Nuxalbari Tea Estate, Growing Animal Corridors and Tea

Nuxalbari Tea Estate

Nuxalbari Tea Estate is located in Darjeeling District, India at the foothills of the eastern Himalaya near the world’s third largest peak – Mount Kanchenjunga.  This tremendous massif influences the area’s weather patterns and creates a lush environment for the tea to grow.

Nuxalbari dates back to 1884 through five generations. The estate values healthy soil so that the tea plants are strong and it propagates the best bi-clonal seeds and quality clones.  Their hand picked, artisan tea comes from heritage plants that are over 100 years old, which contributes to its exceptional taste. The bushes are the largest that we have seen – as tall as your head and wide as your body.  The result is that Nuxalbari teas are full-bodied, aromatic and flavorful.

They are stewards of the land and have transitioned much of the estate to organic as well as reforested many acres to create animal corridors.  The process required to transition a farm to organic takes many years with steadfastness and patience.  The tea plants need time to develop their natural resistance to pests without the application of pesticides.  Wild Asian elephants and other animals stay and travel through the farm.  A 50 acre reforested patch above a creek that flows through the estate to provide both food and more forest cover for the elephants.

Sonia Jabbar, the current owner, established an environmental curriculum for the children of her 1,000  employees called Hathi Sathi, or Elephant Friend.  Sonia  teaches the Hathi Sathi philosophy to her workers and their families.  She believes that if the younger generation values a healthy lifestyle and environment for people and animals, then we all can live healthier lives in the future.  The program teaches the children about the natural environment and the value of learning to live with elephants and other wildlife.

Nuxalbari strives to make a difference with wildlife and nature, their employees’ lives, and finding a better way to live a life.  We think Nuxalbari is a green model for growing tea in India.  To top it off, they involve men and women equally to make this happen.  Lake Missoula Tea Company is excited to sell tea from Nuxalbari Tea Estate.



Media Mentions and More

at Nuxalbari with Sonia

Lake Missoula Tea Company visits Nuxalbari Tea Estate to see first hand what changes are happening at the Estate in Darjeeling Disrict, India.

Sonia Jabbar presidential award

Sonia Jabbar, Nuxalbari Tea Estate owner, receives the Nari Shakti Puraskar 2018 from the President of India for her work on creating a sustainable tea estate with a commitment to the environment and the endangered Asian Elephant. (image and content borrowed from

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The Hindu Business Line

Read more about the work at Nuxalbari Tea Estate, including animal corridor expansions, Hathi Sathi environmental education and wildlife destruction crop insurance for farmers.