Kalimpong is located in the northern part of West Bengal. It is adjacent to Sikkim and is near the Teesta River. The most important factor that makes Kalimpong special is the weather of this place. Kalimpong is blessed with alpine weather.
Kalimpong has a peaceful environment with lots of monasteries, temples, and churches that landed over this place and also Kalimpong consists of panoramic views of Himalayan ranges. Apart from its peaceful environment Kalimpong also consists of bustling bazaars. Apart from everything the main attraction of this place is it pose people. In Kalimpong, people believe living in an organic way and everyone loves to preserve their culture and tradition and also loves to add the essence of culture and tradition in their way of adapting in a modern environment. Here people love music, poetry and art pose. Art is the best form to get high and a pose, this quote is really applicable upon the people of Kalimpong. The pose streets of Kalimpong is filled with talents. Kalimpong is famous for its nurseries and orchids.
Kalimpong is an important flower producing center. There are a number of nurseries present in Kalimpong. Kalimpong excels in the production of nurseries across the town and can have a look upon the collection of flowers, orchids, and cactus.
PEOPLE: The main tribe that belongs during ancient times to Kalimpong was the Lepchas, but nowadays, Nepalis could be seen her. Other native tribes residing in Kalimpong are Bhutias, Newars, Sherpas, Limbus, Gurungs, Tamangs and many more. And among the non-natives, it is home to Bengalis, Biharis, Tibetans and so on. Irrespective of caste, creed, and religion, the people used to live together with great courtesy and friendly.
LANGUAGE AND RELIGION: The main language spoken in Kalimpong is Nepali. Other main languages for conversing with tourists are Hindi, English, Tamang, Limbu, Lepcha, Bengali.
Hinduism is the main prominent religion followed in Kalimpong but Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam are also equally treated.
LOCAL FESTIVAL: Local festival of Kalimpong celebrated with great fervor, joy and bliss are Christmas, Diwali, Dushera, and Losar. Lepcha Museum and the Zang Dong Palri Monastery are the two places that give you the complete idea of the cultural skill of Kalimpong.
FOOD: Kalimpong is really incredible and simply fabulous in eating out. Though one could not see innumerable chic and stylish restaurants on the hill station it completely satisfies the hunger of its visitors with small, simple and wayside stalls. The main snacks that are liked by the local people and tourists in Kalimpong are momos and Thukpa.
On the priority people of Kalimpong love to eat Tibetan and Chinese food. There are many restaurants and small eateries that offer these two cuisines and other than these one could also find them serving Indians as well as Mughlai Cuisine also. Then if your taste goes with western cuisine, then also there are few restaurants that serve this style of food. For top-class Chinese food, you must go to China Garden. The Goods Garden Retreat and the Sana Hill Top are must-try ones, for eating mouthwatering momos, try Gompus but for vegetarian momos, move to Shikhar, Unique and stalls on the roadsides.
PLACES TO VISIT IN KALIMPONG
DEOLO HILL: Deolo Hill is the highest point in town and is among the famous Kalimpong tourists places. On a clear day, you can view the mighty Himalayas, the neighboring states and the surrounding villages to Relli and Teesta Valley. The park located top is the hill is an excellent picnic spot. You can experience paragliding from the summit of the hill and horse riding in the lush green atmosphere.
DURBIN DARA: It is one of the two hills connected by a ridge on which the town of Kalimpong stands. The hill is 1372 meters above the sea level and is located southwest of the town. The hill commands a panoramic view overlooking the town of Kalimpong the snow-clad Himalayan ranges of west Sikkim. The Teesta River its valleys and the Jelepla Pass in the distance. A golf course is also present just off the summit.
ZANG DONG PALRI MONASTERY: It is located atop at Durpin Hill, the monastery was established in 1970 and was constructed by the holiness of Dalai Lama six years later. Visit this place for its striking architecture and a splendid view from Durbin Hill. It is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Kalimpong.
MORGAN’S HOUSE: Now a tourist lodge under the West Bengal Tourist Development Corporation, Morgan House is an old British bungalow. This sprawling haveli should be visited for its beautiful architecture and for the rare varieties of birds that may be spotted in the vicinity.
HANUMAN TEMPLE: Located on the way to the Deolo Hill, the Hanuman temple in Kalimpong is another quick stopover. You need to climb a set of stairs to reach the Hanuman statue which is the tallest in North East India.
PINE VIEW NURSERY: The ever-fascinating and ever splendid northeast is home to some of the most beautiful nurseries in the country and the Pine View Nursery in Kalimpong is one of them. For all you nature enthusiasts out there, this should definitely be on your Kalimpong sightseeing list. There are hundreds of varieties of cactus on display at the Pine View Nursery. The Nursery also offers the beautiful picturesque views of Kalimpong town, rolling valleys, rivers, and lush green landscapes.
MANGAL DHAM TEMPLE: Built over an area of two acres, the Mangal Dham Temple is among the popular tourist places in Kalimpong. The prayer hall of the temple is on the Upper floor, as on the ground floor lies the samadhi of Guruji Shri Mangaldas Ji. The many paintings in the temple depict various scenes from Krishna Leela. It is a well-maintained temple and the religious tourist mostly flock to this place.
JELEPLA VIEWPOINT: Listed among the tourists places in Kalimpong, the Jelepla Viewpoint is maintained by the Indian Army. The dawnting roads and the confluence of the rivers Teesta, Relli and Reang can be viewed through wired fences, Jelepla's viewpoint also offers a splendid view of the snowcapped Mount Kanchenjunga and the Jelepla Pass that was once used for trade with Tibet.
SHAHID PARK: A small monument and park, Shahid Park were established in the memory of the 1200 Gorkhas who died fighting for Gorkhaland between 1986 and 1988. Holding a cultural and historical significance, this park is a must-visit for those who are curious about the historical aspects.
Moreover, it is the perfect spot where you can take your kids. Ideal for leisure time, this park can be visited in the evening and can also be added to your list of places to visit in Kalimpong in one day.
Shahid Diwas is held on 27th July every year to remember the Gorkhaland Martyrs.
HAAT BAZAAR: A market held on Wednesday and Saturday, the Haat Bazaar is your answer to cheap shopping in Kalimpong. People splurge on food, clothes, accessories. And other everyday products. Drop by if you happen to be in town if only to take in the vibrant street shopping atmosphere.
LEPCHA MUSEUM: Approximately 2km from the main city, the Lepcha Museum is the cultural center of Kalimpong. The houses various articles of worship, musical, instruments, and clothing, thus upholding the traditions of the heritage of the Lepcha community.
MAC. FARLANE MEMORIAL CHURCH: was constructed by Scottish Missionary in the 1890s the Mac. Farlane Memorial Church is a prominent Landmark and amongst the famous places to see in Kalimpong. Built on an elevation, it is visible from across the town and is strategically located.
DURGA MANDIR: Dedicated to goddess Durga, this Mandir is a few yards from the Hanuman temple. The temple is small but boasts of a beautiful garden. The surrounding hills add to its aura and charm seek your places to visit Kalimpong in one day, this temple shouldn't be missed out from your itinerary. This is one of the most visited temples and will touch your fun trip.
LAVA AND LOLEGOAN: Surrounded by forests, Lava is a beautiful mountain village that can be reached in an hour and a half from Kalimpong. It is a delight for nature lovers and birds watchers popular tourists places in the vicinity include the Neora Valley National Park, the Silk culture Research Center and Changey falls.
At the approximate distance of 24km from Lava, Lolegoan is another small mountain valley hidden away in the quaint hills. It is locally known as Kaffer and can be covered along with Lava in one day. Tourists can take a canopy walk or simply enjoy spectacular views of the Kanchenjunga range from lolegoan.
PEDONG: Pedong lies 20km east to Kalimpong on the historic Silk Road. The ageless hills offer a blend of history nature and culture popular tourists places in Pedong include Pedong Monastery, Damsung Fort, Silence Valley, cross hill, Rikisum Ramitey viewpoint, and Tinchuley viewpoint. Things to do are Hang-gliding and paragliding. Ramitey offers the longest and the best view of river Teesta.