When Two Tea-Totalers Went Exploring The Incredible Tea Estate of Sikkim – Tea Tourism in India

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If a morning cup of java, overlooking the snow-capped peaks is all you need, then Sikkim is the place for you. Being avid ‘chai’ lovers, Deep and I (Varsha), decided to visit the less-talked-about and insanely beautiful Temi Tea Garden in South Sikkim. Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, Temi tea is the only tea estate in Sikkim which was established in 1969 by the Government of Sikkim.

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The quest to learn and see the production methods from scratch always crippled our minds. So, while planning a trip from Gangtok to Kewzing, we thought of stopping by at the Temi Tea Garden. Where we were welcomed by the serene ambiance, lovely people, lush greenery and slow mountain life and to be honest, it filled our souls with pure bliss!

It was rather a visual & experiential delight for teetotalers like us. And without a tinch of doubt, we can say that the flourishing tea tourism in India is here to stay.

Spread across an area of 500 acres, Temi Tea plantations boast to be one of the famous tea gardens in India and the world.

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Our guide, Mr Saroz Rai, after guiding us across the factory, also insisted us to visit the beautiful Cherry Resort which is built amidst the tea plantations and is run by the officials of Temi Tea Estate. So, if you’re looking to book a secluded place amidst nature, overlooking the peaks of Kanchenjunga – you can directly call or book your stay online through their official website.

For detailed insights, you can catch our entire journey and watch the video here –

So, if you’re fond of tea and want to learn more about the procedures of making organic beverages, a tour of the famous tea estate is something you can’t afford to miss.

How To Reach:

By Air - The nearest airport is Bagdogra (West Bengal) and it's about 102 km from Namchi. From Namchi, you can hire a car to reach Temi Tea Estate (about 20 kms away).

By Train: The nearest railway station is New Japaiguri station (about 96 km from Namchi). From Namchi you can hire a taxi to reach Temi.

By Road: You can catch a bus from Siliguri (SNT Bus Stand) and get down at Namchi. From there, you can hire a private taxi to Temi Tea Estate.

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