Glenburn Tea Estate, near Darjeeling, India

Set in the Himalayas on a hillock above the banks of river Ranjeet, overlooking rolling tea plantation gardens, surrounded by 1,600 acres of verdant forest, tea picker villages, and orchards, these colonial-style planter’s bungalows at Glenburn Tea Estate offer a perfect escape for those seeking a laid back and relaxed holiday amidst nature and mountains, experience the old-world charm and know about the legacy that has lasted over 100 years which is closely enlaced with the tea plantations in India.

Glenburn, a fully functional tea estate, established in 1860 by Scottish tea planters, was passed in the hands of The Prakash’s – one of India’s pioneering tea planters families who beautifully restored and refurnished the bungalows whilst retaining the former style and old world grandeur.

The 150-year old Burra bungalow – the main house offers 4 attractive suites which open out onto the veranda where guests can enjoy the magnificent mountain view and fresh air. Colors, decor, and furnishing beautifully blend the old with the new. Guests can also sit back and relax in the cozy colonial style living room by the fireplace. It also has a dining area and a library which has a good collection of books and magazines.

Waterlily, the second bungalow, has four more beautifully furnished floral themed suites, each with a window-side sitting area and a private balcony wherein guests can simply sit back, read books, and enjoy the aromatic Darjeeling tea with breathtaking views of the Himalayan mountain range.

Breakfast and lunch are served on the verandah or in the gardens. Sit-down for a candle-lit dinner at the large wooden table along with other guests and immerse yourself in the lively and convivial atmosphere. Guests can also enjoy meals in the comfort and privacy of their suites.

The food is delicious and takes on a flavorful journey ranging from continental, oriental and Indian, and is made with fresh vegetables and local ingredients that are grown on the estate itself.

The estate and the surrounding valley offer a variety of exciting activities and adventures for guests to partake in. Take a tour of the Glenburn Tea factory to see how tea is made, wander through the tea picker villages, indulge in reflexology and therapeutic treatments at the estate, walk and trek to spot the beautiful flora and fauna along the way.

Head off to the Glenburn Lodge and campsite, set beside a private river and enjoy a truly rustic experience with activities including fishing, swimming, birdwatching, barbeques and bonfires or explore the nearby towns of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, and Mirik.

Without a doubt, the estate, its surroundings, fantastic food and courteous staff all make for a unique and memorable holiday experience.

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