Salty Tea in Sunderbans, Local Drink of Sunderbans

The Sunderbans trip was a memorable one for me even though we couldn’t spot a single tiger. This often becomes a major disappointment to many tourists and they feel the entire trip is wasted, both in terms of time and money. It depends on the tourists, what exactly they want to do and see there. Chances of sighting a tiger are very less!

The resort we stayed was a well organized one, with good trips arranged to the villages and to the several islands scattered all around. The food spread was excellent, with tiger prawns and crabs. And there was refill till we were full. That is one advantage of going during the lean season. With not much crowd around and just two families we were taken care of well!

Salty tea in Sunderbans

Salty tea in Sunderbans

Something unique that I tasted there was salty tea! Yes, Salty tea in Sunderbans! No, they didn’t add salt to it but the water there is salty so the taste changes. They usually don’t add milk to this kind of tea and it is served when you are being cruised around the several islands through the mangrove forests. May be you can add sugar to sweeten it, but I just let it be and enjoyed the unusual local drink of Sunderbans.

 

 

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39 Responses

  1. ladyfi says:

    Salty tea? What fun!

  2. TexWisGirl says:

    that would be a unique taste. 🙂

  3. Bibi says:

    Well, you had tiger prawns… 😉

  4. Sylvia K says:

    Salty tea!! That's a different, to be sure!! Another great trip, Indrani! Thanks as always for sharing!! Have a wonderful week!!

  5. George says:

    I've never tasted salty tea, but I would be willing to give it a try. I'm glad you had a pleasant trip, even if you didn't see a tiger.

  6. Gail Dixon says:

    I'd love to try that tea. I hope you get to go again and see a tiger!

  7. A drink Sunderbans, I don't think I'm not allowed salt, so no thanks.

  8. Hilary says:

    So was there a thumbs up on the salty tea?

  9. Thanks friends for the comments. 🙂

    Hilary, a thumbs up from me! 🙂

  10. must be wonderful to see the place and experience the culture even without tiger sighting. does this mean that the bengal tiger is getting fewer in number?

  11. Jo says:

    The salty tea sounds unique. Yes, Indrani, you're wise to go and ENJOY the sights, sounds and people instead of being fixated on seeing the tigers. It would be a bonus if you did, though but you enjoyed everything else, were well cared and catered for and shared it with us! Have a great day. Jo

  12. Fun60 says:

    Good to absorb and enjoy every aspect of your trip including the 'salty tea'.

  13. It sounds like you had a lovely day despite no tigers. It would have been nice to travel without crowds. The salty tea sounds unusual. Have a wonderful week and thank you for stopping by my blog today.

  14. Anna says:

    Beautiful post, Indra!
    And salty tea… I dont no… ;-))
    Warm greeting, Anna :-))

  15. eileeninmd says:

    Sounds like a fun tour. The Salty Tea is a unusual. I am glad you had a great time!

  16. I think I'd prefer the salty flavor instead of adding sugar or milk.

    Fun post, and fantastic photos!!

  17. DeniseinVA says:

    From what I have read, tigers are very elusive animals. Your tour sounded very enjoyable even without a sighting. I would have enjoyed it too I think, as well as trying some of the salty tea.

  18. Carver says:

    Looks like a great place even if you don't sight tigers. I've never heard of salty tea before.

  19. Although, the diminishing number of Tigers is an alarming issue, the salty tea seems to be a strange pleasure.

  20. Sudhir R says:

    Salty Tea? that is interesting

  21. Anita says:

    Indrani, really unusual tea! 🙂
    Spotting Tigers is a matter of luck!
    Yet to visit Sunderbans.

  22. People always know how to adapt to the environment when required. Salty tea is an example, I guess.

  23. Mridula says:

    Now that is an interesting idea for tea! I too prefer to travel in lean season, less crowd is worth it.

  24. I will test adding little salt to tea today…
    All thanks to your thumbs up.. 🙂

  25. salty tea.. sounds interesting !

  26. Seeta says:

    I had salty tea (with milk) in Sikkim, they called it Bhutia Chai.. it was nice but I dont think I could have it everyday 🙂

  27. Salty tea sounds like an interesting taste. If I were there I would want to try it.

  28. Nima Das says:

    The table there is shaped like a boat! How nice

  29. Reader Wil says:

    You know something Indrani, when we were in the concentrationcamp we were very hungry , but we got tea, coffee , sugar, salt and pepper. We discovered that tea and salt and a bit of pepper tasted like broth. We were determined to drink the same when we were free again.But no sooner we were free or we stopped drinking salted tea. We didn't really like it, actually.
    I do like your post however!

  30. Salty tea…. How interesting! Love your blog and all the interesting things that you share….. Be back for more…..

  31. In sunderbon, salty tea is taken by boatmen. When I surveyed Sunderbons,mostly on boats and stayed in the boat, I found if you take this black salty tea your lips and throat do not become dry quickly. Some boatmen say that it is a good drink to prevent Malaria. You should visit Sunderbon in core areas during October-November as this is the mating season of Tiger and they are frequently seen in core areas. In Sojnekhali, atop a watch tower i saw tigers ataround 2 PM.

  32. Loved both the pics and that's one awesome table.

  33. I would be very interested to try this. 🙂

  34. Salted caramel is big for some here. Hope you have a nice weekend.

  35. Asha Ram says:

    Fun! I definitely need to visit Sunderbans… at least to taste salty chai 🙂

  36. Tigers not seen…? Then I will plan to go there next time.:)

  37. Salty tea…I have no idea how it tastes. Did you like it? 🙂

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