Woman picking Tea Leaves, Munnar, Kerala, India

Glenburn Tea Estate

Surrounded by the Himalayas, The Glenburn Tea Estate is a heavenly, secluded hotel, situated one hour's drive from the town of Darjeeling. This boutique hotel is very much part of a working tea estate that stretches over 1,600 acres with rivers and forests and spectacular mountain views.&

nbsp;Guests are accommodated in one of two bungalows, each comprising four suites and common areas, gardens, verandas and terraces accessible to all guests.

Why we like Glenburn Tea Estate

Steppes Travel has known the Prakash family for many years and visit this glorious Himalayan bolt-hole whenever we can. The warm hospitality combined with the exceptional location makes Glenburn difficult to beat. 

Facilities

Glenburn accommodation comprises a series of suites in one of two bungalows.

The Burra Bungalow - home to generations of planters, remains the focal point of Glenburn hospitality, with its sweeping main verandah, cosy living room and grand dining room where candle-lit sit-down dinners are held.

The four bedrooms have been charmingly decorated, each following a different theme. Each of the suites, as their names suggest, offer a unique experience for guests. Some have single rooms attached to the main suite allowing comfortable accommodation for a third (or fourth) sharing the suite, and each of them open on to the main verandah, with private entrances to the gardens behind the main bungalow. There are views of the mountains from the front verandah, but not directly from any of the rooms.

A short walk through the gardens you will find the Water Lily Bungalow, with four more suites and a stunning location on the edge of the Glenburn spur.  

All four bedrooms have direct views of the mountains, with antique furniture, private balconies, and bay windows. The bathrooms have antique free-standing bathtubs, each with a view, walk-in rain showers. 

For a rustic experience, stay one night in the rustic Glenburn Lodge located at the campsite on the banks of the River Rungeet. Great for keen fisherman and birdwatchers.

Activities

  • Visit a tea factory and try your hand at tea plucking. Learn how the leaf is brought from the field to the cup 
  • Barbeques and bonfires whilst stargazing
  • Hike to the river and spend a night in the fishing lodge 
  • Take the toy train to Ghoom and visit the monastery
  • Explore the estate and the orange orchard with your own guide
  • Day trips to Darjeeling and Kalimpong
  • Fish for wild Himalayan trout and mahseer
  • Massage treatments, yoga and tai chi can be arranged on request
  • Walk along the rocky river bed to the border village Manjitar, located in Sikkim

Location

There are daily flights from Kolkata (45 mins), Guwahati (30 mins) and Delhi (two hours) to Bagdogra. Glenburn is a three-hour drive from the airport. The road is quite windy up to the tea estate and please note that the last 15 minutes of the drive, over about three kilometres, is very bumpy, but our careful drivers try to make it as smooth as possible. 

 

 

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