Kurseong translates as the place of White Orchids. It is a quaint little town located around 30 km to the south of Darjeeling, and at a lower elevation. The climate is therefore milder and generally pleasant throughout the year. The Chogyal (Monarch) of Sikkim ceded Kurseong to the British Empire in 1835. Later in 1880, this small hamlet became a tourist destination for the colonial authorities and was a preferred place for sanatoriums where the sick would recuperate. Many schools were built in Kurseong during the Raj and it became a popular hill station. Eagle's Craig viewpoint which is a short walk from the railway station, offers magnificent panoramic views of Mt Kanchenjunga and its ranges, the plains of Siliguri, the hills of Nepal, rivers and tea gardens.