Makaibari sustains seven villages and 1.587 people. Kodobari (Millet fields), Fulbari (Flower Garden) and Koilapani (Blackwater) and cheptey are in the Western side of the estate, while Makaibari (Cornfields), Thapathali (Thapa Village) and Chungey are situated in the Eastern side. The Makaibari Tea Estate is probably the most talked about and fabled tea garden in Darjeeling area. And there are reasons for that. This is one of the oldest tea gardens in Darjeeling and was the first to establish a factory in the year 1859.