Temi Tea Garden is one of the most prominent Tea Estate in the entire Sikkim. Situated in the Southern Part of Sikkim, Temi is laid across 453 acres of land. Entrenched in the year 1969 by Sikkim Government, adjoined by the mighty Kanchenjunga range in the backdrop, Temi is known for producing quality tea leaves that are highly reputed in the international market.
Covered with the vast stretch of lush tea plantation, Temi Tea Estate with its adjacent twisting roads and tea pickers with their colourful attires picking tea leaves offer a picturesque exhibition which a nature-loving tourist usually craves for.
Long before the establishment of the estate and during the British Rule, the land, where the garden is located now was a Sherpa Village. There were nurseries of the Forest Department covering about 10 acres of land surrounding the Missionary Building which became the office cum habitation of Divisional Forest Officer. These Scottish missionary buildings were made by the British but were later acquired by the Government of Sikkim in the year 1954.
Being known for producing quality tea leaves which are cherished worldwide for its amazing flavor; Temi is not just a tea estate now. It has become a thriving tourist attraction. Plenty of travellers get allured every year towards it.
The lush green vegetation along with the Kanchenjunga Peak in the backdrop and the serene ambience are enough to soothe anyone's mind. Apart from the tea garden, Temi is also full of cardamom and cherry blossom trees. Moreover, a wide variety of vibrant birds like Rusty-bellied, Lesser Shortwings, Satyr tragopan, kalij and abundant species of butterflies can be seen flying in the gardens of Temi and its adjacent areas.
There are many alluring villages nearby such as Narsing Village, Borong Village, Kewzing Village, etc. However, the major attraction near this scenic tea garden is Ravangla. Ravangla is about 20 km away from Temi Tea Estate and known for offering tourist interests like Buddha Park, Ravangla Gumpa, etc.
Pelling is another place to visit just about 3 hours driving distance away from Temi Tea Garden. Situated at an elevation of 7200 feet, Pelling offers a jaw-dropping view of Kanchenjunga along with vacationist's attractions like Sang Da Choeling Monastery, Pemyangtse Monastery, Rimbi Waterfall, Sewaro Rock Garden, Khecheopalri Lake, Rabdentse Ruins, and Kangchendzonga waterfalls, etc.
The peace-seeking tourists are going to love Temi Tea Garden as all it offers are serene ambience and scenic beauty. Visitors can stroll around the green lush tea gardens while watching the tea plucking and the processing of tea making.
Those who love adventure can trek to the Tendong Hill and the Maenam Hill with a motif to visit Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary and Tendong State Biodiversity Park, etc. Moreover, adjacent villages like Narsing Village, Borong Village, Kewzing Village, etc. can be explored too.
Accommodation options are in abundance near Temi Tea Garden. There is a heritage Dak Bungalow from the British era, Temi Homestay and many other resorts, guest house to stay. Most of them come with all kind of modern amenities such as attached western bathrooms with hot water geysers, large wardrobes in rooms and quite comfortable beds.
Temi Tea Garden is comfortably accessible by road. One can reach this picturesque site by car or bus from Namchi, Pelling, Ravangla, Pelling or even Gangtok. The nearest main town of Temi Tea Garden is Namchi. One can get regular buses and taxis from Siliguri / NJP or Bagdogra Airport to Namchi. From Namchi, all you have to do is just hire a car to finally reach Temi Tea Estate.
Even though Temi can be visited at any time of the year, the months of March to May is considered to be the best time to visit Temi Tea Estate. During these months, the weather is quite pleasant and the place is ornamented with rich fields of orchids and rhododendrons. There is no entry fee needed and you can visit it any time of the day as there are no specific timings set for Temi Tea Garden.
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