Tea Garden in Kumaon [District]
Medium: Photographic print
Photograph of a Tea Garden in Kumaon from the Macnabb Collection (Col James Henry Erskine Reid): Album of views of 'Naini Tal' taken by an unknown photographer in 1895. During the colonial period, the British found tea imported from China was too expensive to satisfy the large demand, so they began tea plantations in India, halving the cost. The hill-stations had an ideal climate for tea-growing and the most famous areas were Assam and Darjeeling. Experiments to develop these particular varieties of tea were carried out at the Botanical Gardens in Calcutta. In the Kumaon area there were four plantations producing good quality tea. This is a view of tea pickers at work on a plantation in the Kumaon Hills.