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Altitute : 1,247 m (4,091 ft)
Location : Kalimpong subdivision†of Darjeeling district, West Bengal
Nearest City : Kurseong, Darjeeling and Siliguri
Distance: 70 km from Siliguri and 56 km from Darjeeling
Best Season :March to May and September to November
Temperature in Summer :: 15 °C to 30 °C
Temperature in Winter :: 7 °C and Min 15 °C
Recommended Clothing :: Light woollens and tropicals in summer (umbrellas and raincoats are useful) and heavy woollen in winter.
Language Spoken :: Nepali, Hindi, Bengali, Lepcha, Limbu, Tamang, Kirat, and English
(A view from Kalimpong)
Kalimpong is situated at an elevation of 1748 m in the subdivision of Kalimpong. It is another beautiful and important hill station at the Mahabharat Range of Himalaya in West Bengal, like Darjeeling. The River Teesta is left behind far below and lonely, apart the town from the country Bhutan. The crowd less peaceful town Kalimpong located in between Deolo Hill and Durpin Hill. Deolo Hill is the highest point in Kalimpong, has an altitude of 1,704 m (5,591 ft) and Durpin Hill is at an elevation of 1,372 m (4,501 ft).The famous monastery Fobrang and Nine Hole Golf Course are situated at the top of Durpin Hill. Kalimpong is an ideal tourist spot for every one, due to its climates.
It is not too hot at summer and not very cold at winter. If weather is clear, then you can take a marvelous view of the Mt. Kanchenjunga and surrounding town. And also can take a view of sevaral other hills, like- Kang, Jaanu, Kabru, Pandim, Seembu, Siniyalchu and Chomio Mou. Horticulture is also important to Kalimpong. It has a notable flower market for its wide array of orchids; nurseries, which export Himalayan grown flower bulbs, tubers and rhizomes, contribute to the economy of Kalimpong.
Kalimpong is Hindu majority area, but some population are also belongs into Buddhism, Muslim and Christianity religion. Nepali is a common ethnic community in Kalimpong and they are the majority here. Indigenous ethnic groups include the Newars, Lepchas, Bhutia, Sherpas, Limbus, Rais, Magars, Gurungs, Tamangs, Yolmos, Bhujels, Sunuwars, Sarkis, Damais and the Kamis. The Bengalis, Marwaris, Anglo-Indian, Chinese, Biharis and Tibetans are also very much available here. Languages spoken in Kalimpong include Nepali, which is the predominant language; Lepcha, Limbu, Tamang, Kirat, Hindi, English and Bengali.
Places in Kalimpong
Deole Hill: Deole Hill is one of the numerous hill destination in India. Basically it is a picnic spot and has a tourist lodge of the WBDTC. It is very good view points for mt. Kanchenjunga, so you should reached at there as early as possible or stay here for a night. It is also famous for the Grahamís Home.
Graham's Home: Graham's Home is a most populous area in Kalimpong. It is situated on the lower slopes of Deole Hill. In 1900, Dr. John Anderson Graham starts his new journey of life with 6 orphan children and was built an charitable organization. Now it is surrounded in a sprawling campus of 500 acres around the slopes of the Deole Hill and stay more than 700 girls and boys. The Graham's Home has its own farmhouse, bakery, dairy, poultry, hospital and clothing department. Every year in the month of May a gala festival called May Fair is organized here. You can also visit on the bungalow and memorial of Dr. Graham, and also activities of the children after the permission of authority.
Pedong Monastery: Pedong Monastery is one of the oldest monasteries in Kalimpong. It is located just a kilometer distance from the historical Bhutanese Fort of Damsang and may take 10 minutes to reach with walk. It is a Buddhist Monastery of Bhutanese origin, was built around 1837.
Thongsa Monastery: Thongsa Monastery is also of Bhutanese origin and was built around 1692, making it the oldest monastery in the region.
Flowers and Orchids Garden :: Kalimpong is famous in all over the world for its unique and exotic flowers, orchids and cactus. There are many commercial flower nurseries in Kalimpong which export flowers, orchids and cactus to other states and countries. One should visit the beautiful laid out 'Universal Nursery' about 3 km from the town. If you have time, come to the Pine View Nursery, here you can find out more than 500 types of orchids are waiting for you. The Sri Ganesh Moni Pradhan Nursery at 12th mile is specially renowned for its varieties of orchids and the Udai Mani Pradhan Nursery are among the most important in the area. If you are interested in Rose, Gerbera and Dahlias you can visit Standard Nursery at Chibo Busty.
Apart from the above tourist destination, there many more tourist spots in and around Kalimpong. Kalibari of Kalimpong, 2 kilometer from the town, which is built on 1956; Satmile View Point; Tharpa Choling Monastery of Geluk-Paa community, which is situated at 1704 meter elevation on Deole Hill; McFarlane Memorial Church; Nature Interpretation Centre near Kalimpong College; Mangaldham Temple, recently constructed place of worship; Deole Dam are also famous of them.
Places around Kalimpong
Darjeeling (elevation 2050 m) is famous for its natural beauty and marvelous atmosphere. At summer Darjeeling is a very good destination to visitors. Many tourists from east and north-east India come to Darjeeling to spend summer vacation. It is internationally renowned as a tourist destination, along with for its tea industry and the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Lava is one of the beautiful & peaceful tourist spot. Altitude of this place is 2,138 meter. There also some interesting places for visit-Monastery, forest museum, lake, glass house. It is just 9 km road distance and 3 kilometer treking distance from Rishyap / Rishop and 35 kilometer road distance from Kalimpong. Lava situated on the way to Rishyap / Rishop from Siliguri.
Lolegaon is a must visit tourist spot in the Dooars, located at a distance of 12 kilometer from Lava and 54 kilometer from Kalimpong and situated above 1850 meter or 5,500 feet from the sea level. Rishop, an upcoming popular tourist destination is only 27 kms from Kalimpong.
Sikkim is the second smallest and least populous state of India, nestled in the Himalayas. Sikkim is always attracts visitors with its natural beauty. Its legendry mountains, landscape and monasteries are famous for tourist’s point of view. There have several magical mountain lakes. Gangtak, Thangu Lake, Yumthang Valley, Lachung, Pelling are some popular tourist destination in Sikkim. Gangtak, capital city of Sikkim is 85 kilomiter away from Kalimpong.
Transport to go
Kalimpong is 70 km from Siliguri and around 56 km from Darjeeling and is well connected by buses and taxis from both the places. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra (80 km) and the nearest railway station at New Jalpaiguri (76 km).
Travel by Road: Kalimpong is well connected by all weather metal roads with Darjeeling, Siliguri and Kurseong and all other major town of North Bengal. Tourist Cars, Tourist mini coaches and taxis are available for transfer of passengers between Kalimpong and Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri or Bagdogra. Journey time is around 2 hours.
Travel by Rail: Nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (76 Kkilometers from the Kalimpong) and Siliguri. After arrive at Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri, you may follow the above road journey.
Travel by Air: Nearest airport is Bagdogra. It is a domestic. All major air services are available from all over India. Distance between Bagdogra and Siliguri is 13 km. You can find out various vehicles from there to reach at Kalimpong.
Accommodation is easily available at Kalimpong. A verity of hotels, tourist Lodge, tourist cottages are available with various budgets. In fact there are several Swiss cottages too in Kalimpong that are referred to as Motels that make excellent accommodation option.
To check the room availability and online booking in the resorts of West Bengal Forest Development Corporation click here.
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