A small hill station nestled on the foothills of Shivalik ranges at an altitude of 1250 m overlooking the Teesta Valley. Kalimpong is known for its breath taking view and rich history. The first thing you will notice after you reach Kalimpong is it quite atmosphere. And the quite ambiance is heightened by the presence of churches and monastery sprawled around the town. Apart from the scenic beauty Kalimpong also attract visitors for its mouth watering local cuisine and merchandise. Kalim in local dialect means King's Minister and Pong means Stronghold. So the name Kalimpong actually means Stronghold of King's Minister and has originated from the time of king's dynasty in the region. Some say that the name has been derived from the word Kalibong (locals call it Kaulim). It's a type of fiber plant used for making paper. This plant is found in abundance in Kalimpong and hence the name.
Kalimpong is situated on the northern edge of West Bengal in east India and is about 53km away from Darjeeling 2.5hrs drive. With the alpine weather and panoramic view of the adjacent valley Kalimpong is the paradise for nature lover. Somewhat secluded and tucked away in the corner under the big Darjeeling umbrella, Kalimpong offers a quiet and relaxed holiday against the backdrop of Kanchenjunga.
There are many places for tourist interest in Kalimpong, with three important gompas or monasteries theTharpa Choeling Gompa, the Tongsa Gompa and Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa making Kalimpong a major hub for the Buddhism follower. The Tharpa Choeling Gompa was established in 1922 and belongs to the Yellow Hat (Gelukpa) sect of Tibetan Buddhism. His Highness the Dalai Lama also belongs to this sect, which was founded in the 14th century in Tibet. The Tongsa Gompa is located near the Tharpa Choeling Gompa. It is the oldest monastery in Kalimpong and was founded in 1692. The present building is constructed over the ruins of the original monastery, which was raised by the Gurkhas, in the pre-British era. The Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa was built in the mid-1970s on Durpin Hill and is located 5 km south from the town center. It was consecrated by His Highness the Dalai Lama. This monastery is famous for its traditional Tibetan wall paintings.
Kalimpong is an important flower producing center and it produces 80% of the total gladioli produced in India. Kalimpong Cactus nursery is a place where visitors can see rare and different species of cacti along with 400 types of orchids. Other places to visit in Kalimpong include the Sericulture Research Institute, Dr Graham's Home and the adjoining chapel (located on the slopes of Deolo Hill), and the Nature Interpretation Center (located on Rinkingpong road). Kalimpong is one of the favourite places for all the adventure seekers since it offers them with different option like hiking, river rafting and paragliding. From nature lover to adventure seeker there is something for everyone aiming Kalimpong an ideal place for all the tourists to visit and make memories of life time.
The Batasia Loop
Darjeeling Toy Train
Himalayan Mountaineering Institute
Lloyd's Botanical Garden
Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park
The Rock Garden
Neora Valley National Park