Rhododendron Tea/ Buransh ki chai

Me being a tea lover who loves to explore new variations now n then,just came across this Buransh tea.

One of my pahadi friends introduced me to this tea.A very popular tea with locals of Uttarakhand and Tibet.

Himalayan ranges being abode to many treasures some are known and some are yet to be discovered. Rhododendron flowers grows 4000 metres above sea level especially in Uttarakhand.

Period of Bloosom

From May to June

Medicinal benefits:

This flower holds a lot of medicinal properties.

Helps in digestion, reduces fever and swelling in abdomen.

A bright red bell shaped flower.The wood is used in making artefacts. The smoke released by burning of Buransh’s is said to be purifying the Himalaya’s.These flowers are handpicked and dried to retain their properties.

Buransh flower

Buransh is considered sacred by the locals here.

Did you know Nepal’s national flower is Rhododendron flower.They are called ‘Laali Guraans’

Coming to the recipe,here the petals of these flower are sun dried and stored in an air tight container.To enhance the taste of this tea do add some basil leaves to them.

Brewing this tea is quite simple,boil water with sugar and buransh petals ,off the flame add half tea spoon of green tea cover with a lid for few seconds,strain and serve.

Let’s get a cup of Buransh Tea


Rhododendron tea


  • 2 cups water
  • 2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoon Buransh leaves or tea
  • 1 tablespoon green tea


  • Boil water with sugar and buransh tea
  • Add green tea
  • Cover and leave it to settle
  • Strain and enjoy
  • Buransh ki chai is completely ready

The one I am using here is with basil leaves,you can just add in fresh basil leaves

This tea is available at all online portals as well.

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