Often called the ‘ Land of the Wild Orchid ‘,it is noted for its secluded charm and Eagle’s Crag which offers a commanding view of the undulating plains. Kurseong is situated 32km south of Darjeeling, and is the shy, often-overlooked little sister of the more glamourous Queen of the Hills further up the track.
Its name derives from the Lepcha word kurson-rip, a reference to the small white orchid prolific in this area. Surrounded by manicured tea estates, it is also currently the southern terminus for the charming toy trains of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.
Hill Cart Rd (Tenzing Norgay Rd) ? the noisy, traffic-choked main thoroughfare from Siliguri to Darjeeling ? and its remarkably close shadow, the railway line, wind through town. It is a must visit place for the tourists.
There are numerous good walks in the area, including one to Eagle?s Crag (2km return) that affords splendid views down the Teesta Valley and the steamy plains to the south.
Because of its lower elevation, the place enjoys a milder and very healthy climate throughout the year. Here you will find various hallmarks of colonial structures..
Best season to visit is from March to mid June and September to mid December. For carry Light woollens and for winter’s carry heavy woollens.