The Central Jalpaiguri Jaigaon Region
Spectacular tea plantations are the foundation of the Central Jalpaiguri Jaigaon Region’s culture and history. This area was part of Bhutan until the British government annexed it to gain the valuable tea production. When British rule ended, the region remained part of India. Today, tourists come to see its gorgeous forest landscape and the vibrant green tea gardens.
Even though the area is recognized for its tea, which is exported internationally, the plantation workers make a very small wage—only about $1 USD per day. Living conditions for the majority in the Central Jalpaiguri Jaigaon Region are very rough.
And as some tea plantations have slowly closed, their employees are left in even deeper poverty. There are 200 villages in this region. It’s very tribal, with strong loyalty to folklore and tradition. There are many temples and festivals that draw visitors from surrounding areas.