Later she visited the Taj Mahal, Red Fort, India Gate, Victoria Memorial, Calcutta Club, Ravindranath Tagore’s house, tea auction in Calcutta centre organised by J Thomas & Co., and a tea roadside vendor along with a tea house and a tea packaging company – covering Indian culture and tea scenarios. A China and India trade and culture platform in Delhi hosted her for an overview of India. Darjeeling, Assam, and Kangra teas were compared to Jin Jun Mei, Lapsang Souchong, Longjing teas and this four day trip was followed by a visit to Kathmandu University in Nepal before returning through Lahsa.
For those of us in the tea industry in India and Nepal, on us lies the responsibility to develop a tea culture of its own to augment the marketing and image of tea in society as well as in the expanding tea markets catering to the health-conscious. Japan, Korea, Taiwan and China have well-developed tea cultures of their own, being traditional tea growers and drinkers, where tea is part of their system. But the tea which was taken out by the Europeans to countries like India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Kenya, and Nepal during the past two hundred years has hardly attempted to develop tea cultures of their own. The tea crops in these areas were a mere trading commodity and never taken as a sacred thing as in China. It is our responsibility to change that.