Tea Tourism in India: Say Cheers

by pateluday

Read an article about tea in general but with emphasis on tea plantations and cultures in India. Tea is the most popular beverage in India with phenomenal levels of consumption.

Tea has become an integral part of Indian lifestyle. It is a hot beverage that melts hearts, brings people together and creates relationships. Secondly it refreshes your body, enlivens your mind and tingles your sensory apparatus.

The cultivation practices where imported from China albeit the plant was growing wild in North East India. The British with all their enterprising zeal introduced this wonderful leaf by creating tea gardens and popularizing the product among the Indian masses.

After China, India is the largest producer of tea leaves, it is one of the largest importer of the leaves as well. So much is the consumption within the country that comparatively less of it is exported. Some of the finest produces like the Darjeeling and Assam leaf find buyers abroad.

The plantations in Darjeeling, Duars, Nilgiri and Assam are unique production hubs with an interesting characteristic lifestyle and ambiance. This has generated huge interest among the holiday makers giving rise to tea tourism in India.

Women Plucking Tea Leaves in Garden

Tea Plantations
Women Working in Tea Plantations
Women Working in Tea Plantations
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Plantation Photo

Tea Garden
Tea Garden
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Darjeeling Heaven on Earth

Magic Aroma & Taste

Darjeeling in West Bengal is one of the finest hill stations in India. The little paradise is well known for its little rail and tea plantations. This is also a trekkers paradise and the towering Mount Kanchenjunga completes a picturesque setting. 

At the height of more than 6500 MSL, the hill station has a cool weather with plenty of sunshine.  Darjeeling town contains all modern amenities, besides a number of hotels are available for accommodation.

There are many tea gardens here which are worth a visit. The visits are very informative, and interesting aspects of cultivation and processing can be learned from the gardeners.

Famous for its aroma and muscatel taste  the leaf is valued as highly priced in India and abroad.

The town has many places of interest and a busy shopping center. The parks and gardens enliven the place for spiritual feel one can visit the monasteries and temples in Darjeeling. 

Darjeeling Tea Photo

Darjeeling Green Tea
Darjeeling Green Tea
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State of Assam

Tourism

Tiger Well known for its cultural richness, wildlife and plantations. A wide variety of teas are grown and processed in Assam. It is home to premium black leaves grown is huge tea gardens. The State  boasts of many wildlife sanctuaries and National Parks.

The critically endangered one horned rhinoceros is found here in Kaziranga Tiger Reserve along with the Asian elephant, tiger and water buffalo. Manas Tiger Reserve is home to Golden Langurs and many other wild animals and birds.

The tea plantations are situated in Eastern Assam. The finest leaves of Camellia Assamica are grown, processed and blended by major companies in this state. The tea gardens are host to many visitors and offer a rich experience. Green and White leaves are also processed in the state although in small quantities.    

Assamese cuisine is unique blend of local spices and contains rich varieties of vegetables, pulses, fish, meats and fruits. The curry finds many friends amongst the visitors. 

Tea Beverage

Hot Tea
Hot Tea
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Dooars

Jalpiguri

Green Tea & LeafThe dooars or dwars literally mean passage ways from high altitude in Himalayas to Terai or Foot Hills. The dooars are part of India bordering Bhutan. They now constitute the Cooch Behar & Jalpiguri District.in West Bengal and Assam. The region is famous for tourism and tea gardens.  

The virgin landscape created by dense jungles accord this region with splendorous settings. There are many National Parks and Wildlife Sanctuaries that  are found in this region. Some of the popular ones are Jaldapara WLS, Manas Tiger Reserve and Buxa Tiger Reserve.

There are big  tea gardens of repute in this region. They are visited by a number of tourists from all over the World. There are many places of interest near the Jalpaiguri town.

The Damdim Tea Estate not only offers experience of English  planters hospitality but provides access to wildlife journeys. The tea experience is the core focus of the visit. The estate is surrounded by protected areas with dense forests which are home to wild animals and birds. 

 

Photo of Tea Estate

Tea Plucking
Tea Estate
Tea Estate
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Nilgiri Mountains

Southern India

The blue mountains as the word Nilgiri means are part of the Western Ghats in Southern India. The region is famous for tea plantations and forests called sholas. The region is rich in biodiversity that inhabits these dense jungleMasala Chais. 

The region has around twenty four peaks with the highest being the Dodabetta Peak at 2637 MSL.  The destination abound in protected areas in the mountainous regions which fall under the Biosphere Reserve status. One of the popular wildlife reserves is the  Mukurthi National Park much visited by the tourists. 

The tea leaf cultivated is used as premium tea. besides it is mixed in many popular blends of India. There are many tea plantations in Munnar which offer  good experience. Munnar is also famous as Hill Resort and bird watching destination in Kerala a State of India. 

 

Tea in Carton

Gift Pack - Wagh Bakri
Gift Wrapping Tea
Gift Wrapping Tea
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Tea Cultivation Video

Nilgiri Hills Landscape

Nilgiri Mountains
Nilgiri Mountains

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Tea Plantations

Tea PlantChai is hot tea beverage that is popular all over India. The drink is consumed by masses and is served in nearly all households. The beverage has become part of lifestyle in India. The modern cafes, tea lounge and restaurant all serve this brew in one form or another.  

The tea plantations in India have a unique characteristic flavor of earlier British Era. Whence the country was ruled by the British, cultivation and consumption of this hot beverage  was introduced on a large scale. The English where successful in their endeavor and as result a large number of plantation flourish in India. 

The equally flavorful tea experience is part of these gardens. Hence  they have become part of tourism circuits.  Some of the plantations are owned by major tea houses in India while the rest are cooperatives.      

A visit could be arranged through the tour operators. Many of these tour organizers offer affordable packages for tea tourism.

The popular masala chai brands are now being all over sold in India. Hence the popularity is on increase. The spices in masala chai accord health benefits besides creating a magnificent aroma and taste.  This form of beverage is made available in cartons and poly packs by big tea processors and packers in India.   Most the blends consist of leaves from major tea growing regions in the country.

Chai Photo

Chai in Dhaba
Chai in Dhaba
Wagh Bakri

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Updated: 09/27/2016, pateluday
 
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pateluday on 09/27/2016

Welcome to Chai tea cmoneyspinner yes India is the land of spices and it reflects on its cuisine. Like the Assamese Food, it is amazingly different in spite of the spices being nearly the same. I will update you on Assamese/Indian cuisine. Thanks for the comment and praise.

cmoneyspinner on 09/27/2016

What a lovely page. Glad I found it. India may be behind China in teas, but ahead in the spices. Am I right? You mentioned the Assamese cuisine. I would love learn more about it as I am interested in world cuisine. Thank you for this page. It was thorough tour of Places to See in India. I am devoted coffee but my husband and some of my kids have started trying Chai tea lately. I tried as well. Love the taste!

pateluday on 06/17/2015

Thanks MIRA & Ologsinquito. Thanks for encouraging comments.

Mira on 06/04/2015

I love masala chai and various kinds of teas. I like that photo with the spices, and have enjoyed your article.

ologsinquito on 06/04/2015

This is a great travel story. The tea-growing regions of India look so beautiful. Organic India tea is the best. I own the Sweet Rose that you have featured. It's incredible.

pateluday on 09/25/2014

Thanks Othellos!

othellos on 09/25/2014

Excellent article. I am a coffee lover but I enjoy a few types of tea as well.

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