situated at an altitude of 1496 Mts (4864 ft), 51 kms from Siliguri and 30 kms from Darjeeling, Kurseong's natural advantages make it a very attractive tourist destination. Affectionately called the Land of the White Orchid, Kurseong is redolent with the fragrance of this delicate blossom. Its name, a corruption of the Nepali word Kharshang, means the Dawn's Pole Star, a name that is fairly indicative of its charm. Located at a lower elevation for those who dislike the severe winters of Darjeeling, Kurseong enjoys a milder and a very healthy climate throughout the year.
It is the peace, serenity and the healthy climate of Kurseong, that attracted many a great person to this place. Guru Rabindra Nath Tagore and the great composer Atul Prasad Sen got inspiration for some of their famous works around Kurseong. Sister Nivedita, the great disciple ofSwami Vivekananda made Kurseong her home. Arvindo Nath Tagore had crafted his best work in the scenic beauty of this hill town.
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose had made Kurseong his second home. It is believed that even Mark Twain had also spent some time in Kurseong in 1885. Fazul Haque, the Prime Minister of undivided Bengal had also stayed here. From Bagdogra / New Jalpaiguri/'Siliguri, the road / railway track passes through Kurseong.
The rich flora of Kurseong town and surroundings is fascinating, and it has aptly been described as a 'Botanists' Paradise'. With the first showers in May, after a relatively dry winter and spring, the river beds glitter in the light of the sun like silver lines, while the sunlight and dappled shadows play hide and seek on the higher slopes of the valley. Sometimes on a clear day, one can see the clouds piling up in the plains and advancing slowly but relentlessly to cover the foothills.
Apart from the charm and beauty that nature has bestowed upon Kurseong, the tourism infrastructure in Kurseong is fast developing.
Kurseong is justly proud of its educational institutions. The town's educational establishments provide quality infrastructure and house students from widely different backgrounds. The town' economy thrives on these educational institutions.
Besides that, the people of this place are joyous and fun loving and welcome visitors with warmth and hospitality.