Makaibari is the world's first tea factory and was established in 1859.

Rajah Banerjee, the fourth generational owner, has coalesced the ethnic diversity of the seven Makaibari villages, to a harmonious entity by holistic sustainable practices. Rudolph Steiner's biodynamic method has evolved an uniquely healthy soil, that houses a healthy society. The goal of biodynamic practices coupled with permaculture, to usher harmony between soil, microorganisms, plants, animals and man, is a simple magical experience which could be replicated as a model in many places.

Makaibari follows a form of integrated forest management utilizing 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 monocultural farm that grows only one crop.

Makaibari retains 70% of its entire area under forest cover.

Harmonious interactions at all stages have created a bio trope for many species of animals to thrive here, including endangered panthers, tigers, birds, butterflies, snakes, spiders and many others, feeding off of each other as part of the natural food chain.

All of these could be experienced through our village Homestay and volunteer work and internships.
A virtual stopover for a tea lover, global traveler, environmentalist, ornithologist and the ultimate eco tourist.

Did you know?

Makaibari literally means corn field: makai means corn, bari means field.
The “corn field”…. became a “tea garden.”





"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