Every morning India is brought to life with fresh hot chai. You can grab it everywhere. From the purveyor chanting “Chai, Chai, Chai!” as he works his way up the train to a tiny stall set up by the street corner. It is the life blood of India and you will always remember your favorite cup of chai.
In the shadow of Darjeeling lies the small mountain town of Kurseong. On the narrow ridge leading into town you will find Cochrane Place and home of India’s finest tea café, Chai Country. This café employs a genius behind the counter who has created an array of hot and cold beverages that tantalizes even the most discriminating pallets. This region of the Himalayas produces some of the world’s finest teas and they are crafted into memorable drinks that will leave you wanting to try them all as you gaze out over the nearby tea plantations.
Ghar Ka Chai would start you off with a basic chai. They claim this is just how Grandma makes it. If that is true she was one stellar Grandma.
The Irish Chai is one of the fancier concoctions that will delight you with a fine black tea, caramel, and spices. The presentation of this drink is truly a work of art.
A personal favorite was the Tandoori Chai. The hotel’s personal Tandoori Masala mix creates a base of complex flavors and aromas that easily earned the title of Favorite Indian Chai. With 23 tea based creations on the menu everybody will find a favorite.