It’s a tea like no other. It’s important to
appreciate this right at the start: far too often,
Kangra tea is compared to Darjeeling to get a frame
of reference. But, it’s different, and Kangra fully
deserves to be recognized as a distinct origin.
Kangra district is situated in the
North-West Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. This is
mountain country, very much part of the Himalayas
with dramatic landscapes ranging from pine
tree-covered slopes to frozen high-altitude deserts
and deep gorges with bubbling streams that flow into
the Ganges river of India.The craggy Dhauladhar
range towers over the Kangra Valley, where in the
foothills lies India’s smallest tea region with its
own tea town of Palampur Himachal Pradesh India.
Uniquely, it’s the only tea region in India
that comprises exclusively China, or China-hybrid,
tea bushes. Historical records say that Dr Jameson,
then Superintendent of the Botanical Gardens in
Peshawar, now in Pakistan, visited the Kangra
district in 1849, and pronounced that the lower
slopes of the Dhauladhar range lying between 900 and
1400 metres were ideal for tea cultivation.