On the way from Bagdogra or siliguri, your car will likely stop at Kurseong to let you stretch your legs. The name of this little town means the ‘Land of the white Orchids’ in the indigenous Lepcha tongue.From here you get an expansive view of the plains nearly 5000 feet (1524 metres) below. In the other direction, Kurseong also offers a spectacular view of the road, rail track and market as you gaze towards Darjeeling. The town is surrounded by famous tea gardens, producing some of Darjeeling’s finest tea, and at one time it was fashionable for India’s rich and famous to have a summer residence here. Some of the most well-known residents of kurseong include mark Twain, Gurudev Rabindra Nath Tagore, Abanindra Nath Tagore, Sister Nivedita and Subhash Chandra Bose
Ambotia Shiva Mandir
Around 5 kilometres from Kurseong town, the Shiva Temple situated at Ambotia Tea Estate is well worth a detour. The Ambotia landslide drops 1,000 metres and is 1.5 kilometres wide, offering beautiful views and scenery on all sides.
Situated around 1 kilometre from Kurseong’s railway station, Eagle’s Craig is ideal spot for a romantic view of the surrounding hills and plains, and is especially famous for its sunsets.
At only 2 kilometres from kurseong bazaar, the Giddhapahar Mandir is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the most revered temples in the Darjeeling hills. A festival is held here on Shiva Ratri, the Night of the Lord Shiva, usually in February.
Makaibari Tea Estate
Located 4 kilometres from the town, the Makaibari Tea Estate is open to visitors who are interested to experience firsthand the manufacturing of this plantation’s famous tea.
The Deer Park on DowHill, 4 kilometres from town, houses an amusement park, a forest museum and a school. It’s a great place to take kids.
Transportation to Kurseong is readily available from Darjeeling Gangtok or Siliguri. Taxi and jeep services are frequent, and no prior booking are needed.
A small sleepy town lying at 5800 feet (1767 meters), Mirik has gained prominence on the tourist circuit since the 1980s. Built around the 1.25 kilometer long Sumendu Lake, the town resembles a fishermen’s colony. The pristine lake is surrounded by high forested hills, tea gardens, orange orchards and cardamom plantations. Boating on the lake is a wonderful way to see the town, as you cruise past a floating fountain and an 80 foot-long arching footbridge. Overnight accommodation is available at hotels around the lake.
Places to Visit in and around Mirik