India is a land of great diversity but regardless of where in the country you find yourself, there is one unifying element - Tea. The world's 2nd largest producer of tea, journey with us to this fascinating part of the world, home to colorful customs, spectacular scenery, rich history and some the finest teas made. Guided by tea experts and authorities, you will experience the world of tea first hand, from cultivation to cup. Experience real Indian culture and tradition while you sip your way through history and across this vast country. In addition, travel to and enjoy several days in Sri Lanka (formerly known as Ceylon), learning about the wonderful teas from this important and fascinating country.
Some exceptional tour highlights include visiting ancient cities, ornate temples, lavish palaces, and historic landmarks. Taste original, flavorful masala chai. Explore verdant tea gardens at the peak of the Autumnal tea season. Take in the grandeur of expansive mountain peaks at the "top of the world." Witness the vibrant songs and dances of native performers. Tour famous tea producing areas including Darjeeling, Assam and Kangra Valley. Learn how to pick and make tea. Guided tea factory tours and tea tasting instruction. Meetings with tea traders, brokers and planters. Witness a real tea auction. Wander through bazaars looking for treasures. Trek through lush nature reserves in Assam. Enjoy breath-taking natural scenery. Attend a seminar on Darjeeling tea history and production. Taste exquisite teas just freshly made. Sip tea in a posh hotel and at local chai walla stalls. Plus many, many more memorable experiences.
On the exciting five-day Ceylon pre-tour extension: take a safari to see elephants in their native environment; visit top tea producing districts of the country; tour famous tea gardens and taste their finest teas; take in historic, sacred and inspiring scenic spots, receive hands-on instruction in tea grading and tasting; enjoy an elegant afternoon tea in Imperial British style; plus much more.
This fourteen-day tour is packed full of exciting, interesting, and authentic experiences. With the exhilarating five day Ceylon pre-tour extension, delight in even more memorable experiences. The exciting itinerary is sure to delight both novice and experienced tea drinkers, providing special memories that will last a lifetime. Due to the unique nature of this tour, space is limited, so please make your reservations early.