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Kalimpong

Kalimpong is the largest of the four sub-divisions of the District of Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, an autonomous body within the State of West Bengal. Kalimpong lies between the plains of the Dooars and the hills of Darjeeling – Sikkim Himalayas. It is 50 kms from Darjeeling and 65 kms away from Siliguri.

Kalimpong town & the surrounding area, with its ideal location at an average of 4000 ft./1200 mtrs above mean sea level provides mild weather conditions throughout the year.

The Kalimpong region was once a part of the Kingdom of Bhutan. In 1865, after loosing out to an armed British intervention, Bhutan ceded the territory of Kalimpong to British India. As Tea gardens opened up in nearby Darjeeling people from Nepal migrated in search of livelihood. Some spilled over to Kalimpong. The British missionaries came in during the late 1800’s & left a legacy of good schools, high educational standards, charitable Institutions & architectural styles reminiscent of the English countryside. People from mainland India came in to settle in Kalimpong& brought with them their skills in entrepreneurship & trade. Over the years Kalimpong slowly developed into a trading center from which all trade to & from Tibet passed. This continued till the mid sixties when Tibet ceased to exist as an independent nation & the mule trains wound up.

Our advice is to take a day off for walking and visiting the local market which is known popularly in this region for its local handicraft item shops which sells Buddhist Thankas, hand beaten silver, Bhutanese weaves, Chinese lanterns, copperware, hand stitched clothing, local cheddar-type cheese and lollypops.

Popular spots are situated within Kalimpong sub-division and are well connected by road from Kalimpong town to Gangtok, Darjeeling & West Bengal.

  • Population : 42,998

Distance Chart:

  • From Gangtok 85km
  • Darjeeling 51km
  • NJP Railway Station 85km
  • Bagdogra Airport 90km
  • Pelling 115 km

Delo Hill:

The highest point within Kalimpong municipality area (elevation approximately 1650 mtrs) that provides a 360-degree panoramic view. The Khanchendzonga massif is to the north, beyond the hills of Sikkim that rise from the river valleys. A fantastic bird’s-eye-view of Kalimpong town &Durpian hill can be had from here. There is a Hotel here with a regular restaurant catering to visitors. Children can avail of pony rides here. One can spend several hours at this spot picnicking or just lazing out & soaking in the view & pure mountain air.

Dr. Graham's Home:

Dr. John A. Graham, a Scottish missionary founded this Institute in 1900. This Institution built on Deolo Hill north of the main township was established as an orphanage-cum-school for destitute Anglo-Indian children. It is now a renowned regular co-educational school situated in a 500-acre campus.

Durpin Monastery:

A Tibetan temple belonging to the Yellow Hat sect of Buddhism. Just enroute to the Durpin monastery lays the Army Golf course, a nine-hole golf course overlooking beautiful views of the mountains. Visitors can play a round of golf here by paying a special fee.

Mangaldham:

Mangaldham, constructed in memory of the late Guru Shree (108) MangalDasji& dedicated to Lord Krishna. Devotees, especially of the Pranami Dharma, come here from far away places.

Pine View Nursery:

Also known as the famous Cactus nursery, this nursery has turned into one of the major places of tourist interest. Situated in the outskirts, this nursery is home to almost 1500 varieties of cacti ranging from just Rs. 20/- to an extravagant few lacs! This place is a must visit for all the plant lovers and has also earned a reputation as being one of the finest in Asia regarding cacti.

Hanuman Tok

As the name suggests, Hanuman Tok has a huge statue os Lord Hanuman approximately 25 to 30 ft in height located on a hill top not very far away from the Science City. Here fantastic views of the both sides of the hill can be seen along with the Himalayan range. A small mandir of Goddess Durga is found right in front of the statue.

Science City

A very new addition to the tourism of Kalimpong is the Science City. Located less than a kilometer away from Deolo Hill, this is a place which is of tremendous joy specially to the children. Here, various examples of science or ‘science-magic' as we would like to call it are displayed and also has a garden with various outdoor activities like tyre-swings, climbing ropes , see-saws, along with models of dinosaurs like a little Jurassic Park. It provides great joy to all visitors especially because of its location being on a hilltop.

Lava

34 kms away from Kalimpong, Lava at a height of 7 , 755 ft. is a small hamlet, hidden in the mist & cloud all through the year. Most of the proposed treks in & around Kalimpong start from Lava. The most interesting place in Lava is virgin NeoraValey. One can also visit Lava monastery, Neora Reservoir lake, Silviculture Research Centre ( for Himalayan medicinal plants) & Nature Interpretation Centre ( for local flora & fauna).

Lava Lolay Gaon

Whole day Excursion to Lava with a visit to the Tibetan monastery at Lava and a drive to Lolaygaon, a hamlet situated at 55 kms from Kalimpong, where you can walk among the treetops on a specially built tree top pathway. Late evening drive back to Kalimpong or stay overnight at Lava LolayGaon.

Teesta River Rafting:

"The Teesta River, is the main drainage of Sikkim, Darjeeling, and Kalimpong Hill Region. It has been graded on the International scale at Grade 4. The icy cold waters of the rugged Teesta have a series of rapids with varying intensity, and character. It offers one of the finest rafting stretches. The Rangit, a tributary of the Teesta, has more turbulent waters. With its multi-dimensional rapids, it offers a challenge to more experienced rafters. On both the rivers, the riverbanks have deep forests, with some patches of terraced cultivation, and small villages. Plenty of white sandy beaches exist, offering good campsites. Rapids of classification 2 to 4 are interspersed with placid floats, making rafting an enjoyable experience.