The town of Kalimpong is situated at an altitude of 1300 meters (about 4200 feet) close to the Bhutan - Tibet - Sikkim border on the eastern part of Darjeeling Himalayas. The Kalimpong town and the district by its name was an important trading center in earlier days when the trade routes between Tibet, Bhutan, and Sikkim were very much active. It was known as the silk route connecting Lhasa in Tibet with the rest of the subcontinent.
The brilliant climate of Kalimpong attracted the British, who later set up their establishment here. The old churches, Graham's home, Morgan House, golf course, still hold the memory of the British Raj. The small Lepcha village of yore is today one of the most popular tourist destinations of Eastern India.
The beckoning Himalayas, dense virgin forests, vast valleys and meadows and of course the perennial shining but chilling weather together have placed Kalimpong on the map of the most important tourist destinations in the region. The climate of Kalimpong has helped in the production of orchids, cactus, and ornamental plants. A huge quantity of orchids and gladiolus are produced in numerous nurseries and are exported to different countries.
Kalimpong is a major center for traditional handicraft. The wood carvings, Thanka paintings, metal crafts, Tibetan and Lepcha jewelry, wooden mask, etc. are major draws for tourists here.
The journey from Siliguri to Kalimpong is a memorable one too! The first phase of the total 64 Kms journey on the NH 10 passes through the dense forests of Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary. Remember, this is a silence zone and must be driven cautiously so that the natural habitat for elephant, bison, and tiger is not disturbed. If you are lucky enough, you may even be rewarded with the sight of a majestic tusker on the roadside, a glimpse of fleeing deer or a sudden colorful flashy flight of peacock. The journey through the sanctuary ends at Sevok and you are suddenly exposed to a huge canvas painted with forested hills, a mighty river, and vast river basin. The landscape changes rapidly as your car takes the zigzag hilly road on the NH 10 (Old NH 31A). The mighty Teesta River will accompany you throughout the second phase of your journey up to Teesta Bazaar. Teesta is dancing, twisting, bending; fly high with her! But the speed of the car must remain within the 40 kilometer per hour limit. The final phase starts from Teesta Bazaar as you take a sharp upward turn through the winding roads towards Kalimpong. Teesta is no more with you now. She is left behind far below and lonely. You will not miss her for long though as the vacuum will soon be replaced by the great Kanchenjunga - burning in the blues!
Places of Interest
Durpin Dara: Durpin Dara literally means “Binocular Hill” in the Nepali language. As the name suggests, the place, situated at an altitude of 1402 meters, offers breathtaking views. The Kalimpong town is spread over a ridge that connects the two hills of Durpin and Deolo. The Durpin top is the southernmost point of the town and further south is a deep gorge leading to river Teesta. This is an observatory point about 3 km from the town from where a breathtaking view of the Himalayan ranges can be seen. Durpin Dara is the highest point in Kalimpong accessible by car it offers the finest view of the plains and the mighty Teesta.
Zang Dhok Palri Monastery: The monastery is located right at the Durpin Dara viewpoint. You may consider the two as one and the same point of sightseeing for all practical purpose. The 1976 monastery is quite popular among tourists for its serene environment
Flower Nurseries: Kalimpong is famous for flower nurseries which export exotic flowers. Kalimpong is the only place in the region where many commercial flower nurseries are situated. One should visit the beautifully laid out 'Universal Nursery' about 3 km from the town. The Sri Ganesh Moni Pradhan Nursery at the 12th mile is especially renowned for its variety of orchids and the Udai Mani Pradhan Nursery is also among the most important in the area. If you are interested in Rose, Gerbera, and Dahlias you can visit Standard Nursery at Chibo Busty.
Deolo Top: This is the Northern cliff of the Kalimpong ridge. Deolo (also known and pronounced Delo) is not a single point of attraction, rather it is an amalgam of several attractions which together can keep you occupied for the better part of a day. The Deolo park at the top of the hill offers majestic views of the Kanchenjunga above and the Teesta river down below. There is a nice garden and seating area. Just 100 meters away is the Kalimpong Science center which is an ideal spot for the children to spend a day. There is a tourist accommodation and restaurant at the highest point of Deolo managed by the government. The food here is quite sumptuous. Walk through the cliff for a kilometer and you will come across first a Buddha Statue perched on a large stone, then a small Shiva temple and finally a large Hanuman temple with a large sculpture of the monkey god.
Dr. Graham's House: Founded by Dr. John Anderson Graham in 1900 on the lower slopes of Deolo Hill, Graham’s home is an extraordinary educational institution situated in a sprawling campus of 500 acres. The institution has its own farmhouse, bakery, dairy, poultry, hospital, and clothing department. Every year in the month of May a gala festival called May Fair is organized here. It is a unique institution still supported partly by charitable collections and sponsors from all over the world.
Places around Kalimpong:
Lava: Distance-30 km
Lolegaon: Distance 54 Km
Pedong: Distance 20 km
Darjeeling: Distance 55 km
Gangtok: Distance 78 km
Siliguri - 67 Kms
Where to Stay
Kalimpong is a major tourist hub in the Darjeeling - Sikkim sector with a large number of hotels, from basic budget hotels to deluxe luxurious properties and from homestays to boutique accommodations; you will be spoilt for choice here. We work with all major hotels in Kalimpong as well as some unknown jewels of the area. Get in touch with our travel experts by filling the form at the bottom of the page with your requirement. Our experts will give you our advice based on your taste, budget, and preference.
Language - Nepali, Hindi, English, Bengali, Tibetan
Ethnicity - Original inhabitants are Lepchas, today the town is a mix of Nepali, Tibetan, Sikkimese and other communities.
Weather - 10 - 25 degree centigrade during summer, 5 - 15 during winter.
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Lolegaon / Loleygaon
At an altitude of 1850 M in the midst of undulating slopes and adorned with towering Dhupi and Cypress trees, Lolegaon / Loleygaon is the place of ethereal wilderness. Glittering
Neora Valley National Park
The Neora Valley National Park spread over an area of 88 sq. km is famous for the virgin forest patch and its unique biodiversity. The National Park enjoys the distinction of
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