Located at an altitude of around 4700ft in the small town of Kurseong in the district of Darjeeling, Makaibari tea estate is one of the few Fair Trade certified Organic tea estate producing some of the finest teas that you can find. It's Silver Tips tea is considered to be one of the most expensive tea in the world.
Makaibari follows a form of integrated forest management called permaculture where the tea bush is part of a multi-tier system of trees and plants typical of a sub-tropical rainforest, as opposed to a monoculture--a farm that grows only one crop.
It serves as a home and livelihood for a community of around 1500 people from seven different villages. Makaibari has taken several initiatives to empower women and the community and is the first tea garden in Darjeeling to appoint a woman supervisor in this male dominated industry.