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Ever heard of the names Hazelbank, Ethelwood, Greenwood and Hautley? Well, these are the ‘exotic names’ of some tea gardens in Assam. The first two gardens, nearly 150 years old, were named by their original owner after his daughters. All these names bring forth the memories of a by-gone era. But one of the most significant names is perhaps that of ‘Cinnamara’, which mentally transmits one of the mid-nineteenth century when the tea industry had just taken of the ground. The original name of the garden, however, was ‘Cinai-mora’ which means (tea) made by the Chinese.

In the early nineteenth century, the British tea trade with China having run into rough weather, possibilities were being explored by the East India Company of planting tea in the colonies under their regime. The colonists had the first inkling of the existence of the indigenous variety of tea in Assam (Camellia asamica) in 1823 – even before Assam went under the British Rule – when Major Robert Bruce, an adventurer and a trader, had visited Rangpur (the present day Sivasagar), the then capital of the Ahom Kings, on a trade mission. An Assamese nobleman, Moniram Dutta, Borbhandar Borua , popularly known as Moniram Dewan, introduced him to a Singpho tribal chief Beesagam Ningrual, who gave Bruce a few tea plants. Bruce had asked the Chief for some more samples later, but he died the next year and his brother Charles Alexander, to whom Major Bruce must have passed on the information before his death, eventually earned the credit as the discoverer of the local variety of tea in Assam.

When the first ever tea company, the Assam Company, was incorporated in 1839, Moniram served the Company as its Dewan or land officer for some time, although subsequently he left the company to start his own plantations – Connamara and Senglung (now Singlo) where he had engaged the Chinese tea makers and thus the garden Connamara got its name. The ruling British East India Company saw a potential rival in Moniram for their future enterprises, since he was immensely popular among the sections of people. They had pleaded for restoration of the Ahom rulers to the throne and in 1858 he was hanged publicly at Jorhat. His gardens were attached by the Government and were sold in Auction.

Herewith, started the tea trade from Assam under Assam Company, the taste of Assam Tea spread across the globe. Today, Assam is the largest producer of Tea in India. To close this write up I share a quote from an avid tea drinker in England who wrote a hundred years ago –

“And let us bless those sunny lands

So far away across the sea

Whose hills and valleys give fertile birth

To that fair scrub of priceless worth

Which yields each son of Mother Earth

A fragrant cup of Tea”

Jungleideas welcomes to India’s North East to witness the practice of Tea cultivation and Tea processing at Margherita, the State of Assam, Incredible India!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tea Tour of Upper Assam

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The Road across the Margherita Tea Estate that leads to the State of Arunachal Pradesh

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tea Tour of Upper Assam

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Tea Workers at the Margherita Tea Garden in Assam who bring to you the flavored cup of your morning tea!

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tea Tour of Upper Assam

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The Majestic Tea Gardens near the Singpho Eco Lodge Homestay at Margherita – the ideal Ecotourism Homestay destination in Upper Assam of the Singpho Tribes

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tea Tour of Upper Assam

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The flavored CTC Assam Tea that is renowned across the entire World for its freshness and Superb Quality of Taste

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tea Tour of Upper Assam

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The Lush and Green Tea Gardens of the Largest Tea producing area in the World ~ Assam. Image Credits: Mr. Rajib Saikia

Recommended Itinerary for your Visit: Tea Tour of Upper Assam