West Bengal • India
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|5.05 km² (2 sq mi)|
• 1,500 m (4,921 ft)
• 15,916 /km² (41,222 /sq mi)
• 734 203
Kurseong (Hindi: कार्सिय़ां) is a hill station (and sub-divisional town) situated in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. West Bengal ( Bengali: পশ্চিমবঙ্গ Poshchim Bônggo poʃtʃim bɔŋgo is a state in eastern India. India, officially the Republic of India (भारत गणराज्य inc-Latn Bhārat Gaṇarājya; see also other Indian languages) is a country A geographic coordinate system enables every location on the Earth to be specified in three coordinates using mainly a spherical coordinate system. Indian Standard Time ( IST) is the time observed throughout India and Sri Lanka, with a Time offset of UTC+530. UTC+530 is the Timezone for Indian Standard Time Sri Lanka Time The geography of India is diverse with landscape ranging from snow-capped mountain ranges to deserts plains rainforests hills and plateaus The elevation of a Geographic location is its height above a fixed reference point often the mean sea level. To help compare Orders of magnitude of different geographical regions we list here areas between 1000 km2 and 10000 km2 A district is an administrative division of an Indian state or territory. Darjeeling, is the northern most district of West Bengal state in eastern India. In Biology a population is the collection of inter-breeding organisms of a particular Species; in Sociology Population density (in agriculture standing stock and Standing crop) is a measurement of Population per unit area or unit volume Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. A Postal Index Number or PIN or Pincode is the post office numbering or Post code system used by India Post the Indian Postal For the past decade or so telecommunication activities have gained momentum in India KA-19-P-8488jpg|thumb|270px|Close up of a licence plate used in Mangalore, Karnataka. A geographic coordinate system enables every location on the Earth to be specified in three coordinates using mainly a spherical coordinate system. Hindi ( Devanāgarī: hi [[wiktहिन्दी हिन्दी]] or hi [[wiktहिंदी हिंदी]] IAST:, IPA:) is Darjeeling, is the northern most district of West Bengal state in eastern India. West Bengal ( Bengali: পশ্চিমবঙ্গ Poshchim Bônggo poʃtʃim bɔŋgo is a state in eastern India. India, officially the Republic of India (भारत गणराज्य inc-Latn Bhārat Gaṇarājya; see also other Indian languages) is a country Located at an altitude of 1458 metres (4864 ft), Kurseong is just 30 km from Darjeeling. It has a pleasant climate throughout the year and the winters are not as severe as Darjeeling.
The local name of Kurseong is called "Kharsang" which in the Lepcha language means "Land of the White Orchids". Kurseong is 47 km from Siliguri and is connected to the city by road and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Siliguri (শিলিগুড়ি ''Shiliguṛi'') is a rapidly developing metropolis in the Indian state of West Bengal. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, nicknamed the "Toy Train" is a gauge Narrow-gauge railway from Siliguri to Darjeeling in West The nearest airport is at Bagdogra. Bagdogra Airport or Civil Aerodrome Bagdogra, a military Airport that is open for civilian flights is located about from the city of Siliguri in The nearest major railway station is New Jalpaiguri [NJP], which is about 53 kilometers from Kurseong. WikipediaWikiProject Indian cities for details --> New Jalpaiguri is a Sister city of the city of Siliguri in India 's state The town is based mainly on schools and tourism. The best times to visit Kurseong are between March end and May and between the end of August and October.
Kurseong was ceded to the British Empire by the chogyal (monarch) of Sikkim in 1835. The British Empire was the largest empire in history and for over a century was the foremost global power. The Chogyal ( were the monarchs of the former kingdom of Sikkim. Sikkim ( Nepali:, also Sikhim) is a Landlocked Indian state nestled in the Himalayas It is the least populous state in India Later in 1880, the small hamlet became a tourist destination for the colonial authorities and was a preferred place for sanatoriums where the sick would recuperate.
Kurseong is developing as a quiet hill station. It has all the natural goodness of mountains and nature without the hustle and dirtiness of an old hill station. The tea gardens surrounding Kurseong are the most premium (yes both these superlatives are required to describe) tea gardens in the world. Some of the teas from these gardens are sold in hundreds of Euros per kg. The gardens include Castleton, Makaibarie, Ambotia and Goomtee. The Cochrane is amongst the best places to stay for a hill station. Come for a honeymoon or to just chill out. Eagles Craig provides wonderful view of hills and the plains. You can still there to hit the cool breeze flowing it. The feeling is unforgetable.
Kurseong Municipality, which is over 125 years old is the main civic administration body for the town of Kurseong. It is located at 13, Dowhill Road. The current Chairman is Mr P C Agarwal while Mr Robin Kumar Pradhan was his predecessor. The Municipality is divided into 20 wards [from 12 wards] and each has a ward commissioner who is in-charge of the individual ward.
Shanta Chhetri of GNLF won the Kurseong seat thrise in a row defeating Buddhiman Rai, Independent, in 2006, and Tulsi Bhattarai of CPI(M) in 2001 and 1996. Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF is a Political party in northern West Bengal, India, formed in 1980. The Communist Party of India (Marxist (abbreviated CPI(M or CPM) is a Political party in India. In 1991, Nar Bahadur Chettri, Independent, defeated Dawa Lama of CPI(M). In 1987, Harka Bahadur Rai of CPI(M) defeated A. N. Pradhan of INC. Indian National Congress-I (also known as the Congress Party and abbreviated INC) is a major Political party in India. In 1982, H. B. Rai of CPI(M) defeated Dawa Narbula of INC. Dawa Narbula (born 16 December, 1935) is a member of the 14th Lok Sabha of India. In 1977, Dawa Narbula of INC defeated Anand Pathak of CPI(M). 
Among the towns of Darjeeling District, Kurseong was nicknamed as "the school town" due to the emergence of many new schools in the town. Like the other hill stations within the District of Darjeeling, Kurseong also has its fair share of renowned schools established during the British Rule in India viz St Helens Convent, Goethals Memorial School, Dowhill Girls School and Victoria Boys School. Goethals Memorial School is one of the many administered by the Congregation of Christian Brothers in India.
The schools can be classified into 2 distinct groups. The English Medium and the Nepali Medium. The English medium schools are mostly affiliated to the Indian Certificate of Secondary Education [ICSE], Delhi while the Nepali Medium Schools are affiliated to the State Education Board ie West Bengal Board of Secondary Education [WBBSE], Calcutta. Some of the schools are also affiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education [CBSE], Delhi
WBSE Sait Alphonsus School, St. Joseph School;ICSE/ISC -- St Helens Convent, Goethals Memorial School, Dowhill Girls School, Victoria Boys' School1, Himali Boarding School1, Glen Hill Public School1, St Anthony's School,Cambridge English Boarding School, Little Flower School, Dawn Boarding School, Jnaneshwar Memorial Academy,Bellevue boarding school. Daisies Boarding School,CBSE- Godwin Modern School,Tiny Tots School Tiny Tots School was the first English Medium nursery school opened in 1970 as a private school from where the trend of schools started in Kurseong and became the Town of Schools
WBBSE --1,1, Pushparani Boys High School1, Scottish Mission Girls School, Rama Krishna Girls School
1 Schools that provides secondary [year 10] as well as higher secondary education [year 12]
Teachers of Dowhill Girls and Victoria Boys' School are recruited through WB Public Service Commission. Both boys and girls are in Dow Hill School from KG till class III. Thereafter, it is only for the girls. The other school is for boys and from class IV. Both the schools set in picturesque natural surroundings, have hostel facility. While tution fees are not needed in Govt. schools, moderate fees for boarding facilities are charged and the amount is less than half of what is required in other schools of the category. These two schools, established between 3rd and 17th August, 1879, are among the old schools in the country. Sir Ashley Eden the then Lt. Governor of Bengal, had conceived the idea of establishing the school for the children of those in the lower ranks of Government service. When the school was started, it only used to admit children of European origin, and the environment as well as the ideals of the school were that of a typical British Public School. Since then, the educational facilities were extended to others. They are not a Church School. The ideals of the schools changed with Independence, and at that time the very existence of the schools was in jeopardy. But with the timely interference by the Education Department of the Government of West Bengal, the schools quickly adjusted to the new social atmosphere. Soon was a great influx of students of Indian origin and the number of European students decreased. At present almost all are Indian, barring a few from the neighbouring countries of Nepal and Bhutan. Students from states other than West Bengal are also admitted without any restriction thus maintaining the cosmopolitan atmosphere. Though the medium of instruction is English, students are made aware of their rich Indian heritage in the classrooms, sports field and on the stage. They are the only schools under the Government of West Bengal, which are affiliated to ICSE and they have produced many distinguished students settled in all parts of the world, who have excelled in different spheres and continue to excel.
On May 16, 2005 Himali Boarding School has been appointed as the first Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) centre in north-east of India. The students have the option of sitting for the globally recognised, A and AS [equivalent to year 12 school board examination] level examinations of CIE or the school's own year 12 school board examination [ISC].
Kurseong has one college "Kurseong College" which is affiliated to the University of North Bengal. University of North Bengal (উত্তরবঙ্গ বিশ্ববিদ্যালয় is a state university situated near Siliguri in Darjeeling district It provides undergraduate studies - Bachelor of Arts [General and Honours], Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Commerce [General]. There is a polytechnic college "Darjeeling Polytechnic" which offers Diploma in Civil Engineering,Computer Science & Engineering, Diploma in Electrical Engineering, Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.
From 1889 to 1971 there was even, on St Mary's hill (two km north on the way to Darjeeling), a Theological College training Jesuit seminarians to the priesthood. The Society of Jesus ( Latin: Societas Iesu, SJ and SI or SJ, SI) is a Catholic religious order The ministerial orders of the Catholic Church includes both the orders of bishops and presbyters, which in Latin is sacerdos. The St Mary's College was shifted to Delhi where, from 1972 onwards (and under the new name of Vidyajyoti College of Theology) it is still flourishing. Vidyajyoti College of Theology (literally ‘Light of Knowledge’ Delhi, India, is a premier institute of Theology run by the Jesuits of South Asia The old Theologate's building now hosts the "Eastern Forest Rangers College", which provides training courses to the would be Forest Rangers of India. There is a "West Bengal Forest School" near Deer Park and Victoria Boys School, Dowhill which also provides training for foresters as well. About 6 kilometers north on the way to Darjeeling at Tung, there is an "Industrial Training Institute" [ITI] which offers various vocational course in plumbing, motor mechanics, book binding etc. Also in St Mary's Hills, "Holy Cross Institute" offers higher secondary course in Commerce via the vocational stream.
Bagdogra Airport, Siliguri, is 60 km away. Taxis/buses are available at the airport for transit to Kurseong.
Siliguri, 50 km and New Jalpaiguri, 57 km are the nearest main stations. It is an important station on the toy train route from New Jalpaiguri to Darjeeling. WikipediaWikiProject Indian cities for details --> New Jalpaiguri is a Sister city of the city of Siliguri in India 's state Darjeeling ( Nepali:) is a town in the Indian state of West Bengal. The Toy Train takes a little over 5 hrs from New Jalpaiguri to Kurseong.
Kurseong is also well connected by roads.
As of 2001 India census, Kurseong had a population of 40,067. Year 2001 ( MMI) was a Common year starting on Monday according to the Gregorian calendar. A census is the procedure of acquiring information about every member of a given population Males constitute 51% of the population and females 49%. Kurseong has an average literacy rate of 84%, higher than the national average of 59. 5%: male literacy is 88%, and female literacy is 80%. In Kurseong, 6% of the population is under 6 years of age.