1. Tea is the biggest Industrial activity in India.
2. The Indian Tea Industry has evolved as one of the most technologically equipped tea Industries in the world.
3. India produces and consumes more tea than any other country in the world, except for China and accounts for 31% of global production.
4. Tea Board of India governs the Tea production, certification, exportation, and all other features of the tea trade in India.
5. The range of tea offered by India - from original Orthodox to CTC and Green Tea, from the aroma and flavour of Darjeeling Tea to the strong Assam and Nilgiri Tea- has been continued to be unparalleled in the world.
6. There are mainly 3 kinds of tea that are produced in India:
Assam Tea – A rich and full-bodied tea from North East India
Darjeeling Tea - An exquisite and delicately flavoured tea, considered to be one of the finest teas in the world, from the cool and wet tea gardens tucked in the foothills of the Himalayas. The Darjeeling plantations have 3 distinct harvests, and the tea produced from each 'flush' has a unique flavour. First flush teas are light and aromatic, while the second flush produces tea with a bit more bite. The third or autumn flush gives a tea that is lesser in quality
Nilgiri Tea - comes from the southern Indian region and are subtle and gentle in flavour and are frequently blended with other, more robust teas
7. The Chinese variety is used for Darjeeling tea, whereas the clonal variety is used for the Assam Tea.
8. Some Indian tea companies have acquired a number of iconic foreign tea enterprises including British brands Tetley and Typhoo.
9. Even as India is the largest consumer of tea worldwide, the per-capita consumption of tea in India remains a modest 750 grams per person every year.
10. According to Planning Commission Deputy Chairman-India Tea would be declared as national drink by April 2013.
11. The European Trade Council and the German Tea Association have conferred the protected geographical indication (PGI) status in May 2011 under the European Commission Regulation.
12. Tea Tourism is gaining popularity in India. Tea lovers mainly visit the below mentioned places to find the best India Tea plantations and to taste Indian Tea:
4. Nilgiri Mountains
View of some Tea Gardens in India