Glenburn Tea Estate - Darjeeling
Inspired by the vineyards, The Prakash’s, one of the pioneering tea – planting families opened their 1000 acres of plantation estate to the guests in 2002.
Burra Bungalow or the plantation bungalow was lovingly restored while retaining its old colonial charm and grandeur 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.
The Water Lily Bungalow, a new addition to the estate comprises four more suites offering stunning views of the mountains 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 connected to The Burra Bungalow by a stone staircase.
It also houses a large recreation and meeting room, as well as a Massage and Steam Room.
Surrounded by 1000 acres of private forest, and two rivers running through the estate, is a wonderfully peaceful place to enjoy a unique holiday experience.
The food at the Glenburn is a delight. The menus comprise a range of cuisine - from interesting local fare and traditional Indian dishes, to exotic South-East Asian delicacies, and a variety of European dishes making full use of the fresh Italian herbs, and salad leaves grown in well-stocked kitchen garden.
The estate has various activities including a visit Tea factory followed by Tea tasting sessions; few walking and hiking (gentle to moderate) programs take you through the local villages, orchards and combining with visits to local school and hospital supported by the estate.
There are many more activities one can enjoy while staying at Glenburn.