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Singtam Tea Garden, Darjeeling 734104 India
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Built in 1862, we are the world's oldest tea estate-resort. Located only 20 minutes away from Darjeeling, we offer an authentic, heritage tea plantation experience with breathtaking, panoramic views of the world's highest mountains. We are the only destination in India where you can walk all day through 1,600 acres of private estate, and return to luxury at night... all at an affordable price!
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Property amenities
Paid private parking on-site
Free internet
Yoga classes
Breakfast available
Game room
Books, DVDs, music for children
Children's playground
Car park
Fitness classes
Breakfast in the room
Complimentary Instant Coffee
Complimentary tea
Complimentary welcome drink
Happy hour
Kid-friendly buffet
Kids' meals
Outdoor dining area
Special diet menus
Wine / champagne
Mini golf
Entertainment staff
Evening entertainment
Walking tours
Board games / puzzles
Children's television networks
Kids' outdoor play equipment
Airport transportation
Car hire
Taxi service
Foot massage
Open-air bath
24-hour security
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Shared lounge / TV area
Sun deck
Sun loungers / beach chairs
Sun terrace
Sun umbrellas
First aid kit
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Allergy-free room
Blackout curtains
Dining area
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Interconnected rooms available
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Seating area
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Separate living room
VIP room facilities
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Clothes rack
Private bathrooms
Wake-up service / alarm clock
Electric kettle
Sofa bed
Electric blanket
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English, Hindi, Nepali
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Arka_Dutta wrote a review Yesterday
Kolkata (Calcutta), India110 contributions87 helpful votes
Well, I had very high hopes, and somewhere it fell short. The place itself is not very sprawling. The views are very good - but not a lot of things you can do here. The walks are a little bit steep than other places (compared to the beautiful Rongli Roliot estate that we visited earlier) - and not very hike friendly. The entire place is soaked in history. The rooms are large and has all the heritage element but somewhere there is disconnect compared to other heritage locations we stayed. The road to reach this place is pretty steep and would not recommend a self drive to this place from Darjeeling. The picnic places shown are not or near the property. Overall, it was a good stay but somehow the place did not add up to my expectations.
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Date of stay: March 2022
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Sondipon_Ghosh wrote a review May 2022
Chandannagar, India2 contributions1 helpful vote
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We had a wonderful stay at the resort for 2 nights & I ll simply second all the positive reviews & feedback that have been shared by all previous travelers. Be it the heritage property itself, the ambience, the staffs & their behavior, the service, food, the transport arrangements - all of that are mindfully and meticulously arranged by Singtom team to leave a memorable & cherishable impression on the visitors. However I would also like to add the unique fortune and privilege our team had to experience the presence and hospitality of Mr. Mohan. He is the man & mind at the center of this whole endeavor & experience called Singtom. Right from the first handshake & namaste as we stepped into the resort till we bid him goodbye - Mr. Mohan’s presence and company made our stay all the more memorable. The way he cordially interacted with each one of us – including some nerve-wracking chess rounds with the youngest member of our group😊 to sharing the rich history and heritage of the resort to explaining and personally guiding us with the nuances of operating a tea estate and factory – his ever-smiling & delightful presence was a completely unexpected and pleasant addition to the overall experience. Thank you Mr. Mohan and the entire Singtom team.
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Date of stay: April 2022
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Britttt wrote a review Nov 2022
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We had such high hopes of our stay at Singtom, but we ended up extremely disappointed. The website gives a much more flattering picture than reality. Yes, the setting is beautiful and you can see the mountains on a clear day. The staff are very friendly and the food is tasty. However, the property is run down and not well maintained. The room we stayed in (Himalaya suite ) reeked of mould, one of the walls has a lot of water damage and the smell was very strong and unpleasant. If you do decide to book a room here, make sure it's not that one! The matrassen are old (smelly) and very hard (which many Indians are used to, so I guess that is a matter of taste). There is no wifi. While we were there, half the roof of the common area was gone because of construction. They were building extra rooms and there was a lot of noise throughout the day. I do not think it is correct that we were not advised of this when booking the rooms and that we were charged full rates when we had to endure construction noise from 9 in the morning until 5. Singtom is expensive, rates are nearly European and I think that it is fair to have certain expectations when you pay more than anywhere else. I am thinking of wifi, daily room cleaning, breakfast included (where else are we going to go?), a room that doesn't smell, peace and quiet. It is a real shame, because the property has a lot of potential. We couldn't help get the impression that the owner is more interested in making a quick buck than in creating a top resort.
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Date of stay: November 2022
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Room Tip: Don't stay in the Himalaya suite, it stinks of mould.
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Roger Y wrote a review Nov 2022
Barto, PA62 contributions16 helpful votes
We drink imported Singtom tea here in the US and were curious about the estate. We booked a room for four nights and thought the former manager's bungalow to be homelike and comfortable, with an evening fire in our room or the central living area if desired. The food was excellent: the variety, freshness, preparation. We liked going back into the modest kitchen (soon to be redone) for tips on how to make our favorites at home. A highlight was walking down into the residential tea workers' village and finding the folks to be so welcoming. Our thinks to the current manager, who (sorry!) we only recall as Mr. T, for always being on hand for us and helping with our travel arrangements. We hope the place won't lose its charm when dramatically expanded in the next year or so. Highly recommended. The one discouragement-- the dogs that lie around by day create a chorus at night, and we were glad we'd brought earplugs.
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Date of stay: October 2022
Room Tip: One room has a view blocked by construction-- avoid it.
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Soham wrote a review Oct 2022
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Great location We appreciate your input.we lived the hotel Pleasant and clean rooms, All of the people are incredibly helpful and generous with their time and advice. Thank you prabinas and nishant bhumika and neha Keep on doing what you do, special and unique Ganesh Thank you
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Date of stay: November 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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kal1981 wrote a review Oct 2022
Hyderabad, India3 contributions
We are a family of three, two adults and a 9 year old. While planning a trip to Kolkata for the Durga Puja, we thought Darjeeling and particularly Singtom would-be a good place to goto. But, we were skeptical as the weather predictions said it could rain. Fortunately, it didn't rain much and hence we had a great holiday. Esp coming to Singtom, they arranged a car transport for us. It was a comfortable journey. Once we arrived there, we were lucky to meet Mr Mohan ji and Anirudh, the owners of the estate. We got a great tour of the estate and got to share a lot of stories. At lunch time, we preferred the 360 point picnic, it was arranged inside the Tea estate at a point that is elevated and on a clear day, gives view of the peaks Kanchenjunga et al. The staff took our food preferences and prepared a lip smacking meal for us. And the best part was the lunch at the 360 point in full seclusion. Post lunch, we returned back to the Estate and walked around. It was great to read some books and listen to music. The estate is a classical Victorian mansion/ bunglow. And depending on which one, one books, the interior, decor and room dimensions change. Each of the 4-5 rooms are tastefully decorated. We had all meals at the estate while we were there and the food was awesome. The next morning we were again fortunate to get the glimpse of the Mt Kanchenjunga. We bid farewell to the staff post breakfast and left Singtom.
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Date of stay: September 2022
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SomBlr wrote a review Oct 2022
Bengaluru, India63 contributions1 helpful vote
Before our first Darjeeling visit, we were cautioned by friends that the town was not the quiet place that it used to be. Then, we discovered something further afield. The Kolkata-based Chirimar family that owns the Singtom Tea Estate, which is spread over several hundred acres, has lovingly refurbished the large house at the heart of the Estate where the Europeans who planted the tea bushes (most of the bushes are 200 years old) once lived. Around 800 mostly Nepali workers actively work the tea gardens and factory even today. They are not migrants, but original inhabitants, many of them educated in English in the schools that Darjeeling is known for. And a handful of these wonderful estate workers or their family members serve the property in turns, in a pleasing and hospitable way that made one suite of the mansion a home-away-from-home for our family as we stayed three nights at the end of September 2022. Singtom Tea Estate is a place to immerse in calm and silence with simple vegetarian food crafted by the local women who do their best to customise the menu and serve guests most graciously. You can ask for as much free tea as you like through the daytime, or make it yourself with the in-room electric kettle and unlimited tea leaf packets (it's a tea garden, after all!) For our bigger foodie moments, we did our eating in Darjeeling town along with sight-seeing: the estate's excellent 4WD Tata Hexa was our morning hired taxi to town, and we called it again for our evening return. Note: For the catering and the vehicle services, be aware that one is in a homestead, not a hotel: it is a courtesy to inform any requirements a few hours early, and the staff, under the ever-present Mr. Nirmal, will do everything they can to be flexible. Singtom Tea Estate is a great place from which to enjoy the stars in the sky, the star-like twinkling lights of Darjeeling (without the mayhem of Chowk Bazaar), and the glint off the top of Kanchenjunga – none of which you may see, though, if clouds are in the way! Since, in the right months, one can see Kanchenjunga from Singtom Tea Estate itself, we chose not to go all the way to Ghoom (with a 3am start) and Tiger Hill. The Singtom Tea Estate staff can certainly take you to Tiger Hill for its unique clear-dawn view, but if Tiger Hill and the ‘points’ tours are your short itinerary, then staying in Darjeeling town may be more efficient for you. (Windamere, for example, offers a quiet, colonial hotel setting in town.) The lovely mansion at Singtom Tea Estate is not a resort of a hotel kind (no buffet breakfasts), nor a place for Zoom calls (there is no broadband, though mobile coverage is wider than you may expect). However, using the vehicle rates advertised on Singtom Tea Estate’s website, one can craft one’s own experiences – a combo of town as well as estate, as we did during our three nights’ stay. For example, we were not keen on tea factory or tea tasting, having experienced them in Ooty. But as engineers, my wife and I were intrigued by the presence of mini hydel plants in the area, such as Sidrapong (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sidrapong_Hydroelectric_Power_Station). On our request, our gracious guide (Adarsh, also responsible for tea collection in a Division of the Estate) drove us through beautiful tea gardens down to the Balwabas river, Balwabas Bridge (Google Maps goo.gl/maps/umuKUzircJimac6v7) and another power plant. This rapid river eventually joins the Teesta. If we wanted to carry lunch with us, that would have been provided. If we wanted to trek down rather than drive, we would have been given directions and the freedom to do so. Or alternatively, we could go upslope, a much shorter distance, to the Ellenbrock 360 view sight-seeing point (Google Maps goo.gl/maps/nmEa1yNiktDFBoGE7). With all these drives or treks, ‘beautiful’ is the word that comes to mind again and again. As far as I know, no other tea estate manor offers the balance of cost and comfort that Singtom Tea Estate offers. When we stayed, the newly-polished wooden décor and flooring were shiny-clean and the accommodation cosy: nicely done-up rooms, beds with duvets and electric bed-warmers, toilets with electric geyser, towels and soap etc, room electric heaters (Bajaj Majesty oil-filled radiators), hair dryer and electric kettle – all guest needs have been thought of. There is a plush common room with a warm fireplace and the only TV in the building, and a dining room that also has a shared ironing board in a corner. Meals and snacks can also be served under the canopies in the well-manicured garden. The charges for food and transport may seem high, but private taxi anywhere in Darjeeling and the hills is costly: the local alterative is shared jeeps (available at the mansion’s gate, too, but daily commuters get priority). On Google Maps, this is where the narrow and steep, tarred road, with 30- to 40- degree slopes and sharp hairpin bends from Singtom Tea Estate meets Lebong Cart Road in Darjeeling town, at Manidipa More, close to Singmari taxi stand and St. Joseph’s School, North Point: Google Maps goo.gl/maps/rqCq4Y9MAndkE9vR9 (altitude 6,560 feet). And this is the location of the entrance gate to the Singtom Tea Estate house compound: Google Maps goo.gl/maps/htR89LHzgqy5SdEu6 (altitude 4,590 feet). So the Singtom Tea Estate resort house is almost 2000 feet lower in altitude than Darjeeling town, and therefore a bit warmer as well (it never snows here, even on the rare occasions that it snows in Darjeeling). The 3.5km road distance to town takes 20 minutes, or 30 minutes if one or two vehicles cause a rare blockage. If one wants to enjoy the journey and not just the destinations and ‘points’, then Singtom Tea Estate is a place offering much natural beauty! Yes, the guests’ overall budget will need to be slightly higher than with good hotels in town. During our stay, we got full attention as other guests were few. With commercialisation through ongoing construction of an annexe building and more rooms, I hope that the Singtom Tea Estate resort house will continue a high standard of personal hospitality and customised experiences! Footnote: Singtom Tea Estate is part of a wider area called ‘Singtam Tea Garden’, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singtam_Tea_Garden, which should not be confused with a separate town near Gangtok called Singtam! Many of the South-East Asian sounding names in Bengal and Sikkim are of Lepcha ruling class origin. As you can probably sense, these parts of India are under-explored, and their history under-published!
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Date of stay: September 2022
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thecouple wrote a review Sep 2022
7 contributions1 helpful vote
We stayed in Singtom Tea Estate & Resort for 3 nights in September first week. Everything - location, old bunglow, long walks in the estate, the trek - was good. EXCEPT, the exorbitant food bill that came while checking out. Rates were not mentioned in the menu or anywhere else. Menu had some weird statement like limiting number of items ordered per room, so we thought the charges would be per room. But it was Rs. 700/person for breakfast and Rs. 800/person for lunch/dinner (tax not included). Menu was limited and also since we are not heavy eaters, we ordered very few items per meal. So breakfast of 6 pancake-sized uthappams and a fruit plate cost Rs. 1400. And dinner of 1 tomato soup, 2 bananas, and 1 plate boiled vegetables cost Rs. 1600. Same for dinner of 2 plates of momos and 1 fruit plate. Lunch was the heaviest we ate - rice, dal, 2 types of veg, and green salad - Rs 1600. (Note that the remoteness of the property made it impossible to eat elsewhere.) Also, if you stay for more than a day, you will have to repeat the items everyday. Thus the otherwise enjoyable stay ended with a bitter taste. Glad we didn't go for the 360 degree picnic they offer, which would have cost Rs. 3000. We just walked up to the 360 degree point on our own; nothing very exciting. Premium for heritage properties is accepted. But this is just exorbitant, with no advance information. Service was good in general, though not exemplary. Had to to ask thrice to get the hand towel changed.
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Date of stay: September 2022
Room Tip: Figure out a way to reduce food cost. Rooms on the right do not have view.
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Krishna Dwivedi wrote a review Aug 2022
1 contribution3 helpful votes
World's oldest tea estate resort it is and ratings are too good everywhere but I just returned from two nights stay at this place and one word which is apt for their behavior is "chindigiri"! Why? Here are the details from my experience if you are keen to read on: 1. We moved into mountain view king suit room only to find out that there was lizard in the toilet. Since this was in the middle of tea estate we just asked to remove that and settled in. 2. After a long trip on the road we were resting then I spotted a mice. 3. I thought of now reporting it to the owner/operations head Mr. Aniruddha and he assured to get this looked into. We were moved into another room (only two of those in that category). That room toilet gets flooded while taking bath - no proper water outlet. 4. We did see an opening in that room toilet too which was big enough to let the mice in from outside. 5. Food looks beautiful and hygienic but most dishes (like south indian ones) are neither properly cooked nor tasty. 6. Rooms don't have TVs - which is probably ok as they tell you this in advance while booking but the living room one is also not operating. 7. Wifi - which I believe is fourth basic amenity in today's era - is not working almost 20 out of 24 hours. 8. You will get some indoor stuff like chess, books etc but there is no other facility (nothing like badminton, TT or anything else). 9. Don't go by any review like foreigners or NRIs stay there - we were the only family staying there for three days in that resort which was scary when almost all the staff except the main door security guard left around 10pm. If you report these issues to owner, I don't think there is going to be any solution as they are operating this with chindigiri with no maintenence and minimal staff.
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Date of stay: August 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Lydia Rabha wrote a review Jul 2022
1 contribution1 helpful vote
We were greeted immediately upon arrival and the staff was extremely friendly and attentive. The room was nice, classy and cozy, and the furnitures and fireplace were a huge bonus! Beds were comfortable and the space was clean. I especially enjoyed the view outside my window. The TV lounge was cozy. This trip was a perfect little escape from reality. We visited in the off season, so everything was pretty empty, which was nice. I'm not sure I'd want to be there in the summer during peak season - I feel like things could get really crowded really easily. But while we were there, it was wonderful. Service was quick and servers were helpful and on top of things. The staff was hospitable, and cared for us well.
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Date of stay: July 2022Trip type: Travelled with family
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Frequently Asked Questions about Singtom Tea Estate & Resort
Which popular attractions are close to Singtom Tea Estate & Resort?
Nearby attractions include Kanchenjunga Mountain (4.2 km), Mahakal Temple (3.9 km), and Japanese Peace Pagoda (4.2 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Singtom Tea Estate & Resort?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include airport transportation, room service, and laundry service.
Which room amenities are available at Singtom Tea Estate & Resort?
Top room amenities include blackout curtains, a desk, and a dining area.
What food & drink options are available at Singtom Tea Estate & Resort?
Guests can enjoy breakfast, complimentary tea, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Singtom Tea Estate & Resort?
Yes, a parking garage, paid private parking on-site, and secured parking are available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Singtom Tea Estate & Resort?
Conveniently located restaurants include Dekevas Restaurant, Sonam's Kitchen, and Tom & Jerry's.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Singtom Tea Estate & Resort?
Yes, guests have access to fitness classes and yoga classes during their stay.
Does Singtom Tea Estate & Resort have airport transportation?
Yes, Singtom Tea Estate & Resort offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Singtom Tea Estate & Resort?
Yes, laundry service and a washing machine are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Singtom Tea Estate & Resort?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Hindi, and Nepali.
Are there any historical sites close to Singtom Tea Estate & Resort?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Tinchuley Village (15.0 km).