Before the Chinese take-over of Tibet, Kalimpong was the centre of India’s wool trade with that country, with Tibetan caravans winding their way down from the Tibetan plateau to trade wool for manufactured goods. As a result, even today, Kalimpong is home to people from many different backgrounds, and a short walk from the market area reveals temples, monasteries, churches and mosques.

Kalimpong is also a centre for bird watching, hill-walking, and visiting word famous flower nurseries. Kalimpong produces 80% of India’s gladioli and is a significant orchid-growing area.

What to see

  1. Deola Hill;
  2. Dr.Graham’s Homes;
  3. Dupin Dara;
  4. Flower Nurseries;
  5. Mangal Dham; 6.Thongsa
  6. Monastery, Tibetan Monastery.

Getting There

Air: The nearest airport is at Bagdogra which is connected to Delhi and Calcutta by Indian Airlines and other private airlines.

Rail: The nearest convenient railhead is New Jalpaiguri which in turn is connected with important cities of India.

Road: Kalimpong is connected by motorable roads with Darjeeling 51 Km, Calcutta 651 Km, Gangtok 75 Km , Guwahati 513 Km and Kurseong 77 Km.

General information

Excursions

  1. Rississum Forest Bungalow (20 Km): Built on the ruins of a Bhutanese Monastery.

  2. Munsong Forest Bungalow (25 Km): Beautifully situated in the midst of a teak forest.

  3. Lava Forest Bungalow (32 Km): On a clear day, Jelep La & Rechi La passes are visible from here.

  4. Takdah Orchid Centre (44 Km): Run by the West Bengal Forest Development Corporation.

  5. Lolay Gaon Forest Bungalow (55 Km): One can see the sunrise on Mount Everest.

  6. Bhalu Khop Village : It offers excellent views of the Sikkim Hills, Kanchenjunga and the Tibet Frontier when the weather is good.

  7. Chitry Falls . located 5 Km. above the Teesta bridge, it takes 2 hours to go down and 3 hours to return.

  8. Labba: From here one can see the snow view of Kanchenjunga (Altitude 28,146 feet) as well as the plains of Mal Bazar. It is also famous for flowers and orchids.

  9. Relli Bridge: This is a strenuous walk down to the river Relli and 2 hours back up the hill.

  10. Samthar: The Sarnthar plateau is a world, unknown to People. Situated in this serene and tranquil fairy tale setting is the ‘Farm House Inn’.