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Kalimpong is a virgin hill station in West Bengal renowned for its panoramic valley views, Buddhists monasteries and churches and Tibetan handicrafts etc. 50 minutes east of Darjeeling, Kalimpong is a hill station on the foothills of Shivalik ranges at an altitude of 1250 m overlooking the Teesta Valley. People say that the area was ruled by Bhutanese kings and was a forward post of the Bhutanese Army till the 19th century.

Dotted with ancient Buddhist monasteries, centuries old churches and exquisite revered temples Kalimpong marks the Bhutanese history till it was wrested by British rulers. The Jang Dong Palriffo Brang (Monastery), Thongsa Gompa (Bhutanese Monastery) are some famous places to visit. Also make sure to visit the flower markets famous for its orchids and lovely bright flowers.

BRIEF HISTORY :  The earliest recorded history of Kalimpong is small and hazy. It was only after the Anglo-Bhutan War in 1864 that the history of Kalimpong was recorded. Prior to this, some records are available on the history of Kalimpong but these records are very contradictory and are almost impossible to authenticate. It was only after the Treaty of Sinchula on 11 November 1865 that Kalimpong came to be a place of some importance and prominence.The earliest recorded history of Kalimpong is small and hazy. It was only after the Anglo-Bhutan War in 1864 that the history of Kalimpong was recorded. Prior to this, some records are available on the history of Kalimpong but these records are very contradictory and are almost impossible to authenticate. It was only after the Treaty of Sinchula on 11 November 1865 that Kalimpong came to be a place of some importance and prominence. Located at a distance of 68.2 km from Siliguri town, Kalimpong is a must visit place during North Bengal Tour. It takes almost 2 hours and 30 minutes from NJP/Bagdogra to reach Kalimpong. Situated at an altitude of 1250 m, Kalimpong Tour offers some of the best views of Himalaya Range with majestic Mt. Kanchenjungha. The major attraction of tourists has been the traditional handicrafts of the place.

CLIMATE :  Kalimpong has five distinct seasons: spring, summer, autumn, winter and the monsoons. The annual temperature is 18 °C (64 °F). Summers are mild, with an average maximum temperature of 25.5 °C (77.9 °F) in August.[28] Summers are followed by the monsoon rains which lash the town between June and September. The monsoons are severe, often causing landslides which sequester the town from the rest of India. Winter lasts from December to February, with the minimum temperature being around 8 °C (46 °F). During the monsoon and winter seasons, Kalimpong is often enveloped by fog.

HOW TO REACH :  By Air: The nearest airport is Bagdogra International Airport which is located at a distance of 78 km from Kalimpong. ...
By Train: The nearest railhead is New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) which is located at a distance of approx 70 km from Kalimpong. ...
With good road connectivity, Kalimpong can be easily reached by car,Sumo,and private Bus.Kalimpong is well connected by roads to some of the neighboring places like Gangtok (75km), Bagdogra (79km), Siliguri (70km) and Darjeeling (50km). There is also a road that takes tourists from Kalimpong to neighboring state of Sikkim. The drive from Darjeeling to Kalimpong is charming and these road drives treat tourists to beautiful landscapes, snowcapped mountains and winding roads. State and private buses as well taxis are used to ferry people to and from the city.

PLACES OF INTEREST : 

One of the newest districts of West Bengal, Kalimpong, has three development Blocks and a Municipality under its jurisdiction, all having their own charms to attract the tourists of all sort…. from peaceful nature resorts and widely open view points to a bundle of adventure sports….. Kalimpong has a wholesome bundle of offering to attract the tourist folk of every nature.
                                         
LAVA  AND LOLEYGAON Lava, a picturesque mountain town encircled by trees, is a one-and-a-half-hour drive from Kalimpong. Nature enthusiasts and bird watchers will adore it. Lolegaon is another little mountain community tucked away in the beautiful hills, located around 24 miles from Lava. It can be covered in one day combined with Lava and is referred to locally as Kaffer. Visitors to Lolegaon may go on a canopy tour or just soak in the breathtaking views of the Kanchenjunga range.

CHANGEY FALLS:  Changey falls is the famous 3 step waterfall between Tiffin Dhara and Ghanti Dhara. Changey Falls is considered the highest altitude fall in North Bengal whilst adding more charm to the nearby quaint villages. The journey to thisserene and enchanting Changey Fall is a mini-adventure in itself.It is a waterfall in North Bengal .To go to the see the falls one must climb down 900 metres.

MORGAN HOUSE:  It is situated three kilometers off the center of Kalimpong town and has a clear view of the Kangchenjunga mountain range. Morgan House is a mansion of British colonial architecture built by an English jute baron George Morgan in the 1930s on the hill station of Kalimpong, Morgan House is a mansion built by Mr. and Mrs. Morgan in the 1930s. It is an archetypal example of colonial architecture in Kalimpong. What makes visiting this gorgeous piece of construction even better is that it is surrounded by legends of it being Haunted! 

DEOLO:  Delo Hill is one of the two hills that the town of Kalimpong stands between.The hill is located north east of the town. Deolo, also spelt Dello, is a low-lying hill in the West Bengal. At a height of 1914 m and only 6 km away from Kalimpong, it is a perfect getaway amidst the majestic mountains for tourists who want a day off from their busy schedules.  From the top of this hill, tourists can enjoy attractive views of the surrounding villages of Relli valley and Teesta River along with the town of Kalimpong.

DURPIN DARA:  Durpin Dara Hill is an ideal place for nature lovers, adventure enthusiasts, and peace seekers.It offers a panoramic view overlooking the Kalimpong town. The hill also provides view of Teesta River and its valleys.Durpin Dara means “binocular hill” in the local language. One can indeed get a great view with a cool pair of binoculars.The Durpin Hill gives a panoramic view of the town of Kalimpong, the snow-clad Himalayas, the Teesta river & its valleys and the Jelepla Pass.

MANGAL DHAM:  Mangal Dham was built in 1993 by Shri Krishna Pranami in the divine memory of late guru Shri Mangaldasji.At a distance of 1 km from Kalimpong Bus Station, Mangal Dham is a Hindu temple located in Kalimpong of West Bengal. Situated close to Thongsa Gompa, it is one of the most significant religious centers in West Bengal and among the must visit places in Kalimpong.Sprawling over an area of 2 acres, the temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. The whole theme of the dham is Knowledge, Devotion and Service.  Lord Krishna is the principal deity here. The temple complex is known for its embellished statues, lush gardens and the vibrant sanctuary.

THONGSA GOMPA:  Established in 1962, it is a charming monastery also known as Bhutanese Monastery. It is the oldest monastery in Kalimpong and is one of the finest places for meditation.The monastery is a perfect place for meditation.The monastery boasts of a serene and spiritual ambiance. Buddhists monks offer everyday prayer here and this place is a perfect place for mediation. Every part of the Gompa is accessible to the tourists and this Gompa acts as an important attraction for the tourists. Buddha Purnima is the major festival celebrated at this Gumpha which attracts large number of tourists every year.

LAMAHATTA:  Lamahatta is a small village is located at an altitude of about 5,700 feet and 23km away from the main town Darjeeling. Surrounded by pine forest and the beautiful view of Mt Kanchenjunga.Main attractions in Lamahatta are the park and well-manicured garden within the village. A trekking route has also been built that will lead tourists through the pine tree maze to two lovely ponds locally called "jore pokhari". Lamahatta is still a newfound destination not traveled by many travelers making it a tourist rush-free area.

JHANDI:  Jhandi is a well known tourist spot in the Gorubathan Block offering glorious sun rise and sun set views, wide angle view of Mount Kanchenjunga and the Nathula Range as well as the Dooars. It isabout 16 km from Gorubathan. Throughout the year it is cold and misty here. The rich wildlife here also makes it one of the most picturesque destinations for tourists. Jhandi (ঝান্ডি) is a new and most beautiful, romantic tourist destination in Dooars region situated on 6,200 ft. above sea level and distance from Siliguri.This is home of lots of Himalayan plants and rare animals. 

THARPA CHOELING GOMPA:  The Tharpa Choeling is a renowned monastery built in 1937 atop Tirpai Hill near Kalimpong in West Bengal, India by Domo Geshe Rinpoche Ngawang Kelsang. One of the oldest monasteries in Kalimpong, it has a collection of rare Buddhist manuscripts and thangkas.  it has a collection of rare Buddhist manuscripts and thangkas. The Gompa contains idols of the Bhaisajya, Sakyamuni and Maitreya Buddhas. The major attraction of the monastery is the museum which houses many old scriptures and artifacts showing the visit of Dalai Lama to this monastery.

PEDONG:  Pedong is a town in the Pedong CD block in the Kalimpong subdivision of the Kalimpong district in the Indian state of West Bengal. The town is very close to Resi-Sikkim border.20 kms from Kalimpongon the way to Lava is Pedong. A small picturesque hamlet situated on a ridge and surrounded by pine forests, Pedong commands some magnificent views of snow ranges of Mount Kunchendzonga.Pedong is an ideal place for the day visitors staying in Kalimpong. Several short and thrilling treks originate from Pedong. This is the highest point in the region with an excellent view of almost the entire mountain range of Darjeeling and Sikkim including parts of Bhutan and Tibet. About 180 degrees in front, one can see the snow-capped mountains.

NEORA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK:  Neora Valley National Park is a national park in Kalimpong district, West Bengal, India that was established in 1986.The forest in Neora Valley has such luxurious growth that even sunlight finds it difficult to touch the ground.  Much of the park is still inaccessible, making it an adventurous place for the nature lovers. . It gets its name from the river Neora that flows through it. Neora Valley, also known as the land of the elegant red panda, belongs to a pristine natural habitat which lies undisturbed in hilly terrain. This untouched destination becomes an adventurous place for nature lovers and trekkers who wish to explore its wilderness. 

GALINGKA:  Another British Bungalow, Galingka offers spectacular views of the Kanchenjunga peak- the second highest Himalayan peaks. Galingka is located on the second largest peak of Himalayas which is the Kanchenjunga, thereby being a very majestic and royal bungalow. It is the location that adds on to the beauty of the bungalow. The bungalow was constructed by the British that is when they became the wool traders during their trade travel in India. The beautiful interiors, splendid exterior architecture, artistic framework of the ceilings and amazing artifacts make Galingka a must to watch when in Kalimpong. 

SILLERY GAON: The beautiful interiors, splendid exterior architecture, artistic framework of the ceilings and amazing artifacts make Galingka a must to watch when in Kalimpong. Sillery is a newly discovered offbeat destination which is popular among those who like to enjoy the charm off Mt Kanchenjunga as a backdrop of lush green deep pine forest along with different species of flora and fauna. At Sillery you can feel that you are in the midst of nature far away from the maddening life of cities. During sunrise Mt Kanchenjunga can be seen very clearly from here, which makes it an ideal location for photography.

NIMBONG: It is a quiet and beautiful place in the lap of nature. "The charm of this place is its complete isolation from the madding crowd of metropolitan life" - it an ideal place for the adventure seeking tourist. There is a lot to see: from snow clad Himalayan ranges to untouched forests and hills all around.  The charm of this place is its complete isolation from the madding crowd of metropolitan life. Arriving here one gets to a place of peace in the lap of nature away from all the worries of life.  Locally cooked food can be availed from households, and a sense of satisfaction can be felt by experiencing the simple people of Nimbong.

POINTS TO REMEMBER: As a responsible tour guide and operator here are few tips from our side to help while you visit Kalimpong.

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