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From Darjeeling to Nilgiris: Explore The Beauty of India’s Best Tea Gardens

India is home to some of the world’s most magnificent tea gardens, with lush vegetation, rolling hills, and fresh tea smell. You’ll want to return for the amazing view. Tea farms in the Himalayas, Nilgiris, and Northeast offer peace.

These seven places are worth visiting if you’ve never been.

Darjeeling, West Bengal

Darjeeling, the ‘Queen of Hills’, features some of India’s top tea estates in the eastern Himalayas. Admire snow-capped peaks while visiting Makaibari, Glenburn, and Happy Valley farms to pick and process tea. Darjeeling tea is known for its delicate flavor and floral notes.

Assam

The Brahmaputra Valley in Assam is India’s largest tea-producing region, with many tea gardens. Rich, malty Assam tea from lush plains is available in Halmari, Manjushree, and Hathikuli. Visit Assam tea plantations and attend tea rituals to learn about its history.

Munnar, Kerala

Tea and wildlife lovers appreciate Munnar in the Western Ghats. Drive among manicured tea bushes on terraced slopes at Tata Tea Museum, Lockhart Tea Museum, and Kolukkumalai Tea Estate. Experience sunrise in tea farms and fresh Kerala tea at rural tea merchants.

Kangra Valley, Himachal Pradesh

Himachal Pradesh’s Dhauladhar Range-surrounded Kangra Valley is tranquil. Visit Wah Tea Estate and Palampur Cooperative Tea Factory, where tea has been grown for over a century. Learn about Kangra’s terroir and delicious green and black teas at tea auctions and in gorgeous tea gardens.

Dooars, West Bengal

In West Bengal’s Dooars area, the Eastern Himalayas frame lush woods and tea gardens. Dalsingpara, Gorumara, and Birpara Tea Gardens offer guided nature excursions and birding among luxuriant tea bushes. Stay in charming tea bungalows and enjoy the plantation’s hospitality.

Wayanad, Kerala

Wayanad, a Kerala Western Ghats hill station with tea gardens and beautiful trees, is gorgeous. Parakkal Tea Estate offers sustainable tea production and highland vistas. Walk through tea gardens, breathe mountain air, and unwind.

Nilgiris, Tamil Nadu

In the Nilgiris, or ‘Blue Mountains,’ tea plantations blanket the hillsides in green. Learn tea growing and processing on guided tours of Glenmorgan, Doddabetta Tea Estate, and Craigmore. Savour the robust flavour and floral perfume of Nilgiri tea while overlooking the misty valleys below.

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