Kurseong Tourism

Although not as famous as neighboring Darjeeling, Kurseong hills station over the years has earned a reputation of picturesque tourist destinations of West Bengal . Its proximity with Darjeeling hills station has surely helped in this cause. The city is located just 30 kms away from Darjeeling. However, true secrets of its stellar success lies in its intrinsic beauty that is mainly characterized by beautiful landscapes of tea estates and lush greens hills that are so typically found in all hills station. In other words, today Kurseong hills station has made a place of its own on gigantic tourist map of India. It is for this very reason that we’ve brought complete tourism profile of this hills station, wherein you’ll come to know every tourism related details about this place.

Kurseong Tourism

Best Time to Visit Kurseong

The best times to visit Kurseong are between March end and May and between the end of August and October. Try your best to not to visit during monsoon season. That’s because during monsoon season it rains non-stop. As matter of fact Kurseong receives highest amount of rainfall after ‘Cherrapunjee, which every year receives highest rainfall in our country.

Helplines and Important Contact Numbers

Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal
2, Brabourne Road, Kolkata - 700 001
Phone : 033-2225 4723/4724
E-Mail :director.tourism@gmail.com

West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.
Udayachal Tourist Lodge
1st Floor : Salt Lake: Sector-II
Kolkata - 700 091
Phone: 033-4401-2086/4401-2082
Fax: 033-2248 8290
E-mail : wbtdc@vsnl.com, visitwestbengal@yahoo.co.in

Tourism Centre (Siliguri)
M-4 Building, Hill Cart Road, Siliguri
District-Darjeeling, West Bengal,India
Phone: 0353-2511974/2511979;9733008785
Telefax: 91-353-2517561
http://www.westbengaltourism.gov.in/web/guest/himalayas-kurseong

Famous Tourist Destinations in Kurseong

Kurseong offers beautiful blend of diverse tourist destinations. Ranging from its expansive lush green tea estates to places that offer stunning and breathtaking views of this entire hills station and then there are quite a few historical temples. Below we’ve brought brief details about all these tourist destinations.

Kurseong Tourism
Eagle Craig in Kurseong

Eagle Craig: This is a place on top of a hill that offers breathtaking view of this hills station. But it is more important to not to miss the sunset view from this spot, as the view is simply stunning and out of the world. Besides, Eagle Craig is located in the very heart of the town, located just 25 minutes walking distance from Kurseong Railway Station.

Dow Hill : Being a hills station Kurseong surely does not have any dearth of lush green beautiful hills. But amongst all the beautiful and lush green hills the most worth visiting is Dow Hill. What makes it so are whole lots of beautiful tourist attraction that are located here. Beautiful attractions like Dow Hill Park, Dow Hill Forest Museum and Dow Hill Water Reservoir will make your day out here pretty memorable. Besides, surrounding lush greenery of this hill area will completely soothe your restless heart and mind.

Giddapahar View Point : All it takes is 15 minutes of car journey along Hill Cart Road to reach Giddapahar View Point. And reward that you get for this journey is stunning and breathtaking views of mountains and hills. Especially views of snow peaks (including famous Kanchenjunga hill). Overall, the experience that you get here is simply priceless and out of the world. Therefore this place has to be in your tourist list.

Toy Trains : The one way to make your trip to Kurseong town really memorable is to enjoy ride in the famous toy train. The voice of steam engine and enjoying lush greenery of a beautiful hills station while sitting on window seat of a toy train is an experience like no other. And we’re sure that you would not want to miss this experience. However, if you really want to enjoy this awesome experience, then you’ll have to book your ticket in advance. Online tickets are available on IRCTC. This famous toy train plys actually between Kurseong and Darjeeling & also between Kurseong and New New Jalpaiguri.

Tourist spots in Kurseong
Toy Train

Ambootia Shiva Temple : This local Lord Shiva Temple is one of the most revered temples of Kurseong city. But this fact is hardly the unique feature of this temple. The actual unique feature of this temple is that here Lord Shiva is not worshipped in the form of Shiv Linga, but in the form of old dead trunk of a tree. This old dead trunk of a tree has been main idol of this temple since time immemorial. But how and why this tree trunk assumed divine importance is still not known. Keeping the mysterious history, this tree trunk though does make this temple very unique in every way.

Giddapahar Seti Mata Temple : This temple is another one of the most scared temples of Kurseong town. Everyday hundreds of tourists and locals pay visit to this temple and seek spiritual power and blessings of Goddesses Durga. This temple exudes with religious fervor all throughout the year. If you’re someone who always crave to religious and spiritual fervor, then you surely should be visiting this temple. The temple can be accessed by a stairway from the Hill Cart Road.

St. Mary's Hill : Although not as famous as Dow Hill, but is still worth visiting for all the serenity and peace that this hill has to offer. You will also find very beautiful church on the top of this hill. This church set in the midst of lush greenery does make up for amazing setting and ambience. Overall, if you want to seek peace and sublime bliss then this is the place for you. St. Mary's Hill is located just 3 kms away from main city of Kurseong.

Famous Tea Estates : Famous tea estates are after all its best tourist attractions, just as they are for neighboring Darjeeling town. There are four tea estates of Kurseong that you must really check out. These are Castleton, Makaibarie, Ambotia and Goomtee tea estates. Each tea garden is just as beautiful as other, but Makaibarie tea estate is the largest one and also the most beautiful one.

Travelling in Kurseong
Tea Gardens

While beautiful lush greenery spread across all these tea estates are surely their main attractions, but there is actually lot more to do here. You can get a firsthand look at how actually the tea industry functions and how labourers go about doing their day to day work. Besides, you can even enjoy a fresh tea here. And we can assure you that tea that you’ll enjoy here will be the most memorable tea that you’ll ever enjoy in your entire life.

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Museum : Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose is unarguably most revered leaders of India. The mere mention of his name evokes great sentiments and emotions amongst people even today. There is houses in Kurseong where the great leader spent some time as a prisoner. Today this house has been converted into a museum, which offers you sneak peak into life that Netaji .

Where to Shop in Kurseong ?

You can shop at Hill Cart Road and Tenzing Norgay areas. These two local areas are always buzzing with markets and lot of street stalls. As for what to buy, then woolen cloths and jackets are surely amongst best shopping items available here.

Where to Eat in Kurseong ?

There are lot of restaurants in this hills station that offer you all types of delicious cuisines – including of course Bengali cuisines. But the one food item that you must try out the most is Memos, which is actually Tibetan version of dumplings. You can enjoy them in street food stalls or in any of the well known local restaurants. Below are names of few very well known restaurants where you can enjoy delicious Memos along all types of popular multi cuisine food.

Hill Top
Address: 11, T N Road, Kurseong, Darjeeling – 734203
Phone no: +(91)-8016213936

White Orchid Restaurant
Address: 99 C, Hill Card Road, Kurseong, Darjeeling – 734203
Phone no: +(91)-9832367060

Ashta Restaurant
Address: 34, C/O Ashta Hotel, Ground Floor, Opposite Kurseong Railway Station Hill Cart Road, Kurseong, Darjeeling – 734203
Phone no: +(91)-9832016720, 8016289684

Where to Stay in Kurseong ?

Being a renowned tourist destination Kurseong certainly does not have any shortage of luxurious and well maintained hotels. To ensure that you don’t find any problem in searching for these hotels we’ve brought complete names and address. As such Kurseong lush greenery is not really enough to enchant your heart, these hotels with their ultra modern accommodation will further add to your delightful vacation. And what’s even better, these hotels offer luxury accommodation at a very budgetry rate.

Hotels in Kurseong
Hotels

Kurseong Tourist Lodge
Address: Kurseong Ho, Darjeeling 734203, India
Phone no: Not available

Cochrane Palace
Address: Kurseong Ho, Dist: Darjeeling, West Bengal
Phone no: +91 99320 35660, +91 354 2330703.
Website: http://www.imperialchai.com/

The Amarjeet Hotel
Address: 12, T N Road, Kurseong, Darjeeling – 734203
Phone no: +(91)-354-2344678, +(91)-9832745678

Hotel Mohpal
Address: 101, Hill Cart Road, Near Nirmal Bakery, Kurseong, Darjeeling – 734203
Phone no: +(91)-354-2344651, 2344351

Ashta Hotel
Address: 34, Hill Cart Road, Opposite Kurseong Railway Station
Kurseong, Darjeeling – 734203
Phone no: +(91)-9832016720, 8016289684

How to Reach Kurseong ?

Nearest railway station to Kurseong is New Jalpaiguri junction, located some 50 to 60 kms away from Kurseong town. Being a junction Jalpaiguri is connected to most of the metropolitan cities of India. As for how are New Jalpaiguri and Kurseong are connected, then they are connected via famous toy train, cab service and also by bus service. However, if saving time is your utmost priority then prefer travelling via cab or bus rather than toy train.

In the end all that can be said is that Kurseong is absolutely dream tourist destination for any tourist. Its lush greenery accompanied by calming serenity, the breathtaking views of hills, the stunning tea estates and historical temples will make your vacation into unforgettable experience. It is unarguably one of the most beautiful places of West Bengal state, just as beautiful as neighboring Darjeeling hills station is.


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