Salim Hill tea bungalow stay north bengal

Selim Hill –  A Hideaway. With a Heritage…

“I was born 150 years ago in the hands of a British Planter, Mr Henry. Along the steep side of a thickly wooded Himalayan foothill, I stand alone. The track that takes travellers to me is soft and mossy, and it leads through ferns and brackens, thickets of brambles and groves of tall Himalayan cedar trees. I am made of stone and wood.

It is hard to see me from a distance as I remain shrouded in the wilderness making myself a perfect hideaway from the overstressed urban civilization. The mornings with me are magical while the nights endow me with mysteries. I have an enigmatic character for which few find me hard to fathom. But those who love me, they love me forever. I live in Kurseong. I am Selim Hill Retreat.”

“Welcome to my home!”

“I house four comfortable double bedded rooms with attached baths and modern amenities. From the windows if you look straight, your eyes will end up watching the Himalayan ranges and deep gorges. Look down and you will see a riot of orange, red, purple and white flowers that only bloom 3500 ft above sea level. The garden is planned to accommodate two gazebos. Both are located on the edge of the hill where I have been standing for over a century. While the gazebo at the front offers an amazing birds' eye view of Siliguri plains, the one at the back showcases the 'sailing hills'.”

“My next door neighbours!”

“My neighbours include postcard pretty views of river Mahananda and Balasun River Valleys, snow capped mountains in the north, Mother Teresa's 'Santa Bhawan', an orphanage, Gayabari Railway station which comes under DHR (Darjeeling Himalayan Railways), a UNESCO world heritage site. Minutes away there is the famous Agony Point of 20th Mile Loop, locally called 'Smritivan Park'. The naturally rich Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary is not far from my precincts.”

“The Selim Hill Tea Estate is a bio-dynamic tea garden and is famous for orthodox Darjeeling tea. To manage the estate efficiently, it has been divided into the upper and the lower segment with four worker villages. The tea estate is a paradise for those who are interested in the science of tea processing. Treks and pony rides to the highest peak of Selim Hill is an unforgettable experience altogether.”

Quick Facts

  • Views of Mahananda river and Balasun River Valleys
  • Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (UNESCO world heritage site)
  • Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Smritivan Park
  • Bio-dynamic tea gardens
  • Live tea processing
  • Low and high altitude treks with local guides
  • Pony ride to the highest peak in Selim Hill
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