Picking a destination for your next vacation can get a bit daunting at times, no? Beaches or mountains- we’re always confused! But we often forget another very relaxing option, tea estates. Yes! We’re sure you’d know that our country is blessed with some amazing tea gardens and estates. No wonder we Indians are crazy about tea! But honestly, chilling in a tea estate resort, amidst nature can be quite a de-stressing vacation option. So, if you too are looking for your next vacay spot, then check out these 8 awesome tea estates in the country that have their own resorts.
1. Glenburn Tea Estate
With stunning and breathtaking views of hills, Glenburn Tea Estate is an estate-cum-hotel which was originally started by a Scottish company. It’s now has been taken over by a Bengali family. You can experience the art of tea plucking here while staying at their bungalows which offer a luxurious stay. They grow their own vegetables, spices, herbs, and prepare food using local ingredients. How cool is that! You can also enjoy sessions of meditation, yoga, spa or just sit back and enjoy nature while sipping tea!
Where: Near Singritan, Darjeeling, West Bengal
2. Wild Mahseer
The land of blue hills, Assam offers stunning views and Wild Mahseer offers a luxurious stay with a touch of heritage. With vast varieties of flora & fauna, and fun activities like nature walk, tea plantation, river rafting, and jungle bathing, you’ll have plenty to do at this gorgeous place. Named after one of the toughest game fish in the world, Wild Mahseer is a unique heritage stay. Sit back and experience the green living and sip on their special black tea while you’re there.
Where: Balipara Division Addabarie Tea Estate, Sonitpur Dist, Off National Highway 52, Balipara, Assam
3. Darang Tea Estate
With cute cottages, this tea estate and homestay offers you the perfect escape from busy city life. It’s a family-owned tea estate that dates back 150 years and is nestled among the 70-acre estate. It’s got four cosy cottages with a direct view of the snow-capped Dhauladhar range. During your stay, you will get everything here under one roof – from a fireplace, a library, fresh home-grown vegetables, and fruits. You can even go on exploring the 70 acres of the estate and the tea garden. If you love nature like us, then this place is surely for you!
Where: Kangra, Darang, Himachal Pradesh
4. Sinna Dorai Bungalow
Situated in the middle of tea plantations, Sinna Dorai Bungalow is a private property that was first opened in 1845 by Mr. James Ouchterlony. This tea estate focuses on maintaining its authenticity and promotes local cuisine. At the bungalow, you can enjoy a day walking through the tea estates and visiting the largest tea factory in the area. If you want to just relax then just unwind by sipping on some wine and soak the beauty of the place!
Where: Carolyn Estate, Pandalur, Gudalur, Tamil Nadu
5. Talayar Valley Bungalow
Perched on a hill of the Western Ghats, Talayar Valley Bungalow is a gorgeous tea estate cum resort which used to be a residence of an old tea planter. Head to the Tea Museum and the gorgeous Lakkom Waterfalls or just sit and enjoy the freshly made tea. With stunning vintage style rooms, gardens and dining rooms, Talayar Valley Bungalow promises you amazing vacation!
Where: V-363, Kannan Devan Hills Village, Talliar post, Idukki, Idukki, Kerala
6. Singtom Tea Estate
Built-in 1862, Singtom is the world’s oldest tea estate and resort. Offering panoramic views of Kanchenjunga hills, this resort is very close to the tea plantations. You can walk all day through 1,600 acres of the private estate, and then return to a luxury stay. Trekking, tea plucking, tea factory tour, tea tasting, you can do everything here.
Where: Singtam Tea Garden, Darjeeling, West Bengal
7. La Maison
La Maison is a beautiful heritage French homestay where you should definitely head when you visit Tamil Nadu next. Surrounded by tea plantations, waterfalls, streams, and greenery it is a perfect getaway. Built-in 1888 by a Scottish man called Kay, the very first tea plantation here was started in the 1920s. You can play sports, go trekking or you can just relax while gazing at the gorgeous picturesque views of the sunrise and sunsets here. Did we tell you that they have an open-air hot water jacuzzi too, crazy right?
Where: Hadathorai, Nihung Post office, Kotagiri, The Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu
8. Ging Tea House
Built-in 1864, Ging Tea House is a bliss from the rush and roar of the city. Experience the art of tea plantation, tea plucking, and tea tasting while you are on their tea tour. Book a stay in this lavish house, enjoy the tea gardens and forget about your worries! If you are a tea person and travel is something that excites you, you must visit this place!
Where: Ging Tea Garden, Darjeeling, West Bengal 734105
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