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Darjeeling is synonymous with tea, for good reason – its sprawling tea gardens produce what is known as the ‘Champagne of Teas’. Stay in an antique bungalow that was once the residence of a colonial tea planter, set in lush gardens on a tea estate. You can walk or drive through the tea fields with a guide, who will give you an insight into how the tea bush is grown and looked after. Interact with the tea pickers and learn how to pluck the “two leaves and a bud” that is later manufactured into the tea that ends up in your teacup. Your experience will include a tea tasting session with a range of black, green, oolong and white teas, where you can discover the differences in aroma, flavour and appearance of tea manufactured in different ways and at during different times of the year.
Darjeeling is a town in West Bengal, in the Himalayan foothills. Once a summer resort for the British Raj elite, it remains the terminus of the narrow-gauge Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, or “Toy Train”. This is the land of the muscatel flavoured Darjeeling tea, revered by connoisseurs across the globe as the champagne of teas – the Darjeeling area is famed for the distinctive black tea grown on plantations that dot its surrounding slopes. While here you can visit a Tea…