Kalimpong is a quaint little hill town in the Himalayan foothills of West Bengal located near Darjeeling. This famous tourist hotspot which boasts of a rich history of being a gateway to Tibet , a trading centre for Yak wool and the base for all Everest expeditions till 1951.A history replete with visits of Statesmen, Authors, Mountaineers, Royalty, Actors , Religious and spiritual heads , and Politicians.. this is also known world wide for its rich flora which includes a variety of orchids, succulents, and flowers of all kinds. Overlooking the mighty ‘ Kanchenjunga ‘ travellers are mesmerized by the ethereal display of colors in a skyline that changes its hues every breathtaking moment.Places of interests include Deolo and Durpin – famous ridges- and a assorted mix of Monasteries,Churches, places infamous for being haunted , adventure sports, local chocolates and the irresistible Kalimpong cheese. A friendly populace and a typical hill side market can drive you for a great bargain in woolens, leather, handicraft etc.
How To Reach
The nearest Airport is Bagdogra in Siliguri and is a comfortable 3 hrs drive on a non traffic congested road.Regular taxis , buses and SUV’s are readily available in the Railway Station at New Jalpiguri and at the Airport.
Things To Do At Kalimpong
Neora National Park
Considered one of the most famous ecohubs, the renowned Neora National Park is situated in Kalimpong. This park is an abode a variety flora and fauna. For the wildlife lovers the range of flora is mind boggling.
Deolo Hill in the Kalimpong area offers you a birds eye view of the valley, the dotted villages, and towns. This place is great to enjoy the many adventure sports such as horse riding, paragliding, and trekking. Having several hilly springs and fountains near, it is an amazing picnic spot.
The Crockety Bungalow is a symbol of British architecture and it was here that Nicholas Roerich’s ( famous painter ) wife settled down.Her last wish was for her grave to be located facing Kanchenjunga,. During the early 1900s, it was also used as a trading house for wool merchants.
Durpin Dara hills
Situated in the southern part of the city, the place offers the best sights of Kanchenjunga. The place witnesses two hilly rivers, the Teesta and the Rangeet. There is also the renowned Durpin Monastery, which has rare Buddhist manuscripts. An Army cantonment with a golf course is open with permission for tourists to have a round of Golf.
Zong Dog Palri Fo Brang Monastery
The monastery is a magnificent example of authentic Buddhist architecture. It was built roughly fifty years ago under the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The place serves as a depot of exceptional paintings, texts, and manuscripts on Tibetology.
Teesta River is most admired for exciting sports activities like White Water Rafting which is almost 18 km from Kalimpong Bus Station. River Rafting Center of GTA Tourism arranges the rafting by taking all essential protective measures.
Best Time to Visit
Kalimpong has soothing weather throughout the year and the time between, October till May is most favourable to visit and to enjoy the chill and to see the Orchids bloom.Monsoons are romantic and the gentle pitter patter of raindrops will lull you into a peaceful slumber while you wake up to a view of lush greenery and the heady aroma of fresh earth.
Best Hotel to Stay
MAYFAIR Himalayan Spa Resort, a luxurious 5-star hotel, located in the hill town of Kalimpong is the major tourist attractions of the city. The spectacular luxury property offers some mesmerizing panoramic views of the 13 peaks of Kanchenzunga from the relaxed comfort of its lawns. Accommodation choices are divided into elegant suites, heritage rooms, and cottages with an exclusive no of 12 rooms and suites dedicated to the mountain view.. The resort offers world-class facilities such as an exceptional Spa, conference and event venues ideal for business strategies or that unforgettable marriage destination. A separate play zone with table sports, a kids room and a rejuvenating Spa has something for everyone to pass time with , even as one dips into the all weather pool or headily sips into a sundowner at the Irish bar called ‘John’s Tavern’. A well appointed library has books for any discerning book lover and is dotted with memorablias that will confound your mind with their antiquity while you romance history.