In India and around the World, a cup of freshly brewed Tea is a common requirement of every household in the mornings. Assam Tea, which has a rich history is satisfying its consumers because of its unique taste and flavor has found its place in every kitchen to bring in the required dose of freshness. Across the World, people have once in their life tasted the fresh flavor of Assam tea that has a rich past and has been able to satisfy its customers from India and abroad. Visitors to Assam these days have started to witness the wide plethora of offerings of tea tourism Assam has to offer from staying in heritage Tea Bungalows, visiting the lush green tea gardens, plucking tea leaves with the tea worker, visiting a heritage tea factory and knowing the process involved in producing tea from its leaves, etc. The tea gardens of Assam with their lush greenery, the colonial past of the heritage tea estates and tea bungalows built during the British Raj, the tanned ethnic people and their rich culture along with music and dance are gradually attracting vast number of tourists to Assam along with the heritage UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Kaziranga National Park and Manas National Park.
The people of Assam had known the process of tea brewing much before the arrival of the British in India. The Singpho people of Assam had their traditional Tea Phalap where the tea was brewed in a different style by first heating the leaves in a metal pan until they turn to a brownish tone and then allowing the tea leaves to dry out in the sun for a few days. In order to make the more the Tea more flavorful the dried tea leaves are again tightly packed in bamboo tubes and again smoked over a fire. After a week of storing tea in these bamboos, the processed tea gardens to take the shape of the tube. It can then be preserved for up to 10 years, with small portions sliced off with a knife to brew a fresh cup of tea. This form of Tea is called Phalap and it imparts a delectable flavor to the tea.
Assam in the second largest producer of tea in the World after China and due to its climate Assam is the only region in the World where tea is grown on plains. Robert Bruce the pioneer who discovered tea in the wild forests of Assam in 1823 was put in touch with the Singpho village chief by Maniram Dewan and the supply of tea to Europe started from henceforth. Today, Assam has become the largest tea producing region in the World. The city of Jorhat in Assam is called the Tea capital of the World due to the presence of numerous tea estates in and around its vicinity. Assam alone produces 16% of the World’s tea and is about 54% of India’s tea production to be followed by Darjeeling and Kerala.
Assam today has over 830 big tea estates with 529 tea factories. In the recent years thes tea estates have opened up their camus to visitors and their bungalows play host to guests from across the World where visitors can spend ample time around the tea gardens, enjoy nature walks and trekking. They can also play a game of golf at the luxurious golf courses and also interact with the tea workers and indulge in their fun and festivities.
The following are the list of golf courses in Assam which are within or in close proximity to the Heritage Tea Gardens of Assam ~
- Jorhat Gymkhana Club, Jorhat, Assam
- Bishnauth Gymkhana Club, Biswanath, Assam
- Borsola, Sonitpur, Assam
- East Boroi Club, Biswanath, Assam
- Thakurbari Club, Sonitpur, Assam
- Mangaldoi Polo & Golf Club, Darrang, Assam
- North Lakhimpur Planter’s Club, Darrang, Assam
- Misa Planter’s Club, Nagaon, Assam
- Seleng District Club, Sivasagar, Assam
- Sonari Gymkhana Club, Sivasagar, Assam
- Tingrai Golf Club, Tinsukia, Assam
- Samdang Golf Club, Tinsukia
- Kanjikoah Golf Club, Tinsukia
- Dibrugarh & District Planter’s Club, Dibrugarh
- Margherita Golf Club, Margherita
- Naharkatia Golf Club, Dibrugarh
- Moran Golf Club, Dibrugarh
- Zaloni Golf Club, Dibrugarh
- Dhunseri Golf & Polo Club, Golaghat
Awesome Assam Tea Tourism is our unique way of presenting to tourists from around the World an opportunity to witness the process of Tea cultivation and processing across the Lush Tea Gardens of Assam. The State of Assam has 830 big tea estates with 529 estate tea factories and these Tea estates have many Tea tourism aspects which we want the world to witness and cherish. From visiting the Tea gardens to witness their lush greenery to witnessing the process of Tea Manufacturing in one of the prestigious Tea Factories, we bring forth to you an organized Tea Garden tour along with a visit to the Kaziranga National Park to see the pride of Assam in person – the One Horned Indian Rhinoceros. Pamper yourself by staying in the colonial Bungalows of the British Era that stand as relics of British colonial heritage. Spend your day sipping on the finest of factory fresh Assam tea and evenings by the Bonfire enjoying the culture of the ethnic people with their distinct rhythmic music and dance.
Heritage Tea Garden Bungalows of Assam ~
1| The Burra Sahib Bungalow at the Kaziranga Golf Resort
Awesome Assam Tea Tourism presents to you the KAZIRANGA GOLF RESORT. Located near Jorhat – ‘the Tea Capital of the World’ this is an ideal stay option for tourists who choose to live in a Colonial area environment. This resort was once a Heritage Bungalow of the legacy British regime in Assam. The ‘BURRA SAHIB’s BUNGALOW’ within the Resort premises now serves as a clubhouse. Colonial style cottages add to the charm of the resort that will ensure your comfortable stay after a day’s Jungle Safari at Kaziranga National Park. The Golf course here is one of the finest in the country which is an 18 hole, par 71 golf course in the midst of a tea garden is a first of its kind in the world and developed on a 150 acre site. Equipped with Fine dining, a wellness spa, indoor games and an uninterrupted view of the pristine surrounds and idyllic setting make this facility a ‘must visit’ destination. While at the Bungalow enjoy a Tea Tour into the nearby Tea Gardens of Jorhat and experience your hand at Tea Plucking. Also pay a visit to Tocklai Tea Research Institute to witness the detailed processes involved in Tea manufacturing all from its growth, diseases, pests, soil, and sun issues.
2| The Thengal Manor at Jorhat
Awesome Assam Tea Tourism presents to you the THENGAL MANOR HERITAGE TEA BUNGALOW. Located at the Tea Town of Jorhat, the THENGAL MANOR is an example of Colonial Era Luxury redefined! Built in 1929, this Bungalow is a pride of the Tea Gardens of Assam. Thengal Manor offers you the unique pleasure of gracious living in the lap of nature. There are four double Deluxe Rooms and one single Superior Room, all with attached dressing room and baths. It offers fireplaces in all the bedrooms, drawing room and the dining room.
Across from this regal mansion is located a typical Assamese village of Jalukonibari. Visit the local village and peep into the homes of metal-working artisans & master weavers, whose exquisite work may never be seen by eyes beyond this village, except yours. The exquisite handicrafts crafted by these local artisans can be carried back as a memorabilia reminding you of your cherished visit to Assam and your pampered stay at the Majestic Thengal Manor!
3| The Wild Mahseer Heritage Bungalow at Tezpur
Tezpur is a city far away from the Hustle and Bustle of any normal city. Located by the banks of the River Brahmaputra amidst the lush Tea gardens of Assam, this city has been the hub of Assamese Literature and Art. Tezpur is the cleanest city of Assam which make it one of most ideal destinations for Assam Tea Tourism.
The Heritage Tea Garden Bungalow of Wild Mahseer is located at Balipara on the outskirts of the city of Tezpur. This Bungalow offers a quaint retreat for ardent Tea Lovers pampered by the grandeur lifestyle of the Heritage British Era in Assam. From well dressed Butlers to continental loving Chefs this place takes you on an Erotic journey of Assam Tea from visiting Tea Gardens, the well organized Tea factories and the Tea Tribes of Assam.
4| The Heritage Wathai Tea Bungalow at Tinsukia
Tea Gardens, Tea Gardens, Tea Gardens and more Tea Gardens. This is what you see all around you when you choose to visit Upper Assam. Starting your journey from Dibrugarh upto the far end corner of Jagun, the lush cover of Tea Gardens all around will make you want to extend your stay to continue breathing in the fresh fragrance of Tea every morning!
The Heritage Wathai Tea Garden Bungalow brought forward by Awesome Assam Tea Tourism is an ideal retreat for a stop over while visiting the Grandeur of the British Raj in Upper Assam. The Quaint surroundings, the lazy lifestyle, lip-smacking traditional delicacies along with the warm hospitality of the staff here is a prime USP of this place during the Assam Tea Garden Tour. Continue your onward journey after a pampered stay here to visit Digboi, the Dhola-Sadiya Bridge, Margherita, Namdapha National Park and the Easternmost frontiers of India at Walong and Dong.
5| The Singpho Eco Lodge at Margherita
Awesome Assam Tea Tourism welcomes you to the Singpho Eco Lodge at Inthong Village, Margherita. Although this is not a Heritage Tea Bungalow of Assam, the Singpho Eco Lodge is an Eco tourism initiative by the founders of the Assam Tea. The Singpho community were the first cultivators of Tea in Assam and they have an altogether different method Tea brewing as compared to all of us. The Singphos, a tribal community residing in parts of Northeast India, Myanmar, and China, are believed to be among India’s first tea drinkers. To this day, the Singpho people of Margherita continue to process tea by first heating the leaves in a metal pan until they turn to a brownish tone and then allowing the tea leaves to dry out in the sun for a few days. In order to make the more the Tea more flavorful the dried tea leaves are again tightly packed in bamboo tubes and again smoked over a fire. After a week of storing tea in these bamboos, the processed tea gardens to take the shape of the tube. It can then be preserved for up to 10 years, with small portions sliced off with a knife to brew a fresh cup of tea. This form of Tea is called Phalap and it imparts a delectable flavor to the tea. The Assam Tea which already has a magical fragrance and taste to it become more flavorful and healthy in this way. This form of tea is brewed by just adding the tea in boiling water without any sugar or milk. To add flavor to the taste buds while drinking it a piece of jaggery is offered along with the cup of this tea.
While at the Singpho Eco Lodge you may visit the nearby Singpho Village and learn about their traditional customs and practices. They are expert weavers and their skill can be seen in the exquisite varieties of Handicrafts and Handlooms they weave. The nearby Ketetong Village has the highest number of Tribe concentration in North East India.