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 as well since time immemorial. 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, paradoxically, 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 do 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.