About one of the oldest Tea plantations in India. The Dikom Tea Estate in Dibrugarh locale is one of India’s most established tea ranches.
Their teas are prized and costly (in 2019, they sold for ₹75,000 per kilogram at a Guwahati sell off). Not far is Chabua, home to India’s first effective tea nursery, Chubwa, and furthermore an aviation based armed forces preparing focus. In 1942, a piece of the Dikom Tea Estate turned into an army installation for the Allies and the Chabua landing strip was utilized by them to fly supplies to the Chinese armed force. The air course, nicknamed “The Hump” by the pilots, was incredibly hazardous. It was “The Skyway to Hell”; somewhere in the range of 590 airplane and 1,200 team were lost on these missions. Be that as it may, as one antiquarian puts it, it kept China alive. Dinjan, a couple of miles north of Chabua, likewise home to a celebrated tea garden, had a Royal Air Force landing strip.
Tea laborers had their impact in the war exertion. In 1942, as Japan surrounded Burma, it’s accepted that a large portion of a million Indians were emptied, and when ocean and air courses shut, they strolled through thick wilderness with swollen streams. A few reports state 220,000 made due, with the official loss of life at 4,268. Since they realized the wilderness courses, tea laborers had the option to go into the wildernesses and salvage numerous who had surrendered in weariness. A travel camp was set up in Dibrugarh.
Maybe the saddest story is about Ledo Road. Following Japan’s control of Burma in 1942, there was a rushed meeting in Delhi, went to likewise by the administrator of the Indian Tea Association. He was allegedly approached to flexibly laborers for the development of a street through Manipur up to Tamu, Burma, and another from Ledo in Assam to Kunming in China. The 1,736 km-long Ledo Road, through the most unfriendly territory, took three years of relentless work. Driven by American designers, it conveyed Indian laborers from tea gardens, oil fields, from Assam, Darjeeling, even Travancore. It was done in January 1945. Be that as it may, Ledo Road was never put to its proposed use. Awful, in light of the fact that such a large number of kicked the bucket during its development. The real numbers are not known yet reports state it took “a man a mile”. Today, almost 80 years after the fact, the nurseries are still there. Furthermore, some Assam tea overflows with history.