Venue And Schedule
Damdim (20 st January 2019 -Sunday)
Chubwa (2 nd February 2019 - Saturday)
Chubwa Tea Estate derives its name from the local language “CHAH” “BOWA”. “CHAH” is a native name for tea and “BOWA” means planting. Thus “CHAHBOWA” gradually became ‘CHABUA’, the town beside the estate while the estate itself came to be known as CHUBWA.The tea estate occupies a unique place in the history of tea plantation. Tea was first discovered by Robert Bruce, a military officer who found it growing wild in the upper valley of the Brahmaputra, during the reign of the Ahom king, Chandrakanta Singha. In 1823 Robert Bruce met Maniram Devan, a Singpho Chieftain and the latter gave a few of the wild plants to him.In 1835 tea was first planted in upper Assam, at the confluence of the rivers, Dibru and Brahmaputra, but the plant couldn’t grow and finally perished. In 1836 tea saplings were planted in Chubwa, where it successfully grew. Hence Chubwa became the first successful tea planted area in India. The climate here is hot & humid and the estate receives an average annual rainfall of 200 to 250 cm. Chubwa is located along NH-37 and the railway line passes along the northern boundary of the Estate. It is well connected by Road, Railway & Air communications.
Teok (3 rd February 2019 - Sunday)
Teok, as it is more commonly known, has derived its name from the TAI language. It literally means – ‘The place of milk and ghee’.
The tea estate has five divisions, namely – Teok, Jogdua, Namsissu, Dallim & Konikor. The estate is well connected by road, rail & air. The nearest railway station is Selenghat, which is situated near the Dallim division. The Jorhat Airport is only 25 kms away.
Hathikuli (9 th February 2019 - Saturday)
The word Hathikuli is derived from the Assamese words “Hathi” (elephant) and “Kuli” (Frequent) which translates into a place that is frequently visited by elephants. The estate is situated on NH-37, adjoining the Kaziranga National Park which is a world heritage site. It falls in two districts- Golaghat & Karbi-Anglong. The tea garden stretches 15 Kms along the Highway. It produces Organic Green Tea, Orthodox Tea, CTC Tea, Black pepper and inorganic fish spawns.
The organic status of the estate has led to an increase in the number of natural predators that feed on the various pests that blight the tea plants. Turning the plantation into an organic one has naturally improved its soil structure. There are a huge number of earth worms in the estate’s soil compared to that of the conventional gardens. Hathikuli is also host to many wild animals and birds which visit the estate now and then.
Hattigor (11 th February 2019 - Monday)
Hattigor, as it is known locally, literally translated means – elephant (hatti) and Trench or Moat (English translation of the Assamese word ‘Gorh’). The tea estate was used for trapping elephants, prior to planting tea.
The tea-estate is located in a potentially drought prone area of Udalguri. It is ensconced between Bhola River & the Army Camp in the east; Maranadi River & Beltola Village in the west; Jorapukhuri Village & Majuli Tea Estate in the north; and finally, Purana Hatigarh and Teliapara Village in the south.
The Hattigor Tea Estate is well connected by Road, Railway & Air communications. The climate, here, is hot & humid. The Estate receives an average annual rainfall of 150 to 200 cm.
Naharoni (16 th February 2019 - Saturday)
The estate was named Nahorani, as there were plenty of luscious Nahor trees in the surroundings.The tea-estate is located in the Sonitpur district, just adjacent to the Rangapara town, in Assam.
FINALS, TO BE HELD AT NAHARONI (RANGAPARA) on 17 th FEBRUARY 2019.