Kalimpong is a hill station in India state of West Bengal. Travellers visit here for get peace, because it is deemed a peaceful place. Kalimpong was earlier a subdivision of Darjeeling. Kalimpong based holiday, with forays into the countryside offers a true “Town and Country” holiday, comprising Kalimpong town delights, relaxation, walking and trekking holidays, forest and flora exploration, bird and butterfly watching, Buddhist tours and meditation, River Rafting, Mountain Biking, and nature or just a “relax and laze” holiday nestling in the lush green mid ranges of the Himalayas. This hill station of the Raj , has an incredible stunning backdrop of towering snow capped peaks.
Kalimpong is situated in the northern part of West Bengal. It is adjacent to the state of Sikkim and near the Teesta River. It is set amongst the foothills of the mighty Himalayas at an altitude of 1250 m above sea level. Kalimpong is 50 km from Darjeeling and 80 km from Gangtok.
The derivation of Kalimpong has several interpretations. According to one view, Kalimpong means a place where tribesmen gather and organise traditional tribal games. The second view suggests that the name has been derived from a place in Bhutan. A third interpretation is that Kalimpong is named after Kaulim, a fibrous plant found in abundance in this region.
Until the 18th century AD, Kalimpong was a part of the Kingdom of Sikkim and was ruled by Sikkimese rulers. It was then taken over by the Bhutanese. In the 19th century, the British took over Kalimpong and merges into the present Indian state of West Bengal.
Fairs & Festivals
Kalimpong hosts an annual flower festival in the month of October.
There is number of places of tourist interest in Kalimpong such as Tharpa Choeling Gompa, belong to the Yellow Hat sect of Tibetan Buddhism. The Tongsa Gompa located near the Tharpa Choeling Gompa. It is the oldest monastery in Kalimpong and was founded in 1692. Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa consecrated by His Highness the Dalai Lama. This monastery is famous for its traditional Tibetan wall paintings. Travellers can visit some important nurseries across the town and look at their collection of flowers, orchids and cacti.
Place around Kalimpong
Teesta Bazaar is important for white-water rafting. Mid-November to Mid- February is the best season for water rafting.The small village of Lava, located at 2,353 m above sea level and about 30 km east of Kalimpong, is a good place to visit.The village of Kaffer is beyond Lava and one can have magnificent view of the summit of Kanchenjunga from here. The SEMCO Ropeway across the Teesta River, on the main Siliguri-Gangtok road is an important attraction near Kalimpong.
From Kalimpong it is possible to go to visit Phuntsholing across the Bhutanese border, without a visa.
Best time to Visit
The best time to visit Kalimpong is during summer.
How to Reach
By Air- The nearest airport is at Bagdogra
By Rail- The nearest railhead at Siliguri.
By Road- Kalimpong is linked with Gangtok and Bagdogra by road.