Selim Hill Tea Garden
Selim Hill Garden in Darjeeling hills witnesses a history of over 150 years with the sturdy Bungalow made of wood and stone. The garden was established by the British Planter Mr. Henry during the 19th Century. Perched on a hill slopes at over 3000ft at a distance of 35kms from Siliguri Selim Hill gives an excellent view of the river valleys of Balason and Tista along with a glimpse of Kunchenjungha Massif over the Kurseong Town. This is also a nice place for viewing sunrise and sunset.
The garden produces one of the finest qualities of orthodox tea and is regarded as a Biodynamic garden and is a good study center for tea processing. The garden also provides a good opportunity for short forest and village hikes, birding and experiencing the famous 150 years old Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) from Tindharia and Gayabari.
Selim Hill Tea Garden
Total Room: 4 double/Twin
Facilities: ● Specious room with attached bath and H&C Water, ● Fire Place, ● in house kitchen with garden fresh organic food, ● Indoor/Out door games, ● Library
Activities: ● Guided Garden Tour (Tea Testing, Tea Processing, Plucking), ● Nature Walk, ● Birding, ● Village Hikes, ● Toy train Ride (DHR), ● Picnic Lunch, ● Excursion or City Tour, ● Ethnic Cultural Show
2 nights 3 days at Selim Hills - An Escape in time
Day 1: Arrival and check in at Selim Hills. The journey winds up the road through the forested hills with open view of vast plains below. Your magical moments of tea tourism start with a warm welcome at the Tea Bungalow with a cup of hot flavored Darjeeling tea. Spend afternoon at leisure on the bungalow lawn looking at the natural canvas.
Day 2: Today we explore the garden with the manager and experience the process of tea manufacturing with tea plucking, factory visit followed by tea testing of various blends of Darjeeling flavor. Later after lunch we can go for a hike to the nearby village to interact with the garden workers and to see their livelihoods. An alternate option is to go for an exciting ride in Darjeeling Himalayan railway from Tindharia Heritage Station or an excursion to Kurseong town. Back to the bungalow and spend the rest of the day lazily with a book. Or an enthusiast can hike to the Sunset spot for a brilliant view of the Sunset on the horizons. Evening will mark with a thumping tribal musical show with dance and bon fire performed by the garden workers.
Day 3: Walk to the nearby forest early morning for a bird watching tour for couple of hours before checking out from Selim Hills. Tour ends with breakfast and a warm farewell from the garden and drive to onward destination.
Additional night at Selim Hill
For an additional one night stay you can go for an excursion to Darjeeling by Darjeeling Himalayan rail from Tindharia Heritage Station on the third day. The journey itself is an experience as the nostalgic toy train chugging its way through the forests and tea garden on the picturesque Darjeeling hills. The journey can be a combination of both train and a car to help you reach faster in Darjeeling.
The other option is to have an excursion into the Mahananda Wildlife sanctuary, where the wild elephant and Tigers roam freely.
We will return to Garden by the evening and spend the night in the cozy comfort with the warmth of fire place.