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 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.
BEST PLACES TO FIND THESE BEAUTIFUL TEA GARDENS
While visiting Dooars one should carve out some time for tea garden tours. This can also be done along the way while driving from Gorumara to Jaldapara.
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.
There are many tea gardens in nearby area of Binnaguri. Binnaguri is a cantonment town located at Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal. Situated at an altitude of 218mt and 56km from Jalpaiguri, Binnaguri lies close to Bhutan and Nepal border, the Bhutanese town of Samchi is just at a distance of 10km from Binnaguri. Tea gardens is the backbone of the Dooars and same can be said for this town Binnaguri. This place is very near to Jaldapara National Park. One visiting to Jaldapara National Park can visit 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.
THE MYSTIC FOREST- A TEA GARDEN RESORT
All travelers will no doubt get the mesmerizing tea fragrance and would like to sip a cup of tea with a stay in the resort. It is located in the Jaldapara National Park area. At one point a route on the right leads to the resort. The last stretch of about 100 meters is not motor-able so one needs to walk. Small cottage-style buildings are lined up in rows and spread across a lush garden setting with many flowering plantations around.
BEST TIME TO VISIT THE TEA ESTATE
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.