June 2014

Scenic roads around Tea Gardens at Kurseong
Scenic roads around Tea Gardens at Kurseong

As the Indian summer was getting unbearable more and more each day in the metro city of Kolkata, an invitation to spend a weekend at the historic hill station of Kurseong (4860 foot from sea level) seemed as God send. I have never been to Kurseong and this seemed a suitable opportunity to take a break from the heat.

This little hamlet has been often ignored by the holiday makers who preferred to romp around 32 km away at the hustling and bustling Darjeeling during the summer holidays. And yet this small town has its own charm with its famous Tea Gardens, the serpentine scenic roads, forest infested hills with orchids blooming post monsoon and last but not the least the famous Himalayan Railway – The Darjeeling Toy Train. There are many famous schools at Kurseong where numerous students come to study from all over the country. You can visit some of the Churches and a Monastery, take a tea tour at Makaibari Tea Estate or take a long drive along scenic Ambootia Tea Gardens to a Shiva Temple which surprisingly looks like a Monastery! A walk on the Hill Cart Road breathing mountain air beside the toy train line can be extremely refreshing.