It may have been a hamlet nestled along the Hill Cart Road on the way to Darjeeling, but Kurseong, a small hill station, also known as the Land of White Orchids, has become quite popular amongst tourists. This sub-divisional town in the Darjeeling district is surrounded by a myriad of tea gardens, including the world famous Makaibari, Ambotia and the Goodricke Group owned Castleton Tea Estates, hence making it home to the costliest teas in the world.
As we bid adieu to the rains, September-December is the time to visit Kurseong, which is well connected to Siliguri and Darjeeling by road as well as the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR).
While, visiting the famous tea estates to get an insight into their history and to learn the art of tea processing should be on top of your to-do list, the bustling town of Kurseong has more to offer. One must not miss out on the joyous ride on the DHR, better known as the Toy Train. The narrow gauge railway, an engineering marvel so to say, simply runs on the road side through the length of the town, skirting the front of shops and market stalls. You can ride along all the way to Darjeeling, a picturesque journey as it will be.
It is also worthwhile visiting the DHR museum which exhibits historical artefacts and sheds light on the creation of this toy train which today is a World Heritage Site, only the second railway to have been bestowed with this honour. Lastly, take the short walk from Kurseong station up to Eagle Craig and enjoy a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, sloping tea gardens and the far away town of Siliguri.