Small is Big: Sanjukta Vikas

Small is Big: Sanjukta Vikas

At the Life & Leaf Fair Trade shop in Darjeeling they were selling some organic tea produced in Darjeeling by “Mineral Springs.” Unlike the last tea garden I visited, the Makaibari Tea Estate, Mineral Springs is not listed by the Tea Board of India as one of the 87 Darjeeling Tea Gardens, so I was curious to find out more about it. Continue reading “Small is Big: Sanjukta Vikas”

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Darjeeling

Darjeeling

I first visited Darjeeling in the fall of 2011. I trekked the Singalila Ridge along the border of Nepal, where I had amazing views of Mount Kanchenjanga, the third highest peak in the world. I also tried Darjeeling tea for the first time. Continue reading “Darjeeling”

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”