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A trip to a small tea garden : Bamonjuli

March 23, 2012
road from Naamkhola to Bamunjuli
    The second part of my post :Magh-bihu-2012-fish-catching-meji-and a sagolir puwali
Assam is the world’s largest tea-growing region .Tea industry in Assam is about 170 yrs old playing a significant role in state economy . It produces approx 51% of the tea produced in country and about 1/6th of the tea produced in world.The distinctive black teas from Assam is known for its body, briskness, malty flavor, and strong, bright color. Assam teas, or blends containing Assam, are often sold as “breakfast” teas . The Assam tea bush grows in a lowland region. Assam mainly exports its tea to Europe ,Middle East countries and also to Pakistan ,Eygpt ,Israel and Japan. Most of the large tea gardens are located in the Upper Assam and Southern Barak Valley region. . I always
wanted to write a post on one such lush green tea garden with a detailed account on how things work in there BUT my post today is based on a trip to a very small tea garden which  is in its initial stage .Small tea growers are also contributing to the develpment of tea industry .My brother-in-law is one such small tea grower.
Two years back he bought this tea garden which is situated at Bamonjuli a village around 40km  away from our native village.His garden shares the border with the famous Borengajuli Tea Estate.The above picture is of Borengajuli Tea Estate. Borengajuli Estate produces the most fabulous graden teas popular all over the world .Read more on it here and here at Culinary Teas .

Bamunjuli is about an hour drive away from our village Naamkhola.The road condition is not that good. Kanu da made this double storey house as a safety measure because of regular wild elephant visits .

It is a very very quite village. Most of the villagers here work in gardens as labourers .
This is Kanu da’s nursery where they grow and store small tea plants.He usually sells the tea leaf to the tea auction centre of the area like all other small tea growers but recently a Canadian delegate visited his garden and showed their interest in buying organic-tea directly from him.The delegate had come to visit mostly small tea growers of Assam.He is also keen on growing green tea and is working on it.

      This is how a tea flower looks like.

These are the homes of the villagers he bought the garden land from . They are the one who keep an eye on the garden in his absence.

An educational tour for the kids by their dear uncle . Kids come up with different stories everytime they see me sipping my tea .

This house belongs to a comparatively rich villager .

 The village has a govt school but most of the kids  don’t go there. Kanu da tried to convince the villagers to encourage their kids to go to school but it made no difference. Most of the kids here are sent to the  city and nearby towns to work as domestic helps.

 A view from the house .Watering and taking care of the trees is a tough work . Soon the tea leave plucking season will start and a lot of activity is expected here.

Kids had fun running up and down . My son got some tea leaves tucked in his jacket pocket for me knowing how much I love tea.

To protect their crops and houses villagers use these arrows to chase away the wild elephants .They put fire on arrow and shoot it into the air when elephants attack.There are many sad stories related to animal poaching but because of legal reasons I can’t share it here.

After lunch the group returned to Naamkhola ,had tea and refreshments. Bablu and Puja helped in packing sweets ,home made pithas , curd/yogurt for me and eggs for their cousins.

 After a tearful farewell they came back to Guwahati.

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87 Comments
  1. Every post of your adds more ticks in favor of Assam. as our next holiday destination!Have never been to a tea garden… so this was very insightful and interesting too! Thks for sharing! 🙂

  2. Very interesting, Kavita. This makes one not take our tea for granted. I was very sad to read about the kids not being educated. I think only economic conditions drive people to do that – nothing else.

  3. Loved the pictures and the story….I love tea too. Would love to own a place like this.

  4. Thanks Deeps:)

  5. I do exactly the same, mix Darjeeling and Assam tea,tastes wonderful.Thanks Rama.

  6. Onkar ji thanks.

  7. Thankyou 🙂

  8. Balan ,this is an air gun bought by Kanuda's dad and used excessively by both Chandan and Kanu da.All those three days that kids stayed at village Kaustubh played with it most of the times so it was hard to part with it when rthe time came ,.hence the tears.Thanks 🙂

  9. Thanks Magia 🙂

  10. Thanks Lin.

  11. Waiting for that day Shilpa 🙂

  12. Not only that but alcoholism too .Many of them don't work at all Corinee , they live on their small kid's money :(Thanks for your visit 🙂

  13. Thank you so much Janaki.

  14. wow… thanks for the info about assam and its tea..i had a little idea of india as a tea producer but didnt know assam produces so much of the world's tea and 170 years!!! amazing… nice pics…i was hoping to find your pic with that tea leaves collection basket on your back 😛

  15. Interesting visit to tea garden with such nice images.

  16. Wow! too good! love the place and the aroma of that wonderful place filled with tea leaves…Thanks to ASSAM largest tea grower in the world!We have tea in US coming frm ASSAM there are actually many of them under different name brands from ASSAM…we always feel proud to see our country and its name ..in the grocery section!thanks for sharing kavita…I always enjoy each of your post and think its a blog worth reading to update your knowledge about india and its conditions … the tribal area and variety of food..All in one!Keep up the good work!!:)have a wonderful week ahead!

  17. These are such incredible photos, Kavita. I love visiting these wonderful places vicariously through your posts. I've been rather occupied with lots of "stuff" over here and haven't been able to blog visit very much lately. I'm glad I was able to stop by tonight for a "dessert." We drink a lot of tea here too.

  18. Haaaaa ! Some other time Saheb !Thanks.

  19. Thanks Rajesh.

  20. Thanks for your kind words Harman ,they mean so much to me :)Thanks dear:)

  21. I know Kay that you have been busy ,don't worry about visits :)You are precious to me:)

  22. Hi Kavita !i just came from Assam few days ago … saw tea garden on our way to Silchar from Karimganj. Assam is really beautiful … and our post as usual is very interesting – one can actually visit that place withoout going there through ur posts. Love it 🙂

  23. Good one Kavita. Its nice to see the kids being interested as well; its like these they learn instead of just text books :)The eatables are tempting 🙂

  24. that's a gem of a work…. he is my uncle too…i m bharati baidews son, next time whenever i'll b thr will make sure to catch up with those lovely gardens

  25. Hey Sharmila , I loved your beautiful post on Copenhagen .Thanks for your nice comment.

  26. They do enjoy their holidays there Bindu .Thank you soooo much:)

  27. Wow ! What a pleasant surprise to see you here ,last time i saw you ,you were a toddler:)Do visit Kanu da next time you are at Naamkhola.And do visit us sometimes Poojan.Love and much love:)

  28. Good photography.

  29. you seriously should get into tourism Kavita :)) you have such a knack a wonderful way of presenting people and places

  30. Beautiful photographs. I am greeting

  31. Very informative and interesting! We learn more by traveling and seeing things first hand rather than through books and films. And there is so much that we can learn from rural India. I find it very fascinating!

  32. Stunning pictures!!! Well done and presented!

  33. i love tea, but mainly the black mild ones such as earl grey, orange pekoe, darjeeling firsh flush, makai bari and green tea….find assam teas to be very harsh for my palate!!!but this visit thru your post was lovely!!http://sushmita-smile.blogspot.in

  34. Bom Domingo de Ramos!Beijinhos.Brasil.¸.•°`♥✿⊱╮°º♫

  35. I absolutely love reading your blog. The way you take me around places I have not visited yet is magical.P.S: Kaustubh has grown so much. I remember him so much younger. Loads of love to Gauri and Kaustubh

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