Nepal in South Asia, is located between China (to the north) and India (to the south). The eastern zones of Nepal, where most of the country’s teas are produced, have more or less the same geographical and topographical conditions as the Darjeeling area, thus producing an aromatic, fruity tea that is often considered a cousin of Darjeeling. Recently, some tea gardens in Nepal have taken on a more progressive approach and are beginning to introduce different styles of tea. Today, Nepal’s tea industry is dominated by private players, whereas in the 1990s the tea industry was a government monopoly prior to the liberalization of the tea industry. Until 2003, Nepal’s tea export accounted for only about 80 – 100 tons per annum. However, due to the liberalization adopted about a decade ago, Nepal tea industry witnessed an exponential rise in the export of its tea, accounting for almost 4,000 – 5,000 tons per annum.