Planned a 9 day trip to Sikkim, so landed at Bagdogra airport since it was the nearest. From Bagadogra caught a cab and reached Siliguri main bus stand.
Our first stop was Kalimpong.
Kalimpong can be reached from Siliguri either by hiring a taxi, bus or a shared taxi.
We took shared taxi which costed around 200 per person.
Kalimpong is 2 hours away from Siliguri.
We reached Kalimpong the same day and we checked in to our hotel, since we had a lot of time at disposal we hired a local cab for sight seeing with the help of a localite. The locals are very friendly and they welcome visitors with a warm gesture.
#1. Visited Pine view nursery. One can spot around 1500 variety of cactus and they have an exotic collection.
#2. Hanuman temple.
#3. Zong dhog plari Monastery.
#4. Buddha park, Durga temple.
#5. Lepacha museum : If you are curious enough to know the indigenous roots of lepacha tribes this places is a must visit.
#6. Dr. Graham's house : supposedly called haunted house and it's history traces back to British era where suspicious death of a couple was said to happen. Ppl around there have encountered seeing spirit of a women loitering around the place at night.
#7. Thongsa gumpa monastery : We went there when evening prayer was happening and it was very peaceful participating in that. There were small boys in the age of 5-10 all around the monastery being very friendly and they're in the early stages of monkhood. We happened to encounter sunset from this monastery which was spectacular.
It became dark by 5.00pm so we had to return to our hotel.
Kalimpong is a calm, serene, under rated place. One could easily get lost in it's beauty.