A rendezvous with Kalimpong! (Part 2)

Tripoto
2nd Aug 2011
Photo of A rendezvous with Kalimpong! (Part 2) by Sagnik Basu
Photo of A rendezvous with Kalimpong! (Part 2) by Sagnik Basu
Photo of A rendezvous with Kalimpong! (Part 2) by Sagnik Basu
Photo of A rendezvous with Kalimpong! (Part 2) by Sagnik Basu
Photo of A rendezvous with Kalimpong! (Part 2) by Sagnik Basu
Photo of A rendezvous with Kalimpong! (Part 2) by Sagnik Basu
Photo of A rendezvous with Kalimpong! (Part 2) by Sagnik Basu
Photo of A rendezvous with Kalimpong! (Part 2) by Sagnik Basu
Photo of A rendezvous with Kalimpong! (Part 2) by Sagnik Basu
Photo of A rendezvous with Kalimpong! (Part 2) by Sagnik Basu
Photo of A rendezvous with Kalimpong! (Part 2) by Sagnik Basu
Photo of A rendezvous with Kalimpong! (Part 2) by Sagnik Basu
Photo of A rendezvous with Kalimpong! (Part 2) by Sagnik Basu

Classes resume the day after tomorrow.
One day to wind up our final destination and ironically we started with food. We savages made a classy breakfast out of nothing. I mean food was there, but we managed a spot with gigantic mountains at our 12'o clock with mist everywhere being the cherry on top.

The monasteries of Kalimpong date back to 1836 and tell a rich story not only of past events but also of local art and culture. You could visit the Pedong, Thongsa and Tharpa Choling monasteries, among the others here. When you mingle with the boy monks and gyalong- blowing lamas, you will want to forget the rest of the world for you will be making a tryst with eternity.

Innumerable view points, a ravishing Golf course and an exotic Arts and Crafts Centre compile the 'all of Kalimpong' with the never changing scenic beauty.


This town is bustling with flower markets, a major source of orchid flowers in the north east. One can enjoy the view of attractive flowers placed on the sideways of the street and the fragrances of the flowers make you to think about an eternal destination. 

But at the end of your trip in this mystic land, don't forget to round things off with a picnic at 7th Mile View Point.
And ladies! The place also reeks of 'Ahoy shopaholics!'

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.
Photo of Kalimpong Arts and Crafts Centre by Sagnik Basu
Built in 1692 during the Bhutanese reign Kalimpong, the Gompa is known to have been built under the direct supervision of the Bhutan King. Tourists are allowed to explore the Gompa in between the prayer services and are also allowed to join the prayers in the Gompa. You need not be a Buddhist to participate in Prayers here and you may not even comprehend the language but you must be a part of it as this gives you a rare opportunity to be a part of an ancient culture and religion and traveled across countries and geographies to India.
Photo of Thongsa Gompa by Sagnik Basu
The place is not only famous for playing but is quite preferred for preparing photo album of its visitors. The views offered by this astonishing place are quite mesmerizing and surrounded totally by green environment. Durphin Monastery situated in its vicinity also gives a great majestic touch to the photography at this place. This golf course is having nine holes course and you can also enjoy playing the game here. Army Golf Club is actually meant for the golf players and who are damn crazy of this amazing and interesting game. It is also one of the main attractions in Kalimpong and visited by many of the visitors every year
Photo of ARMY GOLF CLUB, Barabhita, Darjeeling, West Bengal, India by Sagnik Basu
These mountain ranges of Sikkim, including Jelepla and Tiger Hill, and the confluence of the Relli, Riand and Teesta rivers can be viewed from here. It is the highest point in Kalimpong, offering visitors to enjoy the views of elegant rivers, tea estates, Tiger hill, Peshoke, Western Sikkim, magnificent mountains and the plains of Terai. One should not miss to include this attraction in their itinerary when travelling to Kalimpong. Durpin Dara hill, located at a height of 1402 m, is a vantage point that gives birds-eye-view of the spectacular serene mountains, plains and rivers. Durpin, meaning “binoculars” in Nepali is a great spot that offers a clear view of the majestic mountains, Kanchenjunga.
Photo of Durpin Danda by Sagnik Basu
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