History of Chimeni
In the year 1839, a 23 foot high chimney was built at the topmost location of the hills of Kurseong by the British people. The building structure has some historical significance. It is known that the British soldiers and officials trekked from Kurseong to nearby villages. They rested in a valley under the shadows of this Chimney and soon the village also got its name - Chimeni. Thus, came forth the quaint village of Chimeni. The place is surrounded by lush greenery like pine trees and cedar and dotted with numerous viewpoints.
Nearby Attractions of Chimeni
The general attraction of Chimeni is more than a century old 23 foot high brick chimney which was built by the British during the First World War. The region adjoining the chimney offers a splendid view of the Nathu-la and Kalimpong and one can also savour the view of Mt. Kanchenjunga from here. Chimeni is close to all the major attractions of Kurseong like its famous tea gardens - Makaibari, Castleton, Ambotia and Goomtee. The toy train station is one of the major attractions of Kurseong. Some major religious sites of the region are the Ambhotia Shiva Temple, Giddapahar Durga Mata Mandir, Jagdish Mandir on Bank Road, St. Paulseak Church on Hill Cart Road, the Buddhist Gompas of Downhill Road and Monteviot and the Juma Mosque in Hat Bazaar. The satellite zoo at Dow Hill in Kurseong is also a tourist spot.
The Deer Park also known as Down Hill Park on the Down Hill Road is popular tourist destination. The forest museum located in Down Hill Road, the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Museum and NSC Bose Institute of Asiatic Studies, located at the Giddhapahar Area are also worth a visit. The Eagle’s Craig viewpoint, which offers a spectacular view of the surrounding mountains, hills, slopes and hamlets, is also located nearby.
Visiting Information of Chimeni
The village of Chimeni is 53 km away from the New Jalpaiguri railway station and 8 kms from the hill station of Kurseong.