Kuresong situated at 1475 mtrs is a quiet little town on the Darjeeling-Siliguri Toy Train’s route. The word Kurseong means – the place of White Orchid. Because of its lower elevation, Kurseong enjoys a milder and very healthy climate throughout the year.The natural advantage of a congenial climate and elevation. Lush green forests and yea plantation over slopes and ridges, magnificent views of the distant plains covered by tropical vegetation and meandering rivers amidst the panoramic setting of snow=clad summits of Mt. Kanchandzonga, Kabru & Jannu , it is the peace, serenity and the healthy climate of Kurseong, that attracted many a great person to this place. Guru Rabindra Nath Tagore and the 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.
The rich flora of Kurseong town and surroundings is fascinating, and it has aptly been described as a ‘Botanists’ Paradise’. With the first showers in May, after a relatively dry winter and spring, the river beds glitter in the light of the sun like silver lines, while the sunlight and dappled shadows play hide and seek on the higher slopes of the valley. Sometimes on a clear day, one can see the clouds piling up in the plains and advancing slowly but relentlessly to cover the foothills.
Apart from the charm and beauty that nature has bestowed upon Kurseong, the tourism infrastructure in Kurseong is fast developing. Besides that, the people of this place are joyous and fun loving and welcome visitors with warmth and hospitality.
An ideal place to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Himalayas who dislike the severe winters of Darjeeling or the scorching heat of the plains.
Foreigners visiting Kurseong must possess an Indian visa. No special permit is required for either traveling or trekking inside Darjeeling. However, necessary travel documents need to be shown as and when required.
AIR CONNECTIONS: Bagdogra Airport is 60 km (2 hours) from Kurseong.
ROAD CONNECTIONS: Darjeeling is connected with all weather metalled road with Siliguri, Kalimpong, Gangtok etc.
• Kurseong – Kalimpong…70 km
• Kurseong – Siliguri….50 km
• Kurseong – Gangtok…114 km
• Kurseong – Darjeeling…35 km
RAIL CONNECTIONS: Out-station trains (Indian Railways) generally come into either New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri. From there, visitors may proceed to Kurseong by “Toy-Train” (journey time 4.5 to 6 hrs)
YEAH KSG IS REALLY A BEAUTIFUL PLACE..SEEMS ITS A HEAVEN ON EARTH THAT EXIST IN THIS MODERN ERA OF AN UNEASY ENVIRONMENT.
Rail journey up to Kurseong is 2 to 2.50 hours. The full journey takes 4 to 5 hours up to Darjeeling.
Did you know that in…. 1891 Kurseong sub-division formed from Sadar sub-division.
1907 Siliguri sub-division formed from Kurseong sub-division.
(courtesy “Story of Darjeeling” by B.Lama)