Ilam factory, a haunting reminder of a bygone era where a few tea seeds were nurtured and the first cup of Nepal Tea brewed amidst pure mountain air and lush flora and fauna and with each sip of fragrant tea a taste of Himalayan goodness reminiscent of Nepal. A mystical reminder of warm hospitality and the generous nature of Nepalese which resulted in a gift of tea seeds more than 150 years ago from the Emperor of China gifted to Prime Minister Jung Bahadur Rana of Nepal. These seeds began the advent of the tea industry in Nepal and with the aid of Gajaraj Singh Thapa, Governor General of Eastern Nepal and a close relative of Jung Bahadur Rana was borne the first tea estate in eastern Nepal where till today much of the tea produced in Nepal is concentrated.
Nepal proved ideal for the growth of tea with slopes suitable for drainage, moist climate and good soil in which tea could thrive to produce some of the best teas of unique flavour and quality. Once a Government holding now converted to private enterprise through the auspices of the NTDC Group soon to be restored as a memorable ethnic guest house through the innovative efforts of a German Architect and will usher in the latest sought combination of TEA & TOURISM