Organic Temi Tea

Back in 2008, Temi Tea was certified as an Organic Tea Estate. With this outstanding recognition, Temi Tea today is famed for its tradition, history and exclusivity, around the world.

With the purpose to serve every tea drinker organic, healthy, high quality tea, we have taken an array of tea varieties to the market. Ranging from orthodox tea black and its range in green, oolong and white tea, these options are from the high elevation of Himalayas.
With major focus on sustainability, we work to protect our environment and develop our workforce to strengthen the government undertaking of Organic Sikkim. The first organic tea produce from the country, Temi Tea has achieved many milestones and has proven to be among the finest in tea. From earliest tea to now, Temi has proudly retained its legacy, character and aroma.

Temi Tea Sikkim 2019 Manhunt Auditions

From Acting to Theories of Economics: The Temi Tea Sikkim 2019 Manhunt Auditions was more than just about walking the walk.

To begin with, a theme like “Building Entrepreneurship Ecosystem” for a fashion show already has an unusual ring to it. But again, to expect a fashion show to be all about seasons, is almost like expecting Temi to be only about tea. For the brand and estate, Temi, existent since 1969 has always been more than about its exclusive flavours of tea.

It has, in the past, created opportunities for tourism, supported other tea brands from Sikkim and has always mentored entrepreneurs creating an environment for sustainable business and has provided support to the varied new ventures of the state. Once again, intentioned to bring the various entrepreneurs of Sikkim to work together, The Temi Tea Sikkim 2019 worked as a vantage point for photographers, branding professionals, event managers and other professionals. The Event Head, Yougan Tamang, spoke of creating a whole fashion project hereon that will, in the future, bring many other participating entrepreneurs to the surface. A first-step to creating an industry in the future, various other creative ventures, film industry and agencies, craft bazaars, tourism can all be boosted.

More than a Fashion Audition

When the judges came together the one thing they all agreed upon was that, any man who represents the state would have be handsome inside. With over 300 registrations and 200 men making it to the venue, picking out the best few was a task for the judges as much as it was, a moment to prove themselves for the contestants. Taking the men out of their comfort zones, they were put into various make-belief situations where they’d need to act their way out. Other than that, one sang, one exhibited his taekwondo moves, another one rapped. Perhaps, not everyone was made of the model stuff, but each had something unique. Who’s in and who’s out, only depends on what the five judges would have to say. Of course, needless to say, there were the glamorous poses and shirtless ramp walks and camera poses. But all in all, what the audition really was purposed for, was to see those who were more than just meeting the physical requirements of being a model. From theories of economics to singing self-composed songs, the men had to bare their true selves. After all, it is also handsomeness that is more than skin deep.

Sip, relax & chill

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A resort tucked away in the hills along with activities like tea-plucking and paragliding forms the focus of Eeo Adventure Resorts and the Burra Bungalow Sikkim project launched to boost tea tourism in Sikkim.

The project was launched by Arijit Dutta, managing director, Priya Entertainments Pvt Ltd, along with representatives from the
Sikkim government— Mrinalini Shrrtastava, managing director, Temi Tea and Rahul Banerjee, consultant and advisor.

The Temi story dates back to late 1960s when the King of Sikkim gave refuge to displaced neighbours along the Silk Route and helped them setup a tea estate over an expanse of 376 hectares of land creating some of die brews finest flavours. The tea garden lies between Damthang and Temi Bazaar towards Singtam with the Burra Bungalow’ being the centre of attraction of the Temi Tourism Project.

The Burra Bungalow will be furnished with heritage fittings to serve about
five rooms and additional cottages for accommodation. While at Temi, not only would one get the opportunity to relax and unwind in the timeless bungalow and its surroundings, but also soak in the beauty of the garden and enjoy pIucking tea leaves to brew tea.

Namchi is a major destination for tourists where the hot water thermal springs and cherry trees that blossom in November have motivated Temi authorities to organise the cherry blossom festival or autumn festival beginning from this year. Driving through these trees that are in full bloom is like moving through a pink mist beyond, which one can glimpse the gleaming snow-capped peak of Khangchendzonga.

The project will also present hill eco-adventure tourist attractions as well
as entertainment in the form of a planned casino for the tourists.

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A Resort for Tea Lovers

A resort for tea lovers image

Temi Tea Garden has teamed up with Priya Entertainments that owns Eco-Adventure Resort brand, to convert the former’s historic Burra Bungalow into a modern eco resort.

It’s serene. It’s picturesque with lush green mountainous terrain all along. And it has got everything to draw tourists. Nevertheless tourism has never been its cup of tea. Now Temi Tea in southern Sikkim, the only tea garden in the state established in 1969 and still owned by the state government, has taken one single initiative that promises to create, nurture and boost two brands.

Temi Tea Garden has teamed up with Priya Entertainments, which owns Eco-Adventure Resort brand, to upgrade and convert the former’s historic The Burra Bungalow into a modern, upscale eco resort through a PPP model. “The eco-tourism project on the sprawling 376 hectare land, will not only help us unlock the value of the otherwise abandoned, dilapidated property, which got damaged following the massive earth quake of 2011, but will also give a major boost to ‘Temi Tea’ brand of tea, because the tea tourism project is expected to draw large number of tourists from all over the world,” said Mrinalini Shrivastava, the managing director of the tea estate, who otherwise belongs to the Indian Police Service.

The tea produced by the Temi Tea estate are packaged (0.250 kilograms (0.55 lb) packages under many brand names. The brand name “Temi Tea” is of the best quality consisting of pure tea ‘golden flowery orange pekoe (TGOFP1)’. The next in quality is the popular brand of ‘Sikkim Solja’ followed by ‘Mystique’ and ‘Kanchanjunga Tea’. It is also sold in the form of ‘Orthodox dust tea’. The Tea Garden Employees Consumers’ Co-operative Society Ltd markets these products at a kiosk in the vicinity of the Temi Tea factory. Nearly 75 per cent of the tea produced in this estate is auctioned in Kolkata and the balance 25 per cent is marketed as packaged tea in the domestic market.

“Quite significantly, the first two tea bushes were planted by the king of the erstwhile princely state himself. They still stand in front of the heritage bungalow. We call them King and Queen. That way there is an interesting history attached to it, which in turn will draw tourists,” said Shrivastava.

If Temi Tea authorities and Sikkim government are up to give a major fillip to Temi Tea brand, while creating value out of its unutilised property, Arijit Dutta, managing director, Priya Entertainments, which already runs an eco adventure resort at Khairabera in Purulia and another property at Shantiniketan, is not willing to fall far behind either. Besides, converting The Burra Bungalow into a one of its kind tourism hot property with casino, mountain biking, paragliding, ziplines and so on, he has lined up plans to create and promote another brand-‘Tea by Me’ out of this project.

“The whole idea is to let tourists pluck the two leaves and a bud themselves at a corner of the plantation, which will be kept as part of the resort. Then their collection will be packed in sachets and branded as ‘Tea by Me’ as gift items to take back. If this experiment works out well then we can think of spinning it off as a separate revenue model as well,” said Dutta.

“The bungalow, boasting a view of Mt Kanchenjungha, stands on mortars of mud and cut rocks, and therefore was easily affected by the earthquake. We will restore the building by retaining the same structure and design but by flushing out the mud and replacing it with reinforced concrete. It is a time-consuming process but we hope to finish work in 12-14 months. Work has started from March. While there are four rooms in the bungalow, five cottages and three tents will be erected on the premises. We will allow a maximum footfall of 24 at a time, so that it remains a niche and an exclusive property,” added Dutta.

Rahul Banerjee, project advisor said that the Sikkim government is taking a community-based approach to tourism and Priya Entertainments may eventually become the common channel for the local home-stays. The idea of the state government is to shift tourists’ focus from Nathu La in the east alone to other areas. That will be good for ecosystem. Interestingly, last year, Sikkim received six lakh tourists – almost as much as its population, and nearly 50000 of them were foreign tourists, pointed out Shrivastava.

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West Bengal based PEPL to helm Temi Tourism Project

West Bengal based PEPL to helm Temi Tourism Project Image

Priya Entertainments Private Limited [PEPL] with support from Sikkim Government has announced plans to helm the Temi Tourism Project.

It is the first ever public-private partnership initiative in Sikkim with a non-Sikkimese partner in the sector, informs Temi Tea Estate Managing Director, Mrinalini Shrivastava.

As per the agreement, PEPL has become the exclusive tea tourism player in Sikkim.

The project was announced by PEPL managing director, Arjit Dutta, Temi Tea Estate MD, Mrinalini Shrivastava and consultant, Rahul Banerjee today.

The Temi logo was also unveiled on the occasion.

Temi Tea Estate is located in South Sikkim and lies between Damthang and Temi Bazaar. It spreads over an area of 376 hectares.

The Bada Bungalow is the epicenter of the Temi Tourism Project.

The bungalow shall continue to be called as the Bada Bunglow [Temi] and shall be furnished with erstwhile era’s heritage fittings to serve 4-5 rooms and additional cottages for accommodation.

“While at Temi not only would you get an opportunity to relax and unwind in the timeless bungalow and its surroundings but also soak in the beauty of the garden and enjoy plucking tea leaves and make your own tea,” said Ms Shrivastava.

Some of the major attractions are paragliding facility in Temi, the hot water thermal springs and the cherry trees which blossoms in November which has galvanized Temi authorities to organize Cherry Blossom festival or Autumn Festival.

The Temi project will also bring on the table PEPL’s knowledge and experience gained from the path breaking and hugely successful Eco Adventure Resort at Khairabera, Purulia in West Bengal and present a cocktail of heady and adventurous hill eco adventure tourist attraction as well as entertainment in the form of a planned casino for the tourists.

“The project shall open a complete new vista for hill and tea tourism and hopefully set trends and change the dynamics of the tourism industry of the East and Northeast India,” said the tea estate MD.

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