Dharamshala is known for its natural beauty and panoramic views. People come here from all over the world to relax from city life. In common Hindi usage, the word Dharamshala refers to a shelter or rest house for spiritual pilgrims. There are many places to visit like Mcleodganj, Naddi viewpoint, Bhagsunag, Bhagsu fall, Dal Lake, War Memorial, etc. Dharamshala is also home to His Highness the Dalai Lama.
But not many know that Dharamshala which falls in the Kangra district is also famous for its tea. Yes, you read it right. Dharamshala has its own tea garden and is known as Kangra tea.
Located amidst lush green ambiance Narghota village is a dust-free and pollution-free zone near Dharamshala. Spread over acres of land, the tea gardens are a scenic natural site.
Both black tea and green tea have been produced in the Kangra Valley since the mid-19th century. Established as Dharmsala Tea Company in 1882, the valley has offered the finest, handcrafted teas to tea lovers around the world. Teas here are certified organic. They are carefully curated range of orthodox teas, herbal blends, floral blends, fruit blends and of course spice blends, not to mention our Ayurvedic wellness teas.
There are several large tea estates, combined with small-holdings, in Kangra. One of the oldest tea companies since the 1880s is the Dharmsala Tea Company, owned by the Mann family. The Dharmsala Tea Company owns three tea estates in and around Dharamsala – Mann Tea Estate, Hoodle Tea Estate and the highest altitude one, the Towa Tea Estate (at roughly 6,500 ft). All the tea estates are at an altitude of 4,000 to 6,500 ft.
Variety of teas, including black, green, oolong and white teas, along with Kashmiri Kahwa and Masala Chai are produced here. Kangra green tea is considered to be among the best in India and has also been found to contain the highest antioxidant levels of all green teas produced in India.
It was a memorable experience for me to see how organic tea is produced and the efforts behind it. People are very affectionate and they will give you all the minute details and will guide you to the factory. The workers are also trained to welcome the guests at the Factory.
It was so refreshing to drive on the road with tea gardens on each side with lush green pine trees. There is negligible traffic on these roads and is a heaven for nature lovers.
So, next time if you are planning to visit Dharamshala, do make a point to pay a visit to this beautiful tea garden. It’s a lifetime experience.
See how organic tea is being made in the factory:
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