The Best of India, One Cup at a Time


The cool, fertile foothills of the Indian Himalayas grow some of the world’s most prized teas. The region is also one of the most inaccessible in the world — 7,000 feet above sea level, reachable by a slow, narrow-gauge train or flights into Bagdogra, a military airport.

But tea estates from Assam to Darjeeling are now converting British-built 19th-century bungalows into luxury lodgings, catering to a growing band of sophisticated palates seeking the perfect cup of tea.
A good time to visit is March, when the tea harvest begins. This is the first flush, when the youngest, most fragrant tips are plucked by workers on plantations across the state of West Bengal.

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The Best of India, One Cup at a Time

"Soils constitute the foundation of vegetation and agriculture. Forests need it to grow. We need it for food, feed, fiber, fuel and much more."

José Graziano da Silva, FAO Director-General - International Year of Soils 2015: Healthy soils for a healthy life