Since Assam is home to some of the biggest tea estates of India, it becomes necessary to celebrate its contribution to the nation’s economy and uplifting the mood at any time with its tea. Assam is the largest tea producer in India and thus people of Assam celebrate the Assam Tea Festival, which is participated by Tea connoisseurs and tea lovers from all over the country.
Jorhat district in Assam is the place that is known for its beautiful lush green tea gardens and it is also the venue for the festival. The Assam tea festival is full of cultural performances, fun activities, and tea of course. People make the most of this season to commemorate their hard work while the visitors express their gratitude by appreciating the performances and the diverse variants of teas that are displayed in the festival.
The documented account of tea production in Assam can be traced to the 18th century when India was invaded by Britishers who later made India their colony. In the 18th century, Britishers started the large scale production of Tea in Assam. Initially, the tea was produced by the Singpho tribe of Assam but later Britishers took over the Ahom kingdom trough a treaty named Yandaboo Treaty. Besides taking over the kingdom, Britishers also involved themselves in the tea business and started trading the tea to other parts of the world.
From then on the tea industry flourished in the state and it garnered many national and international accolades for its premium quality, along with therapeutic and medicinal properties. Tea, over the years, has become an innate part of Indian hospitality, especially in north India. People of north India serve tea to their guests and just like India’s philosophy of ‘Unity in Diversity’ tea is also made with diverse proportions and recipes in every part of the country. The Assam Tea Festival primarily celebrates this journey of a tea seed that becomes a hot brewing cup of a warm welcome in Inda. The festival is celebrated in the winter season anytime between November to January every year.
An interesting fact about Jorhat where the festival is celebrated is that the place is also home to Tocklai Experimental Station that was established in 1911, to conduct research and development activities on tea plants, seeds, and leaves.
Assam Tea Festival is an opportunity for the visitors to explore the tea estates and tea gardens or even understand the process of tea plantation by the local farmers. Tourists often buy tea leaves and seeds from the local farmers for their kitchen garden or as souvenirs.
The Tea festival gives the tourists a chance to indulge in various activities like jungle safari, playing golf, eating delicious local Assamese food, shopping and enjoying the cultural performances at the event.
The widely renowned Assam Tea is an indigenously grown black tea that is produced from a plant known as Camelia Sinesis. The tea is known to be full of antioxidants and for improving blood circulation in the body. Apart from the black tea one will also get to witness and taste white tea, green tea, oolong tea and many other variants of tea at the festival.
The festival is celebrated in Jorhat which is well-connected to many cities via rail, roar and airways network. It also has its own airport which is connected to cities like Bangalore, Guwahati and more.
By Road. Roadtrip s are so much enjoyable and memorable because going from the highways and the byways you can explore nature, farms, villages and relish the food at the roadside Dhabas. Jorhat is well connected via road network hence one may consider traveling to the district by inter-state tourist buses or by driving to the place in your personal vehicle. From Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru one is required to take NH27, NH52, NH 27 and NH16 respectively to reach Jorhat.
By Rail. Tourists are required to deboard the train at Jorhat city railway station in order to reach the venue of the Assam Tea Festival. Jorhat Town Intercity, Jorhat Town Tinsukia Passenger, and Mariani Dimapur passenger are a few regular trains to Jorhat that one may consider. From the railway station, one may take a taxi or a bus to move around in the city.
By Air. Rowriah Airport is also known as Jorhat Airport and is located 7km away from the main city Jorhat. Direct and connecting flights from all parts of India arrive at the airport hence one can consider airways as a good option to reach Jorhat. After checking out from the airport, one is required to take a taxi or a bus to reach the desired location in Jorhat.
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