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Kalimpong, perched at an altitude of 1250mt is a scenically blessed hill station of Eastern Himalayas. It is famous for the awe-inspiring view of Mt Kanchenjunga and Victorian Era architecture. Kalimpong is also blessed with rich flora and fauna and is an important ecological hub. Sited amidst the ridge of two daunting hills, Kalimpong has enthralled the mind of many travelers. Overlooking the roaring river Teesta, Kalimpong with its historic charm and scenic beauty never ceases to amaze the travelers. West Bengal Forest Department Corporation (WBFDC) has built a nature resort known as Kalimpong-Shailabas for the tourist travelling to Kalimpong.
Kalimpong-Shailabas is a (Forest) Nature Education and Wilderness Resort. The main reason behind building the Kalimpong-Shailbas was to boost the tourism of Kalimpong. Along with boosting the eco tourism they also preserve the flora and fauna of Himalayan region.
Things to do in Kalimpong-Shailabas: Surrounded by dense alpine forest, guest staying in Kalimpong-Shailabas can go for nature walk. They can also partake in adventure activities like paragliding, rock climbing, trekking, and mountain biking during their stay in Kalimpong-Shailabas, since the landscape of Kalimpong has made it a hub of adventurer lovers. The trekking trails of Kalimpong are also ideal for bird watching.
This scenic hill station not only thrives in scenic beauty but also have many interest points which have hyped the interest of travelers.
Pine View Cactus Nursery: Enclosed by the dense emerald forest of pine tree is Pine View Cactus Nursery one of the prime attractions of Kalimpong. Here, visitors can find more than 150 species of cactus, making it a paradise for horticulturist traveling in Kalimpong. Along with a vast collection of cactus, Pine View Cactus Nursery also houses delicate orchids. Overlooking the might snowcapped Himalayas and far from the bustling street Pine View Cactus Nursery is a must visit while traveling to Kalimpong for the botany enthusiast.
Deolo Hill: Perched at an altitude of 1704mt is Deolo Hill another favored tourist destination of Kalimpong. Showcasing the astounding vista of roaring river Teesta, Deolo Hill is the highest point of Kalimpong. Sprawled with rolling green meadow the hilltop of Deolo has a manicured garden along with a recreational centre for children.From Deola Hill visitors can catch the unparalleled view of Mt Kanchenjunga and its surrounding ranges.
Durpin Dara: Located on the South West side of Kalimpong Town is the second highest point of Kalimpong, Durpin Dara. Reckoned for the Zang Dhok Palri Monastery, Durpin Dara offers a panoramic vista of Kalimpong and cascading river stream of Teesta along with the commanding view of West Sikkim and snow clad fortress of Himalayan range.
Dr Graham's Homes: Built in 1900, Dr Graham's Homes is another famous tourist destination of Kalimpong. The cottage shaped building of Dr Graham's Homes till date holds the elegance of Victorian Era. Founded by Dr JA Graham's Home the most prominent attraction of this historic institution is the Chapel and museum. The stained window pane and gray slates of chapel and museum has captivated the minds of many travelers.
The closest railway station of Lava is NJP. The distance between Kalimpong and NJP is 75km and the closest airport of Lava is in Bagdogra. The distance between Kalimpong and Bagdogra is 78km. Visitors can easily reach Kalimpong by hiring a taxi from the respective junction. Or they can either opt to take the State Bus service which regularly ply from Siliguri to Kalimpong.