People all around the world have a certain fondness for the flavour of Tea. There’s something enticing about its firm bitterness that sparks devotion. Tea has become ingrained in everybody’s way of life.
The history of Chinese Tea in India is a very interesting one. A guy named Robert Fortune stole Tea plants and seedlings from China and introduced it to India to tackle the Chinese Monopoly. Unfortunately the plants didn’t survive but the technology and knowledge perhaps can be credited to the flourishing Tea industry of today.
The popularity of Tea is beyond comprehension. In Japan, there is a separate Tea ceremony which is called Sado, Chanoyu or simply Ocha. It’s a beautiful rhythmic ritual of preparing and serving Matcha, which is Japanese green Tea together with authentic Japanese desserts. The Tea is poured in an already defined motion. The Tea ceremony in Japan is not only about drinking Tea but also about the aesthetics involved with it. The Tea culture is also very famous in England. They feel very happy to call themselves the ‘Tea People’. “A day without tea is a day without joy” is a Chinese proverb which is aptly applicable to the English. Traditionally speaking, the British love consuming afternoon Tea. They have it between lunch and dinner with usually a cake, biscuit or scone. ‘British consume 60 billion cups per year, according to the Tea and Infusions Organisation.’ Tea-drinking is an integral part of Chinese culture. China is the original producer of tea and is known for its skills in planting and making tea. Drinking Tea is considered a way to appreciate life better in Chinese traditions. They believe the more a person allows the Tea taste to linger in the mouth, the person will attain deeper meaning in life, more sense of peace from deep inside and all the worries, fatigue or stress will wipe away. Sipping Tea in India is equivalent to sipping the culture of India. Indians do not have any particular time to drink Tea. It can happen anytime. It’s important to relive themselves in the morning to being a crucial element in ‘Adda’ sessions. Indians simply love their Tea and vying with China, it is the largest producer of Tea.
Tea is so much popular in India that a Tourism has taken birth solely around it. West Bengal itself has a thriving Tea Tourism in places like Tumsong Chiabari, Chamong Chiabari, The Fagu Tea Bungalow, Sourenee Tea Estate & Boutique Resort, Singtom, the Glenburn Tea Estate and Boutique Hotel, Goomtee, Phaskowa Tea Estate and Ging Tea House are the places to visit in Darjeeling. These Tea Retreats are so exquisite that they draw tourists not only from India but also from abroad. International guests love to visit Indian Tea Bungalows, and spend some days there and taste different tea flavours. Whether you are purely a Tea enthusiast or a honeymooner, Tea Tourism will surely going to tantalise you.
Imagine sipping the best blend of Darjeeling Tea facing the highest Himalayan Ranges? Isn’t it spectacular? Tumsong Chiabari offers exactly that. And since this estate directly faces the Himalayas, the cool breeze helps the plants to grow gingerly, providing sufficient time to saturate the leaves with the special flavour.
Looking for a wonderful yet a silent trip? Look no further, Tea estate tour or Tea Tourism is here. Basically all of them are located in the laps of Darjeeling. Sourenee Tea Estate & Boutique Resort lies in the Mirik Valley of Darjeeling. This estate of the bygone era has a sprawling area of 137 hectares. In the Fagu Tea Estate, the main attraction is the Tea Plantation area which was built during the colonial period. The environs of the Fagu Tea Estate are wrapped with verdant forest and beautiful gardens. It is approximately 75kms from NJP railway station.
So take an innovative trip down this unique path of Tea tasting, Tea making and Tea factory visit and fill up your senses by breathing in the fresh aroma of different types of Teas.