Kurseong is a town in Darjeeling district in the northern part of West Bengal, India.

Get in

Toy Train, Kurseong Station

Kurseong is about 45 kilometers from Siliguri the gateway to North Bengal. The airport of Siliguri is known as Bagdogra while the railway station is known as New Jalpaiguri. It takes approximately 2 hours to reach Kurseong if you travel by Hill Cart Road, the comfortable and scenic link running parallel to the railway tracks or about one hour using the Old Army Road (Pankhabari Road), which is steeper. Kurseong is a Lepcha word (the original inhabitants of this area) and it means the white orchid of the eastern Himalayas. The name was apparently given by a European researcher who was researching on an exotic variety of white orchid that could only be found at the height of Kurseong i.e. 4500 feet from sea level. This variety of the white orchid only grows at this height; hence the name the white orchid of the eastern Himalayas. Kurseong is also known as the Land of Glorious sunsets as the sunsets are very exotic owing to the fact that as it faces the western part of the hills, the sunset is visible through a glorious mix of clouds turning crimson and yellow and red and eventually dark as the sun sets in the hills.


Kurseong is home to the costliest teas in the world. World famous Castleton, Ambotia and Makaibari tea gardens produce the most delicate aromas of all black teas known to mankind.


You just relax or move around the town, tea gardens or the parks. Enjoy the cool mountain breeze. The town is small, clean and relatively uncrowded.


One can buy beautiful Tea from either Tea Estate's outlet countr or from shops available in plenty. Woolen garments, jackets are very attractive and can be purchased from shops located on T.N.Road.


You can eat Momos, the Tibetan variety of dumplings.


you can try local drinks such as "chaang" prepared from fermented millets,and tonba another local fermented drink.


Cochrane Palce Hotel, Kurseong

Government owned Tourist Lodge and Shyams provide cosy stay.

Go next

Continue with your journey to Darjeeling (about 35 kilometers), to Sikkim or Kalimpong. To catch a train or flight, you have to go to Siliguri. Reserve cars are available from Siliguri, Kings Travels, dial-098304-28401/ 093319-39486.

Routes through Kurseong

Darjeeling  N  S  Siliguri Jalpaiguri

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