Tea Tour of Assam

Code: ASSTEA
6 DAYS - 5 NIGHTS
Category:
  • Green tea garden, hill cultivation
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Description

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 backdrop, 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.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Guwahati Airport/ Dibrugarh Airport
DEPARTURE TIME Please arrive at least 2 hours before the flight.
INCLUDED
Professional Guide Accommodation
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner All transfers & local sightseeing as per itinerary by private vehicles
NOT INCLUDED
Insurance Air & Train fare
Camera fees and expenditure of personal nature

Itineraries:

ROUTE: GUWAHATI – TEZPUR – JORHAT – DIBRUGARH

Itinerary

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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.

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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.

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Day 3 Tezpur – Jorhat (By Road 163Kms / 4 ½ Hours)

  • 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 Centre 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.

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Day 04 – 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.

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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.

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Day 6: Dibrugarh – Kolkata/ Delhi

  • After breakfast visit the tea garden with an expert tea taster who will later demonstrate how freshly made tea is carefully measured out and brewed in special cups made for sampling. Participate in the tea tasting session to judge the samples for appearance, aroma, taste and strength. Afternoon transfer to the airport to board flight to Kolkata/ Delhi.

End of Services

Check-in and Check-out time at all hotels is 1200 Hours.

Optional Extension

Overnight stay at Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary which is located between Tezpur and Jorhat.

Kaziranga Wildlife Sanctuary (A UNESCO World Heritage Site): It is home to more than 75% of the world’s population of the great Indian One Horned Rhinoceros. The main wildlife besides the Rhino comprise of the Asiatic Water Buffalo, Elephant, Tiger, Leopard, Swamp Deer, Barking Deer, Hog Deer and Sambar. More than 400 species of birds are found in Kaziranga – Swamp Francolin, Khalij, Pheasant, Streak Throated Woodpecker and Oriental Pied Hornbill, Falconets, Greater Adjutant Stork and a large number of Spotted Billed Pelican.

Lodgings Envisaged

Location Hotel Name Total Rooms Bed Type

Tezpur Wild Mahseer Lodge 12 ---

Jorhat Burra Sahib’s Bungalow Or Thengal Manor 4 6

2 Doubles & 2 Twins

5 Doubles & 1 Single

Dibrugarh Mancotta Chang Bungalow 4 2 Doubles & 2 Twins

Rates 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 above program may be altered by arranging accommodation at nearby hotels and day trips can be organized to the tea estates.
  • 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 centre.

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