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Kurseong, Land of White orchid


WEST BENGAL, OCT 12,(UITV): Kurseong is a quiet township on the Siliguri - Darjeeling highway. Parched at an altitude of 1458m (4860 ft.), the small town is noted for its secluded charm and Eagle's Crag, which offers a commanding view of the undulating plains below. The word 'Kurseong' means - the place of White Orchid.

Because of its lower elevation, Kurseong enjoys a milder and healthy climate throughout the year.The total area of the town is about 5.05 sq Km. The peace, serenity and healthy climate attract many people here. Some of the famous poems and songs of Guru Rabindranath Tagore were composed in Kurseong. The magic painter Abanindranath Tagore and great composer Atul Prasad Sen got inspiration for some of their famous works around the town.

Sister Nivedita, the great disciple of Swami Vivekananda made Kurseong her home. It is learned that Mark Twain spent some time in here in 1885, Fazlul Haque the Prime Minister of undivided Bengal also stayed here. Netaji Subhash Bose was interned by the colonial government for a couple of months in 1936 in a house at Giddapahar nearby.