Among other deities, the local people of the Golden Valley of Darjeeling worshipped a Hindu goddess known as Tamsa Devi. They prayed to her at a temple dedicated to her name on a steep slope that rose from 2700 ft to 5500 ft and offered fantastic views of the majestic Kanchenjunga.

It was here that the Tumsong tea estate was planted in 1867. Keeping the sentiments of the indigenous population in mind, the garden was planted around the temple and the locals were given easy access to the shrine.

JA Wernicke, one of the brothers who started a tea plantation in nearby Lingia at the same time, also owned Tumsong. What began as a small garden with only 200 acres of land grew over the years to 186 hectares, with 114 hectares of planted area and 480 workers tending the garden’s needs.

Tumsong’s teas are known to be among the best in the Darjeeling area and command high prices at auctions. Perhaps the first credit for this should go to the goddess, on whose land the garden grows. The goddess Tamsa presides over this serene and surreal landscape and fills the atmosphere with harmony. In the area, Tumsong is often referred to as the garden of happy hearts.

In addition, the entire estate faces the highest Himalayan ranges and this puts it directly in the path of a constant cold breeze. This makes the plants grow gradually and thus gives them time to saturate their leaves with the special muscatel flavor of its exotic teas. Also, the garden, now certified as 100% bio-organic, is planted with one of the highest percentages of rare pure china bushes.

As with every Chamong Group garden, Tumsong functions under a strict quality control regime during the entire process of tea production from plucking to packaging. Every aspect of the production of Tumsong tea is guided by HACCP standards, JAS regulations and includes a traceability factor for every invoice both at the field and factory level.

Feel the fresh and fragrant breath of the Kanchenjunga in your cup of Tumsong and feel yourself blessed by a goddess’ touch.