Thursday, November 11, 2010


The landscape changes rapidly as you climb from Siliguri. Vast tracts of tea estates all hurtle pass as the car passes through orchid laden forest road of Pankhabari. The land of white orchid, Kurseong is a tiny school town which has not been discovered by tourists yet. Kurseong is scattered on a forest ridge and its cameo like beauty and tranquility inspired Rabindranath Tagore and Mark Twain to stay here. The toy train passes right through the center of the town. An excellent choice is the walk to Nagri Spur with its stunning view of tea gardens and forests. Eagles Crag looks over the Teesta River. Castleton Tea Estate borders Kurseong town. A walk among the tea bushes is a good time to spend a day and relax.

Kurseong Tourist Lodge has a bar and a restaurant which offers hot momos and chai. Other options are Shyam’s and Hotel Amarjeet. Kurseong recently has its own swank Cochrane Resort where you can spend a few days in ultimate bliss far from the madding crowd.

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