Jun 29th, 2023
Temi Tea Estate: Where the Autumn Cherry Festival Beckons on Your Sikkim Trip
What is the Temi Tea Cherry Festival?
Every year during the cherry blossom season, the Temi Tea Cherry Festival is celebrated in Sikkim. This is a beautiful carnival that aims at promoting the natural beauty of cherry blossoms and organic tea produced at the famous “Temi Tea Estate” (51 km from Gangtok city). The festival is a major attraction for countless nature lovers who throng here to immerse their souls in ethereal beauty of the place that gets covered in the veil of blooming Cherry Blossoms (Sakura), providing a hypnotizing spectacle sitting against the serene backdrop of the majestic Kanchenjunga peak. This view while sipping Temi Tea is a match made in heaven. Adventure activities, photography competitions and cultural programs too are an integral part of this annual fiesta that surely leaves all adventure buffs and cultural aficionadas basking in its wonderful memories for a number of days after your Sikkim trip by OurGuest.
BEST TIME TO VISIT:
The best time for your Sikkim trip and visit this scenic spot is from October to December, as Temi Tea Garden is adorned with rich fields of eye-catching rhododendrons and orchids during these months. The cool and clear weather during winters makes it perfect for sightseeing and spending some refreshing moments amidst this magnificent setting. If you want to visit in winters, then November is ideal for exploring this heavenly paradise beautified with lush green ferns and blooming cherry blossom trees.Temi Tea Garden is a cradle of Nature in the green valleys. Far away from Pelling, and closer to Namchi, Temi Tea Garden is not only the sole Tea Garden of Sikkim, but it is truly a visual treat for the Nature Lovers.
History of Tea in Sikkim and The Temi Tea Garden
Sikkim state has only one tea estate but that’s grown in reputation enough to make it a garden to contend with. The Temi Tea Garden is a Government of Sikkim undertaking, established in the year 1969. It is located in the South Sikkim region of the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim. Before the estate was created, the land was a Sherpa Village with around 10 acres of nurseries of the Forest Department around the Missionary Building which became the office cum residence of Divisional Forest Officer (South & West Division). During British rule this site was a landmark for Scottish missionary buildings in the early 20th century. The buildings were acquired by the Government of Sikkim in 1954. This is the only tea garden in operation in the state. The teas produced here are well-known for their rich aroma and delicate taste. Temi Tea Garden is one of the most charming gardens in North-eastern India. It is considered as the best tea estate around the world as tea is made purely with organic fertilizers
and the quality is impeccable, drawing various tourists throughout the year with beautiful Cherry Blossom trees, the pathway leading to this tea field is fascinating and walking towards the fields gives you a delightful experience. The estate's surroundings and approach road have also been made more scenic by planting Japanese cedar (dhupi) and prunes (cherry).
The highlight of the Tea Estate is the Temi Tea Tasting Experience where one can learn about the tea garden, how tea is made and end it with a tasting of the different types of tea during their Sikkim trip. Temi Tea from the organic state of Sikkim can be purchased at the factory outlet at discounted prices.
Apart from this, one can have a walk and take pictures in the Temi Tea Garden & try the Traditional Cuisines at the food stalls. Other activities such as Paragliding, Hiking & Cycling, Helicopter Joy Rides, Jeep Safari and Zip- lining, Camping during certain month.Largest Organic Tea garden in Sikkim One of the best tea producers in India & the world Top quality tea with demand in the international market. Best known for its black teas.
The Perfect Temi Tea Brew
Loose leaf tea
1 teaspoon (2-3 grams)
1 cup (180 mL)
Ideal water temperature
90 to 98 Degree Celcius
Mr. Saroj Rai with 20 + years experience in the Temi Tea Estate, providing the authentic Tea Tasting experience.
HOW TO REACH TEMI:
By Air – Pakyong is the nearest airport at a distance of approximately 2 hr (55 km) from Gangtok city. However, it is recommended to fly through Bagdogra Airport, Siliguri, West Bengal (124 km from Gangtok city) and avail cab service to Gangtok city (approximately 4-5 hr 122.9 km). Due to unpredictable weather conditions the flights fromPakyong airport are erratic in the monsoon season. Bagdogra airport provides excellent connectivity to various important cities such as Guwahati, Delhi, and Kolkata.
By Rail – The New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri Railway Stations in West Bengal are located at a distance of 126 km and 114 km respectively from Gangtok city.
By Road – From Gangtok city, one can hire private taxis or cabs to access various prominent parts of the city.From Gangtok, one can hire a private taxi Shared Taxi facility is also available.
Recommended Homestays Near Temi Tea Estate, Sikkim:
Average Tariff: 3000-4000 per night
AanshamKutir is run by Mr. Kamal Chettri and his family are best known for their hospitality with simplicity. This is the ideal place to have the feeling of being at home away from home during your Sikkim trip and is considered one of the best homestays in Sikkim.. Surrounded by greenery, the property has a beautifully maintained garden upfront with flowers in full bloom during spring. The homestay serves you homemade local dishes made from all organic produce from the local farms.
This homestay is run by Lalit Kr Pradhan and his family situated in a beautiful spacious flat land with surrounding lawns and comprises a bonfire area and pond. It is a few meters away from the host's 200-year-old house. The property has the most lovable & fluffy rabbits and an outdoor common area for guests to get together for meals or just laze around. A place to be! From natural beauty to tea gardens to bird watching and a good taste of hospitality.
Sarika Homestay in SIkkim is a quaint cottage style homestay run by Sarika Sherpa and his family which is surrounded by tea gardens which gives the guests a magnificent view to wake up to. The homestay provides clean rooms and is close to the main road & also offers parking facilities also available to make your Sikkim trip worthwhile.