Kalimpong is a brilliant and colorful hill station in the Indian state of West Bengal bordering the state of Sikkim and neighbouring country of Bhutan. The destinations offer bustling bazaar town sprawls along a saddle-shaped mountain ridge overlooking the roaring Teesta River and lorded over by the summit of Khangchendzonga. It’s not a must-see, but it does boast Himalayan views, Buddhist monasteries, colonial-era architecture and a fascinating nursery industry, all linked by some fine hikes. It is located at an average elevation of 1250 meters i.e. 4101 feet. The town is the headquarters of the Kalimpong district. Kalimpong is known for its educational institutions of which most were established during the British colonial period. It used to be a gateway in the trade between Tibet and India before China's annexation of Tibet and the Sino-Indian War. Kalimpong and neighbouring Darjeeling is seperated by only 55 kilometers. Deollo Hills, Lava, Pedong, Ramdhura, Iccheygaon, Kagey, Sillery Gaon, Reshi Khola, Samthar, Jhandi, Neora Valley, Fagu, Lolaygaon, Rishyap, Lingsey, Rikissum, Charkhole are popular and scenic destinations of the region.

 

Kalimpong is situated overlooking the Teesta River and does a tourist destination owe to its temperate climate, magnificent Himalayan beauty and proximity to popular tourist locations in the region. Kolakham is a small picturesque village at nearly over 6000 feet with Nepali families belonging to the “Rai” community is known for the loving people. Same is with Charkhole an offbeat destination where the nature welcomes with its abundant beauties and varieties.  Icchey Gaon or Echey Gaon at an altitude of 5800 feet is also worth staying. Pedong lies 20 kilometers east of Kalimpong an altitude of 1240 metres i.e. 4.071 feet. The town is divided into two parts, Upper Pedong and Lower Pedong. Pedong lies on the historic off shoot road of Silk Route and enters India through the Jelepla Pass. Similarly Pedong, Lava, Lolaygaon, Samthar, Raleykhola, Mongsong, Reshikhola, Algarah are all in the outskirt of Kalimpong is known for Home stay.

 

Horticulture is important to Kalimpong and there are over 150 nurseries. It has a flower market notable for its wide array of orchids and Cactus. Nurseries, which export Himalayan grown flower bulbs, tubers and rhizomes, contribute to the beauty of Kalimpong.  Home to ethnic Nepalis, indigenous Lepchas, other ethnic groups and non-native migrants from other parts of India, the town is a religious centre of Buddhism. The Buddhist monastery Zang Dhok Palri Phodang holds a number of rare Tibetan Buddhist scriptures. The district is well renowned for its cheese, noodles and lollipops. Kalimpong exports a wide range of traditional handicrafts, wood-carvings, embroidered items, bags and purses with tapestry work, copper ware, scrolls, Tibetan jewellery and artifacts. Lovely viewpoints offering sweeping views of Kanchenjunga & Chola range as well as of river Teesta flowing between the towering mountains, great monasteries with awesome architectures, quaint temples, sprawling tourist complexes, numerous flower nurseries, parklands, famous missionary schools and more. Durpin Monastery (also known as Zang Dog Palri Monastery). There are rare Buddhist manuscripts on Tibetology inside called "The Kangyur" of 108 volumes. These were presented by Dalai Lama when he visited Kalimpong in 1956. He brought them from Tibet. Some idols inside were also brought from Tibet. Dalali Lama revisited Kalimpong on 29th May 1976 when he consecrated at Durpin Monastery

 

Communication: Kalimpong can be reached by the 88 kilometers i.e 55 miles drive via road from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP). It is linked with National Highway 10, from Siliguri, 82 kilometers i.e. 50 miles away. Bus services and hired vehicles connect with Siliguri.  Kalimpong has road connections with Phuentsholling (Bhutan) Border Town, Changrabandha (Bangladesh Border) and Kathmandu via Kakarvitta (Nepal). The nearest major airport is Bagdogra Airport (IXB), located approximately 90 kilometers i.e. 56 miles. The Nearest Major Railway Station is New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) from Kalimpong and is well connected by road.


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