History of Gleburn Tea Estate
3 The Glenburn Tea Estate is a 150 year old plantation house oozing with ancient charm. The tea estate is located just above the River Rangeet. The tea garden is overlooked by Mount Kanchenjunga and is home to generations of tea planters. The Glenburn Tea Estate was originally established in the year 1860 by a Scottish tea company and later passed onto the hands of one of India’s pioneering tea planting families known as the Prakash family. Over the years, the family came to be known as the ‘Chaiwala family’, which literally means the tea planters. They have been running the place successfully ever since. The family has recently spent a great fortune, time and effort in restoring the Glenburn Tea Estate, which is now a picturesque, peaceful and comfortable place to stay as well.
Set in the heart of the tea estate, there are 2 colonial-style planter bungalows overlooking the rolling hills on one side and the mighty Kanchenjunga mountain range on the other. The aroma of fresh flowers hangs in the air and the 4-poster beds, hand embroidered linen and open verandas lend a very English country air to the bungalow. The signature Glenburn experiences include exploring the plantations and villages within the tea estate, nature and bird walks, overnights in the log cabin by the River Rangeet, picnics in the tea gardens, tea tours and excursions around the quaint town of Darjeeling.
Visiting Information on Glenburn Tea Estate
The nearest railway station is at New Jalpaiguri, from there it is a drive of about 90 minutes to the tea estate. Daily flights are available to Bagdogra from the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport and Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Kolkata and Guwahati respectively.