AtoZ: I is for Indian tea in Ooty

Something I love about India is chai tea: spicy and hot. Last time I was in India, I visited Ooty, which is a popular hill station located in the Nilgiri Hills and surrounded by tea plantations.

Ooty4

Ooty has also one of the four “toy trains”, the Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR). It is one of the oldest mountain railways in India and it was declared by the UNESCO as a World Heritage Site in July 2005.

Toy train in Ooty
Toy train in Ooty

Of course in each little station you have the tea man waiting to sell you chai.

Tea man in Ooty
Tea man in Ooty

In my first visit to India, I wouldn’t have tried chai from the a street vendor, but this time I just enjoyed eating/drinking anything.

tea man in Ooty
tea man in Ooty 

Do you like chai tea? Have you been to Ooty?

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  1. I love chai tea. I agree, the warmth and spice is very satisfying.

    It takes a lot of courage to take food from street venders, especially in vastly foreign countries, and if you have a fickle stomach like I have. I’ve definitely had some bad experiences, but I love to experience culture through food. It’s a bit of a conundrum. I’d like to be braver, but my stomach just doesn’t allow for it.

  2. Corinne Vail

    We have not been to Ooty, but we have traveled by train in India and loved when the chai sellers would come on board and get us a good cuppa. Great I! (www.reflectionsenroute.com)

  3. I would be cautions of purchasing from street vendors, fear of getting sick. We Americans are so cautions constantly hearing negative things on tv. I do love chai tea though, so am glad to know you tried it this time round. Is this a courtesy, or do you pay the tea man?

  4. I would be cautions of purchasing from street vendors, fear of getting sick. We Americans are so cautions constantly hearing negative things on tv. I do love chai tea though, so am glad to know you tried it this time round. Is this a courtesy, or do you pay the tea man? By the way, why is my facebook name on your blog, that makes me uncomfortable. I don't see a way to leave a url of my blog post? So quess I'll leave a hyperlink <a href="http://travelingsuitcase.blogspot.com/2014/04/atozchallenge-sunday-wrap-up-and-thank.html">Traveling Suitcase A-Z challenge</a>

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