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Tea Tour Of Darjeeling

When it comes to "tea tourism", India surely wins hands down. And why not, since it is the largest producer of tea in the world with as much as 810 million kilos being produced annually. Tea plantations in India are mainly concentrated in three regions - Assam, Darjeeling and Nilgiri. All the regions produce very fine quality teas, though it must be mentioned that the tea estates in Darjeeling produce tea that is the best in terms of flavor and aroma.

Beautifully nestled in the foothills of the snow covered Himalayas, Darjeeling is a district in the state of West Bengal. It is located at an altitude that ranges from 600 to 2000 meters. Speaking of the tea estates in Darjeeling, they are spread over 20000 hectares of area. Sheltered by the Kanchenjunga peak, these estates produce tea that is unequalled anywhere in the world.

Aided by Darjeeling's cool, moist climate and sloping terrain, its tea estates produce a fine and delicately flavored tea that is famously referred to as the "Champagne of teas". Good things come in small packages, so it is not surprising to note that this tea accounts for only about 3% of India's total tea production.

Darjeeling boasts of many beautiful and sprawling tea estates. However the first name that comes to the mind is the Glenburn Tea Estate that also has a tea nursery. Other tea estates in Darjeeling include the Makaibari Tea Estate, Happy Valley Tea Estate and the Puttabong Tea Estate. Those on a tea tour to Darjeeling can visit other tea estates like Margaret's Hope, Singbulli, Longview, Sungma and Castleton.

Some of the tea estates in Darjeeling also offer excellent accommodation facilities. Some of the best examples are the Glenburn Tea Estate and the Makaibari Tea Estate. So what are you waiting for, plan a tour of tea estates in Darjeeling for a fascinating experience you will remember for life.

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