Tea Plantation Itinerary
Day 1 – Hello India
Arrive in New Delhi, India. Upon arrival as you come out of immigration you will be greeted by our representative and taken to your hotel for check-in.
Depending on your arrival time, you may start a brief sightseeing tour of the New Delhi area or you may take it easy and relax in your hotel.
Day 2 & 3 – New Delhi historical sites, monuments, architecture more…
Over the next two days, we will provide you with extensive guided sightseeing and an introduction to the cultural aspects of the New Delhi region of India
You will have the opportunity to visit the Jama Masjid, the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi, the 11th century Qutab Minar, the Red Fort as well as many other historical sites.
Visit monuments, temples, great architecture, lovely gardens and authentic restaurants of India.
Shop at some of the famous bazaars such as Chandani Chowk and Connaught Place.
Day 4: Agra and The Taj Mahal
After an early morning breakfast, proceed to Agra for your visit to the Taj Mahal.
After seeing this beautiful monument and lunch, you will visit the Agra Fort where Shah Jehan,was imprisoned in 1657 by his son and where it was said he would gaze across the Yamuna river at the Taj Mahal where his beloved Mumtaz was buried, until his death in 1666.
You will also visit Fatehpur Sikri, a royal “ghost” city and world heritage site built predominantly of red sandstone by the Mughal emperor Akbar before you return back to your hotel in New Delhi.
Day 5: Tea Estate Arrival
After you check out of your hotel, you will be transported to the Airport for your flight to Darjeeling. Upon arrival at Bagdogra Airport in Darjeeling you will be picked up in a chauffeured car and driven to the tea estates we have arranged for your stay while you
are with us. This is a two hour drive from Darjeeling.
Upon arrival in at the Tea Estate, and after you have been shown to your rooms, you can join the rest of your Himalayan tour mates in the verandah of your bungalow for refreshments.
Relax and enjoy the beautiful grounds of the estate with its fantastic views of the valleys
and snow capped peaks.
Enjoy a massage, relax your muscles in the steam room of your bungalow, be pampered.
Or if you wish, we can arrange for a guide to take you on a hike among the many hiking trails of the estate.
Day 6: Badatam
You have several options on hiking the lush Badatam forest. This is a 4-6 hour hike . You will be driven by jeep to Darjeeling town and can either hike back all the way or you can do a partial hike and ride back, depending on how much you wish to push yourself physically.
Walking downhill out of Lebong, you cross the Ging and Bannockburn Tea Estates. Enroute you will stop at some fabulous viewpoints where you can look down at Jore Thang Town on the border of West Bengal and Sikkim as well as across the mountains to other parts of Western Sikkim.
Once you enter the Badamtam Tea Estate, your jeep will be waiting with refreshments before you begin to climb up to The Buddha of Badamtam, an impressive 14 foot high statue of Lord Buddha sitting atop the highest hill in the area against a backdrop of the snow capped Himalayan mountains.
Descend out of this area into the forest where you will enjoy more views of the Sikkim hills on the left, the entire Glenburn Estate on the right and the River Rungeet below, separating the two hills. The road forks and your route will take you down via the Manjitar Suspension Footbridge that spans about 200 feet across and 100 feet above the river as you cross into the Royal Kingdom of Sikkim where you can wander around Manjitar Village and/or stop for a cup of hot tea.
Or you can go on the Tukdah and Mineral Springs Hike…
This hike provides you with the opportunity to explore the Himalayan Foothills off the beaten track. Trek through small villages and forest paths as you walk through the Tukdah Tea Estate, and then through a few villages into the abandoned Dawai Pani (Mineral Springs) Tea Estate, one of the first tea estates in the area.
Cross the beautiful waterfall and spring from where the River Dung, which meanders through Glenburn, begins. Descend through memorable scenery in this moderate-to-tough 6 hour hike. Once across the river, you begin the steep climb up to Darjeeling through tiny village tracks and patches of tea estates.
Day 7: Tea Estate Tour
This is an all day tour. It is considered medium difficulty as there will be a lot of walking.
Walk or drive through the tea fields with the Estate Manager who will explain how the tea bush is grown and looked after, from plucking the ”two leaves and a bud,” to the manufacturing process, until it gets packed for shipment. You will have the opportunity to interact with the tea plantation workers as you move from one part of the estate to
End the day with a Tea Tasting Sensation, where you will discover the differences in aroma, flavor and appearance of tea manufactured in different ways, and during different seasons. The session also includes the tasting of teas from other parts of India and the world, and examples of flavored and blended teas. Lunch will be provided at a certain pre-planned location in the tea fields, where you can enjoy spectacular views of your surroundings.
Day 8: Glenburn Lodge & Campsite Excursion
This hike ranges from 1.5 hours to 4 hours ranging from moderate to difficult depending on the hike. You will enjoy spectacular views while descending from 3000 feet through forests, streams and waterfalls to the river below which lies at around 800 feet.
Refreshments will be provided along the way, and a jeep is always nearby, should you feel tired and wish to drive down the rest of the way.
Once you arrive at the cabin & campsite area, lunch will be provided either as a sit down meal by the cabin, a barbeque, or picnic style on the river’s beaches and rocks. Spend the day relaxing in the lovely countryside by the river, fish and bird watch, or explore the rock pools. Your guide will always be nearby. At the end of the afternoon, you can hitch a ride back to the bungalow or you can hike back if you prefer.
Day 9: Goodbye Darjeeling
After a nice hearty breakfast, you will be driven to Bagdogra Airport for your flight to New Delhi where you will board your connecting flight back to the United States.
Depending on when your flight leaves, you may be departing India on the evening of Day 8 evening or the morning of Day 9 for your International flight back to the United States.
We hope you had a wonderful and memorable time – have a safe trip back and be sure to join us on another one of our trips in the near future.
Tea Plantation Package
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US $3,997 Double Occupancy * Add $550 for private room (if available)
All Accommodations for 8 days (4 nights at boutique hotel in New Delhi and 4 nights at tea plantation bungalow)
All breakfasts, lunches and dinners for 8 days
All ground transportation in India
Welcome reception and orientation upon arrival
Full time English speaking guide& chauffeur
Entrance fees to all planned tourist attractions
All taxes and surcharges
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* This price does not include international or any domestic airfare, passport or visa fees, travel insurance, telephone charges, alcoholic beverages, addition
Lunch or snacks and refreshments will be provided on all hikes longer than 2 hours. Water is provided no matter how long the duration
of the hike.
While we encourage you to join in all the hikes we have arranged, in the event you do not wish to participate on any of the prolonged walks, most of the hike destinations can be reached via a four-wheel jeep. In most cases we can arrange for you to be chauffeured to the areas where you can meet up with the rest of the hikers in our team and still take full advantage of your surroundings. Another alternative, where available, is to participate in a partial hike and jeep the rest of the way to your destination.