India

India is an independent republic in southern Asia formed of union of states and territories (much as Canada is made up of ten provinces and three territories). It is a mythical, beautiful land of many religions, languages, costumes and customs and the world’s second largest nation in population.

 

Tea field in India

 

Geographically, India is cut-off from the greater part of the Asian continent by the Himalayas, hence it is often called the Asian sub-continent. India won her independence from Britain on August 15th, 1947, and its constitutions came into effect on January 26th, 1950. India like Canada, is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. Mahatma Gandhi was the most respected leader who successfully led India’s struggle for freedom through non-violent movement.

 

Map of India's tea regions

 

India is the largest tea producer and exporter in the world. Tea connoisseurs acclaim Darjeeling as the “champagne of teas”. Darjeeling tea has a unique muscatel flavor. The tea gardens, which produce this tea, are situated at elevations ranging from 1000 to 2000 meter above sea level. Darjeeling tea is precious and accounts for only three per cent of India’s total tea production. Because of this. Darjeeling teas fetch the highest prices at auctions and can only be produced in this particular region.

Assam is the largest tea growing region in India where impeccably pruned tea bushes cover 187000 hectares, giving an impression of a gigantic billiard table stretching to the horizon. This region abounds with wild elephants, single-horned rhinos, swamp deer, wild buffalos and leopards. Its strong pungent full bodies characterize Assam tea.

 
Geographic areas of Indian tea growing
 

The tea gardens in Nilgiris are situated among eucalyptus trees, blue gum and cypresses. The Nilgiris are relatively mild teas which are plucked year around unlike the seasonal Assam, and Darjeeling. They are famous for their bright and brisk liquors and their mellow light clear flavors. The word “Nilgiris” when translated means the blue mountain.

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