For many of us, a cup of tea is the best way to kick start a day. As the most loved beverage in India, tea has indeed become an integral part of the lives of its populace. Besides, India is the largest producer of tea in the world with as much as 810 million kilograms being produced annually.
There are three major tea-producing regions in India - Assam, Darjeeling and Nilgiris. Over the years, India has mainly been known to produce black tea. However, there is a shift in the trend now as many tea estates have started producing green, white and oolong teas.
Assam: One of the largest tea producing regions of the world, Assam is known for growing the original Indian tea. Assam tea gardens feature impeccably pruned tea bushes covering about 2,16,200 hectares that produce more than 360 million kgs of tea annually. The tea of Assam has a strong pungent taste that makes it famous the world over. The cropping season in Assam begins as early as March and extends almost to mid December. Besides, the popular black tea, Assam also produces small quantities of white and green tea.
Darjeeling: One of the most famous teas in the world, Darjeeling tea is grown in the foothills of the Himalayas at an altitude of six thousand feet above sea level. Considered as one of the best, Darjeeling tea is also referred to as the 'Champagne of teas'. Tea with a class, Darjeeling tea has a strong character and gentle disposition making it an all time favorite of tea lovers.
Nilgiri: Also known as the Blue Mountains, Nilgiris are spread across the southwestern tip of India and lies at an altitude of forty five hundred feet. Grown all the year round, Nilgiri teas are relatively mild and is a mellow, light and clean liquor. Besides, Nilgiri teas are often used in blends.
Besides Assam, Darjeeling and Nilgiri other tea producing regions in India are the Cachar, Dehradun, Dooars, Kangra, Manipur, Terai and Travancore.