Assam, Northeast India
Gatoonga Tea Estate, Jorhat, Assam 785616, India
+91 94355 14177
Assam, located in India's remote northeast, is the largest tea producing region in the country. Mostly grown in the Brahmaputra Valley, malty Assamese tea is brightly colored. Jorhat, in the central part of the valley, is often referred to as the “Tea Capital of the World”.
Where to Go and Stay:
- Stay at Banyan Grove on Gatoonga Tea Estate, near Jorhat. Built more than 100 years ago, it has colonial style and seven guest rooms. You'll be able to get a feel for what it's like to live on a tea estate, as well as visit the factory and see how tea is made.
- Thengal Manor heritage hotel is another option in Jorhat.
- Alternatively, Wild Mahseer offers newly refurbished historic tea planter bungalows on the banks of the Brahmaputra River amidst Addabarie Tea Estate, near Tezpur in Assam.
Take a Tour: The Greener Pastures offers tea tours to Assam. NE Routes also conducts a comprehensive five-night tea tour with plantation stays.
When to Go: Mid May to June end, for the best tea. Tea production continues until early December, but the quality of the tea steadily decreases. A Tea Festival is held in Jorhat every November.