Assam: The Tea Valley
Known for its alluring river valley and scenic mountains and hills, Assam is a paradise for everyone. The biggest and most accessible state out of all seven sisters’ state is situated along the Brahmaputra valley and enriched with charming ethnic people, unique aromatic cuisine, exotic dance forms and sprawling wildlife.
More than half of India gets supply of tea from here.
The tea culture of Assam and unique charm of robust tea is the reason that it attracts a lot of visitors to this lush green tea landscape. Explore the tea culture of the state and immerse yourself in its aroma.
Assam tea is black tea made from leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. It got its name from Assam region of India. The tea grown here is at sea level, in warm, wet climate. The weather conditions and terrain contribute to the distinct malty flavour of tea.
Assam tea is also known as Assam Black tea, breakfast tea, English breakfast tea Irish Breakfast tea. The breakfast tea which is available at a local tea shop or grocery store may be a pure Assam tea or blend of different tea leaves including Assam
Who was the first tea planter of Assam?
Undoubtedly, China was the first to introduce this refreshing beverage. But during colonial rule in India, Robert Bruce was the first who notice tea plants growing near Rangpur in 1823. Then leaves were examined and Mr Maniram Dewan became the first Indian Tea planter who establishes the first-ever commercial plantation as today we know as the Assam tea.
By 1862, the Assam tea industry comprised of around 160 gardens.
Where to explore Tea Estate in Assam?
Halmari Tea Estate
This tea estate is situated in the Moran district of Assam. This tea garden is one of the steering tea producers. Its popularity is not only known in Assam but also across the country. The estate covers a total landmass of 534 hectares.
Manglam Tea Estate
Amidst the Sivsagar district of Assam, there exists a remarkable tea estate named Mangalam tea estate. The total area of the entire estate is 118 hectares. The tea plants are planted closed to each other resulting in a distinct tea plantation pattern.
The structure of the estate is designed in such a way that it creates no hindrance in working. It also provides a road after each one acre of tea plantation so that it will become easier to access and to have efficient working in a tea garden.
Monabari Tea Estate
This tea garden is the largest in Assam situated in Biswanath Chairali district. Hence it carries a lot of prestige in the entire Asian continent for tea production. The estate entails a profitable value for the company and provides a spectacular view. The estate provides a favourable working environment for its employees increases the overall productivity in the estate.
Why Assam Tea?
Assam nearly produces 56% of India’s total tea production, producing more than 400 million kgs of tea annually. It is famous across the globe for its natural beauty, tea plantation and quality of Assam tea. Assam tea is prepared in an organic way which makes it a must-try beverage.
When to visit?
The state of Assam is best visited from November to May. The weather is perfect, with cool winds blowing from the Himalayan foothills to reduce heat and humidity. Tea is harvested twice a year; the first flush is picked around the end of March. Jorhat, which is referred to as the tea capital of the world hosts the annual tea festival in November.
Various tea gardens set up stalls where you can sample a variety of teas. Or you can visit the exhibition centre and learn more about the tea industry and its production.
All the tea lovers, tasting the tea of Assam should be on top of your bucket list. Explore this tea valley of the country with your friends, family or solo and enjoy the aromatic field of green tea leaves!
Visit Assam and witness the amazing tea gardens. Come along with your family and someone who is a Chai Lover. Its aroma and magical vibe will make you stay there forever. Share your experience with the people working there and ask questions.
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