View of Kalimpong town from Deolo Top
At an altitude of 1250m, this tranquil hill
station is located on top of a ridge on the east of river
Teesta. Kalimpong offers many different tour options. Apart
from leisure tours many options are available for adventure
lovers such as treks. The travel attraction of this place
also includes monasteries, orchid-nurseries and overall the
exquisite view over the surrounding countryside.
If you want to go for a shopping-spree for
crafts during your tour, Kalimpong is the place. The town
is famous for its indigenous handicraft. The artisans here
produce Tibetan and Bhutanese handicraft and jewellery such
as woodcarvings, copperware like feng-sui bells, tapestry
bags, scrolls, paintings and Tibetan jewellery.
The town and its surrounding area was ruled
by Bhutan for about a century and a half before it was annexed
by the British in 1865. This also paved way for increased
trade with Tibet through Jelepla. Even today Kalimpong remains
one of the largest market places in the region.
Sightseeing around Kalimpong:
Deolo and Durpin are the two must see places in the town.
The town is on a ridge connecting the two peaks of Deolo and
Durpin. Both places offer excellent view of the mountains
including the Kanchenjunga range as well as Teesta River below.
Delo / Deolo Top - You
have to travel about 15 minutes from Kalimpong towards Algarah
and then take a left road and travel another 15 minutes to
reach Deolo. There is a Tourist Bungalow where overnight accommodation
is available. You can also try the attached restaurant that
offers gourmet food. Apart from excellent view of the surrounding,
a large well maintained garden spread over several acres attracts
tourists as well as locals here. There is a road from Deolo
which reaches the Sikkim boarder at Rangpo through Mansang
Durpin Dara (Dara means
hill top) is closer to the town on the opposite side of Deolo.
On the top of the hill there is a large monastery known as
the Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa. Being a hill top, Durpin
also offers excellent views of the mountains as well as the
Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa:
Built in the mid-1970s and consecrated by Dalai Lama at `Durpin
Dara` Hill, 5km south of the town, this 'Gompa' (monastery)
houses impressive wall-paintings and a rare three dimensional
`mandal` upstairs. You can climb the stairs and reach the
top of the monastery for better view of the surroundings.
Groups of monks chanting prayers inside the main hall is an
experience that you will remember for a long time.
Golf Course – The scenic
golf course can be visited as part of Sightseeing tour of
Kalimpong town. This nine hole (12 greens) golf course is
dedicated to the people of the town and its visitors by the
The Golf Course
Flower Nurseries: Kalimpong,
an important orchid-growing area, also produces about 80%
of India's gladiolas. Flowers are exported from here to the
cities in northern India. Sri Ganesh Moni Nursery and Udai
Moni Nursery are two important nurseries here. A Flower Festival
is held in the month of October.
Chitra-Bhanu: The cottage where the famous
poet Rabindranath Tagore used to stay.
Dr. Grahams Home is an orphanage built in
1900 by Dr. J.A Graham, a missionary. Till today it remains
one of the best schools in the hills and is famous for its
philanthropic activity. Many foreigners and Indians volunteer
to serve at the school during their extended tours.
Tharpa Choling Gompa: This 'Gompa' belongs to the Yellow
Hat (Gelukpa) sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The gompa is about
40 minute walk from the main town.
Thogsa Gompa: A Bhutanese monastery founded in 1692,
it is the oldest monastery in this area.
If you are travelling to Kalimpong from Siliguri or Gangtok
you have to follow the NH31A. This is main road connecting
Bengal with Sikkim and it passes through Teesta Bazar area
where it crosses river Teesta before entering into Sikkim.
Near Teesta Bazar you have to take a turn from NH31A and drive
uphill about 14 km to reach the town on the hill top. Travelling
from Darjeeling to Kalimpong, you may reach Teesta Bazar through
the Peshok road, from west Sikkim you have to travel via Jorethang.
There is another major road that travels through Gorubathan
in Dooars and then through Lava and Algarah before reaching
Kalimpong. This road is used by travellers coming here from
Lava, Lolegaon, Kaffer, Pedong, Rishop and surrounding area.
There is another short route from Loleygaon through Rally
khola that can be taken to reach Kalimpong from Lolegaon area,
although the road condition varies from average to bad depending
on when you are travelling.
The Zong Dog Pallri Fo-Brang Gompa at Durpin Dara
Local people and culture
Kalimpong is known as the land of the Lepcha, due
to major migration of Nepali community from different parts,
the indigenous Lepcha community has become a minority in the
area now. Still a number of Lepcha villages can be visited
based in the town. There is effort to revive the culture and
tradition of these indigenous people. Current population of
the town is about 45,000, the majority of them are Nepalese,
there is also a substantial number of Tibetan people leaving
in the town.
The town offers pleasant weather for most of the year. During
summer the maximum temperature rarely crosses 25 degree centigrade.
Since the town is located at an altitude of about 4200 feet
only, the weather during winter also does not get lower than
10 degrees during the day. The town receives heavy rainfall
during the Monsoon months of July to September.
Package Tour - We organises regular
package tours to Kalimpong. All our tours are customised according
to guest preferences.
You can check our Leisure
tours section for more ideas about package tour options.
Booking - naturebeyond deals with some of the best
hotels in town. The Hotels listed below can be booked through
naturebeyond. For more hotel options see our hotels section.
Adventure Tours -
Kalimpong region has great scope of adventure sports including
rafting in Tista and trek in Neora Valley. naturebeyond has
unmatched expertise in this region in all different adventure
- naturebeyond owns its own transport car and lends them