The literary meaning of Kurseong is 'The Land of White Orchids'. This small town is Situated at a distance of 51 kilometers from Siliguri on the way to Darjeeling. Kurseong is not as famous as Darjeeling but still has a few surprises for the tourists.
The town has traditionally attracted people from the plains as a summer sojourn. Kurseong has served a number of Indian and foreign artists, poets, social reformers and patriots. The list includes Rabindra Nath Tagore, Subhash Chandra Bose, Sister Nivedita, Atul Prasad Sen and many more. The century-old-schools of Kurseong are also famous for providing excellent standard of education. Schools like St. Mary's School, St. Helen's School for Girls, Victoria Boys' School and Himali Boarding School (Co-education) are the most reputed ones.
The town is situated at an altitude of 4864 ft. Kurseong covers an area of about 5 square kilometers. With an average annual rainfall of about 160 inches, the town has a cool winter.
In Kurseong one can see some worldclass tea gardens. The views of the Kunchenjunga is very attractive.
Behind this energetic and modern Kurseong town lies a history of transformation. In 1835 the King of Sikkim yielded this small province to the British Government. The small village came to common notice when the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) extended its railway tracks up to Kurseong on 25th August, 1880. DHR set up the Headquarters of the Sub-Divisions here.
Places to see in Kurseong
Deer Park: The Deer Park or the Forest Museum is 4 kilometers from the town on the Dow Hill. This is an attractive amusement park.
Eagle's Craig: This spot is famous for the views of sunset and the sunrise. It is about 1 kilometer from the Rail Station.
Giddapahar Mandir: This is a holy place for the local. This temple of the God Shiva is situated 2 kilometers away from the town. In every Shivratri a mela is organized there.
A boutique hotel in Kurseong designed with the Tea and Toytrain in mind.
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The Amarjeet Hotel Kurseong
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Kurseong Tourist Lodge is the government tourist accommodation in Kurseong. It is located on the main road and is famous for the quality of food served in its restaurant.
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