Ging Tea House-Heritage Plantation Retreat, Darjeeling

Ging Tea House

Ging Tea House, a fully restored British style colonial tea planter’s bungalow, perched 3000 feet above sea level surrounded by a breathtaking 6000 hectares of natural landscape and rolling tea plantation, offers a perfect setting for those seeking the quintessential tea valley experience amidst tranquility and seclusion. The estate and the bungalow take you back in time when tea plantations first started in Darjeeling and it beautifully captures the old-world charm and British colonial character.

 

 

Built in 1864, it is one of the earliest colonial tea planter’s bungalows in the region, located a half hour’s scenic drive from India’s tea capital, Darjeeling. Ging Tea House is committed to Sustainability Program, is certified by Rainforest Alliance and meets the HACCP standards. Its tea garden is a 100% bio-organic garden, making its tea free from harmful chemicals under the strict guidance of IMO and Naturland certifications. Also, with more than 60% of the estate left uncultivated, the mountain wildlife has not been disturbed.

 

 

All six suites in the bungalow have been tastefully resorted and refurbished, each with a unique character, blending old classical style with modern amenities.Decor is understated, with endless elegance and charm flowing seamlessly. Comfortable beds, wooden flooring, exposed rafters on the high ceiling, antique furniture, drapes, en-suite spacious bathrooms, cozy corners, and fireplace exude warmth and comfort and make for a luxurious stay.

 

 

The estate offers plenty of options for recreation and entertainment both outdoors and indoors, including tea factory visit to see the tea manufacturing process, enjoy a tea-tasting session, and participate in tea plucking activities. Guests can also take a leisurely walk along the winding trails to soak in the nature filled with wildflowers, and sound of chirping birds. Rolling tea gardens and lush green wooded areas, all against the backdrop of the majestic Kanchenjunga Range further enhance the unique experience for the guests.

 

 

Guests can indulge in various indoors sports – play a round of billiards on the vintage billiards table, Carrom, Scrabble, Chess – or even play the Piano.Estate also has a small library where guest can relax and sip a drink or a cup of Organic Darjeeling tea beside a warm fireplace with their favorite books.

 

 

All meals at the retreat are made from fresh, seasonal produce from the estate’s organic kitchen garden.

 

 

Staff members are warm, courteous, provide impeccable service and are available 24 hours to ensure that the guests’ stay is comfortable and they are looked after well at the retreat.

For more details and direct bookings,visit http://www.gingteahouse.com/

Sourenee Tea Estate, Mirik, Darjeeling

Sourenee Tea Estate Resort

A pristine white majestic bungalow, nestled in the midst of an over hundred years old picturesque lush green tea plantation spread across 137 hectares at an elevation ranging between 25,00ft up to 5,000ft, with sweeping vistas of the mist-clad Himalayan range, cool crisp breeze, and manicured lawn offers a perfect ambience for those seeking an immersive tea garden experience surrounded by serene nature to relax and rejuvenate.

Located in the Mirik Valley of Darjeeling district, the estate is about an hour’s drive from Bagdogra airport and about an hour and half drive from NJP railway station, the drive takes you through scenic views of terraced estates all around.

The resort offers seven spacious, individually styled and tastefully decorated rooms, named after mountain peaks Kabru, Sandakphu, Zongry, Tonglu etc. Rooms exude warmth, utmost comfort and an understated opulence making it an ideal choice of accommodation in the region for couples, families or even writers and artists seeking solitude for their work.

Guest can indulge in a range of activities- such as guided tours of the estate to learn about the tea growing and production processes, trek thorugh picturesque trails, picnic in the hillside spots, take in the abundance of exotic flora and fauna, relax and enjoy the bonfire and barbeque dinner under the night sky, go for sightseeing trips to scenic Mirik and Queen of Hills – Darjeeling, visit the neighbouring villages or simple enjoy freshly brewed tea produced in the estate on perfectly mancured lawns and soak in the fresh cool air and beautiful ambience of the tea estate. A well-equipped gym, spa services and a jacuzzi overlooking the tea gardens all make for a fully enjoyable and relaxing stay.

In-house chef’s kitchen serves freshly prepared delectable array of local, Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes. Guests can enjoy scrumptious meals in an outdoor setting at the front lawn or in the comfort of their rooms.

Warm and friendly staff, courteous service, nice facilities, comfortable rooms and magnificent views combined with a beautiful location make for a rejuvenating and memorable holiday experience.

For more details and direct bookings, visit http://soureneetourism.com/

 

The Dwarika’s Resort, Dhulikhel

The Dwarika's Resort, Dhulikhel

Spread over 20 acres in the hills of Dhulikhel with panoramic views of the Himalayas, surrounded by pine, rhododendron, chrysanthemums and cherry blossom trees, architecture and design that reflect the Newari culture & heritage and a traditional Nepalese village.The Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel – a lifestyle retreat – founded on Nepal’s ancient philosophy of respect for nature and one’s self, offers a holistic experience focussed on wellness, rejuvenation, and  well-being of body, mind & soul combined with the warmth of Nepalese hospitality and impeccable service.

 

The resort offers 40 impressive suites. Each suite is inspired by nature, has an indoor and outdoor living and sleeping area, spacious en-suite bathroom and stone tub and is a beautiful blend of modern amenities with traditional decor embellished with local artifacts. Guests can enjoy the magnificent views of the Himalayas and its surrounding valley and immerse themselves in the peace and tranquility of nature from the comfort of their rooms.

 

Guests can rejuvenate themselves at The Pancha Kosha Spa, an integral part of the resort, which offers various relaxing and restorative massages and treatments that are derived from traditional Himalayan knowledge and practices including Ayurvedic and Buddhist medicine.

 

Additional facilities include The Himalayan salt house, fitness centre, swimming pool, holistic activities like singing bowl therapy, sound and color therapy to energize your chakras, yoga and meditation and more.

 

The resort and areas around present numerous opportunities for nature walks, hikes, butterfly watching and to explore the region’s indigenous flora and fauna. Guests can enjoy other inspiring activities such as pottery, mandala making, traditional block printing, farming, and cookery.

 

Guests can savor a wide range of flavors at their in-house restaurants, including Himalayan and exquisite Japanese cuisine prepared by following Buddist principles.All meals are thoughtfully prepared using fresh, organic produce from the Dwarika’s own farms or sourced from local farmers.

The resort is committed to the conservation of the environment and incorporates a number of ecologically responsible systems, including water re-harvesting, solar lighting, greywater treatment, recycling of waste and organic agriculture.

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The Dwarika’s Resort Dhulikhel – eco luxury resort is a perfect place for those who are looking for a healing retreat or a relaxing soul-enriching holiday amidst nature in the Himalayas.

For more details and direct bookings, visit http://www.dwarikas-dhulikhel.com/

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 with 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 laidback 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 entwined 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 into the veranda where guests can enjoy the magnificent mountain view and fresh air. Colors, decor, and furnishing beautifully blend the old with the new. Guest can also sit back and relax in the cozy colonial style living room by the fireplace. It also has a dining area and library which has a good collection of books and magazines.

The second bungalow- Waterlily- offers four more beautifully furnished floral themed suites, each with window-side sitting areas and private balcony wherein guest 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 beautiful valley that surrounds offer exciting activities and adventures for guests to explore.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 near 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.

For more details and direct bookings, visit http://www.glenburnteaestate.com/

Terma Linka Resort & Spa, Bhutan

Tranquil and secluded, draped by stunning mountain landscape, minimalistic, elegant in style & decor, Dzong-inspired architecture, set on the edge of on a curved bank of the picturesque Wangchu River , Terma Linka resort & spa is a perfect place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the immersive Bhutanese experience and hospitality amidst unspoiled nature in the Land of the Thunder Dragon.

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