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Happy Valley Tea Estate, Darjeeling

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Considered one of highest tea factories in the world, Happy Valley Tea Estate offers a chance to witness the intricate process of tea production. In 1845 Englishman David Wilson established the estate, which spreads over 177 hectares (437 acres) at a height of 2,100 m (6,800 ft). After a narrow, steep downhill trail, you'll spot the factory with its slightly tilted tin roof, surrounded by tea gardens all over the slopes. Hire a guide to fully grasp the estate's history and economic purpose, and afterwards visit the well-provisioned tea shop to purchase gifts and souvenirs. Plan to see Happy Valley Tea Estate and other attractions that appeal to you using our Darjeeling trip itinerary maker.
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  • Great free activity where you not only learn about, and see, the mechanics of making tea, and especially Darjeeling Tea. We were only mildly interested in tea, but our friend from India insisted on th...  more »
  • Good explanations of the tea plantation and of the tea procès . We bought very good tea . The landscape is very nice 
  • Very interesting to learn how Darjeeling tea is processed. The tea tasting was also very interesting. If you have the time, do this. 
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  • Those interested in knowing about tea making process may visit. They are charging 100 rs per person for guided tour of tea making process for 15-20 minutes where they will explain you how their tea is better than others. So eventually you end up purchasing their tea. :) According to them they export 95 percent of tea prepared and sell the remaining at their factory. So they dont sell anything in domestic market. Overall informative tour for laymen.
  • Definitely interesting place. We had a factory tour with a factory's tour guide. He told us about tea collecting, processing and packaging. Also described different types of tea with aroma. Specially white, black and green tea. Also they have small tea shop. Amazing thing is this tour was totally free, not any cost had to pay. If anyone want too see the tea process directly, must visit this place.
  • Wonderful tea processing centre with lavish tea garden surroundings. Been there with my family, welcoming staffs, learned how they process tea leaves.... Awesome memories. Thanks.
  • If you have fascination about Tea, specially Darjeeling Tea ….. Happy Valley is the right place for you. While in Darjeeling one must take a round of the garden / factory; the facility for ‘Tea Tour’ is there; you can experience one of the best tea factory in the world here; which is certified with all the national & international food safety standards; you have literally ‘Taste’ the teas; before you buy; you can feel the misty weather of Darjeeling Tea where the clouds may come to your path – if you are lucky another :), the tea boutique at the upstairs is available with range of tea; I would prefer to walk down from Darjeeling town rather than take a cab, which will be hardly 15 minutes walk; all around green Organic Tea Garden having the Darjeeling Town at the Top – is really a awesome experience for the tea lovers :)
  • Awsome view point and nice tea at chip prise