It was just another day in the tour itinerary….. woke-up with a strong cup of tea, took bath, had breakfast and then took the long twirling route from the Mid-Himalayas of Arunachal Pradesh to the foothills of Assam. Sun was already setting when we crossed a stretch of road which had acres of trimmed bushes on both side. Fog has started settling on top of the bushes like a blanket and there was something about the sight that made be forget all the tiredness and the desire for a warm bath! We stopped the car and walked through the unpaved road in middle of the tea garden… Me & Pratham were thrilled with the amazing sight of acres and acres of tea bushes so perfectly trimmed!
As we walked further, we met the workers starting to wind-up their day’s work and some have even started leaving. We requested some of them to give us an opportunity to take a picture and they were so nice to allow us to do so! Out inquisitiveness brought the Labour In-Charge wit whom we had an amazingly informative chat about the tea gardens, its labours and about how tea is manufactured.
Tea leaves are plucked delicately with hand to ensure that it doesn’t get crumbled as the top three leaves are the best and the costliest! You will be surprised to know that in Assam there are a whole community of people called the ‘Tea Tribes’ who have been working in the tea gardens/estates for generations! Talking to this innocent people have been an amazing experience and they told us about the hard life they led but he joys of being part of the tea community. We were also told that this tea tribes and their nearby community annually celebrate a special festival where they sing and dance about their life in the tea garden, etc.! Wish to be part of this festival someday…
Another interesting thing I learnt while preparing this story is that there are several other types of liquor that goes by the name ‘tea’, which however, are not really ‘tea’? Green tea, lemongrass tea, hibiscus tea, etc are some examples! Another thing that I must share with you all is the beneficial effects of tea and how to obtain them. The PDF below is not mine but its so informative that I must share! All credits to its originator 🙂
Here’s a list of the benefits that you can get from the different ‘teas’! Please remember that all of them are not technically ‘tea’! 🙂
…….. and here is how to make the PERFECT CUP OF TEA!
Inspired by our experience in the tea garden we sat in a nearby tea stall (they call it ‘ghumti’) and had an amazing cup of ginger floured tea, which I cannot forget my whole life! Here’s your downloadable copy of the recipe for the amazingly tasty and rejuvenating ‘masala chai’!
Hope you had as much fun reading this post as we had preparing it! Due credit has been given to the sources of some of the informations. So, next time you enjoy a cup of tea, do check the label for its origin! You maybe pleasantly surprised to see that you are enjoying an exotic tea from Assam!
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