You can spend the days in serenity, in the lap of rustic nature together with utmost luxury and comfort. The Darjeeling region in West Bengal (East Himalayas) is famous for some of the best and indulgent teas of the world. Some of the earliest tea factories in the world are still operative here. Tea tourism is an enticing experience because it is a relaxing trip with imperial luxury woven with loads of activities and nature and plantation trails which make it rejuvenating and informative.

Travel Tips

Tea tourism comes as an all-inclusive package providingpick up – drop and transfers, stay, meals, site seeing and tea garden and factory experiences. Most of the tea estates are extremely premium and provide certain additional facilities on request. There are a few mid-range home stays too. Since these trips include nature trails and tea trails, walking shoes are a must.

Things To Do

The Tea Experience- Walking down and uphill through the narrow but well laid paths amidst tea plantations with the green forested mountains around has a healing effect. The tea trails include tea tasting sessions. It’s an experience in itself. The estates produce Black tea, Green tea, Oolong tea, White tea, Orange tea and with a plethora of flavours and aroma. The plantation andfactory visits are historical and informative, showing steps of tea cultivation, from harvesting, then processing to packaging and you can purchase your favourite teas from the factory outlets. Here tea is the champagne you get to indulge in. The Victorian Experience – The heritage bungalows, set amidst the sprawling tea gardens, are those of the colonial era with classic antique imperial furniture and décor. Most of these estates are premium and they have clubs with exotic lounge with fire places, billiard boards and carom boards. Some of the premium estates also have spa and wellness services. These estates arrange for barbeques, bonfire, candle lit dinners, picnics and lunch in the open. They also arrange for baking and cooking classes for guests. You need to soak into the peace and comfort. The stay is best for nurturing your hobbies and creative juices, be it painting, photography and/or reading. You may try your hands at the grand pianos, if there is one. (Most of the heritage tea estates houses the grand piano too). They also arrange local cultural dances and attire on request. The Nature Experience -Most of these estates offer panoramic view of the Himalayas, including the sight of the mighty Kanchendzonga. Enjoy the colours of sunrise and sunset andsoak in the natural and serene ambiance. Get out for the tea trails, forest trails, fishing and river dipping experiences. Enjoy the breezy and misty drives for site seeing. Darjeeling, Kurseong, Kalimpong and Mirik are the most important places to be explored.

What to Eat & Where
to Eat

Meals are included in the tea tourism package and they are definitely delicious. However, you may try local momos/dumplings or pastries from local bakeries and patisseriesduring site seeing.

Getting Around

Transfers are included in the tea tourism plan/package. You have to travel for site seeing in cars.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

Bagdogra Airport – Pick up drop facility is a part of the tea tourism package. However, prepaid taxis and other tourist cabs are available from the airport.

TRAIN

New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Station - Pick up drop facility is a part of the tea tourism package. However, prepaid taxis and other tourist cabs are available from the railway station.

ROAD

The Tenzing Norgay Central Bus Terminus on Hill Cart Road, Shiliguri, and 6kms from NJP Station is the most important bus stand for North Bengal.Pick up drop facility is a part of the tea tourism package. However, prepaid taxis and other tourist cabs are available from the bus stand.

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Surrounding Attractions

There are a few tea estates around which tea tourism is developing in the Dooars region which is the foot hills of Himalaya in West Bengal.
There are a few tea estates around which tea tourism is developing in the Dooars region which is the foot hills of Himalaya in West Bengal.

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