As the pandemic got us home-arrested, wanderers at heart have missed venturing out. No one would have imagined that a global pandemic would bring travel plans to a complete stop. However, with the rollout of vaccines, we’re hopeful of returning to the pre-pandemic times. And since Indians are obsessed with the idea of tea, tea estates can be the perfect place to unwind in the lap of nature and overcome the pandemic blues. Pluck tea leaves, smell the coffee, sip on fine wine in these tea estate properties in India.
1. The Glenburn Tea Estate and Boutique Hotel
If you want to experience the splendour of Darjeeling in its best form, then the Glenburn Tea Estate and Boutique Hotel atop the mountains will come to your rescue. The gorgeous colonial architectured bungalows overlooking the sweeping lawn and the mighty hills seem to float above the clouds, literally! The secluded paradise has two bungalows and each of them comprises four suits with pretty patios, lavish balconies, and terraces. Inside each room, the guests will find fresh flowers, a fruit basket, cold and hot water facilities, complimentary Darjeeling Green Tea toiletries, and hair dryers. The rooms do not have televisions, to help the guests completely detach from the hubbub of the diurnal routines amid absolute tranquility.
2. Taj Chia Kutir Resort & Spa, Makaibari Tea Estate
The luxury experience at Taj doesn’t need an introduction. And now you can immerse in this luxurious experience right in the heart of the lush green, misty tea estate of the Darjeeling hills. Taj Chia Kutir Resort & Spa is nestled in the mesmerising Makaibari Tea Estate, and it overlooks the mighty and marvellous Himalayas. The tea estate gives a mind-boggling view of the third highest mountain in the world, the Kanchenjunga. Taj Chia Kutir is spread across 22 acres and the cloud-clad mountains are clearly visible from the large glass windows. Taj Darjeeling is the haven where luxury and mother nature marries each other. Dwelling here is like an experience of a lifetime.
3. Mayfair Tea Resort, Siliguri
How would you like to stay in lavish 16th century styled rooms, overlooking lush green tea gardens? Wake up to the sounds of chirping birds, and let the aroma of freshly brewed tea tickle your senses, as you look forward to a mystical new morning. At India’s first-ever luxury boutique tea resort you can engulf yourself with all things tea. Siliguri’s Mayfair Tea Resort, offering over 154 rooms, is a luxurious property acting as a gateway to the mystical hill stations of Gangtok, Kalimpong, and Darjeeling. Mayfair Tea Resort in Siliguri is a property that’s unparalleled. It’s luxury, nature, and beauty at its finest. Imagine sipping a cup of piping hot tea, from your colonial-styled room as you soak in the ethereal magnificence of the Darjeeling Hills.
4. The Outer Space, Sathram
Wish to sleep under the stars? We have found a place in our very own Munnar where you can do just that while surrounded by pristine landscapes, enchanted mountains, and tea plantations. These cool pyramid-shaped glass cabins are designed to embrace the great outdoors as you fall asleep underneath the infinite sky. Nestled in Kerala’s Mount Sathram, The Outer Space, Sathram is India’s first glass cabin by TossGlamping. It offers visitors the opportunity to sleep under the moonlight in beautiful glass rooms with endless views of the mountains. The chic pyramid structures come appointed with WiFi and electricity. You can witness the midnight sun bringing dormant nature to life, painting everything around in vibrant shades of green.
5. Windflower Resort & Spa, Vythiri
Only 3 hours from Kozhikode, Vythiri is basically a location around the Kerala backwaters. Whether you’re planning to go in the winters, or during the summer, Vythiri has the perfect cozy climate throughout the year. Stay at Windflower Resort & Spa that offers an open-air jacuzzi. All guests at the resort get a complimentary trip to the tea plantations by the resort along with an open-air high tea session after that. Gives off a very nature-y vibe, doesn’t it?
These tea estates are surely helping revive our (and your) wanderlust, isn’t it?