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
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
Situated at 8th mile where goddess Mata Kali is worshipped.
This extremely beautiful and well maintained Hindu temple
has been built by the Pranamis in memory of the late
Guru Shree 108 Mangaldasji.
Don't forget to visit different churches, where, some
of them are more than 100 years old.
Gangjong Hand Made
This is the indigenous hand made paper factory of its
own kind. Awarded by several organizations for its excellent
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.
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 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.
of Kalimpong Town from Deolo
Dog Palri Fo Brang Monastery
in the Flower Nursery
road to Lava & Loleygaon
Water Rafting in Teesta River.
Paragliding from Deolo Hills.