The Samabeong Tea Estate rests at the Himalayan foothills and is one of the highest organic tea gardens. The history of Samabeong goes back to 1882 when the Estate was established by the British; it has seen a change of hands many times since, and by the early 1960’s, the Estate had become a degenerated, abandoned swamp.
In the mid-1980s, following a period of economic and political emergency in Darjeeling, the Estate was desecrated and the Factory burnt. Acquired by a legendary planter who believed in the strong ethos of “earth” and “water” in the early 1990s and in collaboration with a leading ethical trading partner, the fortunes of Samabeong soon changed. With the support of the entire Samabeong community that now number roughly 2000, the estate has blossomed into a biodiversity hotspot where the core philosophies of organic agriculture have been deeply engrained.
The local communities have since adopted many of the organic processes leading to an almost unprecedented growth of the local forestry and ecosystem. More importantly, Samabeong has evolved into a wholly organic village, and is home to a tighknit community of environmentalists, tea-growers, and farmers.
Like a Phoenix that has risen from the ashes, Samabeong is now poised to sing a new song - of ecotourism and social impact.
THE BUNGALOW OF SAMABEONG
THE PEOPLE OF SAMABEONG
At Samabeong, we have been changing this system to decentralize the power, and have a community in charge of the estate, rather than the other way around. Towards these goals, we have built a social impact fund that stitches together our two pillars - small farmers' and organic agriculture. We reroute all revenues generated from you, in form of tourism, or in form of donation, towards the development of the Samabeong community.
We have been developing the following initiatives in a systematic manner over the past 3 years.
Encouraging woman-powered activities to break the glass ceiling and make the community more sustainable.
Providing income generation opportunities to planters; example: setting up locally-owned apiaries for honey production
Expanding educational facilities to the secondary level with scientific pedagogical methods
Setting up of Councils comprising workers representatives to manage the day-to-day operations of all tea estate
The Fund has operational, financial and functional arms, each of which have been carefully nurtured to be economically and environmentally sustainable. Through this ecotourism initiative, we hope to set a benchmark for balanced economic, social and political growth that is self-sustainable and thus, empowering.
The Tariff is an 'All-Inclusive' charge that will cover the following:
Accommodation at the Samabeong Bungalow
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Local Tour Guide within and beyond Samabeong
Local Travel in a Private Car
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Please drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org informing us when you would like to visit.
The conversations are of course, free.