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Most Indians start off their day with a good cup of tea. In Bengal, it is usually the liquor tea or the ‘lal cha’ served with biscuits. In Gujarat it is the masala chai with some added ginger and local herbs. Rajasthani people like it with lots of milk and saffron. Then of course there are variations of tea like white, green, black, oolong and so on. But there is no denying that tea is something that you can find in all Indian homes. And wouldn't it be great to visit places where it all begins!

Tea tourism is all about taking you to the serene, hill side tea estates where the entire process of plucking, manufacturing and packaging is done. During the British era, the tea export started on a huge scale. And till date, India is one of the finest tea makers in the world. Whether you love your tea strong, lightly brewed or even with lots of milk, there is no denying that you enjoy exploring these avenues. So check out some of the best tea tourism zones in India-

Tea Tourism in India


Darjeeling


The queen of the hills, Darjeeling is also the queen of tea plantations and almost 25% of the tea output of the country comes from here. Darjeeling is surely a prized possession for floral smelling tea with huge leaves. In fact the classic Darjeeling tea leaves grown and processed here have a fan following across the world. There are scores of tea plantations across the state of West Bengal, but Darjeeling houses some of the finest.

Best time to visit - March to November is the season for tea plucking.

Makaibari Tea Estate



Tea Estates in Darjeeling


This estate is situated in Kurseong, which is close to Darjeeling. This is also the first tea factory of the world and had been established in 1859. The 4th generation owner Rajah Banerjee, has taken the estate to unification of ecology with technology via holistic sustainable practices. The idea is to grow healthy tea on healthy soil and create a balance with nature. They follow and integrated forest management called permaculture

Makaibari Tea Estate- Kurseong
Mob: 9733004577
E-mail: makaibari.rajah@gmail.com
info@makaibari.com

Glenburn Tea Estate


Tea garden of Assam

The Scottish Tea Company had started this estate in 1860 and later the Prakash family in Calcutta took over the same. Spread over an area of 1,600 acre, this estate is located on the south of Rangeet river. It is a major attraction for tourists because of the Burra Bungalow, which provides for accommodation. You can hire the bungalow or even one of the suites here. The view from the different rooms are spectacular. You can head to the plantation at crack of the dawn to see the process of tea plucking or simply venture out and walk in the lush gardens.

Glenburn Tea Estate (Tourism Division)
DLX Ltd.
Kanak Building
41, Chowringhee Road
Kolkata - 71, WB
Phone (mobile): +91 98 300 70213
Fax: +91 33 2288 3581
Email: info@glenburnteaestate.com

Chiabari Tea Estate


Tea estate of Assam


This tea estate is owned and managed by renowned Chamong Group, which is in its 6th generation. They have been doing the business since 1916, with their first tea garden in Assam. The Darjeeling Chiabari had Tumsong as its first retreat. In 1867 J. A. Wernicke, the German owner of the nearby Lingia estate had planned the estate around the Tamsa Devi temple. a local deity. The tea plants in Chiabari grow slowly but with complete flavour. Even the Chamong group believes that the goddess Tamsa herself takes care of this serene location.

Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
2, N. C. Dutta Sarani, Sagar Estate, 5th Floor, Unit 1, Kolkata – 700001, India
Phone : +91(33) 3093-6400
Email: chamong@snonline.com
 
Garden
The Tumsong Retreat
Tumsong Tea Estate P.O. Tumsong (Ghoom)
District Darjeeling 743102

Castleton Tea Estate


Casteleton Tea Estate

This one is owned by Goodricke Group and runs along Punkhabari, Kurseong and Hill Cart Road. It is situated on the southern side of  Kurseong sub district. Founded in 1885 by Dr. Charles Graham, the estate gets its name from a castle that still exists in the area. Earlier the name 'Kumseri' had been thought upon. Spread over 1830 meters the cultivation ground for this tea estate is about 170 hectares. The classic black, green and white teas are grown here.

Goodricke Group Limited
Camellia House, 14 Gurusaday Road, Kolkata: 700 019, India.
Phone: +91(33)22873067, 22878737, 22871816
Email: goodricke@goodricke.com

Badamtam Tea Estate




Tea tourism of India


This tea estate is located in the Lebong Valley, which is about 17 kilometres on the west of the Darjeeling. It faces the  mighty Kanchenjunga and is one of the best s tea estate produces for Spring tea in the world. The estate begins from the end of Bada Ging Tea Estate and Chhota Ging Tea Estate and goes right up to the Majhi Tar basin in Sikkim. Located at a height of about 1830 metres, the tea estate gets it name from a Lepcha word and means bamboo water carrier. The first flush teas made here are prized across the globe.

Badamtam Tea Estate
Goodricke Group Limited
‘Camellia House’
14, Gurusaday Road, Kolkata – 700 019
West Bengal, India

Balasun Tea Estate


Tea Estate


This tea estate is located on the North Kurseong area in Sonada. Spread over almost 181 hectares and at a height starting from 365 meters and ends at 1375 meters, this tea garden produces a blend of different teas. The fluctuating temperature and the drastic height difference makes it possible to grow many varieties of tea here. Balasun Tea Estate produces about  51% pure China tea, 40% hybrid Assam type and and the rest is Darjeeling quality clonal variety. Established in 1871, the estate as been named after the river that flows through the bottom of the garden. It has changed many owners and is currently owned by Jay Shree Tea company since 2005.

Balasun Tea Estate
Jay Shree Tea company since 2005.
Jay Shree Tea. Industry House, 15th Floor, 10
Camac Street, Kolkata-700 017, India.
Phone : +91-33-22827531-34
E-mail : birlatea@giascl01.vsnl.net.in

Angrove Tea Estate

The tea estate is a complete organic one that was taken over by the KPL International group in 2008. The estate is located at a very high altitude and is situated in the Rungbong Valley in Darjeeling. The elevation here varies between 2200 to over 5500 feet. It produces 60% China Clonal tea and the rest are hybrid. It grows almost 60,000 - 70,000 kg tea per year.


Avongrove Tea Estate
KPL International Limited, Park Plaza,
71, Park Street,
Kolkata – 700 016, India.
Phone: +91(33) 22178179, 22499472, 22499473
Email: kplkolkata@kplintl.com

Other tea estates in Darjeeling are:


Ambootia Tea Garden
20 Coalberth, Hoboken Road, Kolkata 700 088, India.
Phone: +91 (33) 2439 1966 - 69, E-mail: info@ambootia.com

Arya Tea Estate

37,Shakespeare Sarani, Kolkata-700017 India. 
Phone: 00913211 2287-8631/32/34/35/8709 
Email: aryatea@vsnl.net; Garden Phone: (0354)2251330

Bannockburn Tea Estate
Chamong Tee Exports Pvt. Ltd.
2, N. C. Dutta Sarani, Sagar Estate, 5th Floor, Unit 1, Kolkata – 700001, India
Phone : +91(33) 3093-6400, Email: chamong@snonline.com

Rohini
P.O Kurseong, Darjeeling 734203
West Bengal
Ph: +91 353 22510831/32/34
Fax: +91 353 2510833
Email Address: gopaldhara(at)gmail(dot)com

Risheehat Tea Estate
Jay Shree Tea & Industries Ltd. 
Industry House, 15th Floor, 10,Camac Street, Kolkata-700 017, India.
Phone : +91-33-22827531-34

Singbulli Tea Estate

P.O. Phuguri -734218, P.S.Mirik, Dist.:Darjeeling, West Bengal, India.

Sungma and Turzum Tea Estate
P.O: Pokhariabong, PIN – 734216 , Dist.: Darjeeling , West Bengal, INDIA

Assam


Tea gardens in Assam

Located on the extreme northern side of India, Assam is indeed the home to some of the finest tea gardens in the world. The tea here is a quite different from the one’s produced in Darjeeling. Basically the tea produced here is usually black tea. The tea here is made form the plant Camellia sinensis and it is usually grown at or very near sea level.

The tea has a very bold flavour here and it is rather malty. These are brighter in colour and they usually get sold as "breakfast" teas. The Irish breakfast tea is made with smaller sized leaves from the region. Currently Assam remains to be the biggest tea-growing region globally. Though the climate here is not very cold and prone to humidity and heat during summer months, it adds to the tea business.

Best time to visit
- March to November but avoid the monsoons.

Khongea Tea Estate, Assam



Tea garden


This tea estate had been formed in the 19th century by two English women. 50 years earlier it came to the Prakash Family that also manages the Glenburn group in Darjeeling. It is currently managed with Sudhir Prakash who works closely with Tea Research Association located near Jorhat. The plantation has state of the art machinery and produces a variety of teas ranging from black orthodox and CTC to green.

Unlike the colder zones, this tea estate is situated closer to the Brahmaputra river, on the upper reaches, and the tea quality is distinct and unique. Growth of tea type is changed depending on the demand globally. These teas in particular are niche to the German market. The first harvest here starts in March and the better quality teas are harvested during the months of April and May.

Khongea Tea Estate
41 Chowringhee Rd
Kolkata, W.B. 700071
Phone: +91 98743 00567
Email id: abdul@glenburnteadirect.com

Dikom Tea Estate


If someone is looking for good quality orthodox tea, then Dikom is one of the unique flavors that they can get. The tea grown here has a unique taste and is both tippy and bright. Located right in the heart of the tea growing zones of Assam, Dikom was also the queen of the old Jokai (Assam) Tea Company Ltd. Their fields are very well maintained with a 63% clonal area. It has very high quality clones like P126A, N436, S3A3, T3A3, CPI, Tenali 17.

Dikom has a very aggressive uprooting and replanting concept where they use high quality clones. The yield from the younger clones are used for creating newer ones. In the ancient times, native rulers of Bodo-Kacharies discovered that the water here was uniquely sweet and thus its got its name Doi-in Bod, which means sweet water.

Rossell India Limited
Jindal Towers,
Block 'B', 4th Floor,
21/1A/3, Darga Road,
Kolkata-700 017
Phone: +91-33- 2280 1120, 2290 3035
Fax: +91-33- 2287 5269
E-mail: rossell@rossellindia.com

McLeod Russel Tea Estate


McLeod Russel first planted tea in 1869 and is one of the largest tea producers in the world today. They manage 48 tea estates in the Assam Valley along with 5 in the Dooars region of West Bengal. McLeod Russel also has 3 factories in Vietnam, 6 estates in Uganda and are the managerial controllers of Gisovu estate in Rwanda. Every year this tea garden produces about 100 million kilograms of black tea. This is the most common form of tea consumed worldwide.

In the year 1869 Captain J.H. Williamson and Richard Boycott Magor formed the tea estate.  The initial office was in 7 New China Bazaar Street, Calcutta. Over the years, the company has changed hands and expanded. Later the company was christened as Macneill & Magor Limited.

McLeod Russel Tea Estate (Head Office)
Four Mangoe Lane
Surendra Mohan Ghosh Sarani
Kolkata - 700001
Telephone: (33) 2243-5391, 2248-9434, 2248-9435
Fax: (+91) (33) 2248-8114, 2248-3683
Email: mcleod_investors@wmg.co.in


Joonktollee Tea Estate


Tea estates in Assam

Located in the Barbam, Dibrugarh District of Upper Assam, this tea estate has an area of about 1867.98 acres. Nearly 1202.82 acres from that is under plantation. The estate remains to be one of the largest single location contemporary factories for tea in North-East India. Their product is about 3 million kgs per annum. In the year 2011, they produced about 23,89,221 kgs of tea.

The Joonktollee Tea Estate is ISO 22000:2005 certified by SGS, UK. They currently manufacture CTC Tea, Orthodox Tea and Green Tea along with tea waste.

Joonktollee Tea Estate
21, Strand Road
Kolkata - 700 001
West Bengal, India
Phone: +91-33-22309601 (4 lines)
Fax: +91-33-22302105
Email: info@joonktolleetea.in


Warren’s Tea Estate

Warren’s tea estate is one of the best managed in the state and provides world-class tea. The teas grown here have a reputation that they live up to. The process here includes advanced techniques along with mature experience. The tea leaves from the estate have a rich colour, with briskness and strength. their rich liquor, brightness, briskness and strength. All of the two leaves along with the plucked bud is grown under strict supervision of experts.

Even the clonal percentage of Warren’s tea is very high, which results in better quality tea. The superb gardening and husbandry are done keeping in mind contemporary management skills along with maintaining a balance with nature. The meticulous systems results in tea, which is exported globally.

Warren's Tea Estate
Suvira House,
4B Hungerford Street, Calcutta 700017, India
Phone:91-33-22872287
Fax:91-3322890301
Email: sectcal@warrentea.com

Kanoka Tea Estate


Tea Estates in Assam

The Kanoka tea estate is also one of the organic Assam tea estates of the group named Assamica Agro. It is located at Panchnoi Prajapathar in Sonitpur district of Assam and has about 8.8 hectares of land under plantation. As the name suggests, the nature of growing here is organic. The estate follows strict sustainable organic procedures of tea growing as per the IFOAM standards.

No kinds of fertilisers are used here. In fact even pesticide or even herbicides have not been used here. It is one of the rare 100% organic tea estates in India. They grow loose leaf tea along with some variations of black tea.

Kanoka Tea Estate
Flat: 39, Prayag Apartment
B1, Vasundhara Enclave, Delhi-110096, India.
Email: sales@assamicaagro.com
Phone: +91- 8586893742

Assam Address
Kanoka Tea Estate, Panchnoi, P.O. Hugrajuli
Dist: Sonitpur, Assam - 784507, India


Other contacts -


DM Group
Corporate Office
Continental Chambers
4th Floor
15 A, Hemanta Basu Sarani
Kolkata-700 001
West Bengal, India

Kanco Tea Industries Limited
Registered Office :
Share Registrars and Transfer Agents
Address:
Jasmine Tower, 3rd Floor
31, Shakespeare Sarani
Kolkata – 700 017

Nonoi Tea Estate
1 Bishop Lefroy Road
Kolkata – 700 020
Tel: 2281-4747/3891/3570, 2280-7022, 66053-400/500/600

Assam Brook
Tinkharia Tea Estate,
P.O. Dhekiajuli,
Dist. Sonitpur (Assam),
Pin – 784 110.

Apeejay Group Tea Estate
Kolkata
Apeejay House
15, Park Street,
Kolkata 700 016
Phone: +91 33 4403 5455-58,
Fax: +91 33 2217 2075,
Email: calcutta@apeejaygroup.com

Munnar


Tea estates in Kerala


Munnar is one of the most popular hill stations in southern India, but this Kerala town is also the home to some of the best tea plantations. The climate in southern India is ideal for growing different kinds of coffee, but some teas grown in this region have a world wide following. Tea estates were developed here by the British during the colonial times and since then they have evolved and expanded through the suburbs and different parts of the state.

Best time to visit
- September through April

Kanan Devan Hills Plantations Company (P) Ltd.


In the late 19th century, this area was converted into a tea estate. During the early1970s the TATA group formed an associated with the Finlay company to become a stake holder here. As time passed, the TATA group gained compete control over the tea estate and formed the TATA Tea Ltd. In 2005 TATA exited the tea plantation business and the Kannan Devan Hills Company Plantation Ltd. took over.

Even today, the plantation prospers in the time of bio-diversity and flourishes to make some of the finest teas in the world.

Kanan Devan Hills Plantations Company Private Limited
Registered Office: KDHP House, Munnar-685 612, Idukki District, Kerala.
Tel: +91-4868 255000, 255999
Email: kdhptea@gmail.com
Fax: +91-4868 255555

Wayanad Tea County


Tea Tourism in India

Wayanad are lush mountainous regions in the state of Kerala and it produces some of the most magnificent tea along with coffee and prices too. As one takes the Chembra Peak road, this private estate becomes visible. There is a guest house here too, which makes it possible for tourists to enjoy some time out here.

District Tourism Promotion Council (DTPC)

Near Civil Station, Kalpetta,
Wayanad, Kerala, India.
Tele fax: 91 4936 202134, 91 9446072134
Email: info@wayanadtourism.org

Other contacts-

Tea County (KTDC)
KTDC Hill Resort, Munnar - 685612, Kerala, India
Phone: +91-4865-230460, 230969, 230971/72/73
Fax: +91-4865-230970
E-mail: teacounty@ktdc.com

Briar Tea Bungalows
Woodbriar Group 10, Damu Nagar
Coimbatore - 641 045
Tamil Nadu, India

Sikkim




Tea Tourism in India


The lush state of Sikkim shares its borders with Darjeeling. Like Darjeeling it too has a cool climate almost all year round with some snowfall during the colder months. It is also the home to some lush and eco-friendly tea gardens. Some of them are:

Temi Tea Garden


Tea Gardens in India

The tea garden lies between Damthang and Temi Bazaar enroute to Singtam. Established in 1969, this government owned estate covered an area of about 440 acres. It is also the sole tea garden in the state and is certainly prized. Temi tea grows along steep hillsides that range from 1200-1800m. The drive up the Temi plantation makes you feel very close to nature. The Institute of Marketology (IMO) of Switzerland gave this garden ‘organic' certification.
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