A TEA GARDEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FOREST

A TEA GARDEN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FOREST

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Tue, 06/12/2018 - 20:25

We first heard about Namsang from Mr. CS BEdi and Mr. Indrajit Roy of Rossell Teas. That there was an estate right inside a forest making some excellent teas was a call we could not ignore. So, this summer, my colleagues and I included Namsang in our itinerary. From Tinsukia, we set out to Namsang village. The estate is located very close to the Assam/Arunachal border, near Deomali town. Our destination, we were informed, lay along the banks of the Buri Dihing river and inside Jeypore Reserve Forest.

Travelling through Assam, one is constantly marvelling at the forests and wildlife but never before have I had to enter a forest to reach a tea garden. At Nagahat, we stopped; it was the outer edge of the estate and from here on, the forest began. Mr N. Baruah, Namsang’s Manager had sent the garden vehicle to help us navigate our way in. I struck up a conversation with the driver. How often do you see wildlife, I asked. He said everyday, the elephants passed by. I wasn’t sure i wanted to encounter a herd of wild elephants and yet, I was a little disappointed when I didn’t.

We drove about 9kms through a dusty road before stopping at the Manager’s bungalow, where Mr Baruah was waiting for us. As bungalows go, this is among the most beautiful that I have seen. And with a magnificent view of the vista. Across the river lay the state  of Arunachal. And where Namsang meets the Dehing river was a spot known as Namsang mookh, famous around here for its spectacular views. There  was silence all around; one could hear the birds singing around and smell the fresh air which was blowing along with the drizzle of rain. It looked like as if the estate was cut off from this world, the kind of place that I have always wanted to visit.