Sikkim’s solitary tea estate yet one of the best in the world, Temi tea gardenis a Government run estate that was started in the year 1969. The tea estate has a plantation area of 440 acres that lay over a slopping hill in the southern part of Sikkim.
It all started with the virgin initiative for tea production by the last king of Sikkim in a bid to provide employment to a large number of Tibetan refugees living erstwhile in this region of India. This culminated in the construction of a tea processing plant that is known to produce 1 lakh kg of tea every year in today’s times. The tea estate makes news not only for the quantity, but also for its quality, which gets a high recognition in the international markets.
Temi tea garden is located in a blissful mountain side valley that is full of cherry blossom trees and lush ferns.
How To Reach
The beautiful Temi tea garden has its address in the Damthang and Temi Bazaar of South Sikkim. Thus, you can hire a jeep to travel all the way up to the estate.
Regarding travel to Sikkim, tourists can make use of the following means:
By Air: Nearest airport to the state of Sikkim is Badgogra in West Bengal, which is at a distance of 124 km from the capital city of Gangtok. Bagdogra airport is well connected to the important cities of India like Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati. Further journey in the state can be covered by taxis or cabs, which are readily available at the airport. There is also helicopter service available from the Bagdogra airport.
By Rail: Owing to the high altitude topography, Sikkim does not have any railway networkwithin its state boundaries.Therefore, its nearest railheadsare in West Bengal;New Jalpaiguri(126 km away) and Siliguri (114 km away). These two railway stations operate regular trains from Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati.
By Road: Sikkim at the foothills of the Himalayas has a road network that is well connected to the major cities of its neighboring states. Prime routes to Sikkim start from Siliguri and Kalimpong in West Bengal.Government run Sikkim Nationalized Transport operates regular bus service on these two routes. One can also hire taxis or cabs to reach different parts of the state.
The best season to explore the awe-inspiring lands of Sikkim is the winter. The weather gets clear and cool, setting perfect conditions for sightseeing. While on a trip to Temi tea garden, make your visit schedule in the month of November. During this time, cherry blossom trees surrounding the plantation get bloomed to a whole new level, making the uphill journey highly pleasant.