Kurseong, a lesser known destination on the tourist map lies between Siliguri and Darjeeling at an altitude of 1458 mts. The rich flora of Kurseong is so fascinating that it has aptly been described as a ‘Botanists’ Paradise’. White orchids grow in plenty around Kurseong. All around Kurseong are some of the famous tea plantations, growing some of the best varieties of famous Darjeeling tea. Peace, serenity and healthy climate of Kurseong had attracted many a great person to this place. Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore and the great composer Atul Prasad Sen got inspiration for some of their famous works while staying at Kurseong. Sister Nivedita, the great disciple of Swami Vivekananda made Kurseong her home. Even Mark Twain is believed to have spent some time in Kurseong in 1885. 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 a house at Giddhapahar near Kurseong town in 1936. [pic]
View of Kurseong town
Where is Kurseong?
Kurseong is in Darjeeling district of West Bengal in India. On the way of Darjeeling from Siliguri lies Kurseong. About Kurseong
Though Kurseong lags behind in the race to become a preferred tourist destination compared to its glamorous counterpart Darjeeling, there is tranquility and peace about the place that does not fail to attract tourists, and that quest for peace and tranquility brings him back to this place again and again. Kurseong receives heavy rain during rainy season; in fact Kurseong receives the highest amount of rainfall after Cherrapunjee in Meghalaya. Moreover such heavy rainfall is ideal for white orchids that adorn the hill-slopes of Kurseong in abundance. Trekking from Kurseong to surrounding areas is a fascinating experience. A one day trekking route from Kurseong to Mirik via Namsu and Balasun River is organized by the Tourism Department in group. Sightseeing in and around Kurseong?
Eagle’s Craig view point...