Dow Hill

A walk through a dense forest of Dow Hill

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-08-04

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Kurseong is spread over several hills and the word Kurseong comes from the Lepcha word “Kharsang” means the land of white Orchids. Kurseong is adorned with rolling hill slopes, crammed with tea plantations, and green hills, speckled closely with conifer forests, among other splendours. Since Kurseong has many places to visit like Eagle’s Crag, St. Mary’s Hill, Makaibari Tea Estate a d among viewpoints, tea estates, churches, museums and historic school Dow Hill is one of the must-visit places. There is a rumour that Dow Hill one of the most hunted places of India but as per the locals and other people actually it is not. Apart from the mysterious sounds inside the deep woods and the stories of ghosts and spirits, Dow Hill really has much more scenic treasures to offer. At the foot of Dow Hill are the Dow Hill Girls’ School with its majestic colonial facade and Victoria Boys’ School. A little away is the West Bengal Forest School Museum, the Forest School and the Hostel. The Central Water Reservoir at Durpin, which is a source used by the Kurseong Municipality to manage the potable water resources is also very close. A vast portion of the Dow hill is so covered with dense forest and towering pine trees, and remains eternally covered with mist, that some locals used to frighten with incidences ranging from leopards targeting the sheep and goats to paranormal mysteries. The trail between the Dow Hill and the hilltop is one of the most beautiful trails, many visitors trek up to the top of the Kurseong hill passing through the shadows of the towering pine trees. It’s quite unlikely to spot any ghost or even a leopard, but definitely the experiences will no wonder have a mystic effect. You can spot many deer at Deer Park. The downhill walk from Dow Hill offers a panoramic view of the Kurseong town with its splendid natural scenes, carpeted tea estates, hilltops, very prominently, the Eagle’s Crag, surrounded by the communication towers, on the other side of the Kurseong station, as well as the beautiful cottages of the British era.


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