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Kurseong North East, India
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Kurseong locally called "Kharsang" meaning "Land of the White Orchids". It is a small hill station situated in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. Located at an altitude of 1458 meters (4864 ft), Kurseong is just 30 km from Darjeeling. It has a pleasant climate throughout the year, the winters are milder than Darjeeling and the rains never seem to cease during the monsoons, the white orchids need it to grow and thrive in abundance.

 

The town is based mainly on schools and tourism. Kurseong was ceded to the British Empire by the Chogyal (monarch) of Sikkim in 1835. Later in 1880, the small hamlet became a tourist destination for the colonial authorities and was a preferred place for sanatoriums where the sick would recuperate.

 

This quaint township has lured many a great person to revel in its serene, peaceful and the pleasant climes. The list runs long and to name a few who were inspired by the spectacular surroundings and spent time here are Rabindranath Tagore, who composed some of his famous poems and songs, the artist Abanindranath Tagore, the great composer Atul Prasad Sen, Sister Nivedita, Mark Twain, Fazlul Haque the Prime Minister of undivided Bengal and Netaji Subash Chandra Bose was interned by the colonial government for a couple of months in 1936 in a house at Giddapahar near Kurseong.

 Orientation

Kurseong is developing as a quiet hill station. On the outskirts of the town you find acres of verdant slopes covered with tea bushes – one of the finest varieties of Darjeeling Tea is found in the tea gardens surrounding the town. It is home to the finest and the costliest teas in the world. The world famous and the most delicate aromas of all black teas are produced by Castleton, Makaibari and Ambootia Tea Estates. These tea gardens also offer 'bed and breakfast' type accommodation in workers quarters, etc.

 

A bustling marketplace is Kurseong’s nerve centre and the toy train station is the nucleus of the town, the train tracks runs right through it. The town is small, clean and relatively uncrowded. Enjoy the cool mountain breeze as you saunter past the main school campuses, parks to the tea gardens through the leafy glades lined with wisterias and pale-blue hydrangeas. You get to see wild daises on moss laden walls, fragrant wild roses rambling up to frame the chapels and the grottos while azaleas bloom all along the streets.

 

An excellent choice is the walk to Nagri Spur, with its stunning views of the tea gardens and alpine forests. Eagle’s Crag provides a panoramic view of Kurseong Town and the Teesta river and the plains. If lucky you get can get a fabulous view of Himalayan peaks. Castleton Tea Estate fringes this part of Kurseong.

 

Around

Mirik

Equidistant from Darjeeling and Siliguri, Mirik’s biggest draw is its lake, set amidst hills carpeted with tea, orange and cardamom plantations. Enjoy a walk around the 31/2 km trail at the lake and the idyllic view of the Kanchenjunga. The main tourist area, Krishnanagar, is south of the lake. A short walk west leads to the three temples of Shiva, Hanuman and Kali Mata. Catch the sunrises and sunsets from Rameetay Dara.

 Getting there

Location

 

30 km short of Darjeeling.

 

Distances

 

The Hill Cart road from Siliguri gets you to Kurseong. 37 km from Bagdogra (Nearest Airport) and 40 km from New Jalpaiguri (Nearest rail head).

 Fast Facts
Name Kurseong Best Time To Visit September to May
Location North East   India   Destination  
Open From 0000-00-00  To 0000-00-00 Type Hill Station
Temperature Summar   16-20°C      Winter   -10-2°C      Rainy   12-18°C
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