Old woman smoking a cheroot cigar, Myanmar 14 Dec 2016
About this photo
Cheroot cigars are popular in many parts of South Asia and India, but are perennially popular in Myanmar – you will see men, women (old and young) and sometimes even children smoking them. The word cheroot comes from the French ‘cheroute’, based on a Tamil word that translates as ‘roll of tobacco’. Literary references to cheroot cigars often romantically associate them with Myanmar. Rudyard Kipling’s On the Road to Mandalay (1892) includes the lines:
An' I seed her first a-smokin' of a whackin' white cheroot,
An' a-wastin' Christian kisses on an 'eathen idol's foot
Visit Myanmar today on our Myanmar Dreams tour and try one of these famous cigars for yourself.