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  • State: West Bengal
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Darjeeling
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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Kalimpong Traveller Reviews

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Derrick d almeida

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  • Derrick d almeida
  • 2 Reviews
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"Living with the clouds"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 1, 2016
Visited Kalimpong in July for mini vacation. Stayed at shikher guest house. The place is truly amazing. Our guest house was situated at 4500 feet above mean sea level. The place is fantastic with greenery and spring water all round. The people are friendly and helpful.
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Saikat hazra

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  • Saikat hazra
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"Charismatic Kalimpong."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jul 8, 2016
Kalimpong is a Sub Divisional town in the Darjeeling District. It's about 50 Km away from Darjeeling Town. The road to Kalimpong from Darjeeling is very beautiful and charming. Lamahatta, A new point in that route, also enhanced the importance of this route to tourists.
Kalimpong is very calm but lively town. People are very friendly and helpful. The low hight of the town from MSL, is enjoyable to people belonging to all the age groups. Except Monsoon, this town can be visited throughout the year. Even monsoon here, is very romantic and loved by a lot of people, but the road becomes vulnerable to landslides during monsoon, which resists many enthusiasts to enjoy the monsoon here.
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Ketan Mayecha

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  • Ketan Mayecha
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 1 Review
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"Beautiful laid back place - Far better than hustle bustle of Darjeeling ..."

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jun 22, 2016
Its a beautiful place to visit. The people are very nice and polite. They know you are on a holiday but do not take any undue advantage. Its a must visit for people who have an attraction to the hills. The weather is very comfortable. Parents need not worry about too many warm clothes for the kids. Its an absolutely pollution free destination. The internet is available but thankfully it does not work very well so you have a lot of time for yourself and the family.
Kalimpong has the best cactus garden in Asia and probably one of the best in the world. The name is Pine Nursery. There is a lovely monatery to visit as well as HAnuman Temple. Two hours journey will take you to Lava. A beautiful picturique place with a lovely monastery. The food available in Lava is not very good so it is advisable to carry your own food.
Local places to eat out are Gompu's and Maurya Residency. They serve great food. Close to Maurya Residency the is a small vegetarian restaurant Unique Restaurant. They serve great momos. One can also shop for local hilly stuff and the prices are very reasonable.
If you are looking for activities, this is not the place. Enjoy the laid back atmosphere and relax.
Kalimpong is 3 hours by taxi from Bagdogra Airport or New Jalpaiguri Station. The roads on the hills are reasonably good and the scenic beauty is great with Teesta river following you most of the time.
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S.das

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  • S.das
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 4 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  1382 readers

"Nice place for nature lover"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 5, 2016
This is a nice place for nature lover, best place is Delo. Paragliding is very adventurous part of its. There are many pine trees here, cloudy atmosphere. Mainly it's a town type, many things like drinking water, ration and other goods are supplying from here to remote area like Kolakham, Rishop etc. You can stay here for two nights as tour purpose.
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Radhakrishna padchuri

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  • Radhakrishna padchuri
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"Good weather & nice place"

  • 3.5/7
  • Posted May 10, 2016
It's a nice and small place to have some quiet time for yourself, as there is not much to see but definitely not skip worthy too. We stayed in a decent 3* hotel which was away from the hustle bustle of the town. We went on a small hike which was very peaceful.
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Avik narayan Chatterjee

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  • Avik narayan Chatterjee
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Kalimpong - a nice small town for a day out"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 13, 2016
Situated around 75 km from Siliguri, right there waiting for you are some of the world famous orchids in the small town of Kalimpong. One can reach Kalimpong either by bus or by hired taxi from siliguri. The best convents of the British period( Dr Graham's Home), the durga mandir, and some view points are there to visit. A bit uphill from kalimpong is the deolo hill which provides beautiful scenic views. Also you can enjoy paragliding at deolo. The science centre at Kalimpong is also a place to visit. But the best part is the visit to orchids. Several varieties of orchids are grown which is a must watch site. Fooding lodging facilities are ample. Also you can take visit to other tourist spots like lava, etc from here.
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Mitesh Desai

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  • Mitesh Desai
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"A good place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 11, 2016
It was really a good place. Small place but peaceful. Sightseeing was amazing. Science centre, Delo and buddhist temple was awesome experience. Even reaching Kalimpong from Siliguri was too good. Just travelling along river Teesta was amazing with nice photographic views. Most amazing things we're variety of flowers and how amazingly they even grow on road sides effortlessly. Overall, I have enjoyed my 5 days stay. Nice place clean and warm homely feeling though it was very cool place 14 to 16 degrees temperature in April.
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Roshan Kumar

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  • Roshan Kumar
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"A cheap and good location"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 28, 2016
If you want to really relax. Visit here and you will be free from the routine work that really gives you headache. The enjoyment and the adventure of hilly places will. Rock you and there are many temples which are decade old. Overall the best place for outings.
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Sumit Kumar

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  • Sumit Kumar
  • Lives in Deoghar
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"A leisure getaway-Kalimpong"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 27, 2016
Kalimpong is a very beautiful spot in laps of green mountains, very near to Darjeeling. It's a very scenic spot, as the whole city is situated on mountain slopes. Either you go up, or you go down. A wonderful place for a romantic getaway away from the chaos of the daily life. It takes about 2 hours from Darjeeling to get there through a picturesque route beside river n mountains. Try it for a 2 days break.
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Priyam Munshi

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  • Priyam Munshi
  • Lives in Siliguri
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"An amazing destination with beautiful places"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 26, 2016
Its a wonderful place. The sightseeing were awesome. Its a place blessed with full natural beauty. We were going through by bus and it takes minimum 3 hours from Siliguri. From Kalimpong transport available for Deolo Cliff Eco Resort. From the resort there are many view points and the Kunchendzonga looks beautiful from here. Para gliding facility is also available there. The Sinic beauty is just mind blowing. I think everyone must visit that place.
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