Chai – A well-known name of every house or any office for different occasion like meetings, get to gather or any kind of function.
Tea has become an integral part of life of almost every individual in its long journey. In earlier times, tea was used for medicinal purposes and steadily it is being used all over the world as a common routine affair with everyone.
The history of tea in India shows that it was initiated through the British rulers. In India, plantation was started during 1830s by British. Main motive of plantation was to export tea to Britain. At that time, it was a drink thought to be of high class people only. But soon British started organising many campaigns and tea stalls for the promotion of tea in cities, towns, villages and factories as well.
That was the time when tea breaks were included in the work schedule of the employees in India and it was also promoted on the railway stations. And thus, the tea culture spread in India gradually. By 1900s tea was known to almost 70% of the population and thus production was increased day by day.
Along with China, India has become the world’s largest producer of tea. There are more than 20000 estates which are producer of tea located in northeastern region and some southern region as well.
Plantation of tea is done widely in India and there are some of very best teas which are grown in India. The difference in the taste and varieties comes for the area where it is grown. Various estates of tea are formed in different states of India like Assam, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.
It would be of great knowledge to explore best subcontinents through culture of tea.
Assam is the largest tea growing area in India and tea estates spread over the larger area of Assam. Its weather conditions are very suitable for the growth of tea shrubs. The weather is hot and humid due to lots of rain and sustains healthy bushes to produce thick and lush plants with larger leaves.
This region is basically known to produce black teas rather than other green tea and white tea. The teas come out from here are the strongest teas with rich flavor and used as breakfast teas mostly.
Located in state of West Bengal, it comes out with hilly areas with an elevation of 2000 feet to 7000 feet and with spread of tea gardens across the hills and valleys. Darjeeling was basically chosen to grow the high-quality tea grown in China. As the atmospheric conditions plays a vital role in the quality of tea, the tea produced in Darjeeling is exclusive tea.
The tea produced in Darjeeling is very expensive and that is because it is unique among the teas produced in all the regions in India.
Nilgiri hills are in the state of Tamil Nadu. This area was also chosen for the high-quality tea as of China for experimental planting. Its high altitude geographical conditions make it fertile for a tea growing region. It is near to Indian oceans and thus this region is full of tropical jungles, cool valleys, misty plateaus and dark forest. The tea produced in Nilgiri has characteristics of both the teas which are produced in Assam as well as Darjeeling. Fruity taste as of Darjeeling and Strong as of Assam tea both are well adapted Nilgiri tea.
The popular brewing form of tea in India is of masala chai with sugar, milk, cardamom and cinnamon. The form is usually found in every house.
So, for keeping yourself warm and healthy, tea is a best option in every weather and specially in rainy season, a sip of masala chai is what a person needs.