Kalimpong Tourism
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Kalimpong Tourism

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5.8/7
636 Ratings & 351 Reviews

Kalimpong is for the one who wishes to be far away from the crowded hill stations. One can walk through this small town to relish its beauty. The souveneer shops are not very costly and the people helpful. But on the whole it is a place to relax and give some quality town to yourself.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Sight seeing does not take long if you drive around. The monasteries likeJang-Dong-Palriffo Brang, Dello Hills and the nurseries are a places to visit. Don\'t miss the view of Kalimpong town from the Dello Hills. For the foodies there are good Momos and of course the unique Fing or glass noodles.

Activities & things to do: Kalimpong is best explored on foot. Its a quiet and sleepy town. Just relish.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: One can take taxi from New Jalpaiguri, Siliguri or Bagdogra. It takes around 2-3 hours to reach Kalimpong from the earlier mentioned places. Shared taxis are also available. As a warning, the visitors are to keep in mind that this sleepy town lacks night life and the hotels prefer to have the orders for dinner early.
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Mukherjee .
  • Mukherjee .
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 6 Reviews

"The Ravishing Kalimpong!" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is really cool and sleepy small town, encircling a very beautiful all green hill standing tall under the lap of the mighty Himalayas! We prefer to stay at outskirts, but did not get the proper hotel. Sightseeing points are many and we....... More
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Darshan Kumar
  • Darshan Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"Just a treat"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 7 months ago
Beautiful place to visit and lots of things to do. Kalimpong was just a treat! Especially Phuntsok Zorgay Gyarong the hotel we stayed in Lalaghao was beautiful and brilliant. Don't forget the shopping over there. For football lovers it....... More
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Jagadish N
  • Jagadish N
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 4 Reviews

"Kalimpong"

  • Posted 9 months ago
Its good place to sightseeing and enjoying nature compared to Darjeeling. We enjoyed over here a lot. Thanks to god for creating such beautiful nature in this world. Food, sight-seeing and shopping: You can get good food. And for shopping....... More
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Ankur Mukherjee
  • Ankur Mukherjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews

"Nice Spot"

  • Posted 9 months ago
Had a pleasant holiday experience, our plan was to see all the main attractions of Kalimpong. Although we were not able to see Kanchenjungha due to cloudy skies, but other than that it was a very good experience. It was a bit crowded in the....... More
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Biswajyoti Biswas
  • Biswajyoti Biswas
  • 2 Reviews

"Good and Romantic place to rest at"

  • Posted 9 months ago
Nice peaceful,not so crowded romantic place to have some best moments together. If you are adventurous Para-gliding,Trekking and little' himalayan villages are there to be explored by You Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food are not so....... More
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Kalimpong Info

  • 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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