In 1867, two German missionaries, the brothers J.A and F.J. Wernicke, planted tea in a piece of land in the Golden Top valley, about 30 kilometers west of Darjeeling town and very close to India’s border with Nepal.

This area was called “Ling-ge” in lepcha, meaning “the triangle of 8 peaks.” Lingia Tea Estate stands in this dazzling high valley, facing the snow-clad Kanchenjunga. The estate’s altitude ranges from 2800 ft to 6000 ft.

Lingia is one of the Chamong Group’s smaller heritage acquisitions. The Chamong Group purchased the garden from Williamson Magor Company Ltd in 2001.The garden spans only 220 hectares, of which 141 hectares are planted with pure China leaf of the Black China variety. This type of tea bush is genetically the closest to the rose bush.

Lingia is certified as 100% bio-organic and has several certifications and accreditations to its name. These include the IMO (Switzerland) for EU, accreditation for organic farming, USDS, NPOP, JAS, SGS (India) as well as recognition for conforming to the HACCP (SQF) standards.

For a small estate, Lingia is home to a lot of people. About 5000 people, mostly belonging to the local Gorkha (Nepali) race, make Lingia their home.

In keeping with the policies of modernization, development and social upliftment in all its tea gardens, the Chamong Group is dedicated to making the lives of Lingia’s residents better. The Group provides free primary education as well as free medical facilities and housing to all its workers and their families.

Environmental concerns are also addressed by operating hydro power plants in all the Group’s Darjeeling gardens, including Lingia.

Lingia’s exclusive black china tea is world-renowned. It is a connoisseur’s delight because of its unique rose flavour that cannot be produced in any other Darjeeling garden.