Journey through the world's finest tea growing area: India's Assam. Tea tourism in the area is growing.
A staff member cleans the pool of Thengal Manor, the gracious residence in Assam of one of India's most prominent tea dynasties in Jorhat, India. (Nov. 29, 2012)
People sip afternoon tea on the lawn of Thengal Manor in Jorhat, India. The manor was opened to guests in 2000 but is still owned by the third generation of the Barooah family, who grew rich planting tea and built the mansion in 1929. (Nov. 29, 2012)
Guests and staff members at the entrance of Thengal Manor, which is open to tourists in Jorhat, India. Guests enjoy superb service from a staff of 15 for only five rooms. (Nov. 29, 2012)
Tea plants on the Gatoonga Tea Estate, one of more than 800 in Jorhat in Assam, India, where the plant was introduced during the first half of the 19th century by the British colonials. (Nov. 30, 2012)
Tourists at the Kaziranga National Park take an early morning ride to view one-horned Indian rhinos in the mist in Assam's tea country in Kaziranga, India. Elephants, monkeys and other wild animals often wander through the tea estates. (Dec. 3, 2012)
A plucker on the Addabarie Tea Estates pauses among the bushes in Balipara, India. (Dec. 4, 2012)
A British Heritage Bungalow that once housed senior British tea estate managers is now a luxury lodge in Balipara, India. A number of tea estates in India and Sri Lanka have in recent years opened their doors to overnight guests, allowing them to enjoy the special estate lifestyle, learn about tea production and sample some great brews. (Dec. 5, 2012)