Driving down, possibly the worst road in Eastern India, you get a sudden glimpse of one of the most beautiful houses in the world. Glenburn, the tea estate, as it is lovingly called, is an age old world, a tribute to a world that existed hundreds of years ago. A world which you sincerely hoped existed today.
The smell of the mountains, the swaying pines, the distant peaks and a wonderfully curated welcome drink greet you as you enter the sunny porch. The Manager and staff with their ever smiling faces lead you to the wonderfully decorated colonial suites each created in a particular theme. The Simbong Butterfly Room named after the butterflies that flutter around a quaint Himalayan village called Simbong is the most engaging one. The rooms dazzle with antiques, the best possible linen and Burma Teak Four Poster Beds, the world’s best cutlery from Royal Albert, England besides a framed set of preserved butterflies from years gone by.
The Dining Hall, the Kanchenjunga Suite, the Rose Suite, the Planter’s Suite and the Simbong Butterfly Room occupy the age old Burra Bungalow and surely help you to travel back in time. The other suites in the newly constructed Water Lily Bungalow also define the art decor, the beautiful and unmatched hospitality that Glenburn is known for. Evening drinks in the Lounge is an experience in itself which leads to dinner at the Dining Hall where everyone dines together and you might find yourself dining amidst people from twelve different countries. The Manager along with his family joins you to liven up the great and unusual experience of making friends across boundaries.
Bed tea is served in your suite in the most beautiful way possible. Breakfast and lunch are served under a lovely tree or in the lawn and apart from this, garden fresh tea, cakes, cookies, juices and a wide range of tea-time snacks like Tea Leaf Pakora, Green Tea Ice Cream with Chocolate Tea Leaves, Green Tea Panna Cotta with Masala Chai Sauce, Tea Smoked Chicken are some of the dishes available anytime you ask for. They can possibly make anything for you at a short notice.
Sunrises in Glenburn are a world apart with the gleaming peaks behind and the clouds making their way up behind the Water Lily Bungalow. You can also choose to spend a night at the Glenburn Log Hut beside the Rungeet River or they can also arrange a special lunch beside the river. Apart from this you can take numerous hikes across the hills and rivers all guided by the ever smiling Glenburn guides who can magically conjure up cups of tea or nimboo pani (lime water) amidst the hills of tea gardens. A tea tour of the factory with a tea tasting session is also included in the night rates apart from to and fro transfers from the airport or railway station.
Glenburn is a world in its own and life moves at a different pace here. Apart from the extremely beautiful location, what really stuns you is the intricate art decor of the bungalows. Everything makes you want to stay here, forever. I congratulate Husna Tara Prakash and her entire team for creating such a wonderland, possibly one of the best boutique hotels in the world!
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