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Century old Indian tea garden and museum destroyed by fire

A fire broke out on Thursday in the century old Makaibari tea garden, between Nepal and Bhutan, famous for producing an exotic variety of the world famous Darjeeling tea.

Fire brigade sources said 70 per cent of the tea garden bungalow located in Kurseong of northern West Bengal’s Darjeeling district was devastated in the blaze, which was first noticed at 2 p.m.

Three fire engines rushed to the spot and brought the blaze under control after a four-and-a-half hour struggle.

Fire officials said they suspected a short circuit to have sparked the fire.

The tea garden, believed to be more than a 100-years-old, is renowned for its production of an exotic variety of Darjeeling tea. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had gifted the Makaibari’s Silver Tips Imperial brand to Queen Elizabeth during his visit to England in 2015.

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Asia Pacific Fire, Editor