Life of a Plucker at Temi

The best quality teas around the world are all harvested by hand to guarantee that the leaf is whole, undamaged, and that only the top two leaves and a bud are picked. On every quality tea estate there are hundreds or even thousands of tea harvesters, that we call as Tea pluckers. The pluckers have a goal each day and they are awarded a bonus if they exceed it, so there is a benefit to efficient work. So how does a typical day look like, for a tea plucker? Here’s this. A rooster wakes them up. Before leaving for work, the handful of leaves into their boiling water makes their favourite liquor. They march to pluck the leaves and to meet their coworkers with sunrise. The day passes for them with one goal in their mind, to pluck the quality leaves  and spread the flavours of tea far and wide.

The People

The people here in Temi live a simple life – they prefer being around nature and have adopted organic ways of living. Courteous, always smiling and helpful, the people of Temi have always given the tourists and travelers more than one reason to feel happy and safe.

To familiarize oneself with their lifestyle of the locals, travelers have the option of  staying with the locals. With plenty of homestays and home visits to look forward to, one can be a part of the everyday life of Temi. From farming  organic local vegetables to perfecting the art of conjuring up meals with local cheeses, breads and dumplings, one can become a “local away from home” at Temi. Do not miss the farmers’ markets around every village rich with organic produce directly sold to the consumers. Besides vegetables and fruits, you also have wine available, made out of local flowers, especially Rhododendrons.

Temi Autumn Carnival

To experience the garden in its full glory, this annual calendar brings in people from all over the country and the world. In the list with other big festivals in the country like Pushkar, Sunburn, and Ziro music festivals, the carnival is full of activities; has something for everyone. Conceptualized by the Managing Director, Mrinalini Srivastava the festival is aimed at promoting Temi Tea Estate as a potential tourism hub. The festival is a major draw for countless nature lovers to witness the cherry blossoms in Autumn’s full bloom. Adventure activities, photography competitions and cultural programs too are an integral part of this annual fiesta leaving all adventure buffs and cultural fans delighted in its wonderful memories for a number of days.

Restoring The Classic With a Hint of Modern

Imagine a house that that withstood the test of time. Vintage, architecturally rare but also with all the comforts of today. A magnificent blend of the two, is now brought to you by Sikkim’s first ever private-public partnership in the arena of eco adventure. The heritage Temi Bungalow, that dates back to 1885, is now converted to an eco-adventure hub with five rooms, seven cottages, a view deck, as well as a casino lounge. Partnered with Priya Entertainments Pvt Ltd, this magnificent public property is expected to be inaugurated by the Minister for Tourism, Mr B.S. Panth.

With tea bushes in the yard, that were planted by the last King and Queen of Sikkim and its beautiful old-world charm intact, the Bungalow opens its doors for guests from all over the world. So if you are planning to come, pay a visit, you could also mark the time of the annual cherry blossom festival at Temi. What’s more the resort, according to Arjit Dutta, MD, PEPL, will champion the cause of environmentally conscious and responsible tourism as well as local employment generation. With a unique positioning of being heritage in structure and modern in amenities, this multi-crore investment is expected to act as a gateway for tourists to the beautiful South region of Sikkim.

Built by the British Christian missionaries in 1885, the Bungalow is an antique structure with quite the history. The story goes like this: the Bada Bungalow housed the British pastors during India’s pre-independence. The pastors left Sikkim, a separate country then, while the British left India. It was then when the Forest Rangers took over this beautiful Bungalow. 1960 was also the year when the King allowed a tea garden in Sikkim to be headquartered  at Kewzing. However, in a short time the early plantation in Kewzing, with the Tibetan refugees, revealed that the place was unsuitable for tea because of the altitude and terroir issues. In 1973, the headquarter of tea was shifted to Temi and the full-fledged manager began to occupy the Bada Bungalow.

Today, Temi boasts of an annual produce, of one the finest tea, that ranges from 80 to 100 tons in production. Having celebrated its Golden Jubilee, Temi once again opens its legendary Bungalow for travellers. Dedicating this restored and renovated Bada Bungalow, now called the Temi Bungalow, to the visit of His Majesty Palden Thondup Namgyal and his wife Queen Gyalmo Hope Cooke when they planted the two bushes side by side, Temi believes that this new journey will always be one connected to its glorious past.

Tourism

The tea estate spread out on a gentle hill slope, from Tendong Hill provides a magnificent view of the surrounding villages. A night spent in a Homestay with the locals of Temi can take one back in years. Down untrodden paths and new lanes, these homestays promise to give you an experience that is pure and beautiful. With various options and activities lined up for the day, you could perhaps learn the art of a local dish, if you like or just drinks cups and cups of tea with a good book in a private tea garden.

The estate, enroute Tendong Hill, could be a rewarding experience for those who want a good mix of nature, culture and adventure. From paragliding, mountain biking, ziplining, one has an array of adrenaline-pumping options at this, otherwise calm, tea estate. What’s more, the amazing fact about paragliding in Temi Tea is, it is the world’s first paragliding spot above a tea estate. Temi Tea offers tourists and travelers a unique adventure experience to fly down its sprawling tea garden.

Another way to experience this tea estate is to perfect the art of tea-making all the way from scratch. Here one has the option to witness the journey of tea – from garden to factory, to the cup. Guests can get involved in this entirely beautiful process and take back some self-made tea leaves with souvenirs.