Day 1: Arrival at Goomtee T.E.
Upon arrival at the nearest Bagdogra Airport, transfer to Goomtee T.E. Goomtee Tea Estate is almost midway between Siliguri and Darjeeling hill town and near Kurseong. It's 40kms from Siliguri, 48kms from Darjeeling and only 8kms below Kurseong.
Day 2: Explore Goomtee T.E.
Visit the gardens, chat with the garden workers followed by a visit to the Goomtee tea factory where you will witness live tea processing through all the stages including the final packaging. Go through a tea tasting session where a staff will explain you how they grade the teas, the concept of flush, how the valuation of tea is done and many other interesting things. You can also buy tea of your choice from the factory outlet and get 15% discount on the market price. During summer (May to June) you can enjoy relishing bath under a nearby waterfalls and then follow it up with a picnic lunch Feast your eyes with Gorkha dance & music in the evening performed by the local villagers. Table Tennis and board games are also available. Overnight at Goomtee resort
Day 3: Goomtee - Makaibari T.E. (Kurseong)
The Makaibari Tea Estate is probably the most talked about and fabled tea garden in Darjeeling area. And there are reasons for that. This is one of the oldest tea gardens in Darjeeling and was the first to establish a factory in the year 1859. Guided tour of the tea gardens that includes walking through the estate and tea bushes, watching the garden workers plucking teas (depending on the season) and talking to them, how tea is processed in the factory from drying to packaging, tea tasting session etc. Take a nature walk through the lovely mountain areas and valleys. Take a walking tour of the villages and know about the village life in the mountains. Overnight at hotel in Kurseong
Day 4: Kurseong - Darjeeling
Take the UNESCO Heritage Toy Train Ride to Darjeeling after lunch. Darjeeling, one of the most beautiful hill station is generally called the “ Queens of the hills”. It has all attributes of a queen like glamour and beauty of evergreen hills around, green tea gardens at her feet and Mt. Kanchenjunga as her crown. In Sanskrit, Durjaya linga means “Shiva of invincible power who rules the Himalayas”. Darjeeling is northern district of West Bengal, which shares its border with Sikkim in the north, Nepal in the west, Bhutan in the east and Bangladesh and plains of Bengal in the south. Overnight at hotel
Day 5: Explore Darjeeling
Early morning drive to the Tiger hill. Situated at an altitude of 2590 meters Tiger hill has earned international fame for the magnificent view of the sunrise. The majestic peak Kanchenjunga (8596 mtrs) rears up flanked by Mt.Kabru and Mt Pandim to the far left are Everest, Makalu and Lhotse. Other peaks visible from here are Mt. Jano, Mt. Nar sing, Mt. Frey peak, Mt. Sinolchu etc. After Tiger Hill visit Yiga Choling Monastery of Ghoom. After breakfast visit Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park, a high altitude wildlife Zoo with the most successful captive breeding center for Snow leopard and Red Panda. After this visit, you may proceed to Tibetan Refugee Self Help Center and then Tea Garden. Evening free for market Overnight at Hotel
Day 6: Drive/Hike to Happy Valley T.E./ Tukvar T.E.
Walking through a tea garden on the gentle hill slopes of Darjeeling and seeing the tea processing is always a special experience. And a great way to experience this is by visiting the Happy Valley Tea Estate which is located about 3km (1.8 miles) away from Chowk Bazaar area. The approach is through a narrow winding downhill road which is quite steep. So if you are walking, the walk on your way back is likely to be quite cumbersome. But the rewards on the way are enormous.
Day 7: Departure
Drive to the nearest airport of Bagdogra.
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