Nestled on the border of India and Nepal, Darjeeling in West Bengal has some of the oldest tea plantations in India.
Set high looking across at the Himilayas and the world’s third biggest mountain, Kanchenjunga, the town is a working reminder of the industry that tea, and tourism now bring.
The nicest way to travel to the mountain town is on the Darjeeling Himilayan Railway (otherwise known as the ‘Toy Train’ which takes you on the scenic route through the rolling mountains to Darjeeling and also on to Tiger Hill.
Day trekking in the hills is rewarded with a stay in a tea estate like Glenburn Tea Estate (as voted #1 Darjeeling accommodation on TripAdvisor.com) and by seeing the workings of where you average cuppa comes from.
A word of warning that it can get quite cold in the mountains in wintertime as has been known to snow! Best to check weather warnings before you go.