Indian tea (a.k.a chai) – you gotta love it! It seems to us that just about everyone in India is partial to a nice cup of tea and when we visit, we are no exception. We’ve tried many varieties during our time in India – black tea, masala tea, Darjeeling tea, Assam tea and more besides but, by and large, we opt for a good old cup of sweet, milky chai. We never take sugar in our tea elsewhere but in India it would seem strange not to do so and furthermore, this kind of tea is normally prepared in a great big teapot so getting a cup without sugar just isn’t going to happen.
But how often do you stop to think about the process and people involved in getting that tea from leaves on a bush into your mug or cup?
Meet the tea pickers of Darjeeling…
All of the photos here were taken at Glenburn Tea Estate, a lovely plantation on the outskirts of Darjeeling in West Bengal.