Cluny Sisters Convent, Lamahatta Orange Orchard and Gorkhay Daara Viewpoint
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Duration : 2 - 4 hours, or full day with picnic
Difficulty : Easy but uphill
The first section of the journey can be done by jeep, with half an hour of uphill walking; alternatively, walk the entire way up or down, which would take about two hours

A short 15-minute drive, followed by a gentle uphill walk for 30 minutes, leads to our charming local church and convent school, which is run by the Irish Cluny Sisters. Mass takes place every Sunday, and the Sisters are happy to meet any of our guests over a cup of tea or coffee. Have a wander around their school, meet the children that board with them, and play with the baby animals that they look after (chicks, puppies, kittens, kid goats - depending on what they have at the time).

As part of our Scholarship Programme, many of our guests sponsor children from Glenburn for their primary education at the Cluny School. The sisters will gladly invite you to watch school assembly or peep into the classrooms if you visit during school hours.

This is also the site of our Glenburn Lamahatta Orange Orchard, where we grow the oranges we use for our Fine Cut Orange Marmalade. From here you can enjoy spectacular views of the surrounding hillside and Darjeeling Town on the opposite hilltop. See what other fruit and vegetables are being grown at the time, pick a bundle of fresh flowers to take back to your room, or have a cup of tea with our resident caretaker.

From here, head further uphill for about 10 minutes to reach the Gorkhay Daara viewpoint, which has jaw-dropping views of Glenburn peacefully resting below, set against the green peaks of Sikkim and the snowy majesty of Mount Kanchenjunga. Then start your descent back to the main track where your jeep awaits you to take you back to The Burra Bungalow.

Stop off on your way back at the Glenburn Hospital, to see what welfare activities take place on a tea estate. Visits to Buddhist and Sai Baba centres within the Estate can also be arranged.

Stunning scenery, old fashioned elegance and the opportunity to see the rituals of tea production
make Glenburn Tea Estate a compelling blend.