Kurseong is a hill station (and sub-divisional town) situated in Darjeeling District of West Bengal, India. Located at an altitude of 1458 meters (4864 ft), Kurseong is just 30 km from Darjeeling. 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. The town is based mainly on schools and tourism. The best times to visit Kurseong are between March end and May and between the end of August and October. The Chogyal (Monarch) of Sikkim ceded Kurseong to the British Empire in 1835. Later in 1880, this small hamlet became a tourist destination for the colonial authorities and was a preferred place for sanatoriums where the sick would recuperate.
Forest museum is also located in Dow Hill and is overseen by the forest department. You will get to know the types of animals that inhabited the forest area here in the past when you visit the museum.
How to reach
By Road: From Kurseong Railway Station (at Pankhabari Road), the fastest route will take nearly 25 minutes (6.2 Km) via Baghghora Road, and another route via NH110 to Pankhabari road nearly 31 min (7.0 km) will take to reach Forest Museum, though congestion on NH110 causing approx.12-min delay. Both the ways are amidst the mesmerizing and absolutely stunning with gorgeous Scenic beauty of Dowhill Eco Park as backdrop.
The popular tourist spot of Eagle's Crag viewpoint is a short walk distance from Kurseong railway station seemingly perched on a cliff. One can have a sweeping view of the surrounding mountain, hill, hamlets and slopes from here. It has a cafeteria, a watch tower and a flower garden; this place also houses the water reservoir for the entire town of Kurseong. The place also has a concrete altar built in the park with a khukri on top called shahid smarak. The panoramic view from this point is breath taking, you will get a magnificent view of the Mt Kanchandzonag and its ranges, the plains of Siliguri, the hills of Nepal, rivers, tea gardens.
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Eagles Craig view point
Located at about a kilometre from the Kurseong’s railway station, Eagle’s Crag is the most popular tourist site in Kurseong. It is at a high point and offers breathtaking view of the valley below. Tourists can also see the free flowing river Teesta from this point.
For adventure lovers, Kurseong is the right place, as it offers various treks and hikes, either it be tea garden walk or hike through lush green Cryptomaria Japonica forest or village walks, it is all here. Recently new adventure sports have been added to Kurseong HOT AIR BALLOON & ROCK CLIMBING. In coming days Kurseong will be known for these sports. So, Kurseong is a ideal destination for travellers, where you can enjoy nature, adventure and culture "the new destination of the millennium".
White water rafting in Tista was introduced in Darjeeling hills more than a decade earlier and has gained tremendous popularity since then. Several private organisations along with DGHC tourism have set up rafting facilities. River Tista is graded at IV on an international scale. With a series of rapids with varying intensity and character, Tista extends a challenging invitation to the enthusiasts.
Salamander Lake is located 14 km from Kurseong. In the past, it used to be a favourite place for the British for boating and people from the neighbouring towns used to hang out here frequently. It is a beautiful green-tinged lake that shelters the rarest and most endangered species of salamanders a species under threat of extinction.
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Salamander Lake is located at a distance of 14 km from the town of Kurseong.
Land of the White Orchids
In local Lepcha language "Kurseong" is called "Kharsang", meaning "Land of the White Orchids". The ownership of Kurseong was handed over to the British Government in 1835 by the then Chogyal (Monarch) of Sikkim and later in 1880 it became a favourite tourist destination for the colonial rulers of India.
Earlier this was known as Deer Park since you could see lot of deers here. However with deforestation, such sights are now rare and hence the change in name.
In the adjacent forest there is a large fenced area where you can still see some deers. But venturing into the forest is not allowed, you can only look for the deers from outside the fence and often they can be seen moving around, but not in the park.
Dow Hill park is located on top of Dow Hill. The fenced park itself is quite small. There are hedge and other different kinds of plantations. There is a gazebo in the park where you can sit and relax. There is also a small children playground with swings and slides. The park is open from 10am to 4pm. Closed on Thursdays. A nominal entry fee needs to be paid to enter the park.
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Dow hill Park
By Road: From Kurseong Railway Station (at Pankhabari Road), the first route through the beautiful Montiviot Tea Garden - Baghgora Road -- Bara Shibkhola Forest and another route via NH110 through Pankhabari - Baghgora road will take nearly 19 minutes (5.2 Km) to reach the Dowhill park.
From the main market a steep road climbs uphill towards the Dow Hill area. This is the original Hill Cart Road connecting Kurseong with Darjeeling. As the new version of the Hill cart road came up, this road was renamed as the “Old Cart Road”. From Kurseong you have to climb just a kilometre or so to enter the Dowhill eco park area.
How to reach
By Road: From Kurseong Railway Station (at Pankhabari Road), the first route through the beautiful Montiviot Tea Garden - Baghgora Road -- Bara Shibkhola Forest and another route via NH110 through Pankhabari - Baghgora road will take nearly 19 minutes (5.2 Km) to reach the Dowhill.
How To Reach
By Air: The nearest airport to Kuseong is Bagdogra. There are direct flight connections with Delhi, Kolkata, Howrah, Guwahati and other major cities of India. There are a number of transport facilities available from Bagdogra to reach Kurseong.
By Train: The nearest railway stations are Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri from Kurseong. These railway stations have direct railway connections with Kolkata, Howrah, Delhi, Guwahati and other major cities of India.
By Road: The main entry points to Kurseong are Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri. There are various modes of transport availabe to reach Kurseong.