Darjeeling Arya Tea
Arya Tea Estate, also known as ‘Sidrabong’ was named by a Buddhist monk in early 18th century and meant ‘Water Holy Fish’. This garden was established by Buddhist monks who developed and cultured different varieties of Chinese seeds at the time. Since the early years of its existence, these monks practiced Ayurveda medical science and the garden till today preserves the house where they used to live. Ayurvedic medicine is a system of traditional medicine native to the Indian subcontinent and practiced in other parts of the world as a form of alternative medicine.
To reach the garden can be hard for it is located in an average altitude of 1500 meters above sea level with 60 degrees average inclination. The plantation starts at an altitude of 1820 meters spreading down to 900 meters. 300 acres of land is cultivated under tea and used to produce about 90 MT. After the estate was fully certified as ‘ORGANIC’ by IMO Switzerland for the EU and USDA, this has resulted in the crop falling to 65 MT. The conversion to organic is in keeping with the management’s philosophy for safeguarding consumer health while offering a premium product as well as showing the Estates regard to the environment and their commitment to the community.