Tea Bags or Loose Tea?

Tea Bags or Loose Tea?

As Shakespeare’s Hamlet kind of didn’t say, “Tea bag or no tea bag, that is the question.” But nevertheless it is a question worth pondering. Continue reading “Tea Bags or Loose Tea?”

Kangra Tea

Kangra Tea

While Darjeeling and Assam are probably the best-known tea growing regions in India, Kangra, in mountainous Himachal Pradesh, is historically better known for its eponymous style of painting than for its tea.  Continue reading “Kangra Tea”

Palampur Cooperative Tea Factory

Sign at the Palampur Cooperative Tea Factory.

In the mid 19th century, China tea bushes were brought to the Kangra region of Himachal Pradesh by the Scottish botanist William Jameson. Today Kangra produces about 800,000 kg of tea annually, a small amount of India’s total annual production of over 1.2 billion kg, according the Indian Tea Association. Continue reading “Palampur Cooperative Tea Factory”

McLeodganj Tea Shops

Near McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh.
Near McLeodganj, Himachal Pradesh, India.

I took an overnight bus from Delhi and arrived in McLeodganj, in mountainous Himachal Pradesh, on 14 November, around 7:00 a.m. For the next few days I explored the town’s hilly streets and the narrow, winding roads heading out of the main square and into nearby pine forests. Continue reading “McLeodganj Tea Shops”

Tea in Delhi, India

The Indian flag flying over Connaught Place, Delhi.
The Indian flag flying over Connaught Place, Delhi.

I spent a few days in Delhi to get over my jet lag prior to heading for the mountains of Himachal Pradesh. Of course I could see no better way to conquer jet lag than some hot tea, available everywhere on the subcontinent. But tea was not always as ubiquitous in India as it is now. Continue reading “Tea in Delhi, India”

Tea in New York City

Harney & Sons, Soho.

After traveling and drinking tea in Asia for the better part of a year, New York City proved to be a disappointment. Continue reading “Tea in New York City”