needaTEAcher wrote:Awesome. We leave for Nepal in less than a month! I really appreciate the help. I will try to post with photos!
We found only one tea estate online in Bangladesh (I dont' remember the name), north-east of Dhaka, and we will go there as well. Yay!!!!!
Jun Chiyabari is indeed a good garden. I met the manager in Darjeeling and could see how serious he was about producing high quality tea. He mentioned something about Japanese and Chinese tea masters helping them out but I can't remember exactly what he said. Not sure how easy it is to travel in Eastern Nepal. Very remote.
The only Bangladeshi tea I've had was given to me by a Korean friend who just returned from visiting there last year. It was an organically grown black tea not very memorable.
One of the places in India that I would like to explore more is the Nilgiri Hills in South India. One of the best teas I've ever had from India came from there. It rivals any of the Darjeeling for flavor and aroma. South India is also quite different from the north. Different people, language, and, a more relaxed atmosphere. Less development.