Kurseong in Lepcha language means “Land of white Orchids”. It is a popular hill station located in the state of West Bengal in India. Located at an elevation of 1520 m above mean sea level, nearly 35 kms from Darjeeling, Kurseong produces some of the costliest and finest teas in the world. Kurseong is also called as the school town, as it is home to some of the renowned schools established during the British rule. Today is one of the preferred tourist destinations from all across the country and abroad for its sheer natural beauty and uniqueness of its own.
Until 1780 Kurseong was a part of the Kingdom of Sikkim. Gorkhas of Nepal attacked Kurseong & surrounding areas during 1780. During the Anglo-Gorkha war of 1814, Gorkhas were defeated by the British; and by the treaty of Titalia in 1817, the king of Sikkim was reinstated by British East India Company. When Darjeeling was developed as a health sanatorium by the British, Kurseong was developed as one of the hill stations en route to Darjeeling.
Darjeeling Himalayan Railway also called as the “Toy Train”, is a narrow gauge railway listed in the UNESCO world heritage site that connects New Jalpaiguri with Darjeeling. It runs through the entire length of the town. It offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks.
Eagles Craig is a beautiful view point in Kurseong town which provides a scenic view of the surroundings especially Siliguri planes and the Teesta River.
Deer Park also known as Dow Hill Park is a renowned park with a flower house, water fountain and has several animals which are found in the Himalayan region.
St. Mary’s Hill located at about 4 kms from Kurseong railway station. It is home to the Eastern Forest Ranger College and the famous St. John’s Church.
Kettle Valley Picnic Spot is a beautiful picnic spot amidst Dilaram Tea estate on the banks of river Rinchengtong.
The Ambhotia Shiva Temple & Gidhapahar Mandir are prominent Hindu religious centres around 4 kms from Kurseong.
Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Museum located near Gidhapahar Mandir, is a museum house which belonged to elder brother of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose.
Bhangzang Salamander Lake is located at a distance of 14 kms from Kurseong. This green tinged lake is home to the rarest and most endangered species of Salamanders.
Makaibari Tea Estate is the World’s first tea factory which was established during 1859 AD. It produces the world’s most expensive tea.
Kurseong has a pleasant climate throughout the year. The best time to visit is from March to Mid June and from September to December. Winters are not as severe as in Darjeeling owing to its lower altitude.
How to Reach
The nearest airport is at Bagdogra around 60 kms from Kurseong which has direct flights to Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati. Two closest railway stations are at Siliguri at 50 kms and New Jalpaiguri which is about 57 kms from Kurseong. The easiest way to travel by road is through Siliguri which is well connected to all major cities of India.