The tradition of four generation of Banerjee’s, stewarding of the land with love and care, has evolved a beacon for a holistically sustainable future.

For more than a century and a half, Makaibari has been tended by four generation of the Banerjee family; the only tea estate in Darjeeling to never have been owned by components of the Raj, Makaibari was the first tea factory in the world, built by the pioneering G. C. Banerjee, the founding father of Makaibari Tea Estates, in 1859.

Since the seventies of the last century Makaibari is led by the planter and researcher Swaraj Kumar Banerjee, popularly known as Rajah.
A visionary farmer and entrepreneur, Rajah has dedicated his entire life to the preservation and improvement of soil and the betterment of the livelihoods of the people. For he believes in the old adage, “Healthy soil is healthy mankind.”
Under the guidance of this generational planter, Makaibari has flourished to become a global brand, not only dealing in quality products, but also in meaningful progress for all concerned.

"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