Glenburn Tea Estate
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Glenburn Tea Estate, Kambal Tea Garden, West Bengal, India
A heavenly retreat
Glenburn Tea Estate

Established by Arthur Campbell and Lieutenant Robert Napier, Darjeeling became the formal summer capital of the Bengal Presidency and the summer resort of the British Raj elite in the mid-19th century. Known worldwide for Darjeeling Tea that has been given the Geographical Indication (GI), it is also a popular destination to see the third highest mountain in the world, the Kangchenjunga

Perfectly Rare

Everything at Glenburn is unhurried and timed to perfection. The attention to detail is impeccable and seen in all aspects of stay.

Know Your Host

Husna-Tara Prakash grew up with the best of both worlds; born and brought up in England, she spent eight years of her childhood at a boarding school in India.  She returned to England at 16 to complete the International Baccalaureate Diploma in Oxford.  During a gap-year backpacking expedition...

Glenburn offers stays in plantation bungalows overlooking rolling hills on one side and the Kangchenjunga on the other. Fresh flowers everywhere, four poster beds, hand embroidered linen, wicker chairs lend a very English country ambience apt for a plantation bungalow while the Glenburn experience is all about intimate dining, high teas with freshly baked cakes, picnics by the river, and inexhaustible mountain air.
An exceptional plantation stay near Darjeeling, Glenburn Tea Estate is a complete experience that is atmospheric and encompasses landscapes, cuisine, culture and learning. Inspired by the Vineyards of Europe, the Prakash’s opened their 1600 acre plantation estate in the beautiful Darjeeling hills to guests in 2002. Glenburn is a fully functional tea estate employing over a 1000 estate workers and producing quality tea now a popular brand of Darjeeling (Darjeeling tea has GI status ) that is retailed in various outlets.

The lingering English cottage feel is everywhere and is integral to the ‘Glenburn Experience’. And mind you this is no promotional cliché. It is fact that is widely spoken about by referral guests and repeat visitors – the experience programmed to extensive detail begins when you are met at the Bagdogra airport or where ever you have arranged to be picked up. A soft greeting, a cool towel and a refreshing drink set on a tray and you set off at an even pace to Glenburn. From Bagdogra, Glenburn is just over 3 hours and that is exactly when you reach, in time for the gracious hosts to welcome you.

Barra Bungalow and Water Lily Bungalow have themed suites, lounge, dining and several outdoor spaces to relax and enjoy the views. Burra Bungalow is the old plantation bungalow that came with the estate when the Prakash’s bought it in 2000. Verandas that look out to the rolling hills covered with verdant tea shrubs, dotted with quaint gaily coloured villages , weather and luck permitting some of the most magnificent views of the Kanchenjunga – the predominant peak of the Himalayas seen from these parts. Potted plants brimming with seasonal flowers abound in and around the veranda while trailing vines and fragrant honeysuckle cover walls and adorn the bungalow and the grounds. Four themed suites – the Planter’s suite, Rose suite, Symbong butterfly suite and Kanchenjunga suite, a formal lounge with an adjacent dining room are a part of the Burra bungalow.

Just a level below Burra Bungalow with no hindrance to the view is the Water Lily Bungalow added about a couple of years ago and straddles two floors and houses four more suites – the Camilla Suite (in honour of the tea plant), the Rung dung Suite (Rung Dung is one of the rivers that flows with in the Glenburn estate), the Singalila suite and the Rangeet (another river on the estate) suite. A shaded outdoor terrace leading to the bungalow with views of the tea gardens and Darjeeling city (that spreads out as a twinkling carpet at night) serves as a breakfast place, private lounge, a small one-bed spa offering Glenburn tea therapies, another sunny terrace with views and a couple of al-fresco dining options ensure that the Water Lily bungalow is self-contained and can be booked independently for a family or group of friends travelling together.

Glenburn’s suites are charming and superbly cosy with teak board flooring, antique furniture, hand embroidered linen, bathrooms with stand-alone tubs and modern mixers.

Dining
The service is unobtrusive and impeccable, meal times are a delight – a mix of local Nepali, essential Indian, and continental flavoured with fresh grown herbs from Glenburn’s organic garden. You are treated to delectable fresh bakes - cookies, cakes, quiches served over tea or picnic lunches. 

Explore the 1600 acre tea gardens, nature and bird walks, overnight in the log cabin, tea tours are some of the exciting activities on Glenburn. A walk to the village Shikari Dura just below Glenburn is an hour and a half, a bird walk to the log cabin by the Rangeet river is 4 hours, a walk to the Majhitar bridge from here is an excursion of about 2 hours with just over an hour of walking, meet for drink at the lounge or the terrace at 7.30 where the hearty bonfire has already been set up. Yet none of this is to deter you from wanting to do your own thing, have a private meal by yourself, choose to avoid all activity and curl up by the veranda and read your book, opt for a late walk, request for a spa treatment, it is just effortlessly co-ordinated and can be organised to suit individual needs.

Picnic lunch on the banks of the river Rung Dung is followed by a visit to the factory to see the subsequent steps in the tea making process from weighing to sorting. You end the tour with a ceremonious tea tasting to acquaint you with the subtle aromas, taste and colour of various varieties of tea grown on the estate.

Perfect For
A family getaway, a special occasion, exploring the hills and an ideal way to recharge. Glenburn is suited for all with a reasonable fitness level. The drive to Glenburn may be a tad tiresome. There is plenty to keep the older generation occupied. Glenburn is fantastic for the young with enough open spaces to them gainfully occupied. The walks, the picnics, playing by the river is something to look forward to especially with no electronic gadgets to distract. 

Closed
Open all year

Safe filtered drinking water is available in glass bottles. There is minimal use of single use plastic in use and there is focussed attempt to reduce usage further. Bamboo toiletries available in the bathrooms. 

Deeply engaged with the local community, the staff are from the local villages and the tea plantation supports numerous families that live within the Estate. Glenburn supports training and upskilling of staff and community. Members of the tea estate receive subsidised rations and free medical treatment. A team of teaching volunteers are funded by the Glenburn Workers' Welfare Trust to help in the local government primary schools in the morning during school hours and run reading libraries in the villages in the afternoons. The Glenburn Kalakendra (Music and Dance Academy) helps preserve the local Nepali traditions and supports private education of local children through guest donations. 

Glenburn locally sources produce and has its own organic garden for ingredients such as fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices used in the cuisine. Part of Rainforest Alliance thus ensuring sustainable methods of farming are used that will protect the tea estate for future generations. The original hotel bungalow is over 100 years old and is preserved with sensitive maintenance. A structured and official programme with long term goals has been initiated and set to preserve the endangered Golden Mahseer fish in the rivers that are being threatened with malpractices of dynamiting, electrocution and poisoning of rivers. Being part of the Rainforest Alliance and being audited every year ensures sensitive and optimal use and reuse of water with recycling and composting measures in place.

No Single Use Plastic Low Impact Tourism Local Community Engagement Heritage Preservation The Human Touch Safe Garbage Disposal Nature and Biological Diversity Conservation Water Conservation Sensitive Destination Discovery
RARE Tip
The Glenburn Experience is not quite complete without the Glenburn Tea Tour, a full day program which begins with visits to the tea gardens where plucking is in progress as cheerful women carrying the essential wicker basket on their back chat, sing, giggle while plucking the ‘two and a bud’ with practised ease. The accompanying guide from the estate – men and women who have grown up in these parts tell you the story of the tea, its variety, plantation, pruning and the essential agronomy.
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An Experience of a Lifetime!
by gajaria on 10/03/2021

Precious Gem - approachable by road from Bagdogra Airport. Prices include airport pick-up and drop, all meals, laundry, lots of tea and a luxurious stay in impeccably maintained rooms - there are...

Perfection to the hilt
by Satodeepa G on 10/02/2021

We chose Glenburn for our honeymoon inspite of the exorbitant tariff in the hope of making it perfect. And what they achieved was more than perfect, starting from the pick up to the drop off at the...

Glenburn - A terrible experience indeed
by dhruvbhalla1980 on 09/30/2021

Glenburn as a tea estate bungalow is very pretty, however at the price that they are charging, their service levels are below par and quite unacceptable. For example at 45 k per night, there are a...

Nearest Airport : Bagdogra - 90Km, Darjeeling - 30 Km
Nearest Railway Station : New Jalpaiguri -80 Km

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