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Duration : 2 - 4 hours, or full day with picnic
Difficulty : Moderate
                 The climb is fairly steep, and cannot be accessed by jeep

Drive 10 minutes to neighboring Tukdah Tea Estate, to the start of the track leading up to the top of the hill above Glenburn. A breathtaking view awaits you at the summit on a picnic site where once stood a bungalow that burned down and was never re-built. The pine forests at this altitude make the surrounding scenery vary from the foliage found lower down in Glenburn, and is cool and peaceful to linger in. A picnic lunch will be served and you can easily spend a few hours here enjoying the panorama of mountains, valleys, rivers and tea fields from a height a few thousand feet above the Glenburn bungalows.

The walk back down takes you through a series of little hamlets, with friendly villagers eager to interact with you and show you their pretty cottages. You will eventually descend into the Glenburn Lamha Haata Orange Orchard, and our local church and convent school.

If you would like to visit only the orchard and church as a shorter half day trip, the climb up to the church takes about 20 minutes, and then the orchard is another 10 minutes climb above.

The Irish Cluny Sisters run the church and school. 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!).

Glenburn's Fine Cut Orange Marmalade comes from the oranges of the Lamha Haata Orange Orchard. 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, and pick a bundle of fresh flowers to take back to your room. Have a cup of tea with our resident caretaker, before you 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.

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