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India tea tour is sure to infuse holidaymakers

3rd December 2007 Print
Specialist tour operator, Indus Tours, in conjunction with Glenburn Tea Estate UK office, have launched a new tour - A History of Tea’ - to appeal to even the most discerning of tea drinkers.

Exploring the United Kingdom’s long relationship with the development, importing and drinking of tea, this new 14 day tour takes holidaymakers to Glenburn Tea Estate Darjeeling, one of the oldest tea plantations in that area of India, to discover the history and processes that have given way to the perfect ‘cuppa’.

Flying into Kolkata, the once seat of the British Indian Empire, the tour begins by examining the development of Kolkatta as an important port and its influence on trading, setting the scene for the consequent launch of the tea growing industry in India. Travelling to Darjeeling’s picturesque foothills, holidaymakers will then get a real taste for life on Glenburn Tea Estate.

Established in 1860 by Scottish tea planters and now owned by one of India’s well-known tea pioneering families, accommodation is in the original, superbly restored, tea planter’s bungalow with 1,600 acres of verdant forest, rolling hills, villages and delightful river valleys to explore. Here one will learn the intricacies of growing, picking, blending and, of course, drinking tea.

Escorted by naturalist, ornithologist, photographer and keen Himalayan traveller for over 36 years, Colonel John Swanston will provide guests with an interesting insight into ‘A Story of Tea’ as well as a general overview of the areas visited.

‘A Story of Tea’ costs from £2250/person based on two sharing and includes international airfares in economy class on British Airways, all departure taxes from UK and India, accommodation on Half Board basis at the Bengal Club in the centre of Kolkata, Glenburn Tea Estate, the family run cardamom estate Karmi Farm and the famous Tollygunge Club, all transport, sightseeing arrangements as per the itinerary and services of Colonel John Swanston as trip director.

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