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About Kurseong
Altitude -  1,500 m (4,921 feet)
Area -  5.05 sq. kms.
Population -  About 80,377
Languages spoken -  Nepali, Hindi, Tibetan, English and Bengali
Climate -  The average temperature of kalimpong in summer max 29C and in winter max. 15C
Rainfall    279.4 cm
Clothing -  Light woollens and tropicals in summer (umbrellas and raincoats are useful) and heavy woollen in winter.
Best season to visit -  Mid April to June & Mid September to December

Kurseong is a hill station (and sub-divisional town) situated in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. Located at 26.88 N 88.28 E, Kurseong is just 30 km from Darjeeling. It has a pleasant climate throughout the year and the winters are not as severe as Darjeeling.

The local name of Kurseong is called "Kharsang" which in the Lepcha language means "Land of the White Orchids". Kurseong is 47 km from Siliguri and is connected to the city by road and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway.

Places of Interest
Eagle's Crag
This popular landmark is one km uphill from Kurseong Railway station is Eagle’s Crag from where amazing views of the Teesta River and the dense evergreen forest of Darjeeling valley. At the summit there is a Tourist complex with a Garden and observatory Netaji Kothi, "Once a summer home of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose but now a Ruined Bulding". Quite a few trekking trails lead off into the surrounding mountains and forests. You can see the Khangchendzonga, Jannu and Kabru peaks as they loom up in the distance.


Tea Estates
A tea plantation town, the rich green tea estates like Ambotia, Castleton, Springside, Makaibari, Jogmaya, Ghoomtee stretch across the hillsides.


St.Mary's Hill
Nearly 4 kilometers from Kurseong Railway Station surrounded by deep woods lies an elegant mansion which houses the Eastern Forest Rangers' College (EFRC). Earlier the campus was the sight of St. Mary's seminary, the first such seminary of the east of Suez. A statue of Jesus and Mary and the newly built Jt. John's Church, an example of modern architectural excellence, are also located on the same hill.


Kettle Valley Picnic Spot
Outing at Kettle Valley Picnic Spot at Dilaram Tea Estate on the banks of the river Rinchengtong offers you a rare opportunity to play in its crystal clear waters in the backdrop of snow-clad mountains.


Dow Hill
The Deer Park, the Forest Museum, the mini amusement park and the water reservoir all set amid moss-laden conifers of Dowhill is worth a visit.

A one kilometre ascent takes one to the top of Dow Hill where a well-developed tourist complex is situated. Standing here on a clear day, one can have a sweeping view of the plains in striking contrast to the hills around. All around are the ubiquitous tea plantations. The Castleton Tea Estate, which produces the world's most expensive tea, is nearby.


Ambotia Shiva Mandir & Gidhapahar Mandir
If you are religious and would like to pay a visit to the temples you can visit the Ambotia Shiva Mandir and the Gidhapahar Mandir in town.


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