Darjeeling Tea Garden
AN ELGIN EXCLUSIVE FEATURE By Katyayini Kesharwani & Mitali Mistri
The tea of Darjeeling is not nearly a ‘Brew-Brand’ but it is a signature tune of the vagrant hilly ambience enriched by salubrious air which breaths in Darjeeling Tea Fragrance. Taste buds not only fulfil the ‘Taste in Haste’ but also regulate the tempers and mercurial moods of humans, always craving for taste, flavour and above all the satiation of body-mind-soul. The freshness of tea leaves and its delicious aroma surrounds you in tea gardens of Darjeeling which are just a small distance away from The Elgin, Darjeeling.
Nothing could be as heart-filling as witnessing the budding tea gardens of Darjeeling. An overview of the best Darjeeling tea gardens is given below.
Chowk Bazaar territory
This is the favourite shopping area of the locals and the tourists in Darjeeling. This place is always crowded with vendors and customers and is a beautiful blend of vibrant colours. One can find all kinds of items including clothes, umbrellas, shoes etc. and from the Chowrasta Mall towards the Post Office in Chowk Bazaar, the narrow roads are full of various shops and eateries. Chowk Bazaar Territory is also famous for its carved boxes, masks, handspun textiles, fur caps, embroidered work, rugs, brassware, silverware etc.
Puttabong is the first tea garden to use a pruning machine and started trading tea for commercial use. This is one of the largest gardens in Darjeeling and is also the first tea estate in the history of Darjeeling Tea Plantation.
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This is the estate that is eminently known for its organic blends. Risheehat has rich fertile soil, the right temperature, and rainfall which creates the most favourable atmosphere for producing organic blends.
This is one of the gardens which not only focus on producing the most popular beverage, but also cultivates hilly vegetables, orchids, and floras. It is amongst the most naturally beautiful tea estates of Darjeeling.
Above the lush green hills along with a pure breeze and misty weather, farmers and workers come together to form a utopia of the world’s finest tea. Several tea estates in Darjeeling offer vacation packages in ancient antique bungalows along with soul-seeking activities and entertainment with a local flavour.