Kurseong is a tiny hill station located in the district of Darjeeling of West Bengal, India. The tranquil atmosphere of this place can get you a great relief from the hustle & bustle of a typical busy life. Plantations, manicured tea gardens & Raj-era boarding schools are the things that turn Kurseong into an excellent place to enjoy the vacation. Some of the interesting places of Kurseong are-
Kurseong is situated 4783 feet above the sea level spreading across few hills of mountains. Dow hill is one of them which is partially covered with dense forest. It’s believed that dow hill shelters a large number of leopards in the forest area though there’s still no bad news about the loss of human lives there. It draws the attention of tourists & visitors owing to have forest museum, historic schools, beautiful sightseeing facility & the dow hill park at the top of it.
The park has lush greenery & is a recreational place for the children having a playground with slides and swings. You can visit the dow hill park any day in between 10 am to 4 pm by paying a nominal entry fee.
Giddapahar View Point
Giddapahar is another hill of Kurseong. The viewpoint of this hill is few kilometers away from the Kurseong town along the Hill Cart Road heading towards Siliguri. You’ll notice a gate upon reaching Giddapahar. Enter through the gate & then you’ll find the stairway. The viewpoint can be accessed right from the roadside by climbing up that stairway.
It feels wonderful to see the mountains & snow peaks from such an altitude. However, if you’re going to Giddapahar, make sure it’s a sunny day to enjoy crystal clear views.
Maakabari Tea Estate
It’s is one of the famous tea estates in Darjeeling which is located 3km away from the main town of Kurseong along the Maakabari road. Some of the finest tea varieties are produced in this tea estate and they also incorporate a tea processing factory. Tourists are welcomed to have a great experience of their tea garden life along with the customs & cultures of Kurseong. You can also visit their factory to see tea processing with your own eyes.
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Museum
This museum used to be a house of Sarat Chandra Bose, a great writer and freedom fighter who bought it back in 1922. Though it was a private property of Sarat Chandra, he was captivated inside this house during the British rule. Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was also kept there in between 1933 to 1935.
Later on, the house was turned into a museum and allowed for the masses. Paying a visit to this place will let you see the original furniture used by Netaji Subhash Chandra, also the articles, letters written by him during his captivity period.
Eagle’s Crag View Point
It’s one of the best viewpoints in Kurseong. Eagle’s Crag allows a stunning 360o bird’s eye view of the mountains and neighboring hills which can take your breath away! The evening is the best time to enjoy the sightseeing when the sun almost goes down but still radiates lights in hues of orange, red, & yellow. Everything looks heavenly & surreal in this light.
Best Time to Visit Kurseong
You can visit Kurseong all-round the year except for the monsoon season that continues from June until August. The weather is pleasant during the summer, so it’s a good time to visit this place. Winter (December- February) is also a good time to enjoy a vacation in Kurseong since it’s a great time for sightseeing & trekking around the town.
Kurseong is quite a good place to enjoy your vacation in the midst of nature, green tea gardens & cluster of tall trees. You can arrange picnic at the top of the dow hill or trek through the deep forest if you love adventure.
Photo by Amit Chattopadhyay