Taste the romance of life in a cup
Darjeeling is known world over for its tea with the British introducing the now geographically indexed tea in the mid-1800s. The area was first scouted as an apt place for a sanitorium for the British officer stationed in Kolkata, but the weather proved apt to grow tea and soon commercial tea gardens were established. The Ging Tea House was built in 1864 with the foundation laid by the Darjeeling Tea Company and is among the first colonial tea planter bungalows to be built. The tea estate is a thirty minute scenic drive from Darjeeling town in Lebong Valley and a three hour drive from Siliguri. It is Set amidst 960 acres on top of a hill, the plantation retreat offers magnificent views of the might Kanchenjunga – the third highest mountain in the world.
Come visit the gardens, smell the tea and the earth, live the colonial life in the heritage ‘Burra Bungalow’ sipping Darjeeling tea with views of the mighty Kanchenjunga ranges, and enjoy being pampered.
Know Your Host
Ging Tea House is a family property restored and run lovingly by the members of the Tibrewal family. Shilpi, Seema and Sumedha have been the founding pillars of the property.
Built in 1864 the foundation of the Colonial Bungalow was laid by the Darjeeling Tea Company, and is one of the oldest tea plantations in and around the hills of Darjeeling. As a heritage property it maintains the colonial structure, antique furniture in the interiors and feel of the bygone era. The Heritage Tea Plantation Boutique Hotel is set on top of a hill amidst 960 hectares of plush tea plantations, with the experience offered being that of a life lived by the colonial British. Restoration was carried out between 2013-2015 and has kept the colonial heritage structure, rafter ceilings, teak wood flooring, four poster beds and antique furniture. The little details that add to the experience include pampering guests with bed teas, four-course sit down dinners and staff in-waiting at all times adding to the luxuries of a hotel whilst maintaining the warmth and comfort of a home.
Six differently styled suites make up your stay options. The Spring Suite is the most spacious of all the rooms in the house with luxurious drapes adorning the classic four poster Bengal Bed made from Burma Teak. The room is ideal as a family room as it can easily accommodate a couple with two kids with an additional queen bed in the room. True to its name, the room is adorned with fresh lime green and blue bringing it alive. The Blue Lady Room is decorated with Butah Persian Prints and comes with an antique king bed, empress cupboard, large dresser, a large day bed and a writing deck and chair. Expansive windows open onto the private gardens and views of the Himalayan Range. The Empress Teal Suite is an ode to the relaxed pace of country living with teal furnishings in floral prints and panelling across the room. Add to that a writing desk, antique cane chair, accent arm chair with a foot stool and hand-drawn bird prints gracing the walls. These three rooms include your own private fireplace, a perfect spot to snuggle up with a book, listening to soulful jazz or simply a glass of wine on those cool nights.
The Peony Blush Suite is the only twin bedded room in the House, and is reminiscent of sweet, summertime love; decorated with enduring peony print furnishings, sheer pink curtains, the wing-back chair in soft coral alluring to the dream. The Chevron Suite is decorated in antique white and Ming yellow making it the cosiest of the all rooms with parquet flooring and an antique Calcutta bed with soft poster drapes. The Royal Assam Suite is decorated with warm colour furnishings of fuchsia and red, and the classic colonial bed with an intricately carved headboard, multitude of spindles and turned legs reminds you of the ‘British Raj’. The rosewood dressing table, study and cane chair add to the charm of the room; though the most special feature is the day bed with sprawling windows that let you enjoy the heavenly mist of the mountains while you sip on fresh Ging tea.
All rooms come with a spacious bathroom with a walk-in rain shower and modern amenities, a flat screen television, a choice of movies, music and board games, room heaters and extra blankets.
The spacious communal dining toom is apt for long lunches, three course evening meals and great conversations. The multi cuisine menus include local, Indian and Continental meals and are made from fresh, seasonal produce with plenty of ingredients sourced from their own organic kitchen garden. When the weather permits, breakfast is served on the open deck offering views of the tea plantation. The lobby is an idyllic spot for a cup of tea allowing the hours to slip by.
The Tea Tour allows to see, pluck, taste and experience Darjeeling Tea first hand. The tour begins with legendary stories of how tea made its way from China, moving on to walking along the various sections of the tea garden and understanding the intricate process of plucking the ‘two leaves and a bud’. The tour continues to the factory to understand the manufacturing process that includes the various steps of withering, rolling, fermenting, drying and sorting. Finally, bring your senses alive with the tea tasting session.
There are plenty of hiking trails with curated walking trails all over the Estate as 60% has been left as natural forests. Discover wildflowers, birds and little villages. Take a guided trek to the river Rangeet or just choose a spot for a rustic planters’ picnic lunch. For the cool nights, enjoy bonfires with live music and local dance performances. The library is reminiscent of the old British days, with green leather sofas and bar stools, with an open fire place, LCD TV and a small collection of books and is a wonderful place to enjoy after a long day. A game of billiards on the vintage table, playing the piano or a game of chess, carom or scrabble are options as well.
With the Darjeeling Mall road just 30 minutes away, the sights of Darjeeling can easily be accessed including the toy train, Ghoom monastery, the Japanese Peace Pagoda and the Botanical Gardens. Rock climbing and river rafting in the Tiesta River are options for those looking for a little adventure.
The mood and the setting lead up to an experience of coming out refreshed. Fit for a small gathering, a special occasion or just reconnect with each other and nature, Ging Tea House is apt for children and young adults as well. For children, experiences include planting seeds in the kitchen garden, choosing and picking your own salad, a fish feeding pond and Momo making sessions.
Ging Tea House is open all year.
Ging Tea House along with other gardens have been pioneers in introducing organic practices to the tea industry as a responsibility toward the soil and the people who gain from it. There are no harmful chemicals used as it is a fully bio-organic plantation and IMO and Naturland certification guidelines are followed. Rainforest Alliance certified and meeting the HACCP standards, there is a balance maintained by coexisting with the natural flora and fauna of the region. More than 60% of the Estate has been left uncultivated allowing the natural forest and her inhabitants to take over.
When the British first began to cultivate tea in the region, workers from Nepal were brought in and they continue to work the Estate generations later. The fully local staff enjoy benefits such as free housing, ration and medical coverage and support to the schools and hospitals. Interest free loans are provided for animal husbandry, which brings additional income for the workers and organic manure for the soil. The Ging Tea House are members of the Fairtrade and Ethical Tea Partnership.
by purushottamw61 on 06/29/2022
Accommodation, Food and Service was excellent. The staff is very courteous. The surrounding is serene, green and no noise at all. All requests and questions were promptly answered by Ging tea...
by krish22 on 06/20/2022
What a glorious place to stay with the best team for the property led by Mr Andrews. It was like being transported to a British Bunglow in those days. The team was looking after each and every need...
by drbikramjitpal on 06/09/2022
Wonderful property nestled in the tea gardens. The view is just breathtaking. The support staff were extremely helpful with special shout-out to Andrews, Anju and all. The food was so homely with...