Kurseong | The Land of White Orchids
Kurseong (কার্শিয়াং) located only
47 kms away from Siliguri and situated on 4800 ft above sea level. It’s a small
amazing hill station, very near of charming Darjeeling in Darjeeling district
of West Bengal. Kurseong can be a good option for Puja vacation, you can spend
few days at Kurseong during Durga puja. The name Kurseong derived from local
Lepcha language, which is ‘Kharsang’, meaning ‘Land of the White Orchids’.
In my opinion, best attraction of Kurseong is fog, so many
form of fog can be seen here. Kurseong is on the way to Darjeeling from Siliguri,
maximum number of people thinks Kurseong as halt destination, but I will recommend
staying here to feel and explore misty unexplored Kurseong.
Kurseong is a very small town, total area only 5 sq. kms,
number of cool places are scattered around the town. Railway station is one of
the main attractions of the town, this is a really nice place to spend time. Also
take a visit to historical railway museum, which is within the station campus.
Take a small walk through Kurseong railway station to ‘Eagle’s
Craig view point’, from here you can see charming view of whole Kurseong town. Famous
Makaibari Tea Estate and tea processing unit just beside main Kurseong town,
taste a cup tea here.
Also you can take sightseeing tour to
Netaji house, rain forest near Dow Hill School, St. Pauls Church, Choiling
Monastery, Monteviot gompa and Singell Tea Estate.
Few hotels are there
around main road and railway station, but now am going to discuss about
accommodation in homestay around Kurseong.
Constantia Cottage Homestay: This homestay located at AB Path, Fatakdara,
on the road toward Castleton Tea Factory, far away from the crowd of town. They
provide nice spacious rooms for guest with western bathrooms and a fully
functional kitchen. The rooms are very cozy and clean and view from the balcony
is excellent. Tariff starts from Rs. 1200 to Rs.1700 for standard rooms.
Aama Homestay: This is a family run project by experienced
people in hospitality industry one of the best place to stay at Kurseong.
Luxury Studio Apartment
Rs. 5000 per person per night (includes
breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Rs. 2500 per person per night (includes
breakfast, lunch and dinner)
Kettle Valley Homestay: This homestay located just 10 kms away from
Kurseong town, on the way to Darjeeling a place call Dilaram. They provide two rooms for comfortable stay with western
style toilets, with private balcony facing the Kurseong town. Tariff starts
from Rs.200 per person per night with food.
How to Reach
Nearest railway station
is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) well connected with rest of India, so many train plays
daily service to and from Kolkata. Direct cars or taxi available from NJP,
Siliguri and Bagdogra airport. It will take around more or less 2 hrs. journey
through hill cart road.
Nearest airport is Bagdogra (IXB), situated on 41 kms away
Best Season to Visit
Kurseong can be visited throughout the year except
monsoon season, but best time to visit is Kurseong is post monsoon or autumn.
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