Kurseong, nicknamed the “Land of White Orchids” is a small bustling hill station located on the Siliguri – Darjeeling National Highway No 55. The journey to Kurseong is about 45kms from Siliguri, roughly it takes around 2 hours to reach the town by road. Since it falls midway to Darjeeling, a night stay here can be a very good option for travellers planning a vacation in and around Darjeeling hills and should definitely include the same in the holiday itinerary. Staying in Kurseong is also not a big deal since it boasts of several nice hotels, lodges and even home stays.
You will definitely fall in love with the view of tea plantations, abundant species of flowers, lush green forests in the panoramic setting of snow-clad mountains. A beautiful amalgamation of colors can be observed during sunset in the sky. British remnants in the form of churches and heritage schools in the town which the Britishers established are some of the greatest assets of Kurseong. Local sightseeing covers Eagles Craig (around 2 kms walking distance from the main market), Ani Gompa, Makaibari Tea Garden, Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Museum (located at Giddapahar - few kilometres ahead of Kurseong) and Ambootia Tea Garden. You can visit some nice museums (including DHR Museum that showcases original railway archives & exhibits), tea estates & factories, temples and even interior villages to know the life and culture of the locals. Bagora, Chatakpur and Chimney have emerged as the new village tourism spots within the vicinity of Kurseong. From some parts of Kurseong you would get wonderful view of Mt. Kanchenjunga and the Himalayas. There are quite a few restaurants in Kurseong near the main taxi stand close to the station. A delicious multi cuisine restaurant is also run by the famous Kurseong Tourist Lodge of West Bengal Tourism. However there are also few small budget eateries located on the alleyways and serve authentic local Nepali food and snacks.
Kurseong's experiences a temperate climate for most part of the year because of the fairly low altitude. The average temperature varies from about 10°C in January and goes up to an average of about 20°C in August and again falls to an average of 10°C in December. The best time to visit Kurseong is between March to Mid June and October to December. Although Kurseong can be visited throughout the years as it is connected with the plains with all weather road.
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