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amã Stays & Trails' Tea Estate Bungalows in Munnar provide guests with a choice of seven historic planters' bungalows to experience life on a tea plantation in the past.

By Olivia Sarkar

Tea has long been associated with India. There isn't a problem that a steaming cup of tea can't solve. DTaj, SeleQtions, and Stays & Trails facilities nestled in the heart of India's significant tea sites as the chill of winter makes its presence felt across the country. At Taj Chia Kutir Resort & Spa in Darjeeling, sip a steaming cup of some of the world's best blends while taking in panoramic vistas of the Himalayas. This resort will ignite the tea enthusiast in you, as it is located in the heart of the Makaibari Tea Estate.

Alternatively, relax in the warm comfort of Makaibari Bungalow by ama Stays & Trails, which captures the beauty of a tea planter's home. Guests can visit the tea factory to have a hands-on experience of picking, plucking, and processing tea from the plantations to their cups. Head to the Savoy in Ooty or Gateway Coonoor -- both SeleQtions hotels, for a taste of colonial life. The history of these heritage hotels, together with the region's unique and flavorful teas, makes them ideal for a holiday, complete with classic high-teas and sessions with the resident tea expert.

amã Stays & Trails' Tea Estate Bungalows in Munnar provide guests with a choice of seven historic planters' bungalows to experience life on a tea plantation in the past. At the Tata Tea Museum, immerse yourself in the journey and art of producing the region's tea while taking in the beauty and peace of the mist-covered hills.


(Article originally published on IANSlife) (IANS/ MBI)

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The Sri Lankan government said that it will provide free tea plants to any grower who wishes to engage in tea plantation from next year aimed at boosting growth of the sector.

The Sri Lankan government said that it will provide free tea plants to any grower who wishes to engage in tea plantation from next year aimed at boosting growth of the sector.

Plantations Minister Ramesh Pathirana told a media briefing that it takes nearly four years for the tea bushes to produce yield, therefore the growers often become discouraged in engaging with the tea industry, reports Xinhua news agency.

"The growers have come forward to cultivate tea adopting the new system. By adopting this plantation method, it will be possible to make a revolutionary change in the tea industry within the next three years," the Minister said.

He said tea should be grown on a fresh fertile land, tea plants will be provided free of charge and financial assistance will also be provided for land preparation from next year to encourage tea planting.

"We must now turn to new methods. Instead of manual tea plucking, we should focus on tea plucking machines. Many countries in the world adopt such new technologies in tea plantations," Pathirana said.

"We hope to use the barren lands that are not currently used for tea planting when moving towards new plantation methods. Steps will be taken to implement this project from the beginning of next year," he added.

Tea made up 12 per cent of Sri Lanka's export revenue in 2020.

Tea production is one of the main sources of foreign exchange for the island nation. It employs, directly or indirectly, over 1 million people.

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Ekta Jain, CMO, Octavius Tea, shares the benefits to our physical and mental health of specific types of tea leaves

By N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe

Since the first tea leaf was consumed in China thousands of years ago, people have been aware of the health benefits of drinking tea and how different types of tea can help treat different illnesses. Certain teas are good for fighting cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and cholesterol, while others aid in weight loss and improving metabolism, treating mental health disorders, preventing migraines, and improving sleep patterns. Ekta Jain, CMO, Octavius Tea, shares the benefits to our physical and mental health of specific types of tea leaves:

Black Leaf Teas
Often the best choice for breaking your fast in the morning, the aroma and boldness of black leaf teas is enough to kickstart your day by giving you the necessary amount of energy. Black Tea is produced as a labour of love, with days of intense plucking, sieving, and withering in order to preserve complex flavonoids and powerful antioxidants like catechins. These leaves contain more tannins than any other type of tea which soothes stomach aches and other bowel-related problems.

black burnt matchsticks closeup photography Often the best choice for breaking your fast in the morning, the aroma and boldness of black leaf teas is enough to kickstart your day. | Photo by Oleg Guijinsky on Unsplash

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In India spices in tea have been used for thousands of years for their therapeutic and remedial properties.

Tea is one of the most consumed drinks in the world. The effortless process and diversity of tea have made it a popular drink across nations. Various ingredients and spices included in tea have the power to boost the immune system, reduce stress and anxiety and even defence against various diseases. In India spices in tea have been used for thousands of years for their therapeutic and remedial properties. The addition of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, black peppercorns cloves etc. to tea not onlyenhance its taste but also increase the health benefits. These are the common spices that we use from our kitchens on a day-to-day basis and find commonly in all of the tea recipes that we see. However, there are a few spices like Asafoetida and Dandelion roots that are unique and the usage of both the spices are completely matchless for making a perfect tea blend.

The dried fluid collected from the roots of Ferula plants is known as asafoetida (Ferula asafoetida). While the plant is usually native to Afghanistan and Iraq, Asafoetida is widely used in Indian cuisine, where it is dried and powdered into a spice known as 'Hing'. With antibacterial and antifungal properties this ingredient is highly beneficial for everyone. Not just this, asafoetida adds a new level of flavour to the tea with its health-related properties and distinct savoury taste. Some varieties of tea where asafoetida is found are Masala Green tea, Kashmiri Kahwa tea, Kahwa Green tea, Ginger tea, Lemon Hing tea to name a few. From helping in reducing blood pressure to relieving asthma symptoms to aiding in digestion, asafoetida has plenty of health usage.

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