Dooars or Duars is famous for their natural beauty, tea gardens, wildlife sanctuaries, soul-soothing rivers like Murti, Raidak, Torsha, and many more. The tea gardens are also found in the Terai regions in the Jalpaiguri District of West Bengal, India. Tea plantations in the region are spread over 97,280 hectares. The region produces 226 million kg of tea accounting for about a quarter of India’s total tea crop. There are a huge number of tea gardens and tea garden resorts in Dooars that employ 3.5 lakh workers.
Cultivation of tea in Dooars was primarily pioneered by the British but there was a significant contribution of Indian workers to cultivate beautiful and mesmerizing tea gardens. These gardens are common in Dooars and surely one will like to see these gardens in close proximity. It is at the same time thrilling to stay in a bungalow that was originally built in the British era but has retained the colonial aura. This seems to be a bit expensive and luxurious, so don’t worry because there is one thing which is in huge abundance and free are endless stretches of tea gardens for all and that too with accommodations which offer a nice way of enjoying the sight of these beautiful gardens and even tea plucking.
CHENGMARI TEA ESTATE
It is nearly about 20kms from Chalsa. Heading towards the country road you will come across ‘The Chengmari tea estate’. It is the largest tea plantation owned by a family. It is over 100 years old. These estates produce tea of high quality along with favorable growing conditions which helps to provide a cup that is not only aromatic but also has a good punch to it. It covers a total 2539.77 geographical areas. There are about 3,016 houses in Chengmari Tea Garden Village. Malbazar is the nearest town to this Garden approximately 35km away.
DHARANIPUR TEA GARDEN
It is a stunning view of Dharanipur gardens on one side, Diana River flowing below and Bhutan hills on the other side towards the left with patches of clouds scattered on them. There is a bamboo made seat and a table on the river bank which is naturally perfect for a picnic and enjoying the view of the tea garden. This is a place to capture in memory and your favorite camera.
Juranti Tea Garden:
Juranti or Zurantee, located at Chalsa region of Dooars, is a pictorial hamlet known for its serene Tea Estate and vast stretch of tea gardens. Gorumara National Park is just a 30 minutes driving distance away from the village. Flanked between Murti and Neora rivers, the settlement offers a wide variety of flora sprawling tea gardens and the exotic feel of colonial days. The country old British Bungalow is available to stay here.
Binnaguri Tea Garden:
There are many tea gardens in the nearby area of Binnaguri. Binnaguri is a cantonment town located in Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal. Situated at an altitude of 218mt and 56km from Jalpaiguri, Binnaguri lies close to the Bhutan and Nepal border. The Bhutanese town of Samchi is just at a distance of 10km from Binnaguri.
Tea gardens are the backbone of the Dooars, and the same can be said for the town of Binnaguri. There are many gardens and tea Estate over here. This place is very near to Jaldapara National Park. So one visiting Jaldapara National Park can stay here and view the mesmerizing tea garden and Teesta River.
FAGU TEA GARDEN
This is 19th-century heritage planters tea garden in Gorubathan area which is fringed by Batabari Forest at its Southern end. This tea resort offers a wonderful balance in terms of stay in a colonial bungalow amidst sprawling tea gardens.
Majherdabri Tea Estate
Majherdabri Tea estate is divided into Purbba and Pashchim Majherdabri tea gardens. Covering an area of 298.2 hectares. Purbba Majherdabri Tea Garden village is located in Alipurduar district; on the other hand, the total geographical area of Pashchim Majherdabri tea gardens is 125.8 hectares. Both the gardens are especially famous among tourists for offering the soothing scenery of fresh green tea gardens. Coupled with the smell of fresh green leaves, a walk in the tea gardens is a perfect way to remove your stress. The management of Majherdabri Tea Estate in 2019 took initiative and set up set up 20 cottages for tourists with all modern amenities. Tourists visiting the garden can entertain themselves by learning the process of tea making also. The tea estate is especially famous for introducing the rare ” white tea” which is one of the costly variety of tea.
Atiabari Tea Estate
Atiabari Tea Garden village is located in Kalchini of Alipurduar district. It is situated 15.3km away from sub-district headquarter Hamiltangan. Alipurduar is nearest town to Atiabari Tea Garden which is approximately 40km away. It is another hidden heaven for ‘Tea lovers’. It is essentially a pivotal destination to visit many attractive places including Rajabhat-Tea-Garden, Bhatkhawa-Tea-Garden, Gangutia-Tea-Garden, Dima-Tea-Garden, Buxa-Forest, Uttar-Latabari, Mandebari, Nimtijhora-Tea-Garden, Kalchini-Tea-Garden, Chuapara-Tea-Garden and so on.
Diana Tea Garden
Situated over an area of 483.4 hectares, Diana Tea Garden village is located in Dhupguri of Alipurduar district. Jalpaiguri is the nearest town to Diana Tea Garden which is approximately 69km away. Surrounded by far-off glimpses of mountains, this little hamlet with 861 houses will offer you an exclusive peek inside the life of tea garden workers, their lifestyle, and specific culture. One can also visit some other tea garden villages which are also situated nearby including Chuna Bhati Tea Garden, Kathalguri Tea Garden, Riabari Tea Garden, Palasbari Tea Garden, Haritalguri Tea Garden, and Debpara Tea Garden.
BEST TIME TO VISIT THE TEA GARDENS IN DOOARS
The monsoon in Dooars along with the tea garden gives a really energetic environment. But the most ideal time to visit these mesmerizing tea gardens to get the best view and to relax in its aura is between mid-September to May.