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. A visit to Happy Valley Tea Estate represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Darjeeling visit planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Whole valley grows tea. Orange Peko, famous quality of world famous tea comes from this place. Tea factory provides education in preparation of tea.  more »
  • The tour here is great, especially given the 100 rs cost. Unfortunately we arrived out of season so did it get to see tea in production, nonetheless it was interesting and the tour guide was very know...  more »
  • A wonderful tour. Good staff. Entry fee 100/-. Includes a guided tour of the factory followed by tea tasting. Approach road to the estate is single lane and steep climb, preferable to walk down to it,...  more »
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  • All you need to know about tree: Take a tour with your guide or knowledgeable person & experience the delight. You can purchase from the several shops outside the roads. This is kind of 4PM place where you can enjoy your sunset with you tea & course magnificent green valleys. Do take pictures for memories!
  • GOOD: A good tour within their factory. Though the processing was closed when we visited. Ideal time is to go there between 8:00 am to 9:30 am morning in the season (perhaps march to may) when they cut and process. NOT SO GOOD: Approach road negotiated steep slope. space for only one car. couple of times 2 cars from opposite site waste a lot of time. They do not include any walk of their tea gardens.
  • Pay rupees 100 and they will take you on a tour. Avoid going if you are with small kids as it may seem boring to them. The guide is knowledgeable and kind. You will get 6 teas to taste...
  • Nice place to know about the tea making process. About 30 min walk from chowrasta in case you dont get a taxi. Best time to visit is early morning before 9 am to witness all tea process. The guided tour closes at 4.30 pm. Tea tasting is included as part of tour.
  • Very beautiful place with beautiful people and dogs.. wow.. a walk amidst tea plantation makes you so fresh...

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