In 1833, a special Tea Committee was set up under Governor-General Lord William Bentinck, under the directive of the new agent, Lieutenant Andrew Charlton was sent to Upper Assam to collect the indigenous plants. He declared his findings as positive. Thus began a serious expedition, made their journey into the depths of Singpho territory on elephants, in boats, or simply by foot, making extensive observations. By the time the expedition was over, it was confirmed the Tea plant was indeed indigenous to Assam. The game of Polo is said to be introduced by the tea planters of Assam who learnt it from the neighbouring players of the Manipur region during the reigning years of Maharaja Chandrakii. The first polo club was established in the town of Silchar in Assam in 1833.