Kalimpong is a hill station in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located at average altitude of 1250 meters (401 ft). Kalimpong is very well known for its educational institutions, many of which were established during the British colonial period. The town on a ridge overlooking the Teesta river and is a tourist destination. From Siliguri, Sevoke is about 22 km. There you will come across, Sevokeswari Kali Temple. From NH 10 through the Sevoke Coronation bridge. From there Teesta River is clearly visible. From there you need to cross Teesta Bridge, this place is locally known as Teesta. From there you need to move to the upward direction. From Sevoke, Kalimpong is about 42 Km. Previously Kalimpong was known as Dalimkot, later the name changed to Kalibong. In the later days the name Kalibong changed to Kalimpong. In the past Kalimpong was under the Sikkim and Bhutan Territory. Then came the Britishers and Kalimpong became one of the famous town in the hill station and came under the territory of West Bengal. Slowly the area of Kalimpong starts spreading. Today it comprises of the Delo’s pond, few churches, Hindu temples, Buddhist gumfa, one Masjid, motor stand, stadium, nursery, all makes Kalimpong a town for travel enthusiasts. In the tourism sector Kalimpong town plays a vital role. One side there is Darjeeling, and on the other side is Lava, Lolegaon, Rishyap along with Pedong. Again from Pedong one can enter the Old Silk route (Zuluk) via Sillerygaon or Rishikhola. Once this road was used to import and export Silk between India and China. From Tibet via Nathula and Sikkim the road has meet up with Kalimpong connector. Kalimpong has a number of hotels and restaurants, where Indian, Bengali and Nepali foods are available.
What to See: From Kalimpong you can visit to the nearest Golf course, a beautiful golf course as seen in the pictures. Beautiful and smooth like carpet. Built by the Army. The army used this golf course for their recreation. From there at a little distant there is the Morgan House, an old heritage building is now maintained by the West Bengal Tourism Dept. tourist lodge. The house is completely designed by the Britishers, here you will get the flavors of British colonial period. The lawn is full of flowers. From there you can visit Zang Dhok Palri Phodang Gumpha. In the year 1937 this Gumfa was built up, locally it is known as Drupindara Monastery. This Durpindara Monastry is very famous, as because here you will find 108th part of Kanjur book which was gifted by Dalai Lama. Once you step at the top of this monastery you will get to catch an outstanding view of Mt. Kanchenjunga. From Durpindara you can move to Chitrabhanu, a wonderful cottage with wide variety of flowers, where Rabindranath Tagore once used to visit and stay. Now this house is the center for teaching different forms of arts. The part of the house which was once affected by the earth quake is not allowed for the visitors to enter. Just beside this house there is the Pine View Nursery. This is the most beautiful and the most accumulated nursery in this town. Pine view nursery has a large variety of Orchids which is worth watching. Though Kalimpong is itself a town of flowers and nurseries. From here flowers, orchids and cactus are exported to different parts of the world. In the spring these nurseries blossom up with flowers to its fullest. Wide varieties of orchids can be seen in these nurseries. Then you can visit the nearest Hanuman Chak. On the top of the hill a big idol of Hanuman is built up along with temples of Durga, Lord Ganesh and Lord Shiv. At Kalimpong these temples are a must visit. From there you can visit to the nearest an idol of Padmasambhu. A beautiful idol. After Gautam Buddha comes the name of Padmasambhu. It has a very strange history; a Bengali from the state of West Bengal went to the hills of Tibet for spreading Buddhisim. At that time Tibet was not used to be the center of Buddhisim. It says that in the later days many have found a resemblance with the face of Padmasambhu with other religious father and along with Lord Buddha. Trishshroto or Teesta which has born from Chollam, at the northern part of Sikkim. From Kalimpong Rivers like Reli, Riang along with other small or large falls has joined with Teesta. From Kalimpong towards Delo, there is a point from where the meeting of Teesta and Relikhola is clearly visible. While walking a little further towards Delo, you will get to see small objects like umbrella moving around in the sky. These are known as paragliding. Near Delo Park there are many paragliding offices from where this sport is conducted. It takes INR 3000/- to 4000/- per day for a 20 min ride. From there you can visit the Delo Park. A very beautifully decorated park, with the Delo Tourist Bunglow, maintained by the DGHC (Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council). From there towards little downward section there is the Graham’s Home. A Scottish personality named Dr. James Anderson Grahams; he made a home at Kalimpong. Here children used to come to study and along with learning many Handicrafts. This home was built in the year 1930. In the evening you can move around to the nearest market. A famous market named Raja Dorji Market. Varieties of things are being sold in this market, from fruits to different types of designed bags are found here. During your stay at Kalimpong, a visit to this market is must. Here you can meet up with the local people of the town. These shops are mainly called curio shops selling different types of thanka, photographs and different metal products. Small musical instruments of Chorten and Tibetian instruments are also found here. You can buy some local pickles from the market. From there a little further to the upward direction is the Macfurlane church, very old and famous church which was built by Reverend Macfarlane. Here you will get to see an amazing example of handicrafts.
How to Reach: From Kolkata, many trains reaches to NJP. From Sealdah Kanchenjunga express, Utterbanga express Kanchankanya express, Darjeeling mail, or Padatik express. From Howrah there are Satabdi express or Saraighat express. Apart from trains, buses are also available from Shahid Minnar bus stand. From NJP station to Siliguri Tenjin Norgay bus stand or from Sevoke road’s Panitanki more jeep and buses are available. Kalimpong is about 66 km. By flight the nearest station is Bagdogra, from there also hired jeeps are available for Kalimpong.