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 village.
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 Dooars plain.
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 Indian army.
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.
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.
Kalimpong Hotel 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 activities.
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