Along with China, India is the world’s largest tea producer, and Bangladeshi tea culture is closely related to India’s.
In India, there are more than 100,000 tea estates, which between them employ millions of people. They produce more than a million tonnes per year, but more than 70 per cent is consumed domestically.
The country is divided into three main tea-growing regions: Assam, Darjeeling and Nilgiri. Bangladesh is near to Assam, which is in the jungles at the foot of the eastern Himalaya, and Darjeeling, which stretches across mountainous valleys near the Tibetan border. (Nilgiri is in the south, towards Kerala.)