The relationship between Darjeeling and Tea Gardens are timeless. Darjeeling tea is branded as the best in the world in terms of quality. One of the oldest and famous Tea Garden of the region, Makaibari is internationally acclaimed because of the distinct flavour and aroma. Located midway between Bagdogra airport and Darjeeling town center, it takes about one and half hours to reach Makaibari from Bagdogra airport or Siliguri and about the same time from Darjeeling town. It not only is one of the finest producing tea garden in the world but is the first tea garden to be certified by 'Fair Trade' in the globe. It is also the first certified organic tea garden in the Darjeeling hills. Not to be confused, Makaibari is actually a small village, which came to prominence because of the organic tea farming.

Makaibari has adopted an integrated approach towards managing the plantations and forests in which the tea bushes co-exist with forests and other plantations. The forest situated too has its own share of wildlife including leopards, deer, birds, spiders, snakes and many other animals that live naturally. So the place offers the perfect culmination of nature, human begins, animals, trees & plantations for the holidaymakers to enjoy and relive. Interestingly the place offers budget Homestays with homemade breakfast and two full meals for the guests. Both summers and winters provide a pleasant climatic conditions for the tourist to schedule their vacations.

The activities for the travellers to engage themselves are walking through the estate and tea bushes, watching the garden workers plucking teas (depending on the season) and talking to them, how tea is processed in the factory from drying to packaging, tea tasting session etc. Deer Park, forest museum, temples, Monasteries and lot more tourist attractions are situated in Kurseong which is only a few kilometres away from Makaibari. The last but not the least Eagle Craig viewpoint and the lovely mountain areas and valleys to be mentioned in Kurseong.

The nearest town from Makaibari is Kurseong (4 kms away), well connected with Bagdogra Airport / Siliguri Railway station which is about 45 kms and takes one and half hours to reach by car. From Darjeeling its about 90 minutes journey. (35kms)

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