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Kurseong is a small picturesque town in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal and is located on the hill called Daw Hill. This place is about 53 kilometres away from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station though Teesta Bazar, 55 KM away from Bagdogra Airport of Siliguri and 45 KM from Siliguri Bus Stand. Excellent scenic beauty is the main attraction of this Municipality Hill town. The prime economy of this place is tea, tourism and education. Many prestigious schools of Kurseong is as old as 120 years. The altitude of Kurseong is around 4783 feet and remains cool is most of the times of the year.
In nearby dialect Kurseong is maintained as "Kharsang". "Kharsang" implies Lands of White Orchids. Unquestionably it is an extremely quiet and wonderful spot for holiday destination in West Bengal.
The first tenants were the Lepcha individuals, who named their home "Kurseong", on the grounds that each spring it was alive and splendid with Kurson-Rip orchids. In the remote past, Kurseong was a part of the Kingdom of Sikkim, even before the British came to India. Be that as it may, in around 1780 the Nepalese vanquished and added Kurseong and its encompassing zones. At that point came the Gurkha War, which the Nepalese lost. The 1817 Treaty of Titalia restored Kurseong to Sikkim. .
With its mountains giving a cool and dry environment in the mid-year, Kurseong was a most loved of the British. All things considered, they discovered going there from the lands of Bengal bit troublesome, even on warm sunny days as a result of the mountains. Despite the fact that a way was worked from Kurseong to Darjeeling from Titalia in the 1770s and 1780s, its sporadic upkeep soon made the new course, the Military Road, verging on futile. The following course, Hill Cart Road (now Tenzing Norgay Road), opened in 1861 and fared better.
By the by, in 1835, the British chose that Darjeeling would make a magnificent sanatorium and summer habitation for their military and non-military personnel officers alongside their families. Arrangements with the Chogyal of Sikkim, Tshudpud Namgyal, gave them a piece of valley in Kurseong for a yearly charge. As one of the hill stations making a course for Darjeeling, Kurseong started to develop another hill station on the way to Darjeeling.
By the time of independence Kurseong was a developed town with a municipal board many prestigious school and tea gardens. Soon Kurseong started to develop as a second tourist attraction in that hilly region after Darjeeling. In 2011, the population of Kurseong Municipality was 42,446. The rural area in Kurseong Block had a population of 94,347. All India Radio has a local station in Kurseong which transmits various programs of mass interest. Which was established in the year 1962.
Now a days Kurseong is a hot tourist spot and many people love to spend few days holiday in this wonderful hill station. Due to its altitude the weather of Kurseong remains cool most of the time throughout the year. The majestic view of Kanchanjungha and the valleys are really awarding.
This hill station has many hotels, resorts, lodges and homestay which can accommodate from a luxury to budget customers. Food joints offer hot steaming Chinese and Nepalese food along with Bengali food. There are many famous tourist attractions in and around Kurseong which can be explored by the tourists.
You can take the following trains from Howrah to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station. Kurseong is only 53 KM from NJP Railway Station. You can hire private vehicle or trekker to reach Kurseong.