Tea Gardens of Darjeeling

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Castleton

One of the most renowned of all Darjeeling estates, it is the crème de la crème of all Goodricke’s gardens. It was planted in 1885 by Dr. Charles Graham. The name Castleton has been derived from a building which looked like a castle. It still exists in Kurseong. Castleton’s teas are prized by connoisseurs and royalty, whether in Japan, England or the Middle East.

Margaret's Hope

This garden was laid in 1865. The unusual name ‘Margaret’s Hope’ was given to the garden by the owner Mr. Cruikshank in 1927. His daughter, Margaret was enchanted by the gardens beauty. Before sailing away to England, she promised to return. Unfortunately, she died of a regional tropical disease never to return. Sadly, the dream remained unfulfilled and her father christened the garden in her memory. The garden is truly enchanting and it produces some of the most exquisite teas.

Thurbo

The name of the garden owes its origins to a historical event. In order to invade Nepal, years ago the British set up camp (Tambo) in the estate. This over the year began to be called as Thurbo. The forces of nature combine here to bless the teas with an unmatched quality.

Badamtam

One of the most scenic of all Goodricke estates, Badamtam presents a magnificent view of the Kanchenjunga. A serene and majestic, fourteen feet high bronze statue of the Buddha, sculpted by a renowned artist, sits like a guardian of peace over the vistas of tea bushes. This famous garden was planted in 1861 by Christine Barnes. The name of the garden could have been derived from a Lepcha word meaning bamboo water carrier.

Barnesbeg

Here is a picturesque garden facing the majestic peaks of Kanchenjunga. The garden was planted by the Christine Barnes in the years between 1858-1877. The name 'Barnesbeg' was probably derived from Barnes’ bagh or garden. The tea bushes produce fine teas with brisk liquors, redolent with flavour, aroma and colour.