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Hotel of the week: Makaibari Tea Estate, Darjeeling, India

Rajah Banerjee created the first certified organic tea estate in the Himalayan Highlands and opened it to visitors in 2005.

At Makaibari Tea Estate, you’ll wake up to the freshest cup of Darjeeling tea you’ve ever tasted, said Jeannette Kimmel in National Geographic Traveler. Owner Rajah Banerjee, a pioneer of India’s organic farming movement, created the first certified organic tea estate in the Himalayan Highlands and opened it to visitors in 2005. The plantation, tucked away in the Kurseong region, produces a tea known as the “champagne of Darjeeling.” Lodgings include the four-bedroom Stone House or one of 21 local homes, where guests live and dine with families.Contact: Makaibari.com

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