Beautiful view of tea garden
India and its inherent love for tea go back centuries. There is no problem big enough that cannot be cured with a piping hot cup of chai. As the chill of winter makes its presence felt across the country, discover India’s rich tea heritage with Taj, SeleQtions and amã Stays & Trails properties located in the heart of India’s many key tea destinations.
Enjoy a steaming cup of some of the finest blends amidst the rolling tea plantations in Darjeeling whilst indulging in panoramic views of the surrounding Himalayas at Taj Chia Kutir Resort & Spa. Located in the heart of the Makaibari Tea Estate, this resort will awaken the tea connoisseur in you. Or nestle in the cozy warmth of Makaibari Bungalow by amã Stays & Trails, which brings alive the charm of a tea planter’s abode. Guests can visit the tea factory to experience the journey of tea from the plantations to their cups through a hands-on experience of selecting, plucking and processing the tea.
For a slice of the colonial-era lifestyle, head to the Savoy in Ooty or Gateway Coonoor – both SeleQtions hotels. A stone’s throw away from the Nilgiris tea estates, the history of these heritage hotels coupled with that of the region’s characteristic flavourful teas make them perfect for a holiday, resplendent with classic high-teas and sessions with the resident tea expert.
To experience life akin to that in a tea plantation of yore, amã Stays & Trails’ Tea Estate Bungalows offer guests a choice from seven original planters’ bungalows in Munnar. Revel in the beauty and serenity of the mist-covered hills whilst immersing oneself into the journey and art of producing the region’s tea at the Tata Tea Museum.
So this winter, head to the hills to satiate your inner tea aficionado and treat yourself to some of the world’s best chai!