One of the most scenic of all Goodricke estates, Badamtam presents a magnificent view of the Kanchenjunga. A serene and majestic, fourteen feet high bronze statue of the Buddha, sculpted by a renowned artist, sits like a guardian of peace over the vistas of tea bushes. Located 17 kms west of Darjeeling in the Lebong Valley and at an altitude ranging from 305 metres to 1830 metres above sea level, this famous garden was planted in 1858 by Christine Barnes. The name of the estate, could have been derived from a Lepcha word, which meant a bamboo water carrier. With over a century and half’s heritage, the garden has witnessed many changes and added to its legacy.
Badamtam produces excellent and delightful teas. Specially renowned, are the first flush teas, which are highly prized abroad–the Chinas being light and delicate, and the Assam hybrids brisk and bright.
Every successive manager has contributed to its equity. Badamtam is as beautiful as ever.. the Rangeet and Majhitar rivers flow through the green hills and valleys, which harbour a profusion of birds and flowers. A suspension bridge over Rangeet links the garden to Sikkim. Indeed, this beautiful estate is a haven of peace.
Modern management methods, state- of-the-art, machinery, bio -dynamic processes, a reliable and dedicated work force, all contribute to the garden’s excellence. The garden has high welfare standards and offers excellent infra-structure in terms of housing, education, health, sanitation and even entertainment. The workers are well educated and enjoy a modern lifestyle. No other tea garden in the world can boast of a billiard table for its workers, as Badamtam does! The workers’ progressive attitude has enabled them to evolve into a modern society. Here, every occasion is celebrated with fervour and joy. Indeed, Badamtam has become a role model for other tea estates.