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Baradighi Tea Estate

When the British landed on India’s shores, they knew little of the vast expanse of land they would soon claim and use to produce the Chinese drink they would soon swear by. As it were, the-soon-to-be fantastic discovery of tea would give work to generations, change the landscape of forests in areas like North Bengal forever, and create a titanic industry, and give birth to heritage tea bungalows… All while leaving behind the scenic tea gardens – abodes for seekers of tranquil, and saviours from the hustle of the future metropolis.
That’s perhaps why they never chronicled the founding of the majestic tea estates.
One such non-chronicled discovery was of Baradighi Tea Estate. Little is known of the first days of this heritage tea house, but collections of recollections from old-timers and archives leave a teasingly incomplete story of the birth of the majestic 600 acres of pastoral and production-induced pompousness.

Baradighi - The Bungalow

Baradighi is home to a fascinatingly diverse array of people. Differing in their origins, cultures, work and lifestyles, these people unite and live in harmony under the banner of the Baradighi Tea Estate.
The first British settlers at the Estate brought in workers from the neighbouring villages. The cheapest labour was found amongst the adivasi, or tribal clans, of southern Jharkhand, and that’s how the Estate got its first guests, in the 1890s. Years since, the descendants of the original workers have maintained their ancestral love for the land, and 90% of the few thousands of workers on Estate today are Adivasis, or tribals.
Another clan existing on Estate is the Gorkhas, the natives of hill states and of Nepal, famed as both warriors and agriculturists. We also host a significant population of the Kumhars and Majhis, residents of Bihar mainland and brought here for work as assistants in plumbing, cleaning and civilian jobs in first decade of the 1900s.
Baradighi natives are descendants of workers brought to work here by past managers on estate, and having loved the hospitality, opportunity, or both, of Baradighi and its people, have chosen to stay here for generations, having gradually become part of the family.
That aptly represents the warmth of Baradighi. Every visit is the beginning to a story. Those who come knocking are quick to call it home and add their own flavour to it.

Rydak Syndicate Ltd

The Baradighi Tea Estate, which has one of the oldest heritage tea bungalows in Dooars region, came under the ownership of Rydak Syndicate Limited in the 1960s, which runs the estate to this day.
The company was originally incorporated as Rydak Tea Syndicate Limited on 24th February, 1898 under the Indian Companies Act. It was registered as Rydak Syndicate Limited on 24th of September, 1979.
Currently, Rydak Syndicate Limited has six tea estates located both in Assam and in West Bengal’s Dooars region.
Rydak Syndicate Limited is a member of the Indian Tea Association, National Tea Research Foundation, Tea Research Association and the Tea Board of India.

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