Kalimpong TourismKalimpong with mesmerizing view is the hub to some beautiful architecture and places. Here are some places to enjoy here-
Deolo HillThis is also termed as the highest point of the town of Kalimpong. Deolo Hill is located at a tremendous height of around 1700 m. Three reservoirs of fresh water accompany the hill and that play an important role in the water requirements of the town. It also offers some of the most beautiful views of surrounding valleys, rivers and villages. There is a recreational park here that offers various adventure-sports that include paragliding and horse riding and trekking etc.
Dr. Graham’s HomeLocated at right at the foot of the Deolo Hills is a major centre of education in Kalimpong. Established in the 1900s by Sir Anderson Graham of England, this entire complex is spread over an area of 550 acres. This house has been named after Sir Anderson Graham and offers significant number of vocational courses in farming, baking, dairy management, clothing, medication and poultry. This is really an international institution that is sponsored by many Non-Governmental organizations from all over the world.
Kalimpong Cactus NurseryKalimpong Cactus Nursery is one of the rarest varieties of cactus plants and orchids. Locate don an isolated part of this town, this area is surrounded by a thick network of trees and hills. There are many tourists visiting this place because of its beautiful location and pleasant weather. Along with this, the cactus plants and orchids, this area is surrounded by scenic views of hills and exotic colourful flowers.
Zong Dog Palri Fo Brang Gompa
One of the ancient monasteries that you must see here is the Zong Dog Palri, which was built under the guidance of Dalai Lama in 1975. Located on the Durpin Hill, this monastery is also known as Durpin’s monastery. It is regarded as a major religious centre by followers of Buddhism and it houses close to 110 published texts on Buddhism. Here you can enjoy some great Buddhist architecture, sculptured walls, pillars and ancient painting too.
CrocketyLocated at about 50 km from the town of Darjeeling, Crockety is one of the ancient British cottages that comes under the Kalimpong district. Built during the colonial rule in India, it is an architectural marvel that is surrounded by some of the most beautiful gardens and lush green lawns. It is one of the rare areas that receive tourists throughout the year, irrespective of the seasons. In the early 1900s, Crockety house was a trade point and hub of wool merchants coming from various parts of the world. Great photography to be captured here.
- Kali Bari is about only 2kms from Kalimpong town centre and has a huge idol of goddess Kali here. It has an open terrace with seats of concrete and offers nice view of Kalimpong town.
- Dharmodaya Vihar is another popular tourist spot and also the residence of Nepali Buddhist monks and there is a Buddhist temple here too.
- Along with monasteries there is also a very popular Durga Mandi here. It offers you with a lovely manicured garden and peace of mind.
- Durpin Monastery (also known as Zang Dog Palri Monastery) is based in Durpin Dara Hill with two large cylinders on two sides and is one of the popular Buddhist monasteries here.
How to reach KalimpongAccessible from many other nearby towns, here is an average distance of Kalimpong from accessible destinations-
- Darjeeling: 55kms (2.5 hours by car)
- Gangtok: 75kms (3 hours by car)
- New Jalpaiguri (NJP): 73kms (2.5 hours by car)
- Siliguri: 65kms (2.5 hrs by car)
- Bagdogra: 75kms (2hours 45mins by car)
- Lava: 34kms (1.5 hours by car)
- Loleygaon: 52kms (2.5 hours)
- Rishyap: 29kms (2 hours)
- Pedong: 20kms (1 hour)
By Rail and RoadTake overnight train from Kolkata or other major cities to New Jalpaiguri railway station. From here, you can hire a car and head to the town in about 3 hours max.
By AirReach the Bagdogda airport and then take a car or bus from there. It takes about 2 hours to reach Kalimpong from there.
Hotels in KalimpongElgin Silver Oaks Kalimpong Hotel
Rinkingpong Road, Kalimpong, Kalimpong, India, 734301
Breathing Stone Hotel
8th Mile, Rishi Road, Mongbol Busty, Kalimpong, Kalimpong, Kalimpong, India, 734101
The Pink Door Hotel
9th Mile,Rishi Road,, Kalimpong, Kalimpong, India, 734301
Hotel Garden Reach
Upper Cart Road, Below Bankim Chandra Park, Kalimpong, Kalimpong, India, 734301
Hotel Sinclairs Retreat Kalimpong
6th Mile, Purbang, Kalimpong, Kalimpong, India, 734301
Deolo Cliff Eco Resort
Deolo Hill, Near Rumthel Gaon Filter House, deolo, Kalimpong, India, 734301
Restaurants in KalimpongAlong with the sightseeing, you should also ensure that you enjoy the local cuisine here. In particular the cheese and the bread here are popular and has a very distinct taste. You can also enjoy some authentic Tibetan delights here like Momos and Thupka. Popular places to eat here include-
Located on Rishi Road, this café provides a range of international cuisines and you get a s a Mexican twist, with homemade nachos and burritos, hamburgers, pizza and pita breads too.
Situated in DB Giri road, Lee’s offers the comfort of home-style Chinese including green tea. The popular items here include mun wontons (dumplings fried in egg), mun chu nyuk (red pork), homemade mefun (rice noodles) and even gravy noodles.
Paris Kalimpong Bakery
Also based on DB Giri Road, this bakery offers the complete taste of authentic French delights along with homemade cheese. The specialties here include baguettes, eclairs, cheese brioches, quiches and cakes, plus coffee.
Gompu’s Bar and Restaurant
Located in the Gompu Hotel, this is a restaurant that serves up classic Tibetan delights along with cold beer. Here you can get oversized pork momos, chilli potatoes and other items that leave you wanting for more.
Enter 3rd fl supermarket, DB Giri Rd if you want more of Thai. This place not only serves up delicious Thai food but also generously portioned amounts. They also have Chinese cuisine on the menu.
Other places to eat include:
Funjabi Tadka for Indian
Bus Stand, Opp. of Darjeeling Syndicate
Good for kids
Below Girls High School, Rishi Rd
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