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Once the headquarters of a Bhutanese Governor, the word 'Kalim' means King's Minister and 'Pong' - the stronghold of the King's minister. As per Lepcha Tribe, one of the oldest tribe of this region, they had given the meaning of Kalimpong as "ridges where we play" while not engaged in agricultural pursuits.

Nestling in the lush green mid ranges of the Himalayas, Kalimpong, hill station of "the Raj", has an incredible stunning backdrop of towering snow capped peaks. This exotic town of beautiful people, mystical and enchanting, with a rare ethnic blend of hill people, has a tradition of hospitality from the days of the mule caravans of olde.

Located just 80 kms from the Airport and Railheads, at an altitude of 1,250 metres, it has a moderate climate ranging from between 15°C to 25°C in Summer and 7°C to 15°C in Winter, offering year round comfort. An ideal place for a holiday home to relax and laze for few days.

The picture post card countryside around Kalimpong has a vast range of forests around Lava and Loleygaon, the wild and protected Neora National Park reaching up to the 3,152 metre high Rachela trijunction between Bhutan, Sikkim and West Bengal. The meandering river valleys of Git, Rishi, Rilli and the mighty Teesta and the enchanting Samthar Plateau. All these are Nature's gifts to us, which make our region an all round holiday destination. Most visitors come for a few days, linger on, and come again to savoir the many holiday options available.

During the British rule once Kalimpong was prime trade centre for wool between India and Tibet.

Kalimpong has become a centre for education, where thousands of students come from different states and neighboring countries like Bhutan and Nepal as well.

A 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 (at river Teesta), Mountain Biking, and nature and Culture tours, or just a "relax and laze" holiday.

Places of Interest:
Delo Dara: Few minutes drive from Kalimpong Town from where you can see beautiful panoramic view of Kalimpong and the wide range of Kanchanjunga.

Zang Dog Palri Fo Brang: This is the largest and most beautiful monastery in Kalimpong. Consecrated by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 1976, it has 108 volumes of "The Kangyur". It is situated at a height of 1372 meters on the peak of the Durpin Hill and commands a great view of the valley below, the town and the snow ranges.

Kali Mandir: Situated at 8th mile where goddess Mata Kali is worshipped.

Mangal Dham: This extremely beautiful and well maintained Hindu temple has been built by the Pranamis in memory of the late Guru Shree 108 Mangaldasji.

Church: Don't forget to visit different churches, where, some of them are more than 100 years old.

Gangjong Hand Made Paper Industry: This is the indigenous hand made paper factory of its own kind. Awarded by several organizations for its excellent work.

Nurseries: Kalimpong is world wide known for its quality and the varieties of flowers. Feel and smell the peace and freshness of different flora in various nurseries.

Chitra Bhanu: Summer resort of Rishi Rabindranath Tagore, where he wrote several plays and poems during his stay here.

Lava and Loleygoan: Make a day trip from Kalimpong to Lava and Loleygoan, through dense Pine forest to add up an adventurous phase of your holiday.

River Rafting : River Teesta has an ideal condition throughout the year except the monsoons (June to August) for white water rafting. For those adventurous people visiting Kalimpong, a rafting trip in the River Teesta can be arranged.

Paragliding : You can now see Kalimpong from a birds eye view. An exciting sport of paragliding has been launced in Kalimpong from the year 2009. The ideal month for taking pleasure of this sport is during the summer season (April to June). For those adventurous people visiting Kalimpong, a paragliding trip can be arranged.

Kalimpong Park
View of Kalimpong Town from Deolo
Zang Dog Palri Fo Brang Monastery
Orchids in the Flower Nursery
Scenic road to Lava & Loleygaon
Handmade paper factory
White Water Rafting in Teesta River.
Paragliding from Deolo Hills.
 

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