A short holiday in the hills Kalimpong of is just what you need to rejuvenate from the summer. Depending on where you live, featured here is one of the exotic location of North East India Kalimpong. Kalimpong is in Darjeeling district in the northern part of West Bengal, India
1. Kalimpong near Teesta river
Kalimpong, on a ridge overlooking the Teesta River, is a tourist destination owing to its temperate climate and proximity to popular tourist locations in the region. Horticulture is important to Kalimpong. It has a flower market notable for its wide array of orchids; nurseries, which export Himalayan grown flower bulbs, tubers and rhizomes, contribute to the economy of Kalimpong
2. Places to see in Kalimpong
Kalimpong is slightly off the beaten track and unlike its cousins Darjeeling and Gangtok, a lot less popular. As you wind your way uphill from Siliguri, the meandering Teesta gives you company. Slightly daunting for first-time travelers, deep gorges and serpentine bends are easily maneuvered by expert hill drivers and soon you are captivated by the lush greenery. A quiet town, it is home to several well-known schools including Dr Graham’s Homes, founded by a Scottish missionary. It is also a plant lovers’ paradise as it houses some excellent nurseries with a captivating collection of cacti and orchids.
There is very little to see in the town except to wander around and enjoy the beauty of nature.
3. Attractions of Kalimpong
Kalimpong’s attractions include the Durpin Monastery, the Kali temple, MacFarlane Memorial Church, the golf course and the Durpin Hill. However, if you’re not up to sightseeing, you can laze on the lawn and gaze at the snow-clad peaks and on a clear day, even sight the Kanchenjunga. The town is small enough to be explored on foot-the leisurely pace of life and friendly people make one feel totally at ease. Sit on a roadside shop and enjoy authentic Tibetan fare – hot steaming momos and thukpa. Another food item not to be missed is the cheddar cheese and milk chocolates made by the Swiss Welfare Dairy. Curios lovers can browse through amazing collections of handicrafts and jewelry at Bhutia and Tibetan crafts shops.
There are a number of religious sites to see, including the Catholic church and Zong Dhog Palri Fo Brang monastery which, after a pleasant 2km walk from town commands
Enjoying the wonderful views of Kalimpong and the mountains, you can also visit number of religious sites like the Catholic church and Zong Dhog Palri Fo Brang monastery.
A must visit location while you are in Kalimpong is Dr Graham’s Homes, a school for its Scottish architecture of the buildings and the pleasantness of the huge campus.
The beautiful school is spread over 500 acres and has separate cottages for the students, most of them built in the Scottish style, bakery, swimming pool, guest houses and much more.
Tourists can spend hours exploring parts of the campus and talking to the friendly students and staffers of the school.
Deolo Hill – One of the numerous hill destinations that worth a visit. It has beautiful picnic spot with a tourist lodge, run by the Department of Tourism. It offers agreat early morning view of the Kanchenjunga mountains.
Golf Course – If you are a Golf lover the golf course so beautiful and should not be missed.
Cactus Nursery – A good place to go. Do not miss to check out the Tequila plant.
4. What type food you get
The best place for Chinese food, is China Garden, tucked in near the bus stop. They make a great Mei Foon and their Chicken Drumsticks are worth the inevitable queue during tourist season.
The City Shuts down before 8PM so you need to finish your dinner before that.
For Indian Food and a Drink head to The Soods Garden Retreat, this restarunt is open till 10.p.m.
The Sana Hill Top also has Indian and local food located near EME Officers’ Mess
For the best momo, you should visit Gompu’s, you can also get a very decent lunch or dinner at this place. The place stays open until 9PM.
For veg momos you should visit Sagar, Evergreen on the main road.
You’d miss something if you didn’t spare time for a quiet, very British afternoon cuppa at Himalayan Hotel.
Kalimpong produces the only aged cheese made in India. It’s delicious and has the texture of a hard European cheese and a mild, almost parmesan-like flavour.
5. Where to Stay at Kalimpong
The Sillery Sojourn, Sillerygaon located 23 kms from Kalimpong, which is on the Old Silk Route. From Kalimpong, come on the Reshi Road and then take the left diversion to Sillerygaon. One can have an excellent view of the Kanchendzonga massif from the cottages.
Ramitey View Point, providing an excellent view of the river Teesta.
The Reshi Retreat & Farmhouse, Reshi, Pedong, Kalimpong, is a retreat in real sense. Away from the maddening crowd situated on the banks of Reshi river, 37 kilometers from Kalimpong town,on the West Bengal-Sikkim border.It is an ideal place for weekend breaks, to rejuvenate your spirits. Reshi Retreat and Farmhouse is involved with Agri-Eco and Adventure Tourism. The historical importance of the place is it falls on the original Silk-Route that connected India with Tibet of yesteryear(s).
Trekking, fishing, adventure camping,conducting retreats,sight seeing and farm activities make up the regular itinerary.
The Himalayan Hotel in Kalimpong is a heritage hotel whose interesting history includes an owner who assisted in the 13th Dalai Lama’s escape and an ambience that is steeped in Himalayan history. You can find out more about this charming place on www.himalayanhotel.biz.
6. Booking your Hotel
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7. Kalimpong Travel Information – how to book your Hotel
Jet Airways has daily flights to Bagdogra from New Delhi and Kolkata and regular flights from Guwahati. Kalimpong is about 70 km away from Bagdogra and can be easily accessed by road.
Enjoy your Holiday at Kalimpong