Eminent for its scenic splendour with no dearth of tourist’s attractions, Kurseong is a popular hill station to step around Kalimpong and Darjeeling. Way back in 1835, this hill stations was handed over to the British by the king of Sikkim. Over the years, gradual influx of visitors brought Kurseong into the notice of several voyagers from all over the country. But the significant transformation of this destination was noticed later in 1880, when Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) Toy Train service was incorporated on that region.
Today, the natural exquisiteness of Kurseong entices plenty of travellers from different parts of the country. Presence of a wide range of orchids adds more magnificence to the natural galore of this hill station. Not only this, abundance of white orchids around the province gave Kurseong a new identity as the ‘Land of White Orchids’. Besides its scenic beauty, the hill station is blessed with several other enticing destinations to behold. Let’s take you for a virtual ride to some of the popular tourist destinations in Kurseong:
1. Deer Park
After enduring a sweltering summer, a blend of restful knoll and temperate temperature brings sheer sign of relief to the Kolkatans when they get themselves to the arm of beautiful Kurseong. Having said the rich variety of attractions in Kurseong, Deer Park is one such worth visiting sites that one should pay a visit. Situated in the Dow Hill area, this park is popular for boasting a diverse range of deer. The park is also known as Satellite Park or Dow Hill Park, which is an absolute delight for children who can thoroughly enjoy the gathering of deer amidst the pine trees. Besides, the park also houses some endangered species of birds and animals. The park is evenly a favourite place to step around for wildlife photographers.
2. Eagle Craig
Every hill station is best explored when you scale its stature. Enclosed with overwhelming natural panorama, eateries and busy markets, Eagle Craig is another leading attraction in Kurseong. This point offers you a splendid vista of Siliguri plains, lively Teesta River blending with lush bush environs. A mesmerising view of snow-clad Kanchenjunga and cluster of clotted clouds makes this place a worth visiting destination in Kurseong.
Being perched at an elevated point, the surrounding areas of Eagle Craig is an absolute delight for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. In addition, presence of vibrant garden, tourist complex and observatory around the spot plunge to you a different level of excitement all together. If you happen to scale atop Eagle Craig during daylight or after dusk, make sure you witness the magnificent sunrise and sunset view from this amazing location.
3. Tea Gardens
One more quill to the natural landscape of Kurseong is its tea estates. When in Kurseong, make sure you don’t miss two of the popular tea gardens there i.e. Ambootia and Makaibari. If you avail the guided trip amidst these gardens, you can have a close observation of the tea testing activities. In addition, you may also involve into an interactive session with the workers. Doing this will let to unveil many unexplored tales about the workers, their work style, history of these tea gardens and much more unknown facts. The entire guided trip around the tea garden may pocket you somewhere around INR 500. Plunging into the refreshing greeneries is absolutely an exciting experience to behold.
4. Buddhist Gompas
Apart from its natural abundance, Kurseong is also quite popular for hosting a rich variety of spiritual existence. Probably this is why you may notice here many temples, churches and Gompas. In Kurseong, mass populace are of Buddhist community. Hence, availability of Buddhist monasteries around the city is nothing to get surprised of. If you rove around Dow hill Road in Kurseong, you will come across Buddhist Gompas, which is visited by plenty of travellers. People also flock here to take some valuable lessons on the Buddhist culture. The overall tranquillity and spiritual ambience inside the Gompa leaves you completely spellbound.
5. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Museum
Located around 4Kms reach from the main city, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Museum is an offbeat site that you may explore during your stay in Kurseong. As the name suggests, this museum is dedicated to India’s mysterious freedom fighter Subhash Chandra Bose. Times back, this place used to be the house of Subhash Chandra Bose’s elder brother. Moving ahead, the place was converted to a museum. Today, you can witness here some of the rare belongings of Subhash Chandra Bose. The museum exhibits an array of articles, documents, artefacts and atypical photographs of this legendry freedom fighter. People with great interest towards Indian history will enjoy exploring this museum to a great extent.
Upon enquiring how to reach Kurseong, this place is well-accessible from various parts of the country through the following means of transport:
By Air: For air travellers, the nearest airport is Bagdogra. There are several popular carriers that fervently ply between Bagdogra and many other major Indian cities. From Bagdogra airport, you may hire a cab or get into a shared taxi to reach Kurseong. By road the distance between Bagdogra and Kurseong is nearly 40Kms that can be travelled in approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.
By Train: Thanks to the Himalayan Railway for connecting Kurseong to Darjeeling (around 30Kms) and Siliguri (around 37Kms). Located around 52Kms from Kurseong city, the closest railhead is New Jalpaiguri (NJP), which is well-connected to many other major destinations like Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Delhi and Kolkata. Travellers may also get into a toy train from NJP to reach Kurseong via Siliguri. From NJP railway station, you can hire taxi or get into a bus to travel further.
By Road: The road connectivity between Kurseong and its nearby destinations is quite convenient. There are several private and public transports that connect Kurseong to many important destinations like NJP, Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Gangtok and Siliguri. Additionally, one can also share a jeep from Siliguri and NJP to reach Kurseong. If you want to travel by bus from Siliguri, take a bus from Hill Cart Road. This route from Siliguri will take you to Kurseong via Sukna. Captivating nature across the route will make you completely enthralled on the go.
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