The vehicles used by adventurers for Expedition Everest are refurbished tea trains running along the Anandapur Rail Service. Used today by Himalayan Escapes to tour the Forbidden Mountain once belonged to the Royal Anandapur Tea Company, as did many of the buildings now used by the expedition company. Signs of the Royal Anandapur Tea Company’s one time occupancy can be found throughout the attraction’s queue, from their logo on the walls to the ample amounts of tea plants found surrounding the area.
Legend says that the Royal Anandapur Tea Company was forced out of business due to mysterious circumstances surrounding their shipping route near the Forbidden Mountain, a place guarded by the enigmatic yeti. Their trains and storehouses were left abandoned until Himalayan Escapes moved in. Yet, even though we are told that the Royal Anandapur Tea Company has vanished, they are still offering their flavorful teas to the public.
Further up the road is a small stand offering teas and other beverages under the name of the Royal Anandapur Tea Company, complete with a sign announcing that they are the tea suppliers. There is one difference between the two, however, their slogans. Listed below the company’s name in the abandoned buildings, the slogan states “Guaranteed Absolutely Pure,” while the bamboo enshrouded stand’s sign claims to be “Exporters of Specialty Teas.”Whether or not they are one in the same, the stand offers some truly remarkable hot teas, as well as several chilled beverages. I have not made my way through the entire selection of teas, yet, but having sampled approximately half of the teas available, I can recommend them all, especially the Honeybush Organic Superior, Dragonwell Lung Ching, and Masala Chai. Hot tea may not seem like a first choice on a steamy Florida day, but while the brews themselves are hot, they have a relaxing and cooling effect on the body.
The inspired exporters of the Royal Anandapur Tea Company not only list all of their teas, they also include descriptions of the types of teas offered, as well as tips for brewing the perfect cup. Take a look at the varietals available, and plan to sit a spell with one the next time you venture into Anandapur or to calm your nerves after an exciting encounter with the Forbidden Mountain’s guardian.
Slender black leaves which are tightly curled. This is a full-bodied China black tea with a flowery bouquet.
From the Mikir Hills, an extension of the Great Himalyan Range, in Umrangshu. The blackish tea leaves, with golden tips, brew to a bright copper liquor with a sweet musty smell and a bold malty taste.
Ti Kwan Yin Oolong
A semi-oxidized China Oolong. A fresh orchid flavor with a clean finish.
Green Dragon Oolong
A Formosa Oolong. This tea stands out with its unique aroma, taste and dark green appearance.
Dragonwell Lung Ching
China's best known green tea. An emerald liquor, light and delicious.
China Green Jasmine
Classic scented green tea from Fouzou Province with jasmine flowers.
A delicately herbaceous Japan Green. "One of the world's most extraordinary teas."
One of China's best white teas. Brews at a pale yellow/reddish liquor and has a delicately sweet flavor.
Rooibos Organic Superior
Delicious mild light amber cup. Contains all the nutrients as regular tea, but grows naturally with no caffeine. Known as a "miracle tea" in South Africa, where this herb is grown.
Honeybush Organic Superior
Contains all the same properties as Rooibos, but is naturally sweeter.
A perfect blend of our 'miracle tea' and Madagascar vanilla.
A combination of red spices and dried fruits with our bold Indian tea.