Kalimpong Tourism

Kalimpong Tourism

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  • State: West Bengal
  • Famous for/as: Hill
Kalimpong is a scenic town located in Darjeeling in West Bengal. It is a hill station in the Lesser Himalayas also called the Mahabharata range. The town is located at an average elevation of 1,250 meters (4,101 ft) above sea level.

History of Kalimpong

The town was initially known as Kaleebung and later on, the name was converted to Kalimpong. There are quite a few stories behind the town’s name. Some people believe that it is derived from a fibrous plant Kaulim found in this region. However, according to K.P. Tamsang, author of ‘The Untold and Unknown Reality about the Lepchas’, the name Kalenpung is the root word for the Kalimpong, which is the fibrous plant found here. This in Lepcha means ‘Hillock of Assemblage’. Other theories suggest that the name has been derived from a place in Bhutan. Moreover it is also said that Kalimpong means a place where tribesmen gather and organize traditional tribal games.

Kalimpong is located on an overlooking bridge of River Teesta, and is fast becoming a popular tourist destination of the region. Being close to the well known tourist town of Darjeeling gives it an advantage. The town is quite close to the Indo-China border and is also the base of the 27 Mountain Division of the Indian Army. In earlier times, Kalimpong has played the role of a gateway of trade between Tibet and India, which was closed after the war between India and China, and China’s annexation of Tibet.

There are many things about Kalimpong which makes it perfect for holidays. Kalimpong offers panoramic views of the great Himalayan ranges and of the Kanchenjunga peak. The best thing every traveler feels about visiting Kalimpong is quiet atmosphere and the peaceful ambience. Kalimpong is also known for its educational institutions, of which many were established during the British colonial period.

People & Culture of Kalimpong

Kalimpong town is a religious centre of Buddhism. The Buddhist monastery Zang Dhok Palri Phodang is home to many monks who take their religious teachings to the people searching for divinity and peace. Horticulture is also important to Kalimpong. It has a flower market famous for orchids. The destination is home to many nurseries, which export Himalayan grown flower bulbs, tubers and rhizomes.

Things to do in Kalimpong

Monasteries and churches are tourist hotspots of Kalimpong. Of the many monasteries, the most significant are the Thongsha Gumpha, Tharpa Choling Monastery and the Zong Dog Palri Fo Brang Gompa. In fact, the Zong Dog Palri Fo Brang Gompa Monastery is known to have a number of rare Tibetan Buddhist scriptures. Popular churches in Kalimpong include the Catholic Church and St Theresa Church. Other must-visit sites for tourists are the Neora National Park, Deolo Hill and Mangal Dham. For the adventurous lot, hiking is also an option.

Food & Shopping in Kalimpong

Markets of Kalimpong are flooded with traditional handicrafts and some of the stalls here exhibit ancient arts. One must-visit shopping destination for tourists is the Kalimpong Arts & Crafts Centre. The idyllic town serves standard Tibetan fare such as momos, thukpa and tea. There are a few restaurants located near the popular sightseeing attractions in Kalimpong, which serve local non-vegetarian and vegetarian delicacies. However, not many restaurants are open late and tourists are advised to reach restaurants by early evening to enjoy a leisurely dinner.

Travelling to Kalimpong

The best way to reach Kalimpong is by hiring a taxi or jeep from Darjeeling. The Bagdogra airport (80 km) is the nearest airport to Kalimpong. The town is also connected by train but tourists will need to get off at Siliguri, 66 km away, and hire a car to reach the destination.

Travelling within Kalimpong

Kalimpong has many attractions to explore and the best way to do that is hiking or walking around the town. Hiring a bicycle is also advisable. To have a more organised tour of the town, tourists can book Kalimpong packages too.

Accommodation options in Kalimpong

There are a few budget hotels in Kalimpong. Most of them are located a few kilometers away from the main town and provide basic facilities for tourists. A few hotels also organise guided tours for tourist to explore Kalimpong. Since options are not many, travellers are advised to book their hotel well in advance.

The best time to visit Kalimpong is from September to November.

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Saurabh Maheshwari

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"A sleepy peaceful town in foothills"

  • 5.0 / 7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Kalimpong is a town full of distinct culture and a serene environment. Every corner here hides something beautiful and it is best explored on the foot.

The must-see places are Cactus Garden and Suicide Point. There are a few monasteries which might interest people with more interest in religion. The local golf course run by arm is also spectacular.

Best place to have a Cuppa is at One Cup Cafe near main market and to have a drink you can visit Food Trafford near clock tower.

In all, a must see town on your trip to North Bengal and Sikkim.
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Deep Sabar

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"Beauty of Nature"

  • 6.5 / 7
  • Posted Jul 28, 2015
Kalimpong and Darjeeling both are very famous hill station. Must visit Tiger hill, Rock garden, Tea Garden, Batasia loop in Darjeeling. Also visit DoPahar, Lava, Lolegaon, Rishap, Lamahatta in Kalimpong area. Purchase some woolen products. Eat few new local dishes.
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Shailesh Nahar

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"Must visit place"

  • 7.0 / 7
  • Posted Jul 6, 2015
Must visit places like Gangtok, Kalimpong and Darjeeling because surrounded by mountains. Its warm in month of May and very romantic climate over their. As you surely wont regret for being over here. We just suggest that this place is perfect holiday destination for family and newlywed couples.

I have been here in month of may, so not had much problem with roadways and landslide. So I will suggest to make plans for your holiday trip in may, so you won't have prob of landslides and rain.

Veg. Food is yummy and very big shopping market his their, so you can get gifts for family and friends.

If travelling with family then should travel by flight for short trip because lots of things are there to see and you will require lots of time and if travelling with loved ones then travel by train as you won't get beautiful time with her or him.
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Md Shabbir

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"Good Silent Place"

  • 6.0 / 7
  • Posted Jun 28, 2015
It's a nice place, with a very good sight of nature. Since it was raining when I visited so unable to explore more of Kalimpong. The main food there is MOMO which is available almost in every shop. My advice to travellers is that you must keep an umbrella with you all time, because rain can meet you any time. The best time to visit this place is from Nov-Feb.
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Kashyap Krn

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"The lonely expedition"

  • 5.0 / 7
  • Posted Jun 7, 2015
My friends and me had planned a trip to kalimpong, a small beautiful town on the hills of west Bengal. In the last minute, my friends had dropped out and I was left alone. If I didn't visit this place this time, I was sure I wouldn't anytime soon. And then I had decided to let go off them and go alone.

Trust me.. The experience of travelling alone(even for a small trip) is very different. Your time not linked with anything or anyone.. You can do anything at your own leisure. I went around the small streets of kalimpong and spent my evening shopping and eating thee local food. That evening was just relaxing and went smooth.

The next morning I visited a nearby place called DELO. Its a wonderful picnic spot with nice view points and restaurants. The best part of it was the paragliding I had done there. First adventure sport of my life.

Anybody who visits kalimpong shall visit the monasteries, delo, nursery, and do paragliding.. An experience of a lifetime.

If you want a calm and cool place, visit kalimpong.
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Ashis Das

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"Paradise of West Bengal"

  • 7.0 / 7
  • Posted Mar 20, 2015
Last October, 2014 I visited Kalimpong, West Bengal. I tried to go to Darjeeling hill top, but due to over crowdedness my family and I changed the idea and went to Kalingpong. The district Darjeeling have three hill top zone Darjeeling, Kursiong and Kalingpong.

My overall experience is more than expectation. There have some friends in New Jalpaiguri (NJP), they suggested me to go Chibbo Inn at Kalingpong. We were my wife, my 10 years old naughty daughter, my mother (76 yrs) and I.

We went by by a Tata Sumo from NJP Station. The Chibbo Inn, situated at Kalingpong (7 km from Kalingpong bus Stand). We reached at Paradise after long hill road journey. Beautiful resort, more beautiful gesture of Milan Bhatta Rai (owner) and his team. Enough food and drinks also available here. Watch sunrise from here and enjoy it with family.

I can't imagine such beautiful places in Kalingpong. You may go Dello Guest House, Lava, Lolegaon, Sikim. Only tell to Mr. Milan, he will arrange everything always with smile.
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"Holiday in heaven"

  • 6.0 / 7
  • Posted Jan 5, 2015
Visited in the month of October. Weather was not so cold, good time to visit. Place is full of greenery and surrounded by beautiful Pine trees. View of mountain Kanchenjunga, third highest peak of the world is magnificent from the city. Plush green Golf Course situated in cantonment area is beautiful. City is full of Tibetan Monasteries. Visit to Lolegaon is a good experience. View of snow peaked Himalayas and pine forest is the main attraction of the place. One can buy local made Lollypop, chillies and handicrafts from the local market.
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Nilotpal Saha

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"A visit to a calm and peaceful town"

  • 5.0 / 7
  • Posted Dec 20, 2014
Kalimpong has got its own natural scenic beauty. People are warm and friendly. Momo is something you can try out as far as local food is considered. There are many places to visit especially Dello and the paragliding. Kalimpong cheese is also famous.
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Susobhan Baidya

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"Night at Kanchanmala"

  • 6.5 / 7
  • Posted Sep 11, 2014
It was a divine experience in my life. We went there in the month of number. I should suggest to stay at Morgan house. It was a beautiful experience to visit there. In front of "Morgan house" people can have an evening walk towards the "Golf ground". A cool breeze will follow. You will enjoy fullest if you stay with "Kanchanmala" (Kanchenjunga) in full moon. Local foods momo, thukpa are awesome, which are readily available to any restaurant. In day you can visit Delo park, Grahams home, "Durpindara" view point, "Tinchulley", "Lava -Neora " valley forest. In evening you can move around for shopping in any local shop for souvenir or gift. The finest time which you can realize from your balcony of your guest house when you see the houses are blinking downwards and all the stars of the sky's are kissing towards that houses, It was a awesome experience. Local people are very much cordial with tourist. When you walk at evening you will see local boys and girls are playing guitar and singing Nepali song. You can visit to "Mongpu" the "Tegore house" at the time of return journey .
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"Good place to short tour and holiday relaxation"

  • 6.0 / 7
  • Posted May 24, 2014
Our overall experience about this trip was very good. We reach at Kalimpong on 20.05.2014 and thereafter it was always about exploring new places and finding the best possible tourist place. We went to the local sightseeing places like Hanuman Mandir, Buddha Mandir, Durga Mandir, Deolo Hill, Science Center, Dr. Graham's Home, Golf Course, Monastery, etc. It was a great visit overall, and I really liked the place a lot.
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