Take the time needed to discover this secret part of the world’s highest mountains, explore the landscape and the plants, the seasons of teas, the tea communities and her hospitality, the rhythm of work, the pauses of contemplation.

Although China has a history of growing tea for over a thousand years and Japan for over 500 years, all teas were handmade and no tea factories existed in these countries. It happened in Darjeeling! The embargo by the Chinese on the Clipper shipments to the U.K, compelled the East India Company to pirate the tea seeds from China, for experimentation in the colonies. Fortunately , the experiment at Darjeeling was so successful, that her teas quickly earned the sobriquet as the Champagne of Tea.

"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