Kurseong

Why To Go

Kurseong is a hill station and sub-divisional town in the Darjeeling district under the Indian state of West Bengal. Located at an elevation of over 4880 feet, and 32 km from Darjeeling, Kurseong enjoys a pleasant and cool climate all round the year.

A snow covered little town in the lap of the Himalayas, like a picture postcard on the backdrop of the majestic mountains. Kurseong is one of the most popular tourist spots in the north-eastern part of the country.

While the name of the place means ‘Land of White Orchids’, you can be rest assured that your eyes can spot many more colours of orchids along with other things. With its picture perfect landscape, curved roads lined with pine trees, waterfalls, Buddhist Gumfas, Hindu temples and snowy mountains, Kurseong is an ideal tourist spot. Lush greenery amid tea plantations in the back drop of snow clad mountains, travellers can experience the beautiful sun set with rich hue of colours in the sky. British remnants in the form of churches and schools with a peaceful ambience complemented with natural charm are the main attractions of spending a quiet and enjoying holiday at Kurseong.

Travel Tips

The best time to visit Kurseong is between March to June and September to December, as the climate remains cool and pleasant and you can enjoy the beauty of the nature along with the colourful blossoms. Try to avoid the monsoon season as it becomes difficult to move about properly. Roads are also often blocked in the monsoon, due to heavy showers and landslides.

Things To Do

Many of you may not be familiar with Kurseong and think this might be another small roadside village on the way to Darjeeling. However, the spread is beyond the township to lovely tea gardens along with mountain slopes, forests with many different flora & fauna, quaint villages and so on. There are many view points, tea estaes, temples and churches, museums, as well as gamous historic schools that were set up during the British Colonial days. If you are planning a trip to Kurseong, there are more than a dozen different things that you can do. The place is packed full of beautiful sights to see and nook and corners to explore. Eagle’s Craig is a view point from where you can get a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The place is quite popular amongst tourists. Ambootia Shiv temple along with several monasteries are worth visiting. Notable ones are the Buddhist Gompas in Downhill Road, and Monteviot Road. St. Paul’s Church near St. Joseph School is another spot of tourist attraction. The church sits at the top of a hill and is a popular destination. If you are interested in history you can go to the nearby Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Museum. The museum houses important memorabilia, like letters written by Netaji and things used by him during his stay there. You can also take a peaceful walk down Aranya Sarani and reach at Chimneys. It is a beautiful meadow and a popular picnic spot. The walk among the rhododendron trees is one that should not be missed. Dow Hill Park also known as Deer Park is located on top of Dow Hill. Dow Hill Forest Museum is large two-storeyed museum in Dow Hill that stores many exhibits of flora and fauna of the region. The museum is open daily. Dow Hill Water Reservoir is a large reservoir where rain water is stored. It acts as a water source to many areas of Kurseong sub-division and is surrounded by lush pine and confirous trees and looks beautiful. Ambootia Tea Estate is a sprawling tea estate with lovely gardens on the mountain slopes that produce black, green white Darjeeling teas. It is located about 10kms below the Kurseong town and takes about 35 minutes to reach by car. Makaibari Tea is one of the most famous tea estates in Darjeeling district. It’s located 3kms from Kurseong town and on Makaibari road and is one of the oldest tea estates in the district producing some of the finest tea varieties. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) museums of Darjeeling district located in Kurseong station premises houses many treasures, historical articrafts and exhibits of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Toy train ride between Kurseong and Darjeeling one of the best ways to do so is by taking a toy train from Kurseong station. One can explore the nature, its flora and fauna and also several almost unnamed villages and their people and culture. You can relish the authentic Muscatel organic tea, a rare beverage. The other delicacies include Thukpa Noodle Soup and Steamed Momos and also try local drinks like Channg and Tongba.

Getting Around

The best way to get around in Kurseong is to have your own car. You can hire cars or jeeps from the local car renting services to explore the area. There are shared taxis also that ply in this area. You can also borrow cycles from the local people and explore the surrounding regions. In addition, try out walking by foot to enjoy the natural beauty of the place.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

You can also go to the town of Kurseong by booking your seats on a plane. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra. From the airport, the distance to Kurseong is around 41 km and takes a little more than 1 hour by taking a shared taxi or bus. Cars for rent are also available.

TRAIN

The nearest rail station to Kurseong is located at New Jalpaiguri. The station there is connected to the major stations in West Bengal, and via that to the rest of the country. From the station, buses and cabs can be taken to reach Kurseong. You can also take the toy train from New Jalpaiguri for a novel experience. It takes around 5 hours to reach from New Jalpaiguri to Kurseong. A cab ride from New Jalpaiguri to Kurseong will cost approximately 800 to 100 INR

ROAD

Kurseong is well connected to Siliguri and Darjeeling. Buses leave for Kurseong from both these places. You will also get shared taxis, prepaid cars and private cars from Darjeeling, Siliguri, Mirik. Taxis also run to Pankhabari, Ambootia, Mahanadi, Tindharia, Latpanchor. If you take the Pankabari Road from Siliguri, it will take you around 45 minutes to reach Kurseong. You may enjoy a toy train ride that runs from Kurseong to New Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling.

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Surrounding Attractions

There are a number of beautiful locations that you can visit in Kurseong. You can go to Down Hill. The place has several beautiful gardens, including the popular Deer park. There is also the Toy Train Station. It is one of the heritage locations there. You can also pay a visit to one of the numerous tea estates in the region like Makaibari, Castleton, Ambootia Tea Estates. DowHill park as Deer Park is also popular. Bhangzang Salamander Lake is home to a number of salamanders, a member of the endangered species of reptiles. Also, you may consider visiting the nearby hill stations like Darjeeling, Kalimgpong, Mirik, Ghoom, Teesta Valley, Sonada, etc which all are within 50 km distance. These places have been drawing visitors from all over the world for their unparalleled scenic beauty.
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