Glenburn Tea Estate, Darjeeling

At a glance

One of the most perfect mountain retreats in India


Colonial bungalows offering spectacular views (weather permitting)


A lot of included activities such as hikes, visits to Darjeeling & tours of the tea estate


Wonderful staff offering friendly service




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 has been home to generations of planters and 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.

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 the 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.


Ideal for families who want to escape to a retreat in the mountains but with plenty to do. Children are welcome and may be accommodated in their parents’ bedroom. There is a baby-sitting service available


Breakfast and lunch are served either in the bright and sunny morning room at one end of the front verandah or in the garden or at the garden pavilion. Dinner is usually served as a sit-down, candlelit meal the dining room, along with your hosts and any other guests in residence. Private dining can be arranged. Continental, Oriental and Indian cuisine is served. Room service is available. The delicious, fresh vegetables are all grown on the estate. Some of the best food to be had in India.

Picnics and barbecues can be arranged on request.

E-mail facilities are available.

A selection of board games.

A library with a good collection of books and magazines.

A small shop selling Glenburn honey, jams, tea and toiletries.


Complimentary activities include board games, birdwatching, fishing, swimming in the river, undisturbed walks in the surrounding tea estate, tours of the tea estate and tea factory, and trekking and excursions to Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Sikkim. Local Massages are charged at an additional cost.

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