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Reasons to go to Kalimpong

1For the remarkable flora
For the remarkable flora

HolidayIQ Reviewer Soumitro Das says “One should carry the camera along with to get some wonderful rare snaps which will be an asset for the lifetime....It is a very nice place to visit in Kalimpong, as they have a good collection of rare Cactus and Orchids along with other flowers.

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2For a stunning view of the snow-covered peaks!
For a stunning view of the snow-covered peaks!

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. HolidayIQ revviewer Derrick says, "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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3He Is Independent
He Is Independent

A guy who travel are never clingy. He will never be dependent on anyone or anything for his happiness. He will understand and respect your personal space and expect the same from you. HolidayIQ Traveller Kashyap KM from Hyderabad shares, “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 the 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 viewpoints 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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Buddhist culture, perfect weather, that hill-station feel and interesting shopping options - all at one place, Kalimpong. Being close to Darjeeling has propelled Kalimpong into the tourist sphere. Just pay a visit here and know what we're talking about.

Roshan seems to agree with us: "If you want to really relax, visit Kalimpong and you will be free from the routine work that really gives you a headache. The enjoyment and the adventure of hilly places with many temples which are decades old. Overall a great place for outings."

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5Head to
Head to

The quaint, old town of Kalimpong will welcome you with fresh breeze and a vibrant atmosphere. Leave for Gangtok and discover the beauty of the road between the two cities.

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Smriti Das

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A Nature lover's paradise

Kalimpong is a nice hill station in the Himalayan foothills at an elevation of 4000 feet. It perched on a ridge above the Teesta river. It has so many scenic view points but Deolo hill is very popular tourists destination. During our stay there, we visited Jalsa Bungalow and a lovely village Icchey-gaon which is surrounded by the dense tropical and pine. The fresh green village houses only 30 families. Came back home with picturesque memories.

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Rush to Kalimpong for a relaxed holiday

Though Kalimpong too boasts of some tourist attractions, I personally would recommend the place for an unwinding and relaxed vacation. Do nothing . Sit back and enjoy the beauty of the surroundings . Though be cautious in use of water here . I had the opportunity to stay at the highest point of Algarah which is 15 kms ahead from Kalimpong and have already fallen in love with the descending clouds and the quiet of the place!

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Kalimpong Overview

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 KalimpongKalimpong 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 KalimpongThere 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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