|The history of Darjeeling gardens date back to 1847 when the then government decided to set our Darjeeling Tea nurseries for experimentation and growth. Slowly by 1852 Darjeeling started its first 3 commercial Darjeeling Tea plantations namely Tukvar, Steinthal and Aloobari. Gradually numerous Darjeeling Tea gardens cropped up and today there are 80+ tea estates in Darjeeling. Some have closed down, but 80+ remains. Darjeeling Tea estates spread over a region of Seven Valleys which cover almost all of the Darjeeling hills. A list of tea gardens is listed below according to the region they fall into.
Today Darjeeling Tea is one of the most sought after beverage. Most of the tea gardens are now trying to convert to organic farming of which many have already been tagged certified organic producing organic Darjeeling Tea. Each tea garden specializes in its particular grade of Darjeeling Tea like for instance Castleton Moonlight from Castleton Tea Garden, but this doesn't mean they don't produce classic Darjeeling tea varieties - they do which all depends on a particular Darjeeling Tea season or Darjeeling Flushes.
Darjeeling Tea Plantations spread over The Seven Valleys of Darjeeling Hills
Longview (High Lands)
Gayabaree & Millikthong
Seeyok (Spring Valley)
Kumai (Snow View)
Namring & Upper Namring