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Kalimpong has become West Bengal's 21st district.
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India's only GI-patented product, the exclusive Darjeeling tea, grown on 86 designated estates in the region, is fighting for survival on the frontlines of climate change. In Darjeeling: A History Of The World's Greatest Tea, published recently by Bloomsbury, author Jeff Koehler documents the decline in tea production on various estates due to changing rainfall, hailstorms, unseasonal cold and drought.
That we love tea is not something that needs to be underlined. Then why do we ignore the finer offerings of tea plantations in Darjeeling? Vikram Doctor investigates in this episode of The Real Food Podcast.
The prized first flush from Namring's upper tea estate in Darjeeling has made its way to Britain's East India Company (EIC), often associated with colonialism in India, where it is estimated to fetch...