Tumsong Chai Bari is one of the lesser-known gifts that the British left behind. The development of the garden started in 1887 and has been arguably producing the best ‘Chai’ since. The residential bungalow has been around for over 100 years. Living in one of the 4 rooms made in classic British style architecture will transport one back to the colonial times. Being 22 kilometres away from Darjeeling city, this leisure home is far from the touristy hustles of the better-known parts of this region
> LOCATION AND SPACE-
Up for your spoils is an estate, which spreads across 140 hectares of organic tea gardens with an elevation of 5500 ft. Located near the Ghoom district in West Bengal, Tumsong Chai Bari is located 3 hours away from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station and Bagdogra Airport. The Estate’s residential bungalow has 4 upscale British Colonial styled suites, which have been restored and modernized over the past few years but at the same time we made sure that it retains its rustic grandeur and elegance. Freshly picked tea leaves are processed in the factory situated adjacent to the residential bungalow and are served during High Tea, a tradition which is still practiced in Tumsong.
Greeted with a bottle of wine, we make sure each guest are served and respected like they are our family.
>THE BUNGALOW -
Tumsong Chai Bari’s residential bungalow has 4 double-bedded rooms with attached colonial-esuqe bathrooms. We offer 3 rooms on the first storey of the bungalow with the entire place available for the guest's use.
The rooms come equipped with a fireplace, an attached bathroom, a dresser and a seating area by the window, which have great views of the tea estate itself and the beautiful kunchenjenga range. The rooms were designed over 100 years ago and by careful maintenance and restoration, it still maintains the charm of the colonial era. All rooms have their own personal fireplace. Other areas which are open for guests to explore are-
•Ground floor Verandah
•Ground floor living room
•Tea factory (only with prior permission)
A stay in Tumsong Chaibari comes with a lot of other experiences. These activities are chargeable and can be availed by a guest at any point of time-
•Bar-B-Q and campfires
The activities which are not chargeable are-
We serve food as per the American Plan. This includes breakfast, lunch, high tea and dinner. The price of all meals is inclusive and only if special meals are requested for will be chargeable. Meal timings are also flexible. Keeping preparation time into consideration, the guest should inform at least 18-24 hours in advance of the meal. Guests can request for picnic by the river and can also follow in-room dining.
Zugang für Gäste
Guests can access the entire bungalow except the kitchen.
Guest access would include other places like-
•Bird watching sites
•Tea Factory (with permission)
•Visit to local village
Interaktion mit Gästen
I stay at the tea estate itself most of the times and the guests can always find me around. The tea estate manager’s bungalow is neighboring the guests. He stays with his wife and kids and can is present for any help required in my absence.
- > Guests can only smoke in the resort
- > Complementary wine on arrival
- > NO plastic zone as the place is Bio Organic
- > Guests are not allowed to access the kitchen area
- > Guests can not access the factory premises without permission of the tea estate manager
- > Laundry will be chargeable
- > Inform atleast 24 hours in advance about food timing
- > Meal content is flexible. Menu can be changed if the guest wishes
- > For having extra people staying the night, there will be an extra charge levied.
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Hi I am Shamim,
I was born and brought up in Assam. Currently I am working in Kolkata.
I have specialised in Boutique resort development from concept to management.
I take care of the Marketing, Public Relations and Operations of many popular resorts and retreats in Kolkata as well as Darjeeling.
My interests include organic farming and bird watching!