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Kurseong

The small town of Kurseong is in the beautiful Himalayan valleys of West Bengal located half way between Darjeeling and Siliguri on highway number 55 and it enjoys a milder and a very healthy climate throughout the year.  Located at an altitude of 1,458 meters this town has historical significance. There is some of the finest tea estate of India known for quality Orthodox tea.  Terraced tea gardens, orchid nurseries, and hill slopes are best explored either on foot or by the Toy Train which runs from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. Kurseong literally means White Orchid. Kurseong was handed over to the East India Company in 1835 by the King of Sikkim. Peace, serenity and the healthy climate of Kurseong that attracted many a great person to this place to name a few like Mark Twain had spent time in 1885. Sister Nivedita the great disciple of Swami Vivekananda made Kurseong her home. Nobel Laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore and the great composer Atul Prasad Sen composed some of their famous works in Kurseong.

Fazul Haque, the Prime Minister of undivided Bengal also stayed here. Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose was interned by the colonial Government for a couple of months in 1936 in a house at Giddhapahar near Kurseong town. It is home to some reputed schools such as Goethals, Victoria and Dow Hill. Kurseong is a nature lover's paradise and offers some interesting treks. Two soft treks are Kurseong Town - Forest School - Dow Hill School - Kurseong - 8 kilometers and Kurseong Town - Saint Mary's Hill - (Rangers College) Deorali – Chimney - Kurseong -8 kilometers


  Places of Interest :

  Saint Mary's Hill Forest Museum
  Chimney Giddhapahar Mandir - 2 kilometers
  Baggura Ambotika Shiv Mandir - 5 kilometers
  Kettle Valley, Dilaram Tea Estate Makaibari Tea Estate -4 kilometers
  Jt. John's Church Downhill
  Eagle's Crag - 1 kilometers Netaji Kothi
  Deer Park- 4 kilometers