Travel to Kalimpong

Kalimpong Tourism

If you look forward to an idyllic hill stations far away from the touristy crowd, Kalimpong is the best bet. To much extent, it has been shadowed by the fame of Darjeeling. Maybe that has done some good to retain its unspoilt beauty. The city has managed to remain aloof from the hustle bustle.

Khangchendzonga offers a magnificent backdrop to Kalimpong. Come the season, exotic orchids, flowers break into a riot of colors. Do a bit introspection sitting on the edge of the meandering rivers. Or if you want an adrenalin rush, paddle a raft out in the river Teesta or trek up to the Neora National Park.

A travel to Kalimpong would take you to an idyllic hill retreat in the lap of the majestic Himalayas. There are many legends over the origin of the name of the place. Some say, the name evolved from a Bhutanese word meaning 'king's ministers strong hold'. In the local dialect, the name means, "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 the name.

The lofty Kanchejungha welcomes you as you travel to Kalimpong. The rolling green ridges at the foothills of the Himalayas are an enchanting treat to the senses. The idyllic Teesta and Rangeet flow by lending the region a rare beauty.

How to Reach Kalimpong

Kalimpong at an altitude of (4100ft) is a tranquil hill retreat. In the northern part of West Bengal, it is adjacent to the state of Sikkim. Undulating stretches of green deciduous trees and myriad verities of orchids are feast to eyes.

By Air:

The nearest airport from Kalimpong is Bagdogra near Siliguri. From Bagdogra Kalimpong is nearly 70kms away. In the northern side of West Bengal Bagdogra is an important domestic airport, which is regularly served by flights from Kolkata, Delhi.

By Road:

Siliguri serves as the gateway to reach Kalimpong. Siliguri is well connected by road to Kolkata, Guwahati, Patna. On the other hand, there is a good network of internal roads, which also link Kalimpong to Gangtok in Sikkim.

By Train:

New Jalpaiguri (70kms) close to Siliguri is the nearest railhead from Kalimpong. This is an important railway station in the northern Bengal and also a sort of gateway to the remote northeastern India. Many important trains network among New Jalpaiguri, Kolkata (Howrah and Sealdah) and Delhi.

Shopping in Kalimpong

Shopping in Kalimpong is a pleasant experience. Woodcarving is a traditional craft in this region. A wide range of utilities and objets d'art are available in Kalimpong. Pick up an item or two while shopping in Kalimpong.

Tibetan people in huge number make their way to Kalimpong with their handicrafts. Tibetan woolen garments, jewellery and noodles are hot favorite with those who go for shopping in Kalimpong.

If you want to shop for souvenirs, check out tapestry bags and purses, copperware, scrolls and paintings, while shopping in Kalimpong.

Fresh ginger, honey and a special type of strongish cheese are available in abundance in Kalimpong. These are also popular items for shopping in Kalimpong.

And finally, it is tea ! Close to Kalimpong lies Darjeeling, which produces the best-flavored tea in the world. A packet or two must feature in your shopping cart in Kalimpong.

There are many good markets in Kalimpong. The markets are open on Wednesday and Saturday. Explore the Main Road, the 10th Mile Market and the Raja Dorje Market for shopping in Kalimpong. The Kalimpong Arts & Crafts Centre is the best place for authentic Lepcha, Bhutanese and Sikkimese embroidered work on purses and dresses.

Places to Visit in Kalimpong

  • Durpin Dhara
  • Dr. Graham's Homes
  • Thongsha Gumpha
  • Pedong Monastery
  • Gauripur House
  • Flower Nurseries
  • Lava
  • Lolay Gaon

Last Updated on : September 12, 2013