Darjeeling is at a height of just 2134m, right at the foot of Himalayas. Three countries surround it and it shares its border with them. Nepal in situated on the western side, Bhutan in north east, Bangladesh on southeast side of Darjeeling. The south end has Bihar and a little part of Uttar Dinajpur. Tea industry is the prime business here in Darjeeling and has some of the world’s finest tea production houses. India’s 25% of tea produce comes from Darjeeling. The rich vegetation and beautiful landscape surrounds Darjeeling, which lies amidst the magnificent Kanchenjunga Mountains. It is a great place to visit for an Indian visa tourist.
Plantation of Tea
Darjeeling produces some of the unusual blends of tea, found worldwide, which is popular amongst most Indian visa tourists. The experts across the world have tasted and phrased it as the Champagne of all Teas. Tea gardens producing these varieties are at a height of 750-2000m.Orthodox Tea technique is still in use as against the new technology of Cut-Tear-Curl. Trained tea pickers pluck only the buds along with two leaves. Indian visa tourists can visit the tea estates and see the manufacturing procedure. 86 tea estates produce nearly 10 million kg of tea annually.
Tukvar, Steinthal, Aloobari are commercial tea estates since 1852. They use seeds, which are heaved in the nursery by the government. Darjeeling Gazetteer said, Alubari Tea Garden opened by Kurseong, Darjeeling Tea Company and the one at Lebong, encouraged by the Land Mortgage Bank in Darjeeling. Indian visa travelers must understand that many acres of land ranging from 750 m to nearly1800 m were cleared. Up to 30 hectare were planted; six nurseries were set up, and around a ton of seeds were sown in the period of 1857.
Dhutaria garden was inaugrated by Dr. Brougham in 1859. Indian visa travelers may be surprised to learn that the Darjeeling Tea Company opened four new gardens in 1860-1864 at Ging, Takdah, Ambutia, and at Phubsering. Lebong Tea Company started the garden at Tukver and at Badamtam. Other gardens were Maksibari, Pandam and Steinthal Tea Estates.
19,000 hectares of land is used for 86 gardens which produce 10 to 11 million kgs of the world famous ‘Darjeeling Tea’, yearly. It is for the information of the Indian visa tourist that the tea industry employs 52 thousand people presently. The period from March until November is the plucking season so the industry hires an extra 15,000 workers for this purpose. This extra workforce consists of 60% women employed on their family basis. Half of the wages are in cash while the other half is in terms of benefits like free boarding and lodging, cereal rationing and free medical facilities. Few of the tea estate gardens have make shift schools while the garden owner maintains their buildings.
Darjeeling features a good natural setting for the Indian visa tourist.