Darjeeling is synonymous with tea. Predominantly, it was a tea town before it became a tourist destination. Like most Hill Stations it was popularized by the British. They found Darjeeling the right place to set up a sanatorium and a military depot during the mid 19th century. Tea was introduced and extensive cultivation was done throughout the surrounding hills. They developed a new way of fermenting and it came to be known as Darjeeling tea which is considered among the finest black teas. Sadly, the finest tea is exported abroad to many tea drinking nations. The Darjeeling tea that is available in the Indian market is nothing more than the poorest powdery form of over processed tea that leaves little taste or smell but strong colour.