Darjeeling - Chalsa. It’s a very early start today as we take a memorable excursion to the summit of Tiger Hill to experience the sublime sunrise over the snowy peaks of Kanchenjunga - the world’s third highest mountain. After breakfast back at the hotel we check out and transfer to Makaibari Tea Estate, where we enjoy a guided tour followed by a sumptuous lunch at Cochrane Place Tea Retreat.
One of the world’s oldest tea estates, Makaibari Estate was founded in 1859 and is still run by its fourth generation of those original founders. Embracing bio-dynamic practices the plantation is a wholly different experience to many of the other tea estates dotting the region of Darjeeling. Using a permaculture approach - the relationship found between natural ecologies, the practise is a sustainable land use design based on the patterns and unity found between native flora and fauna to help promote a healthy ecosystem. In the case of Makaibari Tea Estate the tea bush is part of a multi-tier system in which trees and plants of a typical sub-tropical rainforest are grown together, due to this technique 70% of the entire plantation is under forest cover. This encourages diversity in the wildlife living in the estate with endangered panthers, tigers, birds, butterflies, snakes, spiders and many more have been spotted.
After lunch we drive to Chalsa, a small village in Western Dooars, near Gorumara National Park.
Overnight: Chalsa | Breakfast, Lunch