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Bagdogra Airport
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Kalimpong Tourism

On the foothills of the Shivalik, the last of the Himalayan range lies the small hill station called Kalimpong. It is a virgin hill station in West Bengal that is known for the panoramic view it gives especially during sunsets or sunrise. There are many Buddhist monasteries, Hindu temples and Tibetian handicrafts to explore. It is widely known for its educational institutions that were established during the British colonial era. It also used to be the linking point between Tibet and India for trade. In the mid 19th century, Kalimpong was ruled by the Sikkimese and Bhutanese kingdoms in succession.  

There are many monasteries available here along with Hindu temples. Kalimpong thus makes a pilgrim paradise as well. Being a part of a major trade route between two independent countries, it becomes an essential part of Indian history. Geographically, the town is on a ridge connecting two hills, Deolo Hills and is elevated at a height of 1,247 m. The beauty of this town is that many of the monasteries, churches and even temples are aged from a colonial era and are still almost the same. Two of the most famous monasteries are Jang Dong Palriffo Brang (Monastery), Thongsa Gompa (Bhutanese Monastery). Apart from monasteries, there are many flower markets that are famous for its orchids and other flowers. 

Things to do in Kalimpong

1.Sericulture Research Institute

2 kilometres from city centre

Sericulture is the breeding of silkworms. Kalimpong has a centre for research and breed...

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2.Teesta Bazar

4 kilometres from city centre

Teesta Bazar is one such market in Kalimpong where you can buy any and everything you m...

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3.Cactus Nursery

2 kilometres from city centre

Cactus usually adaptes to the dry and hot climate of desserts. However, this does not m...

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4.Tharpa Choeling Gompa

2 kilometres from city centre

Timings: 09:00 am to 06:00 pm Entry Fee: Free Situated at the Tirpai Hills of Kalimpo...

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5.Morgan House

2 kilometres from city centre

The Morgan house was built in the 1930s by Mr and Mrs Morgan. It is located on the sixt...

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2159 kilometres from city centre

With a minimum altitude of 1500 meters, Kalimpong offers a variety of trails for people...

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7.Durpin Dara hill

3 kilometres from city centre

The wonderful hills of Durpin Dara are one of the most beautiful snow clad mountains. T...

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8.Neora Valley National Park

23 kilometres from city centre

Timings: 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (Closed on Thursday) Entry Fee:INR 100 ...

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9.St.Theresa Catholic Church

2 kilometres from city centre

A Catholic church that has a resemblance to the  Bhutanese Gompa, St Theresa Catholic C...

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10.Jang Dog Palriffo Brang Gompa

3 kilometres from city centre

Jang Dog Palriffo Brang Gompa was a vision of the Dalai Lama in 1976. It is also known ...

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11.Deolo Hill

0 kilometres from city centre

Deolo Hill is located 2000 m above ground level and therefore gives a panoramic view of...

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12.Nature Interpretation Centre

0 kilometres from city centre

Timings: All days of the week except Thursday: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Entry Fee: Free The...

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Kalimpong Photos

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West Bengal tourism
West Bengal tourism
West Bengal tourism
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West Bengal tourism

The Serenity of Kalimpong

Kalimpong is known for its quiet atmosphere and the peace that it offers. As soon as you reach Kalimpong, the aura of the place takes over you. You will automatically feel at peace and relaxed. The monasteries and the churches around this place make it even more serene. The bazaars and handicrafts of Kalimpong are also very famous in the town. There are many types of artistic jewels that one can find here in Kalimpong. The vegetation in Kalimpong is also very good. The produce here is fresh and rich in its nutrients. You can visit the orchids and the nurseries around here to experience that as well. The Teesta Bazaar is important for two reasons, one for being a bazaar that sells handicrafts and the other for being an important spot for white water rafting. There are many other adventure activities that one can take up here.  

How to reach

Nearest airport to this town is in  Bagdogra in Siliguri. This airport is marked to be around 50 km away from the town of Kalimpong. The railway station that is closest is New Jalpaiguri. The airport and the railway station, both have frequent flights as well as trains that travel to or near Kalimpong. The rest of the distance can be covered by a car.

How to Reach by Flight

Kalimpong does not have its own airport, the one nearest to this place is in Bagdogra in Siliguri. On reaching the airport, you can hire a taxi to get you to Kalimpong within two hours.

How to Reach by Train

The closest railway station is in New Jalpaiguri from where trains frequent every day especially from major cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Cochin etc

How to Reach by Bus

Buses are an easy and convenient way to travel to Kalimpong.

How to Reach by Road

Regular buses ply from cities such as Gangtok and Siliguri. One also has the option of driving down to this town from nearby cities like Siliguri, Darjeeling and Kurseong.

How to travel within

Locally, one can find buses as well as cars, trains and ferries to travel within the town.

Food of Kalimpong

The delicious Tibetian food of Kalimpong awaits you here. Apart from Tibetian cuisine, one can also explore Bengali and Chinese cuisines. Items such as momos, thukpa and churpee are delicacies one must always try. Churpee is made of Yak's milk and cheese. The refreshing Darjeeling tea is something you will always find here to relish. Many other Indian dishes are also available in Kalimpong. You have a variety of food and beverages to opt from.

Kalimpong Itinerary

DAY 1:

-Visit the Deolo Hills, the highest peak of Kalimpong

- Visit Tharpa Choling Monastery

-Visit Dr Graham's Homes for its grand Scottish architecture and natural beauty.

-Visit the Nature Interpretation Centre

-Go to the Haat Bazaar, the local market of Kalimpong


DAY 2:

- Go for adventure sports like trekking, rafting or biking.

- Visit Pemayangtse Monastery

- Visit the Lepcha Museum






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