Wah Tea Estate was established in 1857 by the British. Tucked away in the Himalayan foothills in Himachal Pradesh in India is the Kangra district, where seedlings were brought in from China and the first estate was set up in 1852.
The estate saw decades of continuous cultivation, until a devastating earthquake struck the region in 1905 and badly disrupted the industry. The Wah estate was then taken over by Sir Sikander Hayat-Khan, the son of the Nawab of Wah in Pakistan, who named the estate after his birthplace. The word 'Wah' means 'wow', and a visit to the estate will hopefully elicit the same reaction!
In 1953, the estate was taken over by the Chaiwala family from Dehradun. The Chaiwala family has a rich history in the tea industry since the 1940s. As the family grew, the plantations were divided amongst the younger generations; however, the renowned ‘Chaiwala’ name continues to bind them together. Wah Tea Estate now looked after by the third and fourth generation of the family, Deepak and Surya Prakash.