Darjeeling – a unique natural conditions mountain area, located to the west of Assam, on the border with Nepal, Sikkim and Bhutan. In Darjeeling is the main highway of West Bengal, passing through a narrow passage Siliguri separating Nepal and Bangladesh.
The area around the surprisingly picturesque: green hills, covers half the sky snow-white wall Kanchedzhanga – K2 – highest peak in the world. Local people see it as a deity personifying the center of the world. In Darjeeling found shelter refugees from Tibet, which give the town a wonderful atmosthere. They own restaurants Tibetan cuisine, with craft stalls counterfeits. There are many monasteries, the most important of them is the Monastery of Ghum in the restoration of which involved Nicholas Rerich and Dalai Lama. In clear weather on the horizon you can see the Everest from one side and K2 from another!
The history of Darjeeling Tea began in 1835, when the East India Company leased the land from the King of Sikkim three thousand rupees a year and began developing tea business, planting and cultivating a variety of Chinese tea.
By 1852 the first commercial plantation. By 1866 it was already 39 plantations. In 1874 their number reached 113. Today, the total plantation area more than 18 000 ha, the number more than 80, they are located at an altitude of 800 to 2400 m. Above sea level.
Darjeeling tea gardens form a bizarre giant green carpet spread on the slopes of the Himalayan foothills.
The most expensive, especially refined tea is obtained from the first harvest of the sheet (first flash), collect it in March – April. Tea spring collection gives a light infusion, it can not withstand long-term storage and should be drunk before the next season. Tea is produced in very limited quantities and sold out instantly connoisseurs Darjeeling First Flush.