Tea Trails

Tea Trails

Disengage. Immerse. Explore.

From source to the cup.

DAY 1:

Arrive at Blossoms, in Dharamsala around 4 pm. If you have arrived earlier, you can use that time to explore the resort, meet with your hosts and other members and even explore the creative options at the resort.

Tea / snacks should be quick. We should use this time to get to know each other and the first round of introductions. Some rest thereafter.

Post freshening up gather as a group and meet with Anamika Singh, our Tea Sommelier on board, for a first round of tea conversations.

Anamika will host a Tea and Food Pairing session at the resort for all the members.


DAY 2:

Leave for the Tea estate by 6.30 am.  A walk in the tea estate, familiarization with the plucking methods, the tea plant and meeting some pluckers to understand their experience. Head back to Blossoms for breakfast by 9 am. Wrap up breakfast by 9.30 am and head out to the Tea Factory to understand the production and processing of Tea. Lunch will be served at the factory. Post lunch you are invited for a tea tasting session and then we head to Council of Scientific & Industrial Research – Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology, where we meet the scientists behind Tea research and testing. We arrive back at Blossoms by 6.30 pm and relax. Dinner shall be early post which the floor is open for Tea Conversations



Meditation and early morning Tea session with Anamika Singh up in the mountains at 6.30 am. We leave from Blossoms for the same at 6 am. Then we head to the Tea estate for a Tea – Cheese pairing workshop curated by Anamika Singh and breakfast at the estate.

We spend the rest of the day as per the way we want to. If you would like to visit the Dalai Lama Monastery or Mcleodganj, we will be able to arrange cabs for you. We meet for dinner and conversations at Blossoms or if you wish, you may choose your place to dine and enjoy the evening.



Tea conversations over breakfast at hotel post which the group can explore the valley further or head back home with memories of their journey with the sunshine in a cup.


For understanding more details of the tea trails, Anamika Singh and any other detail related to stay or food please contact Kunal Singh at anandinihimalayatea@gmail.com or call us at +917678576977.

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Calendar for the further tea trails to follow!

Day 1

The weather was perfect in the evening, touching 26 degree C as our guest Saumya Kulshreshtha arrived. The stars & the sound of the flowing river guided us as we walked the path to The Ballu, the home away from home, for the next three nights.

Before saying our good nights, we shared a brief about how the next day would unfold and what was in store with the next 3 days. Home cooked meal was served and we called it an early night as next day we had to head to Kandbari village.

Day 2

After a hearty breakfast of Tea & bowls of fresh fruits along with eggs and breads, we stepped out for a long drive to meet the lady who was to guide us about holistic living and understanding the meaning of source to plate. We were thrilled to receive rainfall as we drove through Palampur and climbed towards Kandbari village. Archana & Maria who are farmers, permaculturists greeted us with a cup of delicious Rhododendron herbal tisane. To see Saumya so mesmerised and keen to know how to alter lifestyle made the trip worthwhile. We cooked, we saw, we absorbed. Ideas were discussed. And as we spent our time getting in touch with the soil, it did not rain, it poured. Drive back was a riot of discussions only to be soothed by Saumya ending the trip with a beautiful song sung by her. Dinner was at The Ballu.


Alarm clock rang through the room as a quick phone call to Saumya got her up and about and ready to be picked up to head to the mediation point. And so we drove on the raw road through a forest which lead to a opening approximately 6000 feet above sea level. On the left was the Dhauladhar and we had a 180 degree view of the Kangra Valley. Sips of Tea sipped as the sun rose to hug the Dharamsala sky. And we sat, just taking it easy.

Breakfast was at a local sweet shop that has been in Dharamsala for close to 100 years. We then headed to the Estate. Saumya was thrilled to pluck her own Tea leaves! Discussions followed and we kept walking to find an open space and rest under the shade trees surrounded by the tea bushes. Tea factory beckoned and so we drove to Baijnath to the Tea factory. Saumya was enamoured by the aroma of Tea being manufactured that greeted us at the door! The process and its intricacies were explained, teas were tasted and she was lucky to meet Abhai Singh, the pioneer of the Tea industry who completed 50 years working with the Two leaf and a bud.

We later headed back to freshen up and meet at Blossoms Village Retreat where a live Indian  musical concert awaited against the back drop of the snow capped Dhauladhar. The cool breeze made it a perfect outdoor event at the Rooftop of the Resort with sips of Anandini Himalaya Tea blend for the evening Green Tea infused with Rhododendron and Himalayan Tulsi being served.

KG Westman on Sitar and Rahul Pophali on Tabla memerised us for two hours. A standing ovation greeted them as they ended the evening with Raag Bhairavi.

Dinner was at Blossoms and we drove back to The Ballu to retire for the night.

Next day she had her ride home back to Delhi. We said our good byes with the promise to meet again in Dharamsala with a cup of Anandini