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Nazish Khan Aug 05 2015

A Day in Kurseong

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Kurseong, 30 km from Darjeeling is a pretty hill station which is still untouched and unexplored. Ceded to the British Empire by the King of Sikkim in 1835, Kurseong still holds an old-world charm that makes it surreal. Spend a day in Kurseong to know how the beautiful place leaves you awestruck!

Visit Eagle’s Craig

Start early morning and visit Eagle’s Craig, a scenic spot perched on a cliff 1 km from the railway station. Also there is a Gorkha Bhansa Ghar that serves authentic Gorkha cuisine at the station which is the best spot for a hearty breakfast. The menu offers the best of Nepalese cuisine at pocket-friendly prices.

Photo by Benaddict~commonswiki

Eagle’s Craig is a perfect spot for sweeping views of the surrounding mountains, picturesque hamlets and lush green slopes around Kurseong.

Trip to Dow Hill Deer Park

A short drive from Eagle’s Craig will take you to the famous Dow Hill Deer Park. Visit this place to take a close look at some rare species of animals. Don’t miss the Forest Museum here.

Photo from official tourism website

Visit Giddapahar

Giddapahar in Kurseong, along the Hill Cart Road, has a Devi Temple where crowds descend for a big fair around Ram Navami. The place is also famous for Netaji Museum, where Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose had interned for a short while.

Tea Estate

Giddapahar is also known for its family-owned Giddapahar Tea Estate which is spread across 109 hectares. The tea garden offers beautiful views of the snow peaks of Himalayas but you have to take prior permission to visit the sprawling tea estates.

Tea Plantation

It’s time for Lunch

I know that all this sightseeing will leave you famished, so head to the popular local restaurants Maya Restaurant, near the station for good Chinese and Thai food. Amarjeet Bar and Restaurant is popular for its North Indian delicacies. Delhi Darbar is a must try sweet shop near the railway station. The cafeteria at the Tourist Lodge has scrumptious momos and pizza.

A Nepali Meal

Visit Bagora

Once you are done with the lunch, you can go to Bagora--also called Zero Point. It is the place with the highest elevation in Kurseong with some fabulous views.

Photo by nbu2012

Go for Lovely Walks

There are several soothing walking trails, past the main school campuses, through the leafy hillsides. An excellent choice is the walk to Nagri Spur, with its stunning views of the tea gardens and forests. Castleton Tea Estate fringes this part of Kurseong, one of the many famous weekend getaways from Darjeeling.

Photo from official tourism website of West Bengal

Shopping Delights

Even though it is a small and sleepy hill station, Kurseong has a bustling market which is lined with shops selling snug woolens, local handicrafts and the signature Darjeeling tea. So, make sure you pick some before heading home.

Photo by Qeqertaq

End the day with a sumptuous dinner

Nothing beats a relaxed and lavish dinner after a hectic day of sightseeing, so head to the local eateries for a hearty dinner of your choice. The local market has some nice dining options which are worth exploring.

Nepali Meal

Plan a stay at charming Homestays

In case you want to extend your day trip and are wondering where to stay,Kurseong has some decent stay options including lovely homestays which are like a home away from home. Some recommended ones are Singell Homestay which is located in Singell Tea Estate and Kettle Valley Homestay, which is about 7-8 km from the main centre.

Photo from official Facebook page of Kettle Valley Homestay

So, this is all about a day in Kurseong! We know that the pristine hill station will charm you with its scenic beauty and quietude.

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