Monsoon Green and Tea Plantations Dibrugarh - Mancotta Tea Estate - Sivasagar - Gatoonga Tea Estate - Majuli 6D/ 5N
Available from April to October
Monsoon is when the state of Assam receives wholesome rainfall. Starting from June, the rain is more or less active for the next 3 to 4 months until October. It is the time of the year when the landscape of Assam, which consist of farms, tropical forests, grasslands and tea plantations, changes its color to a very soothing and refreshing green, fresh from the rain brought by monsoon clouds. It is also the time of the year when the Brahmaputra River becomes a place of mighty sunsets and mesmerizing gigantic cloud formations can be seen across the skies.
The history of Assam Tea goes back more than a century ago. It was a certain Robert Bruce from Scotland, an adventurer, who first discovered it for the west in 1823. Locally, tea was being consumed by the Singpho Tribe, who provided samples to Bruce for his scientific research. However, it was only in the early 1830s when proper examination concluded the Assam variety to be different from the Chinese tea. Soon after in 1939, at the time when the west had just begun their love-affair with tea, Britain allowed companies to rent lands for growing tea. More than a decade later, when the first batch of Assam grown tea reached the markets in London, consumers were deeply impressed and thus began the tea industry of Assam. The colonial days saw tea growers who were an adventurous breed. They introduced a laid-back lifestyle in the region, which involved staying in luxurious bungalows and engaging in social/sports events which occurred in clubhouses. Though today the laid-back lifestyle is disappearing due to the global competitive market, the tea plantations still have an aura of their colonial past. After all, the state of Assam is today the world’s largest tract of land growing tea plantations.
The highlight of this tour will be your stay in 2 different boutique heritage bungalows spread across upper Assam, both with rich history. Their colonial decor; set midst unending miles of freshly green tea plantations, will provide the perfect luxury and atmosphere to spend your days appreciating the monsoon season, while you sip on some of finest of the Assam variety of tea. There are a lot of activities included to keep you busy at times when the rain is less or the sun is out, such as tea tastings and visits to tea factories, tea auction center, tea research center, local markets and villages. Depending on the river and weather conditions, you might also get a chance to go on a sunset boat ride in the Brahmaputra and visit the island of Majuli, a hotbed of ancient Assamese culture. The cuisine will many times be exotic, consisting of tribal, Assamese and Indian cuisine. There is also a chance for an informal cooking lesson with organic produces grown locally and a tea time elephant trek which will leave you thrilled.
To end with, to appreciate the monsoon weather without getting wet, we recommend you bring along a good raincoat for this journey. Also, being summer time, it will get quite hot on days when it won’t be raining, for which light cotton cloths are perfect.
Surrounded midst lush sprawling tea gardens on the outskirts of Dibrugarh, Mancotta Bungalow is a boutique property with the classic old warm charm found in the luxury and comfort the early British tea growers lived in and their lifestyle in the estates. The bungalow is raised on stilts and displays fine colonial architecture. A peculiar feature is all nails used in building are made out of wood. Rooms are large and luxurious with modern amenities. The open lawns and sit-outs are ideal for long conversations over a fine cup of tea or indulge in a book.
Built more than 100 years ago, Banyan Grove is a boutique bungalow which allows travelers to live the colonial life of early British tea growers and have a peek into their fine adventurous escapades. The property has spacious rooms with fire places, a classic hall-room, sit-outs and finely kept lawns, all surrounded by the pleasant greenery of the Gattonga tea estate in fertile middle Assam.
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