Above two thousand meters from the sea level, the Mai Pokhari pond is a pilgrimage for the majority of Nepali people, mostly Hindus, and Buddhists.Mai Pokhari Tea Industry is named under this sacred pond. It is located in Ilaam district, Eastern Nepal. It has dense wild forests and is a habitat to many species, some rare like Rhododendron arboreum and Red Panda locally aka. Haabray.
MAI MEANS “GODDESS” AND POKHARI MEANS “POND”. THUS, A POND OF GOD.
Man Kumar Mukhiya specialises on Oolong. He is the owner of Mai Pokhari Tea Industry and he, himself, is also the producer. The Chinese and Taiwanese were taken by surprise when they visited his Tea Processing Centre. It’s sublime!
Man Kumar wants to be a Tea Master, but he already is. His definition of a Tea Master is someone who knows their teas, knows their surroundings, and uses those knowledges to make his teas. He believes that his Oolongs are outstanding in the Nepali Tea Industry due to the extravagant climatic features of Mai Pokhari region.
MAI POKHARI TEA INDUSTRY
Producer of Mai Pokhari Oolong, popular in Europe as Red Panda.
THE REGION IS SITED UNDER UNESCO HERITAGE LIST FOR RED PANDA PRESERVATION