The lush green tea estates add charm to Assam’s attractive landscape. Spreading over an area of 2,16,200 hectares,with more than 100 tea estates,Assam has world’s biggest tea-plantation zone. The tea plantation was started in Assam 165 years ago. Cropping season begins from March and lasts till December.
The noted players like Tata Group, Williamson Tea Estates, Ambika and Jamirah run their tea gardens in Assam. One can experience the therapeutic aromas and the plantations fresh with new leaves and greenery in Assam that might turn out to be the source of lifetime joy. Horse riding and leisurely cycle tour through the countryside and plantations will take one away from the stressful lifestyle.
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To experience a spectacular sunset, a boat ride can be organized in the mighty Brahmaputra River depending on the river conditions and weather after one has experienced outstanding Mancotta T.E. Tea Research Association at Tocklai, where pioneering experiments and research is conducted to help tea growers, and, boutique luxury heritage bungalow, are the charms of Gatoonga T.E. En route at Sivasagar, the architecturally rich medieval ruins and temples of the Ahom Dynasty that once ruled Assam for more than 600 mightyyears, can be a best spot to be experienced.
Boutique luxurious planter’s bungalow, owned by the Williamson Magor Group, the biggest tea company of the world, is a chief crowd puller of Adabarie Tea Estate. Tea Auction Centre at Guwahatiis the world’s second largest auction centre of tea and the largest for CTC tea.
After arrival at Dibrugarh Airport, transfer to a luxurious heritage bungalow nearby locanted midst the serene greens of Mancotta Tea Estate and owned by the prestigious Jalan group. Afternoon will be free at leisure to get a feel of the plantations, followed by evening tea and a visit to the upbeat market area of the town. Overnight in bungalow.
Go for an early morning stroll into the tea gardens, the best time to experience the therapeutic aromas and the plantations fresh with new leaves and greenery. Later after a leisurely breakfast, you will leave for a guided tour of the tea factory to learn about the various processes involved in the production of tea and if possible have a conversation with the manager. Afternoon and evening will be free at leisure to relax in the peaceful ambience of the lush green plantations. Horse riding through the countryside and plantations may also be possible on prior notice. A visit to the planter’s clubhouse can be knowledgeable and hints at the rich colonial days. To experience a spectacular sunset, a boat ride can be organized in the mighty Brahmaputra River depending on the river conditions and weather. Evening can be spent exploring the town’s busy markets and dine in a nice restaurant.
After a leisurely breakfast, leave for Gatoonga Tea Estate near Jorhat (4 hours) to arrive at a boutique luxury heritage bungalow for your stay. En route at Sivasagar you will be visiting the architecturally rich medieval ruins and temples of the Ahom Dynasty that once ruled Assam for more than 600 mighty years. Rest of the day free to settle down to the easygoing plantation life.
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For a day excursion, you will leave for Majuli (2 hours), which is the largest inhabited river island of the world and a hotbed of ages-old Assamese monastic culture. En route cross the mighty Brahmaputra River in a scenic ferry ride. Spend the day visiting monasteries of the island where you will meet monks who live a peaceful life learning forms of arts, drama, music, dance and philosophy. Visit tribal villages and a mask making center. Lunch will be in a village house where you will get to taste and can learn to cook various ethnic Missing dishes by a warm family. Return to bungalow by dusk for overnight. Evening will be at leisure. Alternatively, for the wildlife inclined, a day trip to nearby Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary can be arranged where snakes, butterflies, birds and primates rule the jungle.)
After breakfast, leave for Adabarie Tea Estate near Balipara (4-5 hours) for stay in a boutique luxurious planter’s bungalow owned by the Williamson Magor Group, the biggest tea company of the world. The journey will thus cross to the Himalayan drained north-bank of the Brahmaputra. Afternoon and evening will be free at leisure to get acquainted with the plantation life in and around the bungalow. As the properties here have their own little organic farms, you may want to pluck some of the produces and learn to cook them in a local way in an informal cooking lesson.
After breakfast, leave for a tea tasting tour and a factory visit guided by an expert. Meeting with the manager will be insightful in learning more about Assam tea. Later in the afternoon, you will get to experience a unique tea time elephant trek, giving you a chance to interact with an elephant and its mahout, and stroll around the plantations and nearby villages. Alternatively, you may also choose a leisurely cycle tour instead of an elephant. Evening at leisure.
After a leisurely breakfast, leave for Guwahati City (6-7 hours). En route you will visit some of the off-beaten ancient Hindu temples that exist in and around the town of Tezpur. Evening will be at leisure. You may choose to go on a last day shopping in the local markets and craft centers. Your stay will be in Guwahati Address, a rather boutique hotel located primely.
After breakfast, you’ll leave for a visit to the Tea Auction Centre at Guwahati if it is open. It is the world’s second largest auction centre of tea and the largest for CTC tea. Learn about how the tea market functions and meet with experts of the industry. Later, go for a brief visit to the museum and the Guwahati Kalakshetra which is a brilliant government initiative dedicated to showcasing various tribal arts and crafts of Northeast India. Leave for the airport for an afternoon/evening departure flight to Kolkata. Tour ends.