Chosen by KINGS for its beauty, climate and poise, this hill town has a history engraved into the Mountains. Originally, a part of Bhutan, it merged with Darjeeling after 1856 Anglo - Bhutan war, itflourished as a Wool Trading Center with Tibet till 1950.Kalimpong is situated at an elevation of 1748 m in the subdivision of Kalimpong. It is another beautiful and important hill station at the Mahabharat Range of Himalaya in West Bengal, like Darjeeling. The River Teesta is left behind far below and lonely, apart the town from the country Bhutan. The crowd less peaceful town Kalimpong located in between Deolo Hill and Durpin Hill. Deolo Hill is the highest point in Kalimpong, has an altitude of 1,704 m (5,591 ft) and Durpin Hill is at an elevation of 1,372 m (4,501 ft).The famous monastery Fobrang and Nine Hole Golf Course are situated at the top of Durpin Hill. Kalimpong is an ideal tourist spot for every one, due to its climates.
It is not too hot at summer and not very cold at winter. If weather is clear, then you can take a marvelous view of the Mt. Kanchenjunga and surrounding town. And also can take a view of sevaral other hills, like- Kang, Jaanu, Kabru, Pandim, Seembu, Siniyalchu and Chomio Mou. Horticulture is also important to Kalimpong. It has a notable flower market for its wide array of orchids; nurseries, which export Himalayan grown flower bulbs, tubers and rhizomes, contribute to the economy of Kalimpong.Kalimpong is famous in all over the world for its unique and exotic flowers, orchids and cactus. There are many commercial flower nurseries in Kalimpong which export flowers, orchids and cactus to other states and countries.
Apart from the above tourist destination, there many more tourist spots in and around Kalimpong. Kalibari of Kalimpong, 2 kilometer from the town, which is built on 1956; Satmile View Point; Tharpa Choling Monastery of Geluk-Paa community, which is situated at 1704 meter elevation on Deole Hill; McFarlane Memorial Church; Nature Interpretation Centre near Kalimpong College; Mangaldham Temple, recently constructed place of worship; Deole Dam are also famous of them.
Kalimpong is Hindu majority area, but some population are also belongs into Buddhism, Muslim and Christianity religion. Nepali is a common ethnic community in Kalimpong and they are the majority here. Indigenous ethnic groups include the Newars, Lepchas, Bhutia, Sherpas, Limbus, Rais, Magars, Gurungs, Tamangs, Yolmos, Bhujels, Sunuwars, Sarkis, Damais and the Kamis. The Bengalis, Marwaris, Anglo-Indian, Chinese, Biharis and Tibetans are also very much available here. Languages spoken in Kalimpong include Nepali, which is the predominant language; Lepcha, Limbu, Tamang, Kirat, Hindi, English and Bengali.
Kalimpong is 70 km from Siliguri and around 56 km from Darjeeling and is well connected by buses and taxis from both the places. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra (80 km) and the nearest railway station at New Jalpaiguri (76 km).
Travel by Road: Kalimpong is well connected by all weather metal roads with Darjeeling, Siliguri and Kurseong and all other major town of North Bengal. Tourist Cars, Tourist mini coaches and taxis are available for transfer of passengers between Kalimpong and Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri or Bagdogra. Journey time is around 2 hours.
Travel by Rail: Nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (76 Kkilometers from the Kalimpong) and Siliguri. After arrive at Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri, you may follow the above road journey.
Travel by Air: Nearest airport is Bagdogra. It is a domestic. All major air services are available from all over India. Distance between Bagdogra and Siliguri is 13 km. You can find out various vehicles from there to reach at Kalimpong.
Mt.Kangchenjunga Kangchenjunga is the third highest mountain in the world, with an elevation of 8,586 m (28,169 ft) and located along the India-Nepal border in the Himalayas. Kangchenjunga is also the name of the surrounding section of the Himalayas and means "The Five Treasures of Snows", as it contains five peaks, four of them over 8,450 m (27,720 ft). The treasures represent the five repositories of God, which are gold, silver, gems, grain, and holy books.The main peak is of spendid beauty.The view of this peak from kalimpong is overwhelming.
Army Golf ClubArmy Golf Club, an 18 hole golf course, is located in a picturesque hillside in Kalimpong. This golf club is an excellent spot for scenic views and photography. The well maintained landscapes with lusting green lawns attract many tourists to this place. The undulating hilly terrains make the golf club a challenging field. One can enjoy the enchanting of the Durpin monastery from the golf club ground and one can get excellent angles of monastery to photograph the amazing beauty of the monastery.A place for all lovers of golf would like to visit.
Delo HouseThe sights of Kalimpong like the Delo House is a must see. Its a true walk in the clouds. This is a plateau surrounded by mountains and is the only place where you get a 360 view of the mountains and rivers in the valley!Kalimpong is located on a ridge connecting two hills, Delo and Durpin Hill, at an elevation of 1,247 m (4,091 ft). Delo,
the highest point in Kalimpong, has an altitude of 1,704 m (5,590 ft) and Durpin is at an elevation of 1,372 m (4,501 ft).The River Teesta flows in the valley below. The hills are nestled within higher peaks.
Flower Nurseries Horticulture is also important to Kalimpong: it has a flower market notable for its wide array of orchids; nurseries, which export Himalayan grown flower bulbs, tubers and rhizomes, contribute to the economy of Kalimpong.Flower Nurseries are in abundance in Kalimpong, as the place is famous for cultivation of horticultural plants. These flower nurseries are engaged in exporting beautiful and exotic flowers. It is the only place in entire West Bengal where a number of commercial nuseries are situated here.
White Water Rafting
Rafting at river TeestaThe Teesta River at Kalimpong has become one of the most popular hotspots of River Rafting in this region. Beni, the confluence of rivers Teesta and Rangeet provides as the major base from where river rafting is done.River Teesta or Tista is said to be the lifeline of the Indian state of Sikkim, flowing for almost the entire length of the state and carving out verdant Himalayan temperate and tropical river valleys. Important:Persons suffering from weak heart conditions, epilepsy, expecting mothers and those with serious ailments are not permitted.
Paragliding in KalimpongTo fly in the Himalayas is an unforgettable experience. The scenery and the flying conditions makes the flight to a memory for your life. Try tandem flights with our experienced pilot from Europe. Himalayan Eagles Paragliding has pioneer and introduced paragliding in Kalimpong, Darjeeling district. Tandem flying involves one well trained and experienced pilot flying with a passenger that don't need to have any previous training or experience. The latest to the addition is paragliding. If you have ever wanted to fly, then this is the place to do it.
Dr. Graham's Home
Dr. Grahams HomesDr. Graham's Home was founded in 1900 by Dr. John Anderson Graham. Located on the lower slopes of Deolo Hill, this educational institution is sprawling over an area of 500 acres. In addition, the institution also houses farmhouse, bakery, dairy, poultry, hospital and clothing department.A festival called May Fair is organised every year at this Graham's Home. This institution is still supported partially by charitable collections and sponsors from all across the globe.
Mangal DhamMangal Dham, a temple located in the beautiful town of Kalimpong, was built in 1993. The temple was constructed by Shri Krishna Pranami, a Hindu sect and in the memory of late Guru Shri 108 Mangaldasji. Sprawling over an area of 2 acres of wooded land, this temple is dedicated to Lord KrishnaIn addition, the Mangal Dham temple also houses the idols of Prannath, Raj Shyamji and Mangaldasji, which are present on the top floor of this temple.
Durpin DaraDurpin Dara, located at an altitude of 1,402 metre, is known for its beautiful views. It is an observatory point, which is located approximately 3 kilometre from the town. Tourists visiting this place can enjoy beautiful views of the Himalayan ranges. Durpin Dara, easily accessible by car, is the highest point in Kalimpong. In addition, this observatory point also offers views of the plains along with River Teesta.The view is just to spectacular from Durpin Dara.
LolegaonLolegaon is, a small Lepcha village with a population of about 5000, situated in an extreme end of a Himalayan Ridge. It is in the middle of the heritage pine forest with excellent views of the Himalayan range. It is a perfect tourist spot for all. Lolegaon from Kalimpong situated at an altitude of nearly 1675 meters. Sunrise and sunset are worth watching from Jhandi Dhara.Lolegaon is a fabulous destination for the lovers of wildlife in their natural habitat. The age-old forest of towering pine, cypress and oaks with their mossy trunk is an ideal place for watching.
RishopRishyap also known Rishop / Risop, is a small village in Dooars, situated on 2951 meter above sea level. It is just 9 Km road distance from Lava, but if you are adventures then you can start a 3 km pleasure trek from Lava to Rishyap / Risop. It is totally out of city crowds and you can enjoy picturesque views of snow-capped mountains. From the near by “Tiffin Dar” is famous for excellent view of mount Kanchenjungha. Here, the sun, clouds, hills and forests, altogether gives a magical view to all of its visitors. At night the sky seems to come closer. Under the sky the
Kafer at a glance KAFER 56 km from Kalimpong and situated at an altitude of 5500 ft. Panoramic view of Kanchenjunga can be obtained from this point. Fabulous view of Sunrise over Kanchenjunga can be seen from Jhandi Dara.The place offers you only the chirps of birds and unlimited relaxation throughout your tour. It is advisable to carry mobiles phones from two different mobile service providersIt is .well known for its famous its Exoctic Sunrise.The spectacular views and untouched nature brings peacefulness and serenity to its utmost.
Zang Dhok Palri
Zang Dhok PalriZang Dhok Palri Phodang is a Buddhist monastery in Kalimpong in West Bengal, India. The monastery is located atop Durpin Hill, one of the two hills of the town. It was consecrated in 1976 by the visiting Dalai Lama.The monastery houses many rare scriptures that were brought into India after the invasion of Tibet in 1959. It also houses the 108 volumes of the Kangyur. It is also popularly known as the Lava Monastery. The view from the hill-top is breathtaking and a scenic view that is always memorable.
Pedong at a glancePedong village is located at a distance of 15.3 km from Kalimpong. The site lies on silk route that forms a bridge through Jelep La Pass to enter Tibet from India. Short treks and a visit to Damsang Fort which was constructed in 1690 can be enjoyed. The fort had witnessed the war between Lepchas and Bhutias. Thus, at present the fort is in ruins.Cross Hill is situated in proximity from Pedong and is frequently visited by the Christian community. Father Augustine Desgodins placed the cross at this site in 1882, while he was travelling to Tibet.