(Last Updated on : 06/01/2016)
Soureni is a village near Mirik
in Darjeeling district
of West Bengal
. The market of Soureni Bazar caters to several villages and tea gardens of the surrounding area. There are two tea estates near Soureni Bazar - Soureni Tea Estate and Mechi Tea Estate. Soureni has a huge potential for tourism with numerous scenic spots.
Location of Soureni
Soureni lies on the alternate Darjeeling-Siliguri
road, which is about 7 kilometres from Mirik, West Bengal.
Climate of Soureni
Soureni has a cool and pleasant climate with maximum temperatures of 32 degree Celsius in summer and a minimum of 9 degree Celsius in winter.
History of Soureni
Soureni has the modern history. Dakman Rai, the famous Nepali sardar (landlord), was given large tracts of land by the British during the establishment of tea gardens in Darjeeling. These included Soureni, Phuguri and Samripani. Bhoujit Rai, son of Dakman Rai, established a tea garden in Soureni by planting a tree variety called "Saur" and some tea on this personal estate. He later sold off the estate to the Tiwari brothers, Ramlal and Jalooram Tiwari, who had come from Rajasthan to Darjeeling in 1870 and had established a shop in Kurseong of which Bhoujit was a customer. The Soureni Tea Estate was formally established in 1902 by the Tiwari brothers. The Soureni Tea Estate was sold off by the Tiwaris in 1990. It is presently owned by Titagarh Wagons Ltd. Enormous contribution was made by Mr. Lingwood to the development of Soureni, including the establishment of its first high school.
Tourism of Soureni
Soureni has the viewpoints like Soureni-Tingling Viewpoint, which is one of the best viewpoints in the entire North-East India with a meandering road amidst the green slopes of the tea gardens. Hallaney gives the views from both sides of this ridge road show Kurseong and the plains of North Bengal on the one side and the hills of Nepal, with the well-known Antu Dara, on the other. In Bunkulung, (Jayanti Nagar), a developing commercial and agricultural village in the valley near the Balasan River. The ecotourism and home-stay facilities are being promoted in this area. Last but not the least is the Soureni Busty which has the numerous orange orchards lying in this area.