The name of the garden owes its origins to a historical event. In order to invade Nepal, years ago, the British set up camp in the estate, camp or ‘Tombu’ means tent, in local language. The name, may have become Thurbo in later years. The altitude of Thurbo ranges from 762 metres to 1890 metres. Situated in idyllic Mirik, near Nepal, established in 1872, Thurbo nestles in the shadows of the mighty Kanchenjunga. The hills and peaks of Nepal are visible from here. Streams and rivulets mark its boundaries. The Mechi and Rangbang rivers in the south and north respectively, gurgle down to the plains. Orange orchards and orchid farms nearby, lend the garden an exotic charm.
The nearest railway station, “New Jalpaiguri” is approximately 65 kms, and the airport in Bagdogra is about 58 kms from the garden. Thurbo T.G. experiences a climate typical of the hills, where due to the altitude the temperatures remain low with less sunshine. This shortage of sunshine hours happens in the rainy season and in the winter season. The other months are generally dry and windy with low temperatures. The rainfall varies from 171.60 cms to 338.56 cms, and the temperature varies between 41 – 79 degrees farenhite.
The forces of nature combine here to bless the teas with an unmatched quality.The indigenous clonal teas have unique character, this combined with others ‘jats’like P316 & AV2 grow matchless autumnal teas. Teas imbued with a rare anddelicate fragrance, that fetch awesome prices. The ‘Chinas’ are bright and flavourywhile the Assam hybrids are rounded and sweet. The autumn flush is redolent witha delicate mellow flavour.