Land of White Orchids. That’s what Kurseong means in the local language. To be specific, the word is Kharsang. It happens to be one of the oldest municipalities in Bengal.
The British, who ruled India for couple of centuries, always had problems with the intense Indian summer. Many an Englishman lost their digestion and their temper, thanks to the hot and humid Indian weather. So, come summer, they would retreat to the summer retreats on various hill stations. Darjeeling was one of those. Kurseong, being en route to Darjeeling, also developed as a hill station.
The Darjeeling Himalayan Railways (DHR), a narrow gauge railway, built around 1880 to connect Siliguri to Darjeeling, is a UNESCO world heritage site. It is headquartered at Kurseong, and presently the train services ply from Kurseong to Darjeeling. As mentioned in one of my previous blogs, Kurseong is also famous for its…
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