A beautiful hill town in North Bengal which
can be reached from either Siliguri or Darjeeling. KALIMPONG – means
king’s minister’s strong hold – a Bhutanese word. It is also called
Kalimpong in local dialect meaning "black spur". As per Lepchas, Kalimpong
means ‘ridge where we play’. It is said that these local tribesmen used to
organize field sports while not engaged in agricultural pursuit – hence
Situated at an altitude of 1250 meters, it enjoys temperate climate
throughout the year. Somewhat secluded and tucked away in the corner under
the big Darjeeling umbrella, Kalimpong offers a quiet and relaxed holiday,
against the backdrop of the Kanchenjunga.
The journey from Darjeeling to Kalimpong is a beautiful experience. The
road drops from Ghoom 7407ft. to Teesta Bazar 700 ft in 12 km and passes
through lush green forests and tea gardens. A place called the Viewpoint
or ‘Lovers Meet’, offers excellent view of the confluence of the Rangeet
and the Teesta rivers, as also of the Himalayan mountain range from
Durpindara summit. Kalimpong’s attractions include three Buddhist
monasteries, orchid nurseries, a sericulture centre and Dr. Graham’s Home,
a large sprawling school set up in 1900 for educating the children of tea
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Lava: Situated at an
altitude of 7200ft, 32 kms from Kalimpong, Lava is a nature lover’s
paradise. One can walk through the forest trails of the Neora valley;
visit the Chhangey Falls, the Lava Monastery and Nature Interpretation
Centre and the sunrise points of Jhandi Dara and Tiffin Dara.
Rishyap: The place can be
approached by a four-kilometer-walk uphill from Lava (32 km from
Kalimpong) through the deep silent forest of Pines, Rhododendrons and
orchids. Non-adventurers can take the 10-kilometer motor-able route from
Lava. The enthralling views of the vast range of Kanchenjunga, the blue
mountains of Sikkim, Nathu-La and Jelap-La passes are an experience of
Lolegaon: An important
offbeat destination in Kalimpong hills, Lolegaon is 123 km from Siliguri
54 km from Kalimpong and 24 km from Lava. At an altitude of 1850M in the
midst of undulating slopes, adorned with towering Dhupi and Cypress
trees, Lolegaon is the place of ethereal wilderness. Lolegaon also offer
'The Canopy Walk' which is an unforgettable experience, which allows you
to get close to the trees.
Kalimpong is connected to all the major
cities of India by Air, Rail and Road.
AIR : The nearest airport
is Bagdogra which is 80kms from Kalimpong.
RAIL : The nearest
railway stations are Siliguri Junction & New Jalpaiguri Railway Station.
ROAD: Kalimpong is
connected to Darjeeling, Siliguri and Gangtok by road through buses,
jeeps and private taxis.