Day 5: At Dibrugarh, Assam
Post- breakfast, take a tea tour around a tea estate known for producing high quality CTC teas. Know all about tea - its origin, how it is grown, all about tea
tasting and its quality. Later in the afternoon, we visit Mancotta Tea Estate known for its Orthodox type of tea. Take a tea walk and enjoy a sundowner or a cup of tea
on a tree house. In the evening, enjoy a dance performance (Bihu Dance) by an ethnic dance group on the bungalow lawns. Overnight at the Heritage Chang
A tea tour through a 157- years old heritage tea garden gives an insight into the different activities that vary from season to season. It teaches us
all about tea- its origin, how it is grown, tea tasting and its quality.
CTC (Crush, Tear and Curl) tea is a method of processing tea. In this process the leaves
instead of being rolled, are passed through a series of cylindrical rollers with hundreds of small sharp "teeth" that Crush, Tear, and Curl.
This style of
manufacture has the advantage that the finished product brews quickly, gives a dark infusion rapidly, is well suited for tea bags, and yields more cups per kg. In the
Indian domestic market, this type of manufacture has virtually taken over - over 80% of tea production is of the CTC type.
CTC teas produce a rich red-brown color
when they are boiled, which adds a beautiful color to tea made in the Indian style. This is done by boiling leaves in a mixture of milk, water and sugar and some spices
(producing Masala Chai). With this production method, the tea does not get bitter, and its red colour comes through the white of the milk.
Orthodox tea: The
manufacturing process of orthodox tea is similar to that of CTC tea. Instead of the tea leaf been crushed, the leaves are rolled in a machine that twist and break the
leaves to release the natural chemicals that later react with oxygen in the air and give the tea its characteristic aroma and taste. It is the leafy variety of
BIHU is the most popular folk dance of Assam. The people of Assam are very proud of its unique position among all other such dances of India. Except Bhangra
(the popular folk dance of Punjab), no other folk dance in India can compete with the rhythmic exuberance of the Bihu dance. ‘Bihu’ performed by young men and women
reflects youthful passion and joy rejuvenating life during the spring season, accompanied by songs woven around the theme of love and physical yearning. The dance is
performed by all irrespective of caste, creed and religion.
Note: Visit to tea factory is subject to being operational on the day of the visit. There is no tea
plucking between December till mid March and hence the actual manufacturing process of tea cannot be demonstrated when one visits the factory during this period.
Factory also remains closed on Monday’s of the week.