Glenburn Tea Estate, near Darjeeling, India

Morning Glenburn tea in front of Kanchenjunga

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

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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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India Coffee House, College Street – Historic Coffee House, Kolkata

Unaltered by modernization, in operations since 1942, this historical Café is located amidst busy Collage Square area of central Kolkata.

Its past speaks of its history of catering to famous patrons – Rabindranath Tagore, freedom fighter Subash Chandra Bose and was frequented by number of notable writers, painters, musicians, scholars, historians like Satyajit Ray, Manna Dey, Amartya Sen, Mrinal Sen, and Aparna Sen to name a few with many more names included in the list.

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Visit to S.E.A Center, Kathmandu

Photo Courtesy – Café Mitini, S.E.A Center,Kathmandu

Promoting Sustainable Tourism and Local Industry

My visit to this place was unplanned. While strolling and doing my touristy stuffs through the streets of Kathmandu, I just happened to pass by this quaint little café, located away from the hustle bustle of Kathmandu city in a quiet alley adjoining the Shangri-La Hotel in Lazimpat. The exteriors in pure white color caught my attention and being a ardent lover of coffee and local cafes, I could not stop myself from stepping inside to explore.

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On the Himalayan coffee trail…

Photo Courtesy – Café Himalayan Java,Kathmandu

Kathmandu is packed with coffee shops and bars – both international and local – of various formats which indicates the rapid growth of coffee industry and coffee culture in Nepal which was almost non-existent even in 10-15 years back in a primarily tea drinking country where coffee was considered as the drink of tourists and westerners and found only in the menu of specialized restaurants and five star hotels catering to tourists & expatriates.

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A Glimpse of the glittering winter holiday season, Chicago

A Glimpse of the glittering winter holiday season, Chicago

A city which changes its looks, feel and personality with all seasons, with each bringing in stunning beauty and joy, and myriad of activities and festivities.Like summer, autumn and spring, winter too offers numerous holiday activities to brighten the season even more and make it truly memorable.

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