Take your pick, budding tea tourists

The Telegraph
26th October, 2006

BALIPADA (ASSAM), Oct. 25: Owners of plantations on the verdant tea slopes of Assam and north Bengal are savouring the first flush of garden tourism, a business they hope will bloom at a time when their mainstay is wilting.

The B M Khaitan-owned McLeod Russel India and the K K Birla group lead the line-up of estate-studded companies planning to develop properties suitable for tourism.




Work Space Brewing a new vacation idea

 McLeod Russel and BM Khaitan group spruce up British era bungalows in Assam, Bengal to woo tourists

 Sumit Moitra

Tea tourism seems to be the brew of the month. The BM Khaitan group-owned McLeod Russel has drawn up a plan to deck up its British-era bungalows in Assam and north Bengal in a bid to attract domestic and foreign tourists to this ecologically-diversified region.


Casting for Gold

GETTING THERE: The best way to get to these hotspots is to catch a flight to the nearest cities

Casting for Gold

The thrill of the big Mahseer, hooked in heavy water, has an electric joy ... there is nothing quite likes it: and once experienced, it is imprinted forever on the tablets of memory. " Forty-seven years later too these words from A.S.J. MacDonald's Circumventing the Mahseer hold good, though the number of people who can boast of reeling one in is fast dwindling. For the uninitiated, the Mahseer, only found in India, is renowned as the hardest fighting fish on the planet and so is hailed as the ultimate fishing experience for any freshwater angler.



Romancing the tea garden
Business India 
1st January, 2007

Tea Garden

Have you been there and done that! Here is an experience for the jaded palate. A little nostalgia for the British Raj helps along with stories of the Koi hai days of the old tea planters. Reinforcing the Raj experience with a difference is the antiquate Land Rover, the GI jeep, the horse-driven carriage. Macleod Russel India Limited (MRIL) chairman Brij Mohan Khaitan is almost the last Brit standing in Assam and his 'agency-style' tea gardens have retained some of the best flavours of the old planting life.


Tea estates looking beyond traditional business


Tea estates looking beyond traditional business

Hindustan Times

25th October, 2006

AFTER FORMALLY taking over the operations of Williamson Tea Assam in May this year, the BM Khaitan-promoted McLeod Russel India Ltd is exploring new business opportunity in tea and nature tourism.

To begin with, McLeod Russel, which has now become the world's largest bulk tea company after the acquisition of Williamson Tea Assam from the UK-based Magors, is decking up the colonial bungalows located in its pristine and pollution-free tea estates spread across upper Assam, McLeod Russel has teamed up with River Journeys & Bungalows of India Ltd, a start-up hospitality outfit based in north-east, in this endeavour.


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