A magical getaway in the tea gardens of Darjeeling
Located at a height of 4500 ft. from the sea level and surrounded by lush green tea gardens, Sourenee Tea Estate is one of the premier tea tourism destinations in Darjeeling. It boasts a rich tea producing history of 100 years! Over the years, the estate has been producing quality Darjeeling tea and therefore, holds a special place in India’s tea tourism map.
The place offers a panoramic view of the Himalayas, rolling valleys of Mirik and Nepal, and the shimmering mountainous streams. The three-storied plush bungalow that sits at the middle of the estate is an embodiment of old-world charm, and its eight exclusive rooms- a haven of luxury each. Every corner of the property exalts the Indian heritage and the impeccable hospitality makes each moment of your stay so fulfilling that you feel like coming back again and again.
The Sourenee Experience: Tea and more!
Holidaying in Sourenee is all about soaking in the tranquillity and feeling rejuvenated by the fresh aroma of tea. A typical day at the resort starts with you waking up to the breathtaking morning view of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga. The breakfast that follows is an elaborate affair with a wide variety of delightful dishes accompanying the most flavourful teas.
Sourenee is a trove of premium tea and tea tales! It has been producing organic tea since 2009. So, it is obvious that you will get to taste the choicest blends of organic tea while staying here. In addition to tasting the estate originals- the First Flush, Second Flush, Rain Flush, and Autumn Flush, you also get to learn about the art of plucking tea leaves and then watch the leaves being processed into ready-to-package tea. As a memento, you can take along with yourself packaged black tea, green tea, selected whole leaf grade teas, and specialty teas such as Black Blossom, Silver Green, and Oolong Tea.
Apart from tea tasting, you can indulge in a number of activities at the estate. The activities include:
- Picnicking at a nearby scenic location – the staff makes all the arrangement for you
- Trekking through one of 7 picturesque mountainous trails
- Day excursion to Mirik and Darjeeling
- Fishing and angling
- Local sightseeing and visit to the monasteries
- Wildlife safari in the sanctuaries
- Horse riding and boating in Mirik
The internationally acclaimed certification body, Control Union Certifications has accredited Sourenee Tea Estate for having completed the Organic Certification Process. The other certifications owned by the estate include DNV certified Hazard Analysis & Critical Point, NOP, NPOP, and JAS.
How to reach?
Sourenee Tea Estate is located 7km before Mirik on Siliguri-Mirik-Darjeeling highway. The place enjoys excellent air connectivity with major airports of India. From Bagdogra, it takes only one hour in the car to reach Sourenee.
Best time to visit:
Late autumn and spring are the best times to visit a tea garden. So, plan anytime between the end of October and March and you will have a memorable vacation at one of Darjeeling’s oldest tea tourism spot.