Kalimpong Tourism
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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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Amitha
  • Amitha
  • Lives in Srinagar
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  • 3 Reviews

"Holiday in heaven" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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
  • Nilotpal Saha
  • Lives in Siliguri
  • 3 Reviews

"A visit to a calm and peaceful town"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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
  • Susobhan Baidya
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 7 Reviews

"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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Prosenjit Ghatak
  • Prosenjit Ghatak
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 13 Reviews

"Good place to short tour and holiday relaxation"

  • 6/7
  • 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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Mukherjee .
  • Mukherjee .
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 6 Reviews

"The Ravishing Kalimpong!"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Apr 8, 2014
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 indeed visited all in the east as well as the west sides of Kalimpong, but the best of all, as we feel, is the 'Deolo Hill'. Paragliding was not on our agenda, but the breathtaking views in and around were a real attraction!

The roads were bumpy and requires attention for a comfortable journey.

However, we enjoyed the entire trip.
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Darshan Kumar
  • Darshan Kumar
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 2 Reviews

"Just a treat"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Sep 8, 2013
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 is a treat to find your favourite jersys and logos. Overall a great place
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Jagadish N
  • Jagadish N
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 4 Reviews

"Kalimpong"

  • Posted Aug 3, 2013
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 its good at Nepal border.

Activities & things to do: You can enjoy the nature.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: By bus or local travels you can do travel and its better to have winter wear along with you, because its too cold.
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Ankur Mukherjee
  • Ankur Mukherjee
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  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews

"Nice Spot"

  • Posted Jul 30, 2013
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 market area, although we were visiting in the off season. Overall Kalimpong is a nice small place and if you can stay outside the main market area it won't disappoint you.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: We took our meals at the restaurant of Sood Garden Retreat it was very good. We also had taken lunch at China Garden Restaurant, although the restaurant was small but the food is awesome. The Cactus Nursery, Durpin Dara Hill ( Golf Course and the view), Gouripur House, The Monasteries were pretty good, but two of the most beautiful places according to us were Graham's Home and Deolo Hill. But all these locations are a must if you are visiting Kalimpong. We also visited Lava on our way from Siliguri, it is also a wonderful place to be.

Activities & things to do: Visit Durpin dara, Deolo Hill, Graham's Home, Cactus Nursery, Gauripur House. Go and watch sunset from Deolo Hill it is a wonderful scene. If you are lucky you can get a glimpse of Kanchenjungha.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Train till New Jalpaiguri and then hire a cab from there. You really do not need to hire a cab in advance.
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Biswajyoti Biswas
  • Biswajyoti Biswas
  • 2 Reviews

"Good and Romantic place to rest at"

  • Posted Jul 8, 2013
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 good in Kalimpong as its not grown a built for tourism like commercial place till now.But a nice place to remember if u go with a mind of enjoying beautiful sight-seeing,para-gliding,and a lot of adventures.

Activities & things to do: Para-gliding,Sight-seeing,

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Don't go at Rainy Season, you could be stuck due to land-slides. Book your hotel before u go,it will be chaeper.
Food is not so good,so don't go with a mindset of having alot of food-stops like cities. Alot of buses,shared cars,rental cars are available from Siliguri 'Pani Tanky '.
It may take hardly 2 hours to reach there.
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Nilarun Mukherjee
  • Nilarun Mukherjee
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  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 4 Reviews

"Nice Place, but getting too Congested"

  • Posted Jun 29, 2013
Located at a low altitude than darjeeling, it is now a more or less big city in Darjeeling District, too much congested, still have some nice views and sight seeing points, it has converted to a base camp for travelers visitng lava, lolegaon, rishyap, kolakham, chorkole etc.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Lots of Sight Seeing including Delo, Cactus Garden, Gouripur House, etc. Big Market for shopping, Chinese cups, Ludhiyana sweaters and jackets , Thuppa, Local Scent grasses etc.

Activities & things to do: Shopping and Sight Seeing.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From NJP take share (110-120/- per head) or reserved jeeps (1400/-) or busses to Kalimpong.
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