Typically, the tour begins with an overview on the tea manufacturing process and tasting methods.
Guests are then taken for a walk up to the factory, where they can then spend some time observing and learning about how the tea is processed. From here, guests can walk the factory to see the processes of withering, rolling, fermenting, drying and sorting.
On the way to view the plucking process, guests will be able to see the organic farm as well. The fruits and vegetables grown here are by the plantation workers, who have been gifted this land by the estate.
The tour will then continue on to the gardens, where a lovely tea tasting session awaits. With the mountains in front and the tea bushes all around, guests will be able to learn about how to taste teas, and try our exceptional bouquet. Wah Tea Estate is fortunate to have plenty of plots in different locations, so that we can visit some of the more beautiful plots and see how the Wah tea plucker ladies are adept at plucking only the two leaves and a bud – the essence which lends Wah its high quality taste. Guests can also try their hand at plucking the tea themselves.
Himachal Pradesh is teeming with adventure activities. The beautiful mountains and surreal natural beauty, coupled with the incredible climate demand that tourists spend time outdoors and push their limits. The best part about the activities is that there is something to interest everyone, and many have various levels to suit individual preferences.
Discover Dharamshala - Dharamshala and McLeod Gunj have a rich Tibetian history. Take a day to see the beautiful Norbulingka institute, see the residence and main monastery of the Dalai Lama, and spend some time browsing the quaint little street shopping at McLeod Gunj. There are also some great options to try out for meals and snacks.
Paragliding - Billing is recognized as one of the top paragliding sites world-wide, and the World Paragliding competition was held here in 2015.
Treks - There are plenty of options for day and overnight treks around the area. Triund is a crowd favorite, with its green pastures, views of the Bhagsu village and of the Dhauladhars. Bir valley and Barot also have great trek and camping options.
Camping and Angling - Barot has a local trout breeding center which makes this a perfect place for angling. Barot can also be made an overnight trip which will allow the experience of passing the evening roasting the fishon the fire.
Andretta Pottery - Only a 15 minute drive away, the renowned pottery village lets you take pottery classes for 20 minutes, or for a day. Get those wheels in motion and be surprised with how therapeutic this activity can be.
Jeep Safari - Drive up to the top of a mountain on a 4x4 and enjoy a picnic on top with a fantastic view.
Picnic with a View - We can organize an evening picnic at our favourite picturesque spot on our estate. This spot has a view of the mountains, with tea bushes all around - the perfect way to enjoy a sunset.
Board Games - We have a wide range of games from good ol' ludo to Taboo for the guests to enjoy. Feel free to select from Camellia cottage.
Video Games - We have both a PlayStation and Wii at Camellia with a whole bunch of games to keep busy inside.
Outdoor Games - Guests can choose to play badminton or cricket in the expansive gardens.
Cycling - We keep a couple of cycles on the property for guests to be able to take out and enjoy.
Stargazing - The nights in this pollution and light free region make for incredible star spangled night skies. Use our telescope to see if you can spot Jupiter.
Birdwatching - Our gardens and fruit trees attract a wide variety of birds from the Himalayan Thrush to the Indian Grey Hornbill. We invite you to start a birding logbook at our property.
Bonfire Night - We would be happy to set up a bonfire at our garden so you can relax and enjoy the snacks by the warmth of the fire.
Dharamshala became the home of the Tibetian government in exile in 1960s, when The Dalai Lama found McLeod Ganj which is close to Dharamshala as an ideal place to establish his “capital in exile”. Over these past decades, the Tibetan community in exile created Dharamshala as a home to several Buddhist temples and monasteries, so much so the place is called the Little Lhasa and even Dhasa (a combination of Dharamshala and Lhasa). Dharamshala is now the cradle of Tibetian Buddhism, and the region is known as a place of peace and harmony spreading the same message world-wide.
Two of the most interesting and deeply immersive cultural experiences are at the Namgyal Monastery and the Norbulingka Institute.
The third Dalai Lama first established Namgyal Monastery in 1579 in Tibet. This was later relocated to Dharamshala in 1959 and now serves as the personal monastery of the Dalai Lama. Two hundred monks and young trainee monks reside here.
The Norbulingka Institute set amidst a gorgeous garden with flowing water and koi fish, was founded in 1988, with the objective of preserving the Tibetan language and cultural heritage. Norbulingka is the traditional summer residence of the Dalai Lamas, in Lhasa, and this beautifully created institute is modeled after the original. There is a temple here around which craft centres are located, which specialise in traditional forms of Thanka painting to Metal art that are considered integral to Tibetan Monastery architecture.
Himachal Pradesh is known as the Land of Gods. The Kangra region is well known for its world famous temples which include Baijnath, Bajreshwari Devi Temple, Chamunda Devi Temple, Masroor Rock Temple, Chinmaya Tapovan, Kathgarh Temple and Trilokpur Temple. The region is especially well known for the 9 (Nav) Devi temples – Mansadevi, Naina Devi, Chintpurni, Jawalamukhi, Vaishnodevi, Vrajeshwari, Chamundadevi, Kalika Devi and Shakumbhri Devi.
Masroor Rock Temple
The beautiful Masroor Temple is situated 40 km from Kangra. This unique monolithic structure and is also one of the most unexplored temples in the region. It is situated at a height of 2535 ft above sea-level, with 15 rock-cut temples richly carved and built in the Indo-Aryan style. The main temple is dedicated to Lord Ram, Lakshman and Sita. Legend has it that the Pandavas who resided here during their exile constructed the temple, which is dated between 6th to 8th century.
Chamunda Devi Temple
This temple is 15 km from Dharamshala and a beautiful spot which has outstanding views of the Dhauladhars, the Baner Khad and Dadh. A trek of about 16 km up in the Dhauladhar ranges is the ancient temple of Aadi Himani Chamunda.
The Baijnath temple was constructed in 1204 A.D. by two local merchants named Ahuka and Manyuka. The temple is a beautiful example of Nagara style, an early medieval north Indian temple architecture. The temple attracts a multitude of tourists and pilgrims from all over India and abroad year-round. Makara Sankranti, Maha Shivaratri, Vaisakha Sankranti, Shravana Mondays, etc. are celebrated with great zeal.