Kurseong, also known as the land of White Orchids is situated 51 kms north of Siliguri and 30 kms south of Darjeeling. Nature plays a vital role in making Kurseong an attractive tourist destination. The name is said to be derived from the Lepcha word, kursonrip, referring to the small white orchid prolific in this area. It is 1458 m above sea level and enjoys a mild climate throughout unlike the chilly winters of Darjeeling .
Kurseong is basically known for its premium tea gardens, which include Castleton, Makaibarie, Ambotia and Goomtee.
Trekking from Kurseong to surrounding areas is most fascinating. The best one day trekking route is from Kurseong to Mirik via Namsu and Balasun River. The Tourism Department organizes such trekking in groups. The rich flora of Kurseong town and surroundings is worth a visit. They just don't call it a 'Botanists' Paradise' for nothing. It displays an enchanting, marvelous look with the first showers in May kissing the green earth. Apart from the charm and beauty that nature has bestowed upon Kurseong
Some of the famous poems and songs of Guru Rabindranath Tagore were composed in Kurseong. Sister Nivedita, the great disciple of Swami Vivekananda made Kurseong her home. It is learnt that Mark Twain spent some time in Kurseong in 1885, Fazlul Haque the Prime Minister of undivided Bengal also stayed here. Netaji Subhash Bose was interned by the colonial government for a couple of months in 1936 in a house at Giddapahar near Kurseong.
Kurseong, also known as the land of White Orchids is situated 51 kms north of Siliguri and 30 kms south of Darjeeling. Nature plays a vital role in making Kurseong an attractive tourist destination.
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