Hotel / Travel

Cocooned in Darjeeling

Snowfall in Darjeeling is some news to the average Calcuttan who has to otherwise bear the brunt of the scorching tropical sun eight months of the year. Air tickets to Bagdogra, the nearest airport to Darjeeling was all but exhausted and providentially I used my connections with Spice Jet to obtain a ticket. I departed on the morning’s flight to Bagdogra with the sole intention of relishing the snowy spectacle of Darjeeling.

By the time I reached Darjeeling it was 2 P.M. and I had already booked my accommodation at the renowned Glenburn Tea Estate Bungalow, with the sole intention of basking in the uninterrupted sight of snow in this charming hill station. The entire tea estate and the surroundings were blanketed in four inches of dazzling white overnight snow. The sight of locals and visitors alike digging up snow and throwing them at each other was straight out of a “Mills & Boons” novel.

Glenburg Tea Estate

According to the Manager of the Glenburn Tea Estate, “the last time Darjeeling witnessed snow in the month of February was way back in the year 1985”. Here, at the upscale but classy – Glenburn Tea Estate Bungalow, the ethereal view of Kanchenjunga – the 3rd highest peak of the world right from my window was aweinspiring. The stately pine trees, Rhododendrons, Primulas, Magnolias, Orchids and the houses embracing the Glenburn hill side covered in snow made for a stunning kaleidoscopic vignette.

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