ORGANIC TEA - DARJEELING HILLS. WEST BENGAL, INDIA

Ambootia Tea Garden in Darjeeling is one of the 12 gardens that Sanjay Bansal owns or manages on contract. All of them produce high quality organically grown tea that he exports to fashionable outlets world wide and in particular to Harrods of London. Photographs: Pablo Bartholomew/Netphotograph.com



Tea pickers at Ambootia Tea Graden picking 2 leaves and a bud which makes the finest tea with a delicate aroma. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Netphotograph.com


Tea picker at happy Valley Tea Gradenholding prime Darjeeling tea leaves.Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Netphotograph.com


Tea tasting room at the factory of Ambootia Tea Garden. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Netphotograph.com


Different sorts of tea in the tea tasting room at the factory of Ambootia Tea Garden. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Netphotograph.com




At the factory of Ambootia Tea Garden. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Netphotograph.com


Wearing the traditional Nepali cap Sanjay Bansal inaugurates a new factory  building at Chongtong Tea Garden. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Netphotograph.com



Laxman Dewan with photo of his father who  was a tea garden worker  and committed suicide by hanging himself as the Chongtong Tea garden became sick due to neglect by it's past owners until Sanjay Bansal acquired it. 



Blocking roads by Gorkaland activists. the cry for a separate hill state from West Bengal is growing louder once again. People of Nepali origin also known as Gorkha's have settled here for decades and now are asserting their ethnic identity. Protest close the area for days and activists block the roads with sit ins. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Netphotograph.com


Sanjay Bansal at Happy Valley Tea Garden. Photo: Pablo Bartholomew/Netphotograph.com
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