Kursong, Darjeeling

about Kursong

Kurseong is a hill station located at an altitude of 1458 meters (4864 ft) situated in Darjeeling District of West Bengal, India.  Kurseong is just 30 km from Darjeeling. The local name of Kurseong is "Kharsang" which in the Lepcha language means "Land of White Orchids". The peace, serenity and healthy climate attract many people here. Some of the famous poems and songs of Guru Rabindranath Tagore were composed in Kurseong. The magic painter Abanindranath Tagore and great composer Atul Prasad Sen got inspiration for some of their famous works around the town.

Local Sightseeing
Eagles Craig
As the name suggests, The Eales Craig is a viewpoint on a perched cliff about two kilometers walking distance from the Kurseong Market. The Kurseong TV tower, which can be seen from far and wide, is located just behind the Eagles Craig.

Ani Gompa
The formal name of this monastery is Kunsamnamdoling Gompa, but it is more popularly called Ani Gompa, as the Buddhist nuns (ani) run the monk here.

Makaibari Tea Garden
The Makaibari Tea Garden is famous throughout the world for its organic tea and unique management practice of its owner Mr. Raja Banerjee. The garden is an example of sustainable and inclusive development. The Makaibari Tea Garden can be located through the Pankhabari road. The garden also offers tea tourism option for visitors.

Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Museum
This Museum is located a few kilometers before Kurseong on the Hill cart road towards Siliguri at a place called Giddapahar. The Museum is located on a bungalow where Netaji Subash Bose stayed at one time and the house used to belong to the elder brother of Netaji Subash Bose.

Ambootia Tea Garden
Ambootia Tea garden can be reached through a road that starts near the Cochrane place. There is a temple in the garden that offers a beautiful view of the surrounding hills. You can continue to drive through the same road for a few more kilometers to reach Balasun river.

The best times to visit Kurseong are between March end and May and between the end of August and October.

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