Kurseong is a sub-division of Darjeeling district. In 1835 it was handed over to the British by the King of Sikkim and it was a small village then. However it gained importance when the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) service was extended to Kurseong in August 1880. It then became the Head Quarter of the subdivision. The altitude of Kurseong is moderate 4864 feet and therefore the climate for most part of the year also remains temperate. However it can get quite cold during the winter. South of Darjeeling, is a tiny but bustling hill town best known for its tea estates and Raj-era boarding schools. Its name derives from the Lepcha word khorsang, a reference to the small white orchid prolific in this area. It is flanked by hilly slopes draped with manicured tea estates. If you start exploring the spreads of Kurseong, it starts exposing its charm. The Name Kurseong means 'The place of white orchids'. So as expected, the white orchids grow in abundance in this area. The area is also full of beautiful tea gardens, forests and year round vegetation on the hill slopes. One can get magnificent views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Kabru and Jannu, and the meandering rivers Teesta and Mahananda flowing downwards to the lower plains & meadows. Kurseong has several great view points offering spectacular views of the landscapes, tea gardens and the snow peaks. There are some great heritage schools here which the British had established. One can visit some museums (including DHR Museum that showcases original railway archives & exhibits), tea estates & factories, temples and even interior villages to know the life and culture of the locals. Spread of Kurseong is much more than what it may seem. Beyond the township to lovely tea gardens along the mountain slopes, forests with array of flora & fauna, quaint villages and of course Visit to Himalaya ot VisitHimalaya with us and so on. And expectedly, there are many view points, tea estates, temples & churches, museums, as well as famous historic schools that were setup during the British colonial days. Darjeeling Himalayan Railway Museum is another attraction of the place. Three Himalayan Railway museums of the district is located in Kurseong station premises. The toy train track runs on level with the road. The whistling sound of the steam engine can often be heard from the surrounding area. Tourist generally takes a stop to see the mini train negotiating its way through the mountains. Overall a visit here is very romantic feeling to be cherished for long. The Town has seen many special personalities in the past. Nobel Laureate and poet Rabindranath Tagore composed several of his poems in Kurseong. The great disciple of Swami Vivekananda Sister Nivedita settled here. Mark Twain also spent some time in the place in 1885. And in 1936 Freedom Fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was confined for couple of months by the British in a Bungalow at Kurseong. The bungalow is now a well known Museum with many original furniture and other belongings of Subhash Bose. Kurseong cannot be completed unless you visit Makaibari and its mentor Mr. Rajah Banerjee. The oldest Tea Estate which started the Home Stay & Organic Concept. Sustainable tourism started with Makaibari. Baggura, Mungpo, Sittong, Badamangua, Chotamangua, Tinchuley, Takdah, Selim Hills, Runglee Runglit, etc are places of natural beauty and with home stays ideally located for guests to enjoy the beauty and are all accessible from Kurseong by road.
Communication: From Siliguri, the distance to Kurseong is approximately 51 kilometers by road. From New Jalpaiguri Railway station (NJP) the distance is about 57 kilometers and from Bagdogra airport (IXB) Kurseong is approximately 60 kilometers. From Bagdogra the usual route is via Matigara and Rohini. From NJP and Siliguri, the public transports would usually take the Hill Cart Road unless it's closed for some reason. It takes about 02 hours to reach Kurseong from both New Jalpaiguri Railway station (NJP) & Bagdogra airport (IXB). Darjeeling is about 33 kilometers from Kurseong and takes about an hour and fifteen minutes. There is two more way to Kurseong one is National Highway 55 and the other is called Pankhabari. Kurseong is located in Darjeeling district and is on National Highway NH 55 (i.e. Hill Cart Road) that originates from Siliguri and goes all the way to Darjeeling.
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