In Darjeeling, an abandoned tea growers’ club

Posted in Country : India, Places I like in Darjeeling by François-Xavier Delmas | Tags : , ,

The social life of tea growers is not what it used to be. Look what has become of one of the Darjeeling growers’ clubs today!

This magnificent building is in an advanced state of disrepair, and every time I pass it, not far from the Namring Tea Estate, it saddens me. Situated at the top of the valley and enjoying a magnificent view, its abandoned state sadly only seems to affect me.

Under British rule, and up to around 20 years ago, planters would meet at least once a week, and would value this special opportunity to get together. Today, there is greater competition, and television, like everywhere, is destroying social life. So people stay at home.

2 Comments by “In Darjeeling, an abandoned tea growers’ club”

  • merci pour cette photo, il est très évocateur

  • would be cool if someone could buy it or take over it’s management, and turn it into a traveller’s lodge of some sort. Or maybe an eco-resort….as a base for tea tours and education, maybe? It could be a sustainable use of the place-whomever owns it now?

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François-Xavier Delmas is a passionate globetrotter. He’s been touring the world’s tea plantations for more than 20 years in search of the finest teas. As the founder of Le Palais des Thés, he believes that travelling is all about discovering world cultures. From Darjeeling to Shizuoka, from Taiwan to the Golden Triangle, he invites you to follow his trips as well as share his experiences and emotions.

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