Namaste! I am now finishing a week of work in India and I tried to use my free time to research and visit Tea related places. I have a lot to share with you but first let me give you a bit of background about the world of Tea in India.
India is one of the largest Tea growers in India but Indians love a good cup of Tea being Black and Chai Tea the most popular .
In India there are 6 famous Tea production areas:
Darjeeling, located in the West Bengal State, is obviously the land of the famous Darjeeling Tea. The two main contributor’s to Darjeeling’s Economy are tourism and the Tea Industry. Around 25% of India’s total Tea output comes from Darjeeling. If you plan to visit a Tea plantation you can head to The Happy Valley Tea Estate, at 2,750 meters above sea level, it is one of the highest Tea gardens in the world, and known for growing some of the finest Tea in Darjeeling. It is open Tuesday to Saturday from 8am to 4pm.
Assam, often called the land of the red river and blue hills, is the gateway to northeastern part of India and the largest Tea production region in India. Jorhat, in the central part of the valley, is often referred to as the “Tea Capital of the World. A Tea festival is held in Jorhat every November. You can also visit Sangsua Tea Estate near Jorhat, that offers a Tea Estate bungalow for tourists.
Kangra, is a district of Himachal Pradesh State. Tea was introduced in Kangra Valley in 1854 but there was a devastating earthquake in 1905 that devastated the Tea plantation. However, the scene has changed with the set up of the CSIR – Council of scientific and Industrial Research which is now trying to produce Tea through scientific methods. A lot to research here…
Munnar, is one of the most popular hill-resort destinations in the wonderful Kerala State in Southern India and consider a heaven of peace and tranquility. You will find miles and miles of Tea plantations. Once owned by Tata, one of the largest corporations in India. Here you can visit the Tea Museum at Nallathanni Estate and stay at the Tea Sanctuary.
Nilgiri Mountains, located in the Tamil Nadu estate in South India. Nilgiri means Blue Mountains. Apart from the stunning views, Tea is the most important industry of the region and is produced throughout the whole year. You have several important Tea estates here from Glendale and Glermorgan Estate.
Wayanad, is an agricultural mountain in the Kerala Estate, where you’ll find Tea, Coffee and Spices productions. Most of the Tea plantations are located south of Kalpetta. You can visit and stay at Wayanad Tea County,a tourist guesthouse set in the Priyadarsini Tea Estate at Mananthavady. It is run by a co-operative of tribals who live and work on the estate. All profits earned go directly to their welfare. It’s possible to go trekking through the Tea gardens to a tribal tree house, set up at the highest point of the plantation.
Furthermore, you have several good Tea houses and Tea shops in the big cities like Delhi and Mumbai.
I only had time to visit two tea shops in Delhi, one Tea House in Mumbai and the amazing Glenmorgan Tea Estate in the Nilgiri Hills.