At the crossroads of Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet, on the land that formerly belonged of the kingdom of Sikkim, there is a unique settlement that brings you face to face with small tea producers in Darjeeling. The area is marked by serenity, beauty, and a harmony between the nature and its inhabitants. At the heart of these villages in Darjeeling, the tea producers wait to welcome you.
On this tour, you will first discover the amazing city of Darjeeling and the diversity it offers, owing to its British history and Tibetan Buddhist culture. Then you'll head for the hills of the Mineral Spring where the tea producers await. Closely tied to their land, they live in perfect sync with nature and grow tea on plots of less than one hectare according to the principles of organic farming and agro ecology. You will visit their gardens where tea plants are grown amidst crops of orange, mango, ginger, cardamom, and pineapple.
The producers will share a part of their life with you wherein you'll get a rare chance to discover the richness of their culture and traditions. You'll share home-made meals with tea producers, visit the school of the village, spend a few nights in an eco-lodge, attend a tasting of teas, and learn about their work and their cooperative from up close.
This unique trip gives you an opportunity to know the source where the tea you consume everyday comes from. It also allows you to forge new relationships with small tea producers halfway across the world. A journey full of meaning and warmth, it combines relaxation and discovery, fun and authenticity, the discovery of tea and meetings with the men and women who grow it.
• Best times for harvest: mid March to mid June, mid September to end of November • Best times to visit: early March to late April, early October to mid November