|Happy Valley Tea Estate is located at the end of the T. P. Banerje. mobsea.org|
|A view of Happy Valley Tea Estate in Darjeeling. en.wikipedia.org|
Darjeeling town in the Indian state of West Bengal is a picturesque place and a popular tourist destination. Located in the beautiful Lesser Himalaya at an elevation of 6,700 ft (2,042.2 m) it is known for its tea industry which has been there since the colonial days. Here the other attractions are the majestic view of Mt. Kangchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain, and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site built by the British. Presently the town enjoys partial autonomous status within the state of West Bengal.
|Happy Valley Tea Estate overlooking Darjeeling. en.wikipedia.org/|
There are many old tea gardens in and around Darjeeling and the Happy tea garden that was founded in 1854 is Darjeeling's second oldest tea estate, covering over 437-acre, at an elevation of 6,400 ft. (2,100 m) above sea level. It is about three kilometer from the town and roughly 1500 people are employed in the estate.The first oldest tea estate is Steinthal Tea Estate which was established in 1852. At a height of 6800 feet, it has one of the highest tea factories in the world. Its founder was one David Wilson, an English man who named the garden as Wilson Tea Estate and began tea production in 1860
|The Himalayan Black Bear, . 123RF.com|
|View of the majestic Himalayan peaks from the estate. krishnaresidencydarj.com|
After 2007, the tea estate experienced slump and fell on hard time and it was bought out by S K Bansal, of Ambotia Tea Group, which built a new factory with modern machinery on the same premises. He modernized the farming process and switched over to organic farming. As for the old factory, it has become a museum and old machines with single piston slow-speed engines, and the shaft machines, etc., are on display.
|Happy Valley tea factory. Tenka Tea - WordPress.com|
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