Situated at an altitude of 1458 mts (4860ft.), Kurseong is 51 km from Siliguri and 30 km from Darjeeling. The word Kurseong means the place of White Orchid. Because of its lower elevation, Kurseong enjoys milder and very healthy climate throughout the year.

It is the peace, serenity and the healthy climate that attracted many a great person to this place. 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 Kurseong. Sister Nivedita, the great disciple of Swami Vivekananda made Kurseong her home. It is learnt that Mark Twain spent some time in Kurseong in 1885, Fazlul Haque the Prime Minister of undivided Bengal also stayed here. Netaji Subash Chandra Bose was interned by the colonial government for a couple of months in 1936 in a house at Giddapahar near Kurseong.


GENERAL INFORMATION

Area

5.05 Sq. Km.

Altitude

1458 metres (4864 ft)

Population

18000 (1991 census)

Rainfall

160 inches annually

Best Season

March to mid June & September to December

Clothing

Summer : Light Woollens
Winter : Heavy Woollens

Language

English, Gorkha, Bengali & Hindi


TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATION

AIR

The nearest airport, Bagdogra is 60 kms from Kurseong. (Journey time : about 2 hours)

RAIL

The two closest railway stations are Siliguri (50 kms) and New Jalpaiguri (57 kms) from Kurseong. These railway stations have direct railway connections with Calcutta, Delhi, Guwahati, Varanasi and other major cities of India.

ROAD

Kurseong is connected by road with Siliguri and from there to practically all the major cities of India. Guwahati (560 km), Calcutta (636 km), Delhi (1359 km) and Kathmandu (621 km).


Places of Interest

Eagle's Crag

Beautiful Point in Kurseong town to watch the panoramic view of Siliguri plains and hills. During summer season, in the evening, one can sit at the place and watch the evening lights of Siliguri town.

Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Museum

It is located at Giddhapahar at a distance of 4 kms. from Kurseong. It contains various documents and articles related with Netaji Subash Chandra Bose. The house in which museum is housed, belonged to elder brother of Netaji.

Courtesy of Information : Tourism Department, Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, Darjeeling.

 
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