Friday, Aug 07, 2020 | Last Update : 09:32 PM IST

136th Day Of Lockdown

Maharashtra47977931637516792 Tamil Nadu2791442210874571 Andhra Pradesh1967891128701753 Karnataka158254802812897 Delhi1415311271244059 Uttar Pradesh108974634021918 West Bengal86754610231902 Telangana7525753239601 Gujarat65704485612529 Bihar6203140760349 Assam4816233429115 Rajasthan4667932832732 Haryana3779631226448 Odisha3768124483258 Madhya Pradesh3508225414912 Kerala279561629988 Jammu and Kashmir2239614856417 Punjab1901512491462 Jharkhand140705199129 Chhatisgarh10109761369 Uttarakhand8008484795 Goa7075511460 Tripura5520367528 Puducherry4147253758 Manipur301818147 Himachal Pradesh2879171013 Nagaland24056594 Arunachal Pradesh179011053 Chandigarh120671520 Meghalaya9173305 Sikkim7832971 Mizoram5022820
  Business   In Other News  18 Sep 2019  Sikkim invites tourists to tea garden

Sikkim invites tourists to tea garden

THE ASIAN AGE. | RITWIK MUKHERJEE
Published : Sep 18, 2019, 1:31 am IST
Updated : Sep 18, 2019, 1:31 am IST

The latest move by the Sikkim government is expected to give a major fillip to Temi Tea brand, while creating value out of its unutilised property.

The recent move aims at turning Temi Tea Estate into a major tourist destination in India, said Arijit Dutta, managing director, PEPL.
 The recent move aims at turning Temi Tea Estate into a major tourist destination in India, said Arijit Dutta, managing director, PEPL.

Kolkata: Sikkim government has now taken the PPP route to unlock its tourism values and as starter it has teamed up with the Kolkata-based Priya Entertainments Pvt Ltd (PEPL) to aggressively tap tea tourism potentials. For Priya Entertainments, that had produced “Aranyer Din Ratri” (Days and Nights in the forest) in 1970, it’s like history coming a full circle, as it starts actually offering discerning torurists a real life experience of days and nights in the lap of nature- at the 125-year-old Bada Bungalow within Temi Tea Estate.

Rechristened as The Eco Adventure Resorts, Temi Bungalow, the throwing up of the Bada Bungalow, marks the first such PPP initiative between the Sikkim government in the tourism sector. Temi Tea. Sikkim is the world’s first 100 per cent organic tea estate and has recently received the Green Oscar. The recent move aims at turning Temi Tea Estate into a major tourist destination in India, said Arijit Dutta, managing director, PEPL.

 

Built by the British Christian missionaries in 1885, the Bada Bungalow is an antique structure and an architectural marvel that has withstood the test of time. 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.

“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.

 

“We strived to uphold and enhance the historic value of this property and showcase the culture and heritage through the prestigious resort. We have brought on table PEPL’s knowledge and experience gained from the path breaking and successful Eco Adventure Resort at Khairabera, Purulia and realise our dream of Eco Adventure Hill Tourism and present a cocktail of heady and adventurous hill eco adventure tourist attraction as well as entertainment and adventure sports in the form of mountain biking, paragliding, ziplines and so on. Anyways, it’s serene. It’s picturesque with lush green mountainous terrain all along. And it has got everything to draw tourists,” said Dutta.

 

The latest move by the Sikkim government is expected to give a major fillip to Temi Tea brand, while creating value out of its unutilised property.

Tags: temi tea estate, tea tourism