Kalimpong sightseeing


Durpindara Monastery - Kalimpong

Durpindara Monastery – Kalimpong

Kalimpong is a sleepy yet heavenly hill station lies in far northeast of Darjeeling, West Bengal. This small town is blessed well with exotic scenery of gardens, mountains, and lakes. Being the paradise for nature lovers, Kalimpong has no lack of delectable local cuisines, adventure options, serene views of mountains, and historical monasteries and temples. Many tourists who visit Darjeeling include Kalimpong in their travel plan. Kalimpong Temperature in summer varies from 120C to 250C  & in winter varies from 80C to 180C. There is an interesting tale behind every historical monument which is packed with rich culture and history. With that said, here is the list of some best places you must visit in this unexplored town – 

 

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Places to Visit in Kalimpong sightseeing

Dr. Graham’s House 

Located on the foothills of Deolo Hills, Dr. Graham’s House is a great education hub. Sir Anderson Graham from England built the school in the 1900s. The whole complex is stretched around 550 acres of landscapes. It offers a lot of vocational courses related to dairy management, farming, clothing, baking, medication, as well as poultry. 

Deolo Hill 

The highest peak in the town, Deolo Hill is located at an altitude of 1700m. This is the prime attraction of Kalimpong. The hills are covered by three freshwater reservoirs to fulfill the vital needs of water across the town. Climb up for the mesmerizing views of nearby rivers, valleys, and villages. 

Mangal Dham - Kalimpomg

Mangal Dham – Kalimpomg

Thongsa Gompa 

Thongsa Gompa is a Bhutanese monastery which is the oldest in the region. There is a reason you should add it to your checklist for your Kalimpong sightseeing. You can experience spiritual and serene ambiance here with 219 prayer wheels, while most monasteries have 108. Monks conduct prayer services every day where you can have a surreal experience.  

Mangal Dham Temple 

Stretched over 2 acres of landscapes, Mangal Dham Temple is one of the most popular and well-known tourist destinations in Kalimpong. The Samadhi of Guru Shri Mangaldas Ji is on the ground floor and the upper floor has the main temple. 

The temple has several paintings related to the events of Krishna Leela. The temple attracts a lot of religious tourists. 

Zong Dog Palri Fo Brang Gompa 

This ancient Buddhist monastery was built in the year 1975 under the guidance of the visionary Dalai Lama. On the Durpin Hill, this historic monastery is well regarded as Durpin’s monastery. Zong Dog Palri is popular for the great pilgrim attraction for the followers of Buddhism. It features 110 texts on Buddhism. Some of the most appealing attractions here are sculptured walls, beautiful Buddhist architecture, ancient paintings, and pillars. 

Pine View Nursery 

Kalimpong is famous for flowers. Pine View Nusery, as the name suggests, this cactus nursery houses a huge range of rarest orchids and cactus plants. You can access this nursery in the most isolated region of the town and the dense range of hills and trees surrounds the nursery. A lot of tourists visit the nursery for its pleasant weather and Instagram-worthy views. It also has some beautiful vivid flowers along with orchids and cactus plants. 

Kalimpong- Flower Nursery

Kalimpong- Flower Nursery

Crockety House

Last but not least; Crockety is a historical British cottage located around 50km from Darjeeling and it was built sometime around the colonial era. This place is beautifully covered by some of the lush green gardens and lawns and is a superior architectural marvel. It is among the rare locations which attract a lot of tourists all year-round. It was originally a trading hub for wool merchants who belonged to different parts of the world in the early 1900s. This place is truly a retreat for nature lovers. 

 

Kalimpong is literally a great natural attraction that has something to attract people of all ages. Mountains, literature, hills, adventure sports, religious attractions, and colonial architecture are some of the attractions which best describe the beauty of Kalimpong. 

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Kalimpong – best time to visit | Weather Temperature 

You can plan your travel to Kalimpong at any time of the year. Every season will offer you a different flavor. It mainly has five seasons.

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Spring (March to April)

It is a very good season with moderate temperature. This is the time for rhododendrons, orchids & various flowers. Snow will also be visible in some parts of the district.

Summer (May to Jun)

As summer is not very hot. It draws the maximum no of tourist. Most of the regions of the region experience a temperature clime.  Temperature in Kalimpong ranges from 120C (570F) to 250C (770F).

Monsoon (Jul to Mid Sep)

This is the time when the region gets maximum rainfall. Kalimpong is an ideal place to enjoy Indian monsoon with lush green tea gardens, hills along with beautiful clouds & fog. But heavy rain increases the risk of landslide during monsoon.   

Autumn (Mid Sep to Nov)

Just after monsoon this is probably the best time to visit Kalimpong with clear sky & moderate temperature.  It is also a good time for photography.

Winter (Dec to Feb)

December January & February are the coolest months. During winter kalimpong temperature ranges from 80C  to 180C .


How to Reach Kalimpong

By Air

The nearest operational airport in Bagdogra (IXB). Bagdogra airport is approx 75 km away from the city, Bagdogra is directly connected with Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Paro & Bangkok. It is indirect connection all major cities in India.

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By Rail

The nearest railway station is New Jalpauguri (NJP) located near Siliguri. NJP has good connectivity with all major cities in India. NJP is approx 72 km from the city.   

By Road

National Highway 110 & 10 connects it with Siliguri/Bagdogra/NJP through national . North Bengal State transport Corporation (NBSTC) operates regular busses from Siliguri to various destinations like  Kalimpong, Mirik, Lava ect. Private buses are also available from Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus.

Distance:
Bagdogra to Kalimpong – 78 km
Siliguri (NJP) to Kalimpong – 68 km 
Kalimpong to Darjeeling – 52 km
Kalimpong to Gangtok – 78 km
Kurseong – 68 km
Pelling – 92 km
Ravangla – 88 km

Kalimpong City Map

 

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Kalimpong tour packages

List of Packages (Ex Bagdogra/ Siliguri/ NJP)

Duration

Price Starts

6 nights- 7 daysRs.11,000/-
3 nights-  4 daysRs.5,500/-
5 nights-  6 daysRs.10,000/-
6 nights- 7 daysRs.11,000/-
8 nights- 9 daysRs.20,800/-
7 nights- 8 daysRs.15,000/-