West Bengal Tourism | Kurseong

Kurseong is a hill station and sub-divisional town in the Darjeeling district of Bengal

Kurseong Tourism | About Kurseong

Kurseong Information and Tourist Season

Place :

Kurseong, West Bengal

Altitude(avg) :

1458m (4,783 ft)

Rainfall(avg) :

127.36 inches annually

Temperature :

  • Summer: 20 °C
  • Winter: 8 °C

Significance :

Kurseong, hill station in West Bengal

Best Season :

March-Early June,Mid Sept-December

Language :

Gorkha, Hindi, Bengali and English

Currency :

Indian Rupee()

Clothing :

  • Summer: Tropical Wears
  • Winter : Light Woollens

Kurseong Tourism | About Kurseong

Kurseong is a small hilly tourist location in Darjeeling District of West Bengal. Tourism in Kurseong is based on its exotic location which is located half way between Siliguri and Kurseong.Kurseong is a midway halt used by the Britishers on way to Darjeeling. Till 1835 Kurseong was ruled by King of Sikkim, in 1835 it was handed over to the British by the King of Sikkim as a tribute. It was a small village then. However it gained importance when the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) Toy Train service was extended to Kurseong in August 1880. It then became the Head Quarter of the subdivision. It has a pleasant climate throughout the year and the winters are not as severe as Darjeeling's. The local name of Kurseong is "Kharsang" which in the Lepcha language means "Land of White Orchids".Kurseong is about 47 kms from Siliguri and is connected to the city by road and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra. The Land of the White Orchids nearest major railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) railway station, which is about 53 km from Kurseong.Some Facts about KurseongKurseong 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 down here. Mark Twain also spent some time in the place in 1885. And in 1936 Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was confined for couple of months by the British in a Bungalow at Kurseong. The buangalow is now a well known Museum with many original furniture and other belongings of Netaji.

Dow Hill of Kurseong, where there is no dearth of paranormal happenings and stories. A small hill station known for its beautiful vistas, orchid gardens, forested hills, and tea plantations, Kurseong is also home to a death road, headless ghost, haunted school, and countless real ghost stories. Here we tell you a bit about a place where creepy creatures are more concentrated than in other parts of India.

Kurseong Tourism | How to reach Kurseong

Reaching Kurseong By road

The bus route is very nice, you get to see lot of good places on the way. This route has many different types of buses operating.Cab can be hire or rented from Siliguri's New Jalpaiguri Railway station or Bagdogra Airport. Hire rate depends on the availability of cars or Tourism Season.Rate depends on the Season of your visit.

Reaching Kurseong By Train

The bordering rail is New Jalpaiguri, which is almost 40 km away from Kurseong. This is an important railway station in the northern Bengal and also serves as a gateway to the remote northeastern India. You can easily get trains for different Indian cities from this railway station

Reaching Kurseong By Air

Several cab and taxi services are available outside the airport to travel from airport to other parts of Kurseong. Bagdogra airport is the nearest airport near Kurseong. It is about 46 kms from Bagdogra airport to Kurseong.

Kurseong Tourism | Historical facts about Kurseong

As per records it is known that in the 18th century Kurseong was a small village in Sikkim. ‘Kurson-Rip’ means the small white orchid which grows in forests around in April-May and thus Kurseong means “ The place of white Orchids” . Around 19th century , the Nepalese conquered and annexed the Terai and lower hills including Kurseong. At the end of Gurkha War in 1817 , the British restored the country to Sikkim . Finally in the year 1835 , on the request of the Governor General of British India , the Rajah of Sikkim ceded a strip of hill territory of 5-6 miles of Kurseong in the District of Darjeeling. In the year 1861 the Cart Road between Kurseong & Darjeeling was opened for traffic and the road down to Siliguri was opened in 1869. The D.H.R. started the Toy Train to Kurseong in 1880. The population of Kurseong was 4033 in 1881. During 1939 to 1942 Kurseong started growing rapidly.

The British Empire captured Kurseong from the Chogyal (monarch) of Sikkim in 1835. So, the town heavily influenced by British Raj and still carries imprints of its colonial architecture. One can see number of old colonial churches, buildings, luxurious mansions, bungalows, gardens and parks. Kurseong is also associated with the eminent personalities such as include Rabindranath Tagore, Sister Nivedita, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and Mark Twain.

Its proximity to Nathu La and Jelep La, offshoots of the ancient Silk Road, was an added advantage and it soon became an important trading outpost in the trade of fur, wool and food grains between India and Tibet. The increase in commerce attracted large numbers of migrants from Nepal, leading to an increase in population and economic prosperity.

Kurseong is home to some of the finest tea gardens in the world. Ambootia, Castleton, Jogmaya and Makaibari Tea Estates are the major tea estates in and around the town. One can their factory, where the picked tea leaves are dried and processed into the form.

Kurseong Tourism | Arts & Crafts of Kurseong

The town is famous for its handicrafts. The artisans produce Tibetan and Bhutanese artefacts and jewellery that are much admired overseas.

  • Tibetan wooden carvings
  • Carpet marking
  • Bamboo stools (murha) by blind school trainees
  • Bamboo products by lepcha tribe
  • Scroll paintings
  • Woven bags
  • Thanka paintings
  • Tibetan shoe making
  • Silverware and statue making by sakya craftsman

Kurseong Tourism | Food Culture of Kurseong

Nourishment in Kurseong is different extending from Nepali, Tibetan to Chinese indulgences. A well-known nibble in Kurseong is the Momo (steamed dumplings made up of pork, hamburger or vegetable cooked in a wrapping of flour) and presented with watery soup. Churpee a sort of hard cheddar produced using yak's or chauri's (a cross breed of yak and steers) drain, is some of the time bit. A type of noodle called Thukpa, served in soup frame is additionally prevalent in Kurseong. There is an extensive number of eateries which offer a wide assortment of cooking styles, running from Indian to the mainland to take into account the voyagers. Tea is the most prominent drink in Kurseong, acquired from the celebrated around the world Darjeeling tea gardens. A portion of the privately delivered items incorporate cheddar and lollypops which were presented by Swiss missionaries.For guests: should attempt hand crafted pickle accessible in the market at Engine stand Kurseong.

Kurseong Tourism | Language and Culture of Kurseong

The main language spoken in Kurseong is Nepali for mutual conversation. Other main languages for conversing with tourists are Hindi, English, Tamang, Limbu, Lepcha, Bengali and Kirat.Hinduism is the main prominent religion followed in Kurseong but Buddhism, Christianity and Islam is also equally treated.

Kurseong Tourism | Local festivals, art and culture

Local festivals of Kurseong celebrated with great fervor, joy and bliss are Christmas, Diwali, Dusshera and Losar.

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Tea Gardens, Kurseong, West Bengal

Tea Gardens

1st Major Tourist spot

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About Tea Gardens

Makaibari and Ambotia are the two biggest tea garden located around Kurseong,West Bengal producing one of the finest world distinguished Darjeeling tea.Kurseong is well known for its tea production and there are many beautiful and expansive tea estates all around the town which tourist enjoy with their family and friends.

Also located in Kurseong is Castleton Tea Estate,which is famous for its world's most expensive tea.Tea estate in and around Kurseong not only add beauty but also provide first hand experience in know how how the tea is produced on commercial scale.The estates offer guided tours where you can meet the workers, get to know the history, art and the science behind tea processing. You can also take part in tea-tasting sessions. A full conducted tour generally costs around Rs. 500

Dow Hill, Kurseong,West Bengal

Dow Hill

2nd Major Tourist spot

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About Dow Hill

Kurseong, a small hill station located at a distance of merely 30 kms from Darjeeling in the state of West Bengal has Dow Hill, one of the most haunted places in India.Dow hill of Kurseong is considered to be one of the most haunted places in India.There is a small stretch of road in between the Dow hill road and the Forest office which is called the death road.The woodcutters here often report a blood chilling account of a young headless boy walking on the road and disappearing in to the woods.

Close to the woods lie a Boys School which is said to be haunted as well.According to local legends, loud whisperings and footsteps are heard from the school in the months of December to March , when it remains closed.

Apart from local myths,Dow Hills ,lot of attractions to offer. With a beautiful Deer Park, a Forest Museum, a mini amusement park which is a favorite with families and children and a water reservoir.On the top of the Dow Hill lies lies Tourism Complex give mesmerizing view of Snow Clad mountain and Lush green Valley below.

St Mary's Hill, Kurseong West Bengal

St Mary's Hill

3rd Major Tourist spot

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About St Mary's Hill

Located at 4km from Kurseong Railway station located is St Mary's Hill, a natural area covered with lush green forests all around gives a mesmerizing scenic experiance.Amidst the greenery lies the Eastern Forest Rangers’ College (EFRC) which was the erstwhile site of St. Mary’s seminary

There is a statue of Jesus and Mary here and tourists come here to view this. St. Mary’s Hill also has a beautiful church of St. John and this has been recently built. The church is appreciated for its architectural beauty as much as it is liked is for its scenic locat

The Grotto is situated in the St Mary’s hill of the Kurseong subdivision in the district of Darjeeling. It has been constructed in a Replica of Lady of Lourdes, France. It is one of the famous pilgrimages sites not only for the Christians but for the people of all the religion, therefore this holy place is visited by people of all sects from different places with great respect and honour, they have a very firm belief that the statue of Virgin mother Mary has the divine power to fulfill all the wishes and capable of healing the diseases. The pilgrims light the candles so that their wishes are fulfilled.

Toy Train Station , Kurseong West Bengal

Toy Train Station

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Toy Train Station

The Toy Train Station in Kurseong is located in the middle of the town and is a popular site for tourists, since they can board the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, popularly known as ‘Toy Train’ to Darjeeling. The train runs through the town allowing travellers to view the town, sitting in the coach of the toy train. The train passes through the busy Kurseong Bazar and passengers of the train can view the mountains, beautiful streams and waterfalls. The train passes through the valley and through the orchards, with greenery all around.

Eagle's Crag , Kurseong West Bengal

Eagle's Crag

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Eagle's Crag

Eagle`s Crag is one of the prime attraction spots that are located at 1 km uphill from Kurseong Railway station. A beautiful scenic view of the Teesta River and the dense evergreen forest of Darjeeling valley imparts it to be a major attraction for the tourists. The lower summit boasts a Tourist complex with a garden and observatory Netaji Kothi. At earlier times the place served as the home of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose but now it stand as dilapidated building in a dismal condition. The tourists can enjoy trekking across Kanchenjungha, Jannu and Kabru peaks.

This view point is located near the town seemingly perched on a cliff. One can have a sweeping view of the surrounding mountain, hill, hamlets and slopes from here. This place also houses the water reservoir for the entire town of Kurseong. From here you will get a magnificent view of the plains of Siliguri dotted with bright lights in the distance at night. Mountains Like Jannu, and Kabru can be seen from here. The surrounding area has quite a few trekking trails which are popular for their natural beauty. At the top of the Eagle’s Crag is a tourist complex with a lovely garden. There is also an observatory called Netaji Kothi which was once the summer home of the famous Bengali freedom fighter Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose

Giddapahar View Point, Kurseong West Bengal

Giddapahar View Point

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Giddapahar View Point in Kurseong

Giddapahar situated at just 2 km away from town has the Giddapahar view point which provides a stunning view of the nearby mountains and is a very photogenic place for the tourists.Nearby there is the Seti Mata Temple that is carved out of an ancient rock and is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The Netaji Museum at Giddapahar is also a popular tourist attraction. The house was owned by Sarat Chandra Bose, elder Brother of Subhas Chandra Bose.

Ambootia Shiv Temple, Kurseong West Bengal

Ambootia Shiv Temple,Kurseong

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Ambootia Shiv Temple

Ambotia Shiva temple is situated in the Ambotia tea estate. It is one of the most Significant temples in Kurseong dedicated to Hindu Deity Lord Shiva is famous not only for religious belief but also for its eye catching breathtaking beauty around the temple. The temple is well known, not just for its religious significance, but also for its scenic location. You can also see a beautiful orange orchard close to the temple.

Kurseong churches, Kurseong West Bengal

Kurseong church

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About Kurseong Churches

Kurseong hold in its heart number of British Heritage Site which include Number of Churches which dates back to Pre Independence era.If you want taste of colonial architecture visit St. Paul's church, St. Andrew's church or St. Mary's Hill church.