“Our decision for organic growth was made out of desperation. All over this region, nature was destroyed, trees were cut down, we had a huge problem with erosion and many animals died due to the insecticides. We were forced to change something.”  Rajah Banerjee

We are farmers.
We are soil managers.
And we happen to make some of the finest teas the world has ever sipped.
Our tea is just the bonus of causes put in motion for more than 40 years, by the pioneer of organic-biodynamic tropical agriculture, Rajah Banerjee.
Our primary objective is to develop and nurture a sustainable community, that revolves around building a harmonious relationship with Mother Nature, for us, for Darjeeling, for the Planet.

At Makaibari we believe that all positive impulses on this planet emanate from the “soil”, and it’s the ground where we are deeply rooted. With 1,100 acres of primary rainforest, and approximately 550 acres in their midst of tea, Makaibari is one of the largest tea estates in Darjeeling. The four hundred species of indigenous birds, a plethora of wild animals, the unique insects that are found nowhere else on earth, are our pride and joy. We go about our day to day business, worshipping the humble tea bush, our God and our Giver.
Our renewed website is homage to all the tea lovers and the tea bush, the magical mystical plant brought to these slopes of Himalaya 170 years ago, changing forever the Darjeeling landscape, her economy and society.
The departure of the British at independence, coupled with dramatic technological advancement have compounded the challenges faced by the fragile Darjeeling ecosystem and her multiracial ethnic communities.
Makaibari had steadfastly weathered these multifaceted challenges  by her sustainable ‘karma’, that has been upheld by her ‘Dharma’ of holistic PARTNERSHIP not OWNERSHIP at all levels.
Join us now on our voyage that has transformed the region and how it continues to fuel our dreams and hopes.

 

 

 

"Soils constitute the foundation of vegetation and agriculture. Forests need it to grow. We need it for food, feed, fiber, fuel and much more."

José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General - International Year of Soils 2015: Healthy soils for a healthy life