Kerry and Kim from The Tea Centre recently travelled with us to India on the ’India with the Tea Centre‘ tour, visiting working tea plantations in the Darjeeling and Assam regions of India. Read all about their adventure into tea country right here!
We started with the famous Golden Triangle area, which was absolutely fascinating, but the real reason we were visiting India was to explore the tea-growing areas of Darjeeling and Assam. With a provenance in tea culture and cultivation, few places offer so much for both tea lovers and travellers. Along the way we drank many versions of Chai Tea and thru this process the locals gave us a better understanding of tea traditions all around India.
We often took pleasure in sipping our teas on the veranda, of the plantation bungalows. We overlooked the actual tea pickers, who probably had only just picked the leaves we were drinking. It was very easy to see how the English had once enjoyed these small pleasures. Staying on the plantations was such a lovely intimate experience and it allowed us to visit the many tea factories where we saw first-hand the whole process of making TEA. Each day we were treated to amazing food, and the meticulous attention to our needs was such a nice surprise.
The whole tea growing region of Northeast India – Assam, Darjeeling and Dooars – are, by comparison, a world apart from their southern Indian counterparts. Darjeeling is very much an international brand, compared to Assam, which now has only just starting to see the potential in welcoming tourists to this unique and fascinating region.
Travelling around Northeast India was like travelling 20 years ago. The whole experience was truly exciting and I will always remember the amazing feeling of discovery, especially when we meet the locals who seemed to be more amused and fascinated by us than their day to day life.
I can’t speak highly enough of the quality of our guides, not only were they great travelling companions, but also incredibly interesting and lots of fun to be with.
Kerry & Kim
The Tea Centre
Take a look at the photo album from Kerry and Kim’s trip on Facebook.