The Kurseong Tourist Lodge, belonging to the West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation (WBTDC Ltd.), is right on the main road itself. While returning from Darjeeling to Siliguri, it is on the right-hand side of the road.
It is a double-storied structure with the main entrance and the restaurant on the level of the road. You go past the Manager’s office and descend a couple of steps to go to your room. The rooms are comfortable with the balcony getting the afternoon sun.
The restaurant is on the left-hand side the moment you enter the Tourist Lodge. It is a large, airy room with sunlight filtering through from all the three sides. The view from the side facing the valley is magnificent. The food is sumptuous, varied and affordable. The staff is courteous, helpful and knowledgeable. The manager, Shri. Anil K. Gurung, is a font of knowledge regarding the region in general and Kurseong in particular.
First Written: Jun. 7, 2012
I found out about the Cochrane place by sitting next to the owner, Mr. Arora on my flight from Calcutta to Bagdogra. He pointed out the Jet Airways feature on the place and I was hooked. The Arora family bought the cottage of barrister, Percy John Cochrane and made this Colonial style hotel. Our family of five stayed in the Kinchinjunga suite and found it very comfortable and the view fantastic. We ate most of our meals in the room to spare some of the guests (including a renowned Bengali singer making a movie at Cochrane) of eating with a toddler. The room had a wonderful panoramic view of the tea estates, hills and even the Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak.
The evening hill walk through the forest area was really a great family experience which included the deer park.
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