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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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Roshan Kumar

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  • 2 Reviews
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"A cheap and good location" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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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  • Lives in Jamalpur
  • 5 Reviews
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"A leisure getaway-Kalimpong" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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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Paromita Sircar samaddar

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  • Paromita Sircar samaddar
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Lots of options for local sightseeing" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
We loved Kalimpong and would have preferred to stay for another day as we could not cover all the local sight seeing spots. Durpin Monastery is a must visit. Also keep 1-2 hours in hand for Deolo Hill if you are travelling with kids. They will love the park and the activities.
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"Popular Hill Station in West Bengal"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Kalimpong is my favourite hill resort. Can be reached overnight by train from Kolkata. Takes 2hrs 30 minutes drive from NJP. Enjoy cool climate all the year, not unbearable even during December or January. Plenty of sightseeing attractions located nearby. Dello Hill, Durpeen Monastery, Golf Club, Nursery, Dr Grahms Home School are some of them. From Kalimpong you may make day trips to Lava, Lolagoun, Peddong, Rishi khola etc. 4 N / 5D are adequate.
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Aparnesh Talukdar

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  • Lives in Delhi
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"Very good place,"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Kalimpong is a hill station in North Bengal and has been a popular tourist destination for a long time. The scenic beauty is exceptional. You can visit other areas of interest like Lava, Lolegaon from here.
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V gangadhar rao

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  • Lives in Visakhapatnam
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"An excellent destination to visit"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The place we stayed was excellent. The town is like any other congested hill station. Sight seeings were so so I preferred to stay around the hotel. Kalimpong Cheese is good to eat. And food is available besides the roads. Better to carry shoes, umbrella or rain coat etc,. Its a steel city. Hence one wont find much to go around but there are couple of places like Hanuman Vatika with a huge 75 ft tall Hanuman. It also houses many other temples.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: food is good 7am near railway station is a fantastic place to have food coz its provides value for money food with multiple choices from chat to chineese to indian to continental

Activities & things to do: Indira Gandhi Park & hanuman vatika are the places one must visit. On Sundays one can enjoy the light show at IG park.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Train is the best. Local travel rickshaw is the best and trust me this is one of the only places where the rickshaw guys take reasonable charge.
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Manoj kumar Ray

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"Overall had a Wonderful trip"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The place we stayed was excellent. The town is like any other congested hill station. Sightseeing were so so. I preferred to stay around the hotel. Kalimpong Cheese is good to eat. Visit Deoli Hill, Orchid house, Monastery, walk a lot, Buy tea, woollens.
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Dip Talukdar

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  • 12 Reviews
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"Cozy hill place"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Sep 21, 2015
Kalimpong is a cozy hill station in Darjeeling District. You will find yourself along with nature. There are many nearby place where you can visit from here Delo, Algara, Lava and many more. There are many hotels from upscale to budget range. Communication from NJP(nearest rail station) and Bagdogra(nearest Airport) is also good.
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Saurabh Maheshwari

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  • Lives in Pratapgarh
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"A sleepy peaceful town in foothills"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 18, 2015
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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