Surrounded by the Himalayas, The Glenburn Tea Estate is a refined, secluded hotel, situated one hour's drive from Darjeeling. It is very much a working tea estate stretching over 1,600 acres with rivers and forests offering spectacular mountain views.
Why we like glenburn tea estate
Steppes Travel have know 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.
Guests are accommodated in one of two bungalows, each comprising four suites and common areas, gardens, verandahs and terraces accessible to all guests.
The Burra Bungalow - home to generations of planters, remains the focal point of Glenburn hospitality, with its sweeping Main Verandah, cozy Living Room (with fireplace and library) and grand Dining Room where candle-lit sit-down dinners are held. The four bedrooms have been charmingly decorated, each following a different theme, and are comfortable and spacious, yet cosy. 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. Two of the suites have fireplaces and three of the bathrooms have free standing bathtubs while all four bathrooms have a lovely walk-in rain shower. There are views of the mountains from the Front Verandah, but not directly from any of the rooms.
The Water Lily Bungalow, with four more suites and a stunning location on the edge of the Glenburn spur comprises a Living Room, smaller Dining Room, two verandahs and garden areas laid out on two levels, and connected to The Burra Bungalow by a stone staircase. It also houses a large recreation and meeting room, as well as our Massage and Steam Room. All four bedrooms have direct views of the mountains, with antique furniture, private balconies, bay windows/or sitouts. The bathrooms have antique free-standing bathtubs, each with a view, walk-in rain showers and old fashioned washstands with Venetian mirrors.
- 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
- Day trips to Darjeeling and Kalimpong
- Massage treatments
There are daily flights from Kolkata (45 mins), Guwahati (30 mins) and Delhi (2 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 kms, is very bumpy, but our careful drivers try to make it as smooth as possible.