If you are planning a visit to Damthang and Rabangla you will pass through the Temi Tea Estate located on the Gangtok-Rabangla Road. This is Sikkim’s sole tea garden and connoisseurs will tell you that it is truly solitaire. The tea produced here enjoys international repute commanding premium prices in world auctions. The last king of Sikkim initiated tea growing in Sikkim to provide employment for Tibetan refugees fleeing the Chinese invasion of their homeland. Initially a small plantation was started in Kewzing.This later moved to temi and a proper processing plant was constructed. The govt owned estate today produces about 1 lakh kG of tea annually.Temi is planted along steep hillsides ranging from 1200-1800m.The factory is situated at 1500m and the road upto it is lined with cherry blossom trees. Driving in November when these trees are in bloom is like moving through a pink mist beyond which one can glimpse the gleaming snows of Kangchendzona. The drive upto Temi takes you through mountain sides lush with ferns. All this natural verdant beauty feeds into the tea giving it a subtle multi-layered fragrance that gives it the unchallenged reputation of being the champagne among teas.
How to visit
Rail: Nearest railhead are at Jabalpur and Bilaspur
Nearest airports are at Jabalpur,Raipur and Nagpur.
Taxis and bus service are available for Kisli and Mukki from Jabalpur and back.It is advisable to reach Kisli before sunset as vehicles are not permitted within the park after dark.