Tea Tour In India

The world of tea has hardly changed in the past century in the Darjeeling, Assam and Dooars region. The culture surrounding the huge tea plantations is a unique phenomenon and is a lifetime experience. Connoisseurs will assert that without Darjeeling, Tea would be like Wine without the prestige of Champagne. We will take you to the areas that produce some of the best teas in the world- Assam and Darjeeling. Visit some of the picturesque tea gardens, walk around the tea estates, interact with the planters and workers experience local culture, visit tea factory and witness the preparation, participate in tea tasting, stay in century old colonial tea bungalows and get pampered with planter’s hospitality.

DAY 01: Arrive – Delhi
Welcome to India- a country where hospitality is a way of life ; to a culture steeped in tradition, a land where history lives in music and dance. Shikhar Travel’s representative and your guide will receive you at the airport in a traditional manner and escort you to your hotel for overnight stay.

 

DAY 02: Delhi – Dibrugarh
Morning after breakfast you will be taken to the Domestic Airport to board flight for Dibrugarh. Our representative will receive you at Dibrugarh Airport on arrival and take you to Heritage Tea bungalow for overnight stay. Spend the evening at leisure.

 

DAY 03: Dibrugarh
Morning proceed on a tour of a Heritage Tea Garden to practically see the origin and the history of tea – how it is grown and its culture .Visit the tea factory to observe the full process of manufacturing of CTC (Crush, Tear and Curl) tea. In the afternoon drive to Digboi (45 km/ 1 hour), the birthplace of oil industry in India. The first refinery was started here as early as 1901 by the British. Visit the World War II cemetery, the Oil museum, the Centenary Park here. Then proceed to the Singpho village of Ketatong. Singphos are a tribe belonging to the Kachin of Burma and are ethnically related to the Jingpo of China. It is said that the English learnt about tea from the Singpho tribe and introduced the beverage to in India. Also visit the Organic tea garden of the Singpho people. Thereafter drive back to Dibrugarh, Overnight stay at Heritage Tea bungalow.
DAY 04: Dibrugarh-Jorhat-Majuli
Morning drive to Nimati Ghat (Closest bank to Brahmaputra on Jorhat side). Take a Ferry to Majuli. After approximately one and half hours of sailing we will arrive at Majuli Island (Majuli has been the cultural capital and the cradle of Assamese civilization for the past five hundred years. This world’s largest river islandis famous for its Satras or Vaishnava monasteries which are the centre of learning, art and culture. Upon arrival, check-in at Tourist Lodge. Afternoon visit Uttar Kamalabari Satra Srimanta Sankardeb Established Satra or Vaishnav Monasteries in Majuli to nurture this philosophy and practice of life. Post visit, return to your Tourist Lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 05: Majuli
Today, we will explore the rest of the important sites of Majuli covering Auniati Satra (Founded by Niranjan Pathakdeva, the satra is famous for the “Paalnaam” (Monastery Prayer) and Apsara Dances (Dance of the Angels) and also its extensive assortment of ancient Assamese artefacts, utensils, jewellery and handicrafts. Afternoon we will take you to Salmara Village to show the Art of Pottery Making . The day would come to an end with a visit to Dhapak Village of the Mishying Tribes . Evening back to Guest House for dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 06: Majuli – Jorhat- Guwahati
Take a Ferry to reach till road head and start your drive to Guwahati. Upon arrival check in your hotel for overnight stay.

 

 

DAY 07: Guwahati – Bagdogra – Kurseong
Morning visit Kamakhya Temple one of the most venerated Shakti shrines in India, associated with the legend of Shiva and Daksha Yagna. Kamakhya is a major center for Tantric practices and temple is a good specimen of Assamese sculptural work. Later transfer to airport to board flight for Bagdogra. Our representative will receive you at Bagdogra Airport a and drive to Kurseong. Arrive in your resort Cochrane Palace situated near tea state.
DAY 08: Kurseong
Morning we will proceed for tea estate of Makaibari and a brief overview of how tea is grown, manufactured and tasted. Followed by a mixer of walk and drive around the tea estate visiting plantations, nurseries witnessing how the fabled Darjeeling Tea is grown, nurtured. Visit to the tea factory to see different stages of tea processing such as Withering, Rolling, Fermenting, Drying and finally Sorting. End your day with a tea tasting session, the session also includes tasting teas from other parts of India and the world, and examples of flavored and blended teas. Overnight at Cochrane Palace .
DAY 09: Darjeeling
Early morning drive to Tiger Hill to see the magnificent view of sunrise over Mount Kanchenjunga and the great Eastern Himalayan ranges. On the way back we visit Ghum Monastery (Yiga Choling Buddhist Monastery) which has the image of Maitreya Buddha ( the future coming Buddha). After breakfast we we ride on the Famous Toy Train of Darjeeling. It takes us 45 minutes ride towards Ghum railway station which used to be the second highest in the world.( Now the 5th highest ). Post lunch, we visit the famous Himalayan Mountaineering Institute which has a museum specializing on the various expeditions on peaks of the Himalayas and an exclusive Everest Museum which tells us the history along with its expeditions to Everest. Return to Darjeeling and take a walk relaxed stroll on the Chowrasta (Main Local Market Street). Overnight at your hotel.
DAY 10: Dajeeling – Bagdogra – Delhi
Morning after an early breakfast, drive down to Bagdogra Airport to board flight to Delhi. Shikhar Travels representative will receive you at the airport and transfer to your hotel. Later will take you to your “Farewell Dinner”. Later our representatives will escort the group to the International Airport to board flight for onward destination.
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