Anyone wanting holidays to India with a difference may wish to consider going on a tour of the country’s tea gardens
Anyone wanting holidays to India with a difference may wish to consider going on a tour of the country’s tea gardens.
According to the Associated Press, such visits are becoming increasingly popular among tourists wanting to experience life on the estates and to learn about some of the world’s most coveted varieties.
Many plantations now offer training courses, where participants can join in with plucking, tour the processing factories and learn about biodynamic farming.
Alicia Melrose, a health professional from New Zealand who is aiming to provide healthcare facilities for tea workers, said: “We are experiencing history here as these tea estates will not perhaps survive for more than 50 years.”
India’s Darjeeling gardens produce about nine million kg of tea annually, around one per cent of India’s total output of 950 million kg.
People wishing to arrange flights to India may be interested to know that Air India flies to a number of destinations, including Mumbai and Goa.