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From the Glenburn Guest Book

March 2009

My husband Sean and myself spent four blissful nights at Glenburn starting last Friday and wanted to thank you once again for your kind hospitality throughout our visit. We have never felt so pampered in our lives!

Everything was just perfect and we must congratulate everyone on the level of service provided, quality of food, comfort of the rooms. Above all, the tea estate itself is one of the most beautiful places on the planet and it will always have a special place in our memories.

October 2008

I can't wait to get this as I can re-live my wonderful Glenburn experience while enjoying your tea. After almost 3 weeks "roughing it" in Bhutan and eastern India, Glenburn was heaven. (Setting, accommodations, food and mainly the hospitality of Mrs. Neena Pradhan.) It remains one of my favorite places in the world. Just thinking of it brings a smile to my face. It is almost tea time....

October 2008

....Anyway, my point in writing this was to tell you again what a truly delightful stay we had there. We have been fortunate to have travelled to many places in the world, and can say without qualification that Glenburn is the most exceptional place we've visited. What a great vantage point from which to view the Himalayas! Neena and her staff made our stay there very special -- we're not accustomed to being spoiled with so much attention. Also, the food was delicious (and the tea), our room was bright and spacious, the complimentary laundry was highly appreciated (particularly in view of the duration of our trip), and the scenery was absolutely breath-taking.

The hike down to the campsite by the river was a great way to see both the scenery and the tea bushes from a very close perspective. Passing a group of pickers along the way gave us an opportunity to see how it's done on a very steep slope. Kumar's tour of your factory and the tea tasting were really interesting -- we learned a lot. Darjeeling tea will always have a very special meaning for us (and bring back very special memories). As a matter of fact, it's what we're drinking right now as we sit here looking out the window at the Petronas towers.

Thanks again for all your help in setting up our visit. I'm glad we added the extra day!

May 2008

Had a wonderful time in Glenburn , the highlight of our holiday. Please extend our warmest thanks to Ms. Husna-Tara Prakash for the elegant handling of the booking issue. I believe we were the 1st visitors from Mauritius to set foot at Glenburn, but I am confident there will be more in the future as the account of our stay is being propagated around us ! And we will come again !

January 2008

I just wanted to say that our stay at Glenburn was absolutely fabulous. Thank you for all your help in arranging this. Neena could not have looked after us any better - she is a gem.

And you were quite right when you told me that two days is not enough. You may have heard already that my wife and I cancelled our plan to go on to Gangtok and we stayed an extra two nights at Glenburn.

We would love to come back and try the new rooms when they are ready. I hope you will keep me informed of their progress.

October 2007

I want to let you know how much we loved our stay at beautiful Glenburn. It was a magical place. We hope to return someday.

Give our thanks to Sanjay for the tours and delicious autumnal flush tea. Please give our warmest thanks to Neena Pradhan. She does the most amazing job of hosting guests - from the delicious food, conversation, itineraries, and service which anticipated all our needs and exceeded anything we have ever experienced.

March 2006

Let me say right away that Glenburn was fantastic in every way. No wonder it is such a highlight for everyone who visits. Let me just say that I have learned much about perfection. Everything is pitched just right. And I think that's the real secret to what you have achieved - nothing is over the top. And then there is the food and the effortless, low-key hosting by Nina and Sanjay's terrific enthusiasm, knowledge and sense of fun. Could have stayed a week and been sorry to leave.

November 2004

I just wish to say that it was fantastic visiting Glenburn and more so the warmth and hospitality that you and your family offered us. I don't think getting people to visit Glenburn is going to be a problem - but to sort the kind of people you wish to get there.

As I have mentioned before, I take my hat off to you and your family for doing what you have. At a time when Darjeeling is going down the hill in every respect, you have opened up the door again to make it a destination suitable for people with some taste.

October 2004

Words are not adequate to express the hospitality and the perfection. Not just my friends all the other guests who were there just could not find enough superlatives!!!!

Everything was just perfect including the view and the weather!!!

October 2003

What an ambience you have created here. How much pleasure and joy we have had here. A really special birthday celebration for me. Next time I plan to bring my family and another group of friends. Just don't let anything spoil it. It is rare in today's world to find such an island of tranquility and comfort. Priti has been wonderful to us - how well, and how caringly she took care of us, our needs, our questions and the food has been spectacularly good.

And - how much we have learned from Sanjay and Jeet Bahadur (however do you manage to get and keep such a great team together?!) Every cup of tea we now have will be treated with respect - because we know what goes into the making of it. Sanjay's energy and enthusiasm had us all wonderstruck. His world is this, and he made us a part of it. What a privilege!

Bronwyn's touch at Glenburn is perfect. A blend of old world charm and creature comforts - we were transported to another era and I was so reminded of my childhood when we travelled with my parents.

Thank you for giving us such a perfect holiday!

September 2003

A quick note to say how delighted my husband and I were with our stay at Glenburn. You have created a very special environment there. I have stayed in many beautiful places and resorts throughout Asia, and I can honestly say that yours is one of the most lovely, personal and memorable of these

May 2003

..I could find nothing which I would have wanted to be different from the decor to the food to the people to the landscape. Caddy and I were beautifully looked after by Avijit and Sanjay and I would have no hesitation in sending any of our Clients to Glenburn. I am amazed that with this, your first foray into tourism, you could have read the market so perfectly and come up with such an appropriate and beautifully balanced property. (I would like to clone you, Husna, and have a network of 'Glenburn flavour' lodges throughout India! - Each property being small, low impact and as beautifully run and in tune with its particular surroundings as Glenburn is).

April 2003

I feel as if I know you a little through General Singh, the Traveler article, and your video, but most of all through the incredible tea estate experience that you provided for us in absentia.

You have clearly pursued a unique vision with incredible dedication! You also have two real gems in Sanjay and Abhijeet. We loved their one-of-a-kind personalities and the delight they seem to take in their work. In corporate America, we call this "ownership" -- i.e. they personally "own" the satisfaction that comes from seeing things done right.

My friend Lilli and I enjoyed every bit of our stay at Glenburn, and were sorry to depart so soon. We would have loved a another day to potter about and read our books while watching the comings and goings of the real Glenburn denizens.

After seeing India change so much over the past 30 years, I did expect a fairly high standard. However, nothing could have prepared me for the incredible accommodations and cuisine you offer. We were in culinary heaven, and unlike most travelers to India, the only tummy trouble we had was from eating too much! It was impossible to stop!