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India is the world's largest producer of tea, but most is drunk in the local market. Most of the quality tea produced from Assam and Darjeeling is exported and sold in major cities of the world by renowned retailers like The Better Beverage Co. of Edinburgh, HTH Hamburger Teehandel of Hamburgh, Harrods of Knightsbridge in London, In Pursuit of Tea / Harney's Tea / Special Teas in New York, - Mariage de Freres & Hediard & Fauchon in Paris, - E Link Schurman in Rotterdam, Wako and Cozy Corner of Ginza in Tokyo. Assam is a black tea named after the region of its production. This tea grown at sea level is known for its body, briskness, malty flavor, and strong, bright color. Though "Assam" generally denotes the distinctive black teas from Assam, the region produces relatively smaller quantities of green and white teas with their own distinctive characteristics. Darjeeling tea has traditionally been prized above all other black teas, especially in the UK and the countries comprising the former British Empire. When properly brewed it yields a thin-bodied, light-colored liquor with a floral aroma a tinge of astringent tannic characteristics, and a musky spiciness. A sweet cooling aftertaste should be felt on the mouth. Lush green fields with mist covered mountains at the back drop, voices of cicadas and birds filling the air with no other sounds to compete with them, cool unpolluted wind carrying the drifting odour of fresh tea from the factories, these are the attributes that can be attached with a typical tea estate.A tea estate is a perfect domicile in natures lap. For city dwellers a tea estate would be a real treat to the eye, an apt location for relaxing the tired mind, totally an ideal place to spend a holiday. The idea is to provide a person, who lives far away from nature, deprived of all nice things that nature offers, a chance to reside in a completely natural environment. A tea tour would include nature walks around the garden, trekking, chance to harvest and prepare their own tea and accommodation in one of the antique wooden bungalows in the garden. Thus touring the tea plantations would surely be a good experience for tea enthusiasts and dealers. Lodgings Envisaged Location Hotel Name Tezpur Wild Mahseer LodgeJorhat Burra Sahib's BungalowDibrugarh Mancotta Chang BungalowRates for the above program are available on request Important Notes It is suggested that for the above program not more than 8 persons take the tour based on 4 doubles. In case there are single rooms required then the maximum group strength will be reduced at for the above tour 4 is the least number of rooms available from all destinations. In case of a group having more than 8 persons the group will have to be splited into two bungalows. The tea auction is held twice a week at Guwahati - Tuesday & Wednesday. The tour provides for about one hours time on arrival at Guwahati to observe the proceedings at the auction center. Tea Factories are functional from March to October only.
Day 1 : Arrive Guwahati pre - noon By Flight and then drive to Tezpur (By Surface 180Kms / 5 Hours)
After breakfast drive to the airport to board flight to Guwahati. Meeting and assistance on arrival at the Guwahati airport. Drive directly to Tezpur. Meeting and assistance on arrival at the Wild Mahseer Lodge situated inside the Adabari Tea estate. Check in at the lodge followed by dinner and overnight stay.
Day 2 : Tezpur
The Wild Mahseer Lodge is located on the north bank of the Brahmaputra River. The Adabari Tea Estate, which originally belonged to the British Assam Tea Company, goes back to the year 1900. Till 1962, the manager operated from the single-storied Burma teak bungalow here. Subsequently, the office was shifted, and the sprawling bungalow was left unoccupied. The property has been renamed Wild Mahseer (after a popular fish found in the Brahmaputra and Jiabharali river nearby), and the bungalow has been re-christened The British Assam Heritage Bungalow. Spend a leisurely day at the Tea Estate enjoying the warm hospitality and the scenic beauty. Enjoy various blends of tea from the Adabari Tea Estate in a tea tasting session. Dinner and overnight at the Lodge.
Day 3 : Tezpur - Jorhat (By Road 163Kms / 4.5Hours)
After breakfast drive to Jorhat. Meeting and assistance on arrival and transfer to the Burra Sahib's Bungalow or the Thengal Manor. Jorhat, the gateway to north-east Assam is the heartland of tea. Besides its many tea estates, it has the famous Teklai Experimental Center that conducts research on new varieties of tea and its therapeutic effects. Starting with the British colonial exterior, soak in the sprawling interiors of carpeted, wooden floors, four to five bedrooms, high ceilings, verandahs with sloping roofs and a panoramic view of acres of flower-bedecked garden. Take a peek into the life of the tea estate manager as he begins his day at 6 am. Walk with him as he makes his rounds of the garden. Overnight at the bungalow.
Day 4 : AT Jorhat
To live in a tea estate! Amidst early morning mist, trilling songbirds and rolling, Verdant hills. Yes, it is indeed a world apart, if you happen to be staying in a 'burra bungalow', where the tea estate manager lives. Known for their quaint, colonial architecture, these bungalows are associated with a unique and graceful lifestyle of an age gone by. Have a leisurely breakfast. Spend the morning relaxing amidst the tea estate taking an occasional stroll and tasting the exquisite varieties of tea. Visit the tea factory later in the day and witness first hand the various processes carried out there followed by a tea tasting session. Dinner and overnight at the bungalow.
Day 5 : Jorhat - Dibrugarh(By Road - 136Kms / 3 Hours)
After breakfast drive to Dibrugarh. On arrival check - in at the Mancotta Chang Bungalow located at the Mancotta Tea Estate. The bungalow still retains its old world charm because of its large rooms with wooden flooring and old colonial furniture. Watch a traditional dance performance by the local tea tribes in the evening sipping the garden fresh tea. Overnight at the Bungalow.
Day 6 : Departure
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