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About Kurseong

A lady walking in the mist in Kurseong

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

Lord Shiva Temple at Ambootia Tea Estate

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.



Eagle’s Craig

View from Eagles Craig Viewpoint

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.


Giddhapahar Mandir

View from the Giddpahar Temple

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

Makaibari Tea Factory.jpg

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.




Deer Park

Deer Park at Kurseong

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.



Mirik Lake View

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

Blooming Flower at Mirik
  • Shah Tour n TravelsKawlay Dara ( kaule Danda ) offers fabulous views of the plains and mountains. Sunrise and sunset are particularly good times to visit.
  • Shah Tour n TravelsDeosi Dara is another observatory point offering splendid land scape views.
  • Shah Tour n TravelsRai-dhap is an ideal pinic spot.
  • Shah Tour n TravelsThere are eight tea garden in Mirik. Located only 2 kilometres away from the lake, Thurbo is one of the best in the area. The factory may be visited after obtaining the manager’s permission.
  • Shah Tour n TravelsVisit Mirik’s orange orchards, as the area is the largest supplier of oranges in West Bengal. Only 2 kilometres away from the town, you can see abundant orange groves and observe the surrounding village life.
  • Shah Tour n TravelsTranportation to Mirik is available from either Darjeeling, Gangtok or Siliguri and takes just a few hours. Taxi and jeep services are frequent, and no prior bookings are needed.


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  • kurseong schools
  • education in hills
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