Assam’s Jorhat Region is known as the “Motherland of Tea,” and most of this coveted crop is harvested by the Adivasi and Oriya people who work on the massive tea plantations. Other groups in the region include Assamese, Nepali, Bengali, Bihari, Bodo, Karbi, Mising and Rabha.
People come from around the world to visit the region’s Kaziranga National Park, home of the one-horned rhinoceros, elephants, swamp deer, tigers and other rare species. But for most of the region’s 12.4 million people, life is based on tea, bamboo and timber in a beautiful yet hot and humid environment where they battle diseases like malaria and jaundice.
In the “Motherland of Tea,” a woman pauses from her long hours working on the plantation.
Whether the crop is tea or rice, it is cultivated and harvested by thousands of women and men like this one in his rice paddy.
This group of young Adivasis performs a traditional cultural dance, with a famous tea field in the background.
The Himalayan mountain range fills Jammu & Kashmir with breathtaking views of scenic natural beauty.
Kashmiri people wear colorful, heavy fabrics ornamented with metals such as bronze, silver and copper.
Tourists from all over the world flock to Jammu & Kashmir to visit historic landmarks and enjoy its beautiful natural scenery.