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Plantation tours in India – Special interest holidays
Monday, March 9th, 2015

This is the second post in our two part series on Special Interest Holidays in India. If you haven’t read the first post, a brief introduction will bring you up to speed.

Special Interest holidays are designed by experts who know that travellers are not just replicas of each other. So a “one size fits all” holiday is an unpardonable mistake. As an example, if you are interested in painting, then you can take a special interest holiday centred on art. You will spend your vacation learning, practicing and appreciating art under the tutelage of able guides. The holiday will also include elements of the usual tourist itinerary like sightseeing. And so on for other interests, be it cooking, adventure, textiles and more.

An unusual special interest holiday in India is the plantation tour set in tea and coffee estates. The culture of tea plantation originated during the British Raj but today India is the largest exporter of tea worldwide. Like wine tours in Europe, India has a thriving tea plantation based tourism business.

Assam and Darjeeling are the best-known tea planting regions but there are several other regions including Ooty in Tamil Nadu, Palampur in Himachal Pradesh and Munnar in Kerala, which also host plantations tours. In fact at Munnar, seek&hide offers you a chance to experience a luxurious close to nature holiday amidst spice gardens.

Plantation Tour Special Interest Holidays India

Munnar Tea Plantation

Why should you choose a Plantation tour in India?

Ambience

These plantations are far removed from the smog filled hustle bustle of big cities. The surroundings are lush with rolling green hills covered with a fresh crop of tea. Most plantations often grow their own fruits and vegetables and spices like cardamom, cloves, pepper as well as playing host to numerous varieties of trees. The air is fresh, clean and has its own unique taste owing to all the fresh tea, coffee and spices being grown there.

Tea tasting

A unique and attractive feature of tea plantation tours is that they allow you, the visitor, not only to experience the plantation first hand, but also to experience tea making. This means that you get to witness the entire process of tea making beginning with the plucking and ending with the brewing of the finished product. In fact it doesn’t stop there; the visitors on the plantations also get to taste the freshly brewed teas while on tour, a one of kind experience.

Special Interest Holidays India

Tea Tasting Session

Much like the wine and cheese tasting sessions in European special interest tours, an expert tea taster will educate you on identifying flavour, the ideal pairing (with milk, sugar, lemon or none), and how to brew each tea for a perfect cuppa. You can also have a teatime picnic in the hills or an English afternoon tea at the estate house, satiating all your senses at once.

Ideal for a romantic trip

These trips are refreshing and enlightening for all, yet it also holds appeal for couples. Right from the drive to the plantation, the leisurely walks on the estate, the tea tasting sessions, picnic for two, romantic dinners and the serenity, the entire ambience of a plantation estate is imbued with a feeling of romance and intimacy. All the months of spending time in the city, where the pressures and burdens of work and regular life percolate into your romantic life and seems to distance you from your partner, can be worked off by spending a little time at these plantations.

Ask for a picnic to be arranged for just the two of you at a spot of your choice on the lush plantation grounds. Enjoy each other’s company over some freshly brewed special tea and their best pairings, and soak in the refreshing ambience itself with its varied flora and fauna.

Round off your day with a romantic candle lit dinner for two where you will get to enjoy the the local delicacies.

If you have more time and are willing to venture outside the estate, then you can also spend time together exploring the local region, its famous sights and meeting the local people. It is all these aspects together, which make plantation tours truly one of a kind.

Local Craft or Handicrafts

Don’t forget to hit the local markets and stock up on the unique products of the land, especially handicrafts. India has always been a nation which has had a thriving culture of handicrafts passed down from generation to generation. Even today each state has its own range of handicrafts that is best and cheapest in its home state. Such products can be easily found at both local bazaars as well as the local government run stores. These products make the best souvenirs as well as gifts for friends and family.

Darjeeling Special Interest Holidays India

Darjeeling Tea Plantation

An ideal place to visit for a tea plantation tour is Darjeeling. A colonial style bungalow offers the “Tea for Two” special interest holiday. The feel of the plantation along with the pollution free surrounding, luxury of the boutique hotel, intimacy of the whole stay, romantic dinner, sightseeing in Darjeeling and of course the main event, exploring the plantation itself. All of these together create a memorable holiday for any guest looking for a special holiday. More information on the Tea for Two Darjeeling Special Interest Holiday

If you would like to plan a Special Interest holiday, please drop us a line at reservations@goseekandhide.com or fill this brief form 

Munnar picture Courtesy: jungpana


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