With an elevation of 1250 metres in the deep valleys at the foot of the Himalayas., gently rolling hills, relics of the colonial era, exquisite flora and an leisurely pace of life, Kalimpong, 51 kms east of Darjeeling, is a beautiful hill station in the state of West Bengal.
The former seat of the Bhutanese Governor, Kalimpong offers great views of the Himalayas and is home to Buddhist monasteries, educational institutes and a charming nursery industry. Adventure sports like white water rafting can be enjoyed here.
The languages popularly spoken in Kalimpong are Gorkha, Nepali, Bengali, Hindi and English.
One of the famous attractions of Kalimpong, Pine View Nursery, also known as Cactus Nursery, is home a large collection of cactus plants collected from different parts of the world.
Established in 1900 by Dr.Graham's Homes, a native of Scotland, this educational institute occupies an area of 500 acres. The museum located here is a valuable introduction to the life of Graham.
Situated 3 km from the Kalimpong town, Durpin Dara offers awe-inspring views pf the snow-capped Mt. Kanchenjunga in golden colour during the sunrise. This highest point is home to Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompha which is embellished by colourful wall paintings.
A major pilgrimage place in Kalimpong, Mangal Dham memorial temple is visted by devotees and is the most famous temple in kalimpong.
An important destination in Kalimpong, Gauripur House was used by Nobel Laurete Rabindranath Tagore to stay in during his visits to Kalimpong. Located on the way to Durpin Hill, the structure is nestled in serene environs.
The markets of Kalimpong are places where you browsing the shops selling handicrafts, beautiful statues, paintings and wall hangings. These shops are paradise for bargainers.
2km from the Kalimpong town, the Kali Bari temple houses a huge idol of Kali and is visited by devotees in great numbers.
Built in 1630 Thongsha Gumpa, a Bhutanese monastery, is the oldest in Kalimpong. Located at the 10th mile the monastery is one km from the centre of the Kalimpong town.
Located in Tirpai Hill this monstery was built in 1937 and belongs to Yellow hat (Gelukpa) sect of Tibetan Buddhism.
32 kms from Kalimpong in the dense forests of oak and fir is situated Lava. Situated at an elevation of 7200 feet, Lava offers breathtaking views of the Himalayas and the passes of Rechila and Jelepla. A 10 km trek from Lava to Rishyap would be a thrilling experience. Surrounded by pine, dhupi and rhododendron trees, Rishyap offers a close view of Mt. Kanchenjunga. The place is home to several hotels and homestays.
Lava Wilderness Resort, Hotel View Point, Hotel Rockview, and Lava Tourist Lodge are accommodation facilities in Lava.
Situated at a height of of 5500 feet, Loleygaon is 56 kms from Kalimpong and offers an awe-inspiring views of Kachanjangha and other Himalayan peaks . the place is home a view point named Jhandidara which command a panoramic view of the sunrise. Tourist Lodge, Wilderness Forest Resort, Kaffal Guest House and Kasturi Guest House are well-known accommodation options at Loleygaon.
51 km from Kalimpong, Darjeeling is one of the most famous hill stations in India. This awe – inspiring hill station is visited by a large number of visitors including the locals as well visitors from other parts of India and abroad.
61 km from Kalimpong, Kurseong is located at an altitude of 1458 metres. Kurseong, which means the place of white orchid, is a scenic place surrounded by tea gardens. St. Pauls Church, Kunsang Choiling Monastery, Juma Mosque, Eagle's Craig, Kettle Valley and Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Museum are the places of inertest in Kurseong.
Air: Nearest airport Bagdogra (80 kms) is connected with Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, and other places of north-east India by air.
Rail: Two nearest railway stations are New Jalpaiguri (NJP) & Shiliguri. NJP is directly connected by rail with all the important places in India
Road: Good motorable roads connect Kalimpong to Lava (32 kms), Loleygaon (56 kms), Darjeeling (51 kms), Kurseong (61 kms), Siliguri (69 kms) and Kolkata (651 kms)
Hotel Silver Oaks, Himalayan Hotel, Kalimpong Park Hotel , Munal Lodge, Garden Retreat, Hotel Garden Reach Janki Lodge, Cosy Nook, Alokananda Guest House, Hotel Kalimpong Delight, Lodge Mayal Lyang,, Kalimpong Hotel and ,Gomphu's Hotel are well-known accommodation options in Kalimpong.
Dello Tourist Lodge, Kalimpong Tourist Lodge (Morgan House), Tashiding Tourist Lodge and Hill Top Tourist Lodge are government run accommodation facilities in the town.