Quite simply one of the best properties we have ever experienced. In terms of location, style, service and activities, Glenburn excels and a four day stay here should be high on your list of priorities.
This heavenly little plantation retreat lies above the banks of the River Rungeet, deep in the Himalaya and is overlooked by the mighty Kanchenjunga. Home to generations of tea planters, it remains today a working tea estate. The bungalow has been lovingly restored with much devotion, care and commitment, whilst retaining the style of a colonial planter’s bungalow. The four bedrooms in the original bungalow have been charmingly decorated with different themes and are spacious, warm and cosy. The four bedrooms in the new Water Lily Bungalow have views from heaven and are stunning – fresh, light, large and beautifully furnished with local floral themes.
They are traditional yet have contemporary twists and are deliciously comfortable and private. Glenburn is the perfect place to be based for visiting Darjeeling or to simply enjoy the magnificent views. Sitting on the lovely, flower filled verandah, gazing across the gardens to Kanchenjunga is a special, timeless experience. There is plenty to do by way of private tours of the tea estate and an abundance of mountain activities – where else in the Himalaya can you walk all day and return to such luxury at night!
The Glenburn Welfare Trust supports local schools and a hospital. Guests have the opportunity to attend the morning local school assembly as well as helping in afternoon library sessions, and teaching during the school day.
All Glenburn staff (including chefs, English speaking guides, drivers) are from all of Glenburn's own eight villages. This has allowed the hotel to become a huge boost for the local economy and a great matter of pride to the local populace. Meals are the most delicious, fresh food – a perfect balance of Indian, Oriental and Western. Don’t miss the homemade granola at breakfast, taken alfresco under the canopy of the pomelo tree at this ultimately peaceful Himalayan gem!