Tea Trails with Tea With Susmita

Tea tourism, simply put, is tourism around tea. If you are familiar with wine or scotch tourism, you would understand it quickly. The major difference is that while wine/scotch tourism is mainly a day’s affair, tea tourism happens leisurely over 4-5 days, at least.

What I offer in terms of Tea Tourism is a little more than simple tourism, and therefore, I call them Tea Trails.  Each of my tea trails is specifically curated keeping in mind the tea-growing region we are travelling to and the uniqueness that these regions offer.

For example, if you are in Darjeeling, one of the attractions would be a midnight picnic inside a tea garden on a clear spring or autumn night with Kanchenjunga in full view (There is a tea ritual attached to it also).

But if you are in Assam, one of our immersive experiences could be to go sailing on the river Brahmaputra (known as the Yarlung Tsangpo in Tibet, the Siang/Dihang River in Arunachal Pradesh, Luit in Assamese and Jamuna in Bangladesh) along the vast tea estates and try getting a glimpse of the elusive one-horned rhinos.

You got the idea.

Where do I do my tea trails?

Anywhere in India that has tea Gardens to boast off.

Primarily Darjeeling (Himalayas), Assam (Eastern part of India and the origin of tea in India),  Munnar (God’s own Country – Kerala), Coonoor (The Blue Mountains, India’s largest biosphere and UNESCO heritage center),  Kangra (the abode of the Gods / Himalayas and residence of HH Dalai Lama) and Sikkim (the land of Khangchendzonga, the third highest peak in the world).

What do we do on a tea trail?

My tea trails give you an immersive experience by combining the tea Gardens of the region with local attractions.

For example in Coonoor, your chocolate factory visit is coupled with learning to drink tea with chocolates.

Or in Kangra, learning tea meditation with Buddhist monks to fight anxiety and practice mindfulness.

With these there will be local cuisine testing, exploring local attractions, guided shopping, hikes and treks, adventure activities like kayaking, participating in local festivities, staying with the locals etc. depending on where you are coming with me.

However, at the heart of my tea trail are these:

  • Tea Factory visit
  • Tea Garden walks
  • Learning Tea testing and becoming a tea taster for a day
  • A complete Tea appreciation session on the local specialty teas with paired food
  • Staying at a tea bungalow (usually they are at least 100 years old) or a hotel/resort in close proximity to the gardens, if not within it
  • An Afternoon tea session just for you
  • Tea plucking with tea pluckers
  • Breakfast in the tea garden
  • Peaceful, serene stay, away from the crowd
  • UNESCO-certified Heritage Train rides in Darjeeling & Coonoor – that go through tea gardens

 

See this video of my Tea Trail in Nilgiris:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGmUnE1IpqU

Come, travel to the tea regions in India, and fall in love with this beautiful beverage all over again.

Write to me at itsourcuppatea@gmail.com to create a customised tea trail for you.

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