,a lesser known destination on the tourist map is Kurseong,
on the way from Siliguri to
Darjeeling. A picturesque town
at a height of 1,458m. Kurseong is 51 km from Siliguri on the main
road, and is also an important stop on the toy train route. The
alternate route from Siliguri to Darjeeling via Pankhabari also
joins the main road a little short of Kurseong. It's over-a-century-old
schools provide excellent education. Kurseong has the unusual spectacle
of the road, rail track and market 'moving' together towards Darjeeling
in the most colourful manner. It is surrounded by famous tea gardens,
producing some of the finest Darjeeling tea in the world. At one
time it was fashionable for rich and famous calculations to have
a summer residence here. Amongst those said to be associated with
Kurseong were poet Rabindra Nath Tagore, painter Abanindra Nath
Tagore, writer Mark Twain, Sister Nivedita and Subhash Chandra Bose.
Due to its climate, Kurseong is favoured by many for health reasons
or as a base to visit Darjeeling.
Craig: 1 km from the railway station, is an ideal spot for a
view of the hills and plains. The sunset are an unforgettable experience.
Park: 4 km from the town on Dow Hill has an amusement park.
Forest Museum is a part of the Forest School with exhibits.
Mandir: 2 km , on Hill Cart Road, is a Shiva temple. A fair
is held on Shivratri.
Shiv Mandir: 5 km, another Shiva shrine on the Ambotia Tea
Estate. Ambotia landside drops 1,000 metres and is 1.5 km wide.
Tea Estate: 4 km, where visitors can see tea manufacture and
buy the same.
Air: Bagdogra Airport, Siliguri, is 60 km away. Taxis/buses
are available at the airport for transit to Kurseong.
Rail: Siliguri, 50 km and New Jalpaiguri, 57 km are the nearest
main stations. It is an important station on the toy train route
from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. The Toy Train takes a little
over 5 hrs from New Jalpaiguri to Kurseong.
Road:Taxis and buses are available from Siliguri in plenty,
taking around 3 hrs for the journey. Mirik is also 3 hrs away, and
Darjeeling is 2 hrs away. Taxi/buses for Darjeeling, Siliguri/Bagdogra
are available throughout the day.