Top Darjeeling Tea Estate Stays For 'Chai' Enthusiasts

Experience a sensory journey through tea culture as you engage in tea plucking and tasting, and absorb the rich history amidst breathtaking tea garden landscapes
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Representative image, Photo Credit Shutterstock

If you're a tea lover seeking a truly unforgettable experience, look no further than the breathtaking tea estates of West Bengal's Darjeeling. Nestled amidst the picturesque landscapes of the Indian Himalayas, Darjeeling is renowned for its exquisite tea production. When here, beyond just sipping a cup of the world-famous Darjeeling tea, you can experience the aroma, taste, and heritage firsthand as you wake up to the views of tea gardens, participate in tea plucking sessions, and indulge in tea tasting sessions.

Glenburn Tea Estate

Located just an hour's drive from Darjeeling, the Glenburn Tea Estate and Boutique Hotel takes you to a bygone era when life was unhurried. One of the main attractions is the Burra Bungalow, a meticulously restored planter's bungalow, which provides scenic views of the Kanchenjunga and the surrounding tea gardens from its front verandah. One of the highlights of visiting Glenburn Tea Estate is the tea tour, where guests can stroll through the picturesque tea gardens alongside an informative guide. Along the way, the guide shares fascinating tidbits about tea production. For those unable to walk, there is an option to take a scenic drive with brief stops at various points of interest. The tea tour culminates in a delightful tea-tasting experience.

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Ging Tea House

Ging Tea House is a tea estate bungalow near Darjeeling town in the Lebong Valley. It is conveniently located just a half-hour drive from Darjeeling and is recognized as one of the region's early tea planter's bungalows. The accommodation consists of a restored mid-19th-century bungalow surrounded by a beautiful garden with a picturesque view of the snow-capped peaks. It takes pride in being the sole Indian destination where guests can stroll across 1,600 acres of the exclusive estate during the day and indulge in luxurious accommodations at night, all at a reasonable cost.

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Tumsong Tea Retreat

Tumsong Tea Retreat is situated in Ghum, approximately 30km from Darjeeling via road. The retreat provides lodging in a century-old bungalow that showcases colonial architecture. Due to its prime location, the resort offers a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, birdwatching, riverside picnics, camping, and the customary plantation walk.

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Taj Chia Kutir Resort

Taj Chia Kutir Resort and Spa is tucked inside the sprawling Makaibari Tea Estate, founded in 1859. On a clear day, get a clear sight of Mt Kanchenjunga from this resort, along with the sweeping views of the gardens. Located in Kuseong, the resort offers plenty of activities such as forest treks, adventure among the hills, tea treks and more.

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Chamong Chiabari Mountain Retreat

Surrounded by tea gardens, this mountain resort offers a serene retreat to rejuvenate your mind and body amidst the picturesque Himalayas. The premium resort is conveniently located approximately 40 minutes from Mirik and half an hour from Ghoom. Guests can enjoy the mountain views from the comfort of their rooms. From tea-tasting, and bird-watching to sightseeing, immerse yourself in experience-worthy activities at this luxurious stay.

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