Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling

   
Neeleshwar Hermitage, Malabar, Kerala
Neeleshwar Hermitage, Malabar, Kerala

Glenburn is a heavenly little plantation retreat perched on a hillock above the banks of the River Rungeet, high in the Himalayas, overlooked by the mighty Kanchenjunga mountain range. Home to generations of tea planters, the Glenburn Tea Estate was originally established by a Scottish company in 1860 and remains today a working tea estate, owned and run by the Prakash family who has beautifully restored the bungalow for those looking for unique experience of colonial India.


Accommodation:

Each of its 8 suites in its two Bungalows, as their names suggest, offer a unique experience:

The Burra Bungalow
The Planters’ Suite: Its regal turn of the century four-poster bed, made of Spanish mahogany, the old maps and prints, and      oriental figures in the furnishings take you back to those grand old days.
The Rose Suite: The roses creep their way onto the furniture, the drapery, the paintings, and the exquisitely embroidered bed    sheets including the fragrance from the rose creepers that waft in through the windows that run along an entire side of the suite.
The Kanchenjunga Suite: It overlooks the magnificent mountain range it is named after.
The Simbong Butterfly Room: Overlooking the Simbong Tea Division of Glenburn and facing the eastern hills of Sikkim, one can    wake up to a spectacular sunrise.

The Water Lily Bungalow
Camellia Suite: The décor of this room is inspired by the Camelia thea botanical print, and the “two and a bud” motif and has a    private balcony to gaze up at Mount Kanchenjuga, the hills of Sikkim and the river valleys below
The Singalila Suite: It is dominated by the majestic views of the entire Singalila range, with Mount Kanchenjunga towering above    it.
The Rangeet Suite: Towering over the Rangeet river valley, from the comfort of this suite you can look up to the snow capped    mountains or down to the green fields of tea and snow-fed waters.
The Rung Dung Suite: Dominated by vistas of Darjeeling Town and the Rung Dung river that separates the two hills, this suite    offers direct views of the Kanchenjunga Mountain Range.

In addition they also have The Glenburn Lodge for a touch of the more rustic, with its two comfortable bedrooms. Here in the heart of the forest, on the banks of the River Rungeet you can camp out, walk across the river to Sikkim, have a refreshing dip in the river, fish for some local trout, or simply take in the sun.


Dining:

The menus encompass a range of cuisine from interesting local fare and traditional Indian dishes, to exotic South-East Asian delicacies, and a variety of European dishes making full use of the fresh Italian herbs, and salad leaves that they grow in their well-stocked kitchen garden. Sit down to Breakfast and Lunch either in the bright and sunny Morning Room at one end of The Front Verandah, in The Front Garden or at The Garden Pavilion, each of these venues offering dramatic views of Mount Kanchenjunga. Barbeques can also be organised down by the rivers. Dinner is usually in the candle-lit intimacy of The Dining Room along with your hosts.


Recreational Facilities:

• Tea Tour: Learn about the fascinating process of tea making from bush to factory - and into your tea cup at a tasting session and   discover what goes into making a fine Darjeeling tea.
• Explore the tea picker villages.
• Nature Walks to enjoy the birds, butterflies, flowers, medicinal plants and local life, selecting from a range of shorter walks or   day-long hikes.
• Library with a wide collection of books.
• Yoga
• Excursion to The Glenburn Campsite with activities like River Rafting, Angling, Croquet etc.
• Hiking along River Rungeet to Manjitar Village in Sikkim and at River Rung Dung.


Access:

• Nearest Airport-Bagdogra (80Kms)
• Nearest Railway Station- New Jalpaiguri (88Kms)

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