Set above the banks of the River Rungeet, high in the Himalayas, Glenburn Tea Estate is overlooked by the mighty Kanchenjunga mountain range. The journey to this stunning property is an experience in its own right, following the course of the River Teesta. Prior to reaching a bridge which will take you across the river to Sikkim, the drive takes an upward course towards Darjeeling, before descending into the beautiful Glenburn valley. Originally Scottish-owned in the 1800s and inspired by the vineyards of Europe, Glenburn passed into the hands of one of India’s pioneering tea planting families, the Prakash family, the third and fourth generations of whom share almost a century of tea knowledge through their inheritance. The hotel is as comfortable as they come, and a great base for trekking, hikes and fishing. Family recipes here include Tea-Leaf Pakoras, Tibetan Momos and Burmese KhowSuey – all served with a Glenburn touch. A luxury tea-planter stay, in the very heart of India’s eastern Himalayas, a true gem, worthy of 3 nights, if not more.