Sikkim’s only tea estate, yet one of the best in the world, Temi Tea Garden, is a government-run estate, started in 1969. It has a plantation area of 440 acres that lay over a sloping hill in the southern part of Sikkim.
It all started with the virgin initiative for tea production by the last king of Sikkim to employ a large number of Tibetan refugees living erstwhile in this region of India. This culminated in constructing 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 quality, which gets a high recognition in the international markets.
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 up to the estate. Regarding travel to Sikkim, tourists can make use of the following means:
By Flight: Nearest airport to the state of Sikkim is Bagdogra in West Bengal, which is 124 km from Gangtok. It is well connected to the cities like Delhi, Kolkata, and Guwahati. Further journeys can be covered by taxis or cabs, which are readily available. There is also a helicopter service available from the Bagdogra airport to Gangtok daily.
By Train: Sikkim does not have any railway network within its state boundaries due to the high altitude topography. Its nearest railheads are in West Bengal; New Jalpaiguri (126 km away) and Siliguri (114 km away). They operate regular trains from Delhi, Kolkata, and Guwahati.
By Road: Sikkim at the foothills of the Himalayas has a road network 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. In addition, one can hire taxis or cabs to reach different parts of the state.
The best season to explore Sikkim is the winter. The weather gets clear and calm, setting perfect conditions for sightseeing. While on a trip to the Temi Tea Garden, make your visit schedule for November. During this time, cherry blossom trees surrounding the plantation bloomed to a whole new level, making the uphill journey highly pleasant.
Ans. Temi Tea Garden is mainly known for its black teas. Besides, it is the best tea estate worldwide where tea is made purely with organic fertilizers. Thus, the quality of the tea is impeccable.
Ans. Gangtok to Temi Tea Garden is around 55 km apart and can be covered in about 2 hours by car.
Ans. Temi Tea Garden is located in South Sikkim in the Tandong mountain range, close to Namchi and Ravangla. A blissful mountainside valley full of cherry blossom trees and lush ferns surrounds the Temi Tea Garden.
Ans. Cherry Resort in Temi Tea Garden is a great place to stay. It is set amidst lush green, manicured tea gardens that offer 360-degree views of Mount Kanchenjunga and the Teesta River.
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