Kurseong Mithu


The Tea country in Darjeeling Hills
High mountains covering the horizons, towering pine forests peeping through the mists & clouds, charming traditional houses dotting the valleys and a small nostalgic steam rail station silently puffing history, Kurseong - a prime tea country in Darjeeling Hills - is a darling holiday destination.
This is an important trade centre and a charming hill station with some world-class tea gardens like Makaibari, Castleton, and Gumtee, which produce the most expensive and delicate orthodox tea Darjeeling is known for. Goethals Memorial School, St Mary's Hill, and the churches remind you of a British Colonial past. The small narrow-gauge Kurseong Rail Station at 4800ft was established in 1880 and had a lovely DHR Museum. This place is worth visiting for some old collection of artefacts on Toy Train history.
You are not among the first to visit Kurseong. Many great personalities, especially writers, painters, poets, saints and revolutionaries like Mark Twin, Abanindranath Tagore, Rabindra Nath Tagore, Sister Nivedita, and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose are among such stalwarts who visited this place during the 18th and 19th centuries. Some of their creations and activities epitomise this place's influence, popularly called 'A Land of White Orchid'.

Activities in Kurseong

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway
  • Darjeeling Himalayan Railway - The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a steam railway service, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There is a daily steam engine service (since 1890) that runs from Kurseong at 1,458 m. to Darjeeling at the height of 2,134m. There is a daily steam engine service between Kurseong and Darjeeling and also Kurseong and Siliguri every day.

Kettle Valley Walk
  • Kettle Valley Walk - The Kettle Valley is a hidden gem in Kurseong hills and a natural picnic spot for the locals. It has a tea garden on River Rinchentong's bank, from where you can see the snowy mountain peaks of Mount Kanchenjunga.

Nature Walk
  • Nature Walk - Kurseong has the most dramatic and remote landscapes. The wild setting of towering pine woods and soaring mountains provide prospects to explore the paths and walks. Try the St. Mary's hill walk alongside a waterfall or a more demanding day hike to Mirik alongside rambling countryside and tea gardens. Beneath the grandeur of the Kanchenjunga.MORE

Dowhill Bagora Walk
  • Dowhill-Bagora Walk - In Kurseong, you can go for long walks uphill to the Forest School and Dowhill where the Deer Park is set amidst miles of coniferous forests and greenery. The British settlers here built a century-old residential school in calm and peaceful surroundings.MORE

Tea Gardens
  • Tea Gardens - Kurseong produces the most expensive Darjeeling Tea in the world. The first bio Organic tea gardens are located on these hill slopes. All around the town, the slopes are covered with tea estates of some world-famous brands like Castleton, Makaibari and Ambootia. A visit to these tea gardens, walking around, meeting the workers in the field, talking to the garden manager and visit the factory with tea testing will enrich your knowledge about the authentic Darjeeling tea experience.

Attractions in Kurseong

  • Makaibari Tea Estate

    The name Makaibari is perhaps the most discussed Tea Brand in the Global Darjeeling Tea market. It is one of the oldest tea estates in Darjeeling and is known for its exclusive tea brand Silver Tips – a unique tea leaf handpicked by the most experienced women workers on a full moon night.

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  • Ambootia Tea Estate

    Ambootia Tea Estate is one of the top tea producing gardens in Kurseong Hills, known for its delicate orthodox Darjeeling tea. British Planters established the Garden during the mid 19th Century, and it has been acclaimed as a bio-organic Garden.

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  • Eagles' Crag

    The town's most prominent feature is the TV tower at Eagle's Crag, dominating the western skyline. A short walk from the station takes you to Eagle's Crag viewpoint form, where there is a breathtaking view of the plains below. In the north, you will see the snow-capped Kanchenjunga beyond the Ghoom ridge for the first time on your way to Darjeeling.

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  • Netaji Subhas Bose Museum

    Netaji Bose Museum at Giddapahar is a beautifully converted museum of Netaji's life and times. The house used to belong to Sarat Chandra Bose, and Netaji was interned there by the British for a brief time. Also nearby is the Giddapahar rock garden.

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  • Margaret Hope tea valley

    At a distance of 11 km from Kurseong, secluded within the Margaret Hope tea valley. It has a small natural pond, which is the home to the endangered Himalayan Salamander or Newt. The Himalayan Salamander in its natural habitat can only be found in a handful of places in the world. This area offers an excellent walking opportunity among the pristine nature and villages.

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  • Kunsamnamdoling Monastery

    The Kunsamnamdoling Monastery in Kurseong is very different from other larger monasteries. This is a quaint monastery within a pine forest run by five Buddhist 'anees' or nuns and is a shrine to Guru Padmasambhava and belongs to the yellow hat sect of Mahayana Buddhism. The monastery trip is combined with the St. Mary's walking trail, visit Gothic architecture buildings and the fascinating Forest Museum and Deer Park.

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