Kalimpong is about 2.5 hours away from Darjeeling and Siliguri. Located in the mid ranges of the Himalayas, known for its lush green slopes and deep rolling valleys, the hill station of Kalimpong is a traveller’s delight! The Teesta River separates the town from Sikkim and the site makes for a splendid sight. Known as ‘the land of kings’ in its native dialect, Kalimpong is situated on a ridge connecting the two hills of Deolo and Durpin. The multilingual culture has a beautiful vibe with Buddhist monasteries, temples and quaint churches in colonial architecture. Though there is not much to see in Kalimpong besides the stunning mountainside, you can view the beautiful Neora Valley National Park. The thick forests here are home to endangered species such as the Red Panda, Barking Deer and Himalayan Tahr. For bird lovers, if you are lucky, you can spot the Himalayan woodpecker, flycatchers, pheasants and warblers. And shopping enthusiasts, there is tons for you as well. The busy Teesta bazaar makes for a wonderful evening activity. Do take back awe-inspiring, traditional handicraft items, woollen and other souvenirs from the rows and rows of workshops here. If this is your first time here, do a thorough research on places to stay. There is a variety of choice including guesthouses, hotels and homestays. Some of the more popular ones are Gaff Homestays and Holumba Haven.
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Kalimpong is from March to June and from September to October
How To Reach
Book a Package Tour
Deolo Cliff Eco Resort, Kalimpong, charms guests with breathtaking views of river Teesta and misty Kanchenjunga. The rocky terrains that form a part of the resort's design add a natural touch. The rooms are tastefully done up and offer ultimate comfort. With various amenities, thrilling activities and gratifying hospitality, this resort offers the true pleasures of vacationing.
Kalimpong Science Centre
During the winters, tourist footfall is the least as compared to any other month in the year and this makes January the best time to visit Kalimpong. Monasteries in and around Kalimpong are open to visitors. The Zong Dhog Monastery is a must visit for Buddhist enthusiasts. The sky is clear and gives a good view of Kanchenjunga peak covered in snow at this particular time.The nearest airport is Bagdogra near Siliguri and is connected to New Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata. Kalimpong is 79 km away from Siliguri; hire a taxi, which will take 2 hours (approx) to cover this distance.
Kalimpong Arts and Crafts Centre
A great place to pick up souvenirs for folks back home. The Crafts Centre makes local handicrafts of Kalimpong, displays and sells them. The attractive feature of this Centre which draws tourists is the wonderful jewelry and colourful carpets on sale. Other items on display and on sale are wall scrolls, masks, pictorial wall panels, leather crafts, embroidered crafts, purses, and dolls etc. which are typical of Tibetan and Bhutanese handicrafts.
Durpin Dara Monastery, Kalimpong: Kalimpong’s largest monastery, formally known as Zangtok Pelri Phodang, sits atop panoramic Durpin Hill (1372m). There are rare Buddhist manuscripts on Tibetology inside called "The Kangyur" of 108 volumes. These were presented by Dalai Lama during his visit to Kalimpong in 1956 and the monastery was consecrated by the Dalai Lama when he revisited in 1976. There are impressive religious murals in the main prayer hall downstairs (photography is permitted), interesting 3D mandalas (visual meditation aids) on the 2nd floor, and stunning Kanchenjunga views from the terrace. Prayers are held at 6am and 3pm.The monastery is located about 5km south of the town center, and is most easily reached by taxi (one way Rs 200).