For the people who think my travel life is easy and I don’t have to go through the family drama of asking my parents and waiting for their approval, I would like to tell them, No! Just like you all, I’m no exception. The only difference is why I still end up at the place I have decided is because no matter what I’m adamant in my mind to be there where I have decided in my head. Not to mention the number of times I have been kicked out of the house (joking). Hahaha but it is fun, life would be boring if it will lack drama. Don’t you think?
Keeping the whines aside. What was I doing in an estate full of tea plantation when in the first place I’m not even a tea lover? The reason I was telling you this story about Daughter-Father squabble over a trivial matter was because that is how I had decided to go a little off track from my trip. My father is a tea lover and he enjoys drinking tea of various varieties from various states. Hence, TEA can be the perfect fence-mending gift to him! HAHAHA, clever me.
While I was searching in shops of Gangtok to buy one for him, I heard from a local that Sikkim has World’s best tea estate: Temi-Tea. And I happen to be in Sikkim!
Went out of the shop, sat on the bench, googled!
Ravangla, South Sikkim:
I woke up, took a taxi. I had no clue what I was entering into until I had reached there. Of course, I had seen pictures but the view was much more than the snaps. It was huge, huge, huge…. with only Tea plantation till wherever my eyesight could reach. And far below the Temi Tea valley, I could see some factory. I asked my taxi bhaiya if he can take me there.
For those of you who just like me is clueless, Temi Tea garden is considered one of the best ones in India and in the world. They produce tea organically avoiding agro-chemicals and moreover one thing which I witnessed in the factory was that a group of ladies was filtering the dried kiwi and oranges by their hands to put into the flavored tea. (They made me have few dried kiwis, yummy!!)
The tea is then exported to various parts of the world and is one of the finest.
How to reach Temi Tea Estate:
From Ravangla or Gangtok, you can do a direct taxi for Temi Tea which might cost you somewhere between 1000. They can also drop you back to Gangtok after Temi-Tea in the same price.
One day stay at any homestay of Temi-Tea estate and enjoy with the locals.
Coming back to my part of the story, I managed to finally take back one box of Spring tea for my father who with glowing eyes accepted the gift, drank a cup of tea from it and again went back to teasing me…. (by pretending to not talk)
I hope you enjoyed reading the blog and knowing the fact that India holds one of the best Tea Garden of the world. Keep reading and do visit it or once in a lifetime.
Trip Costed me: INR10,000 for 5 days