Kalimpong is a hill station located in the Indian state of west Bengal. Situated at an altitude of 1250 m above mean sea level in the Mahabarath range of Himalayas, Kalimpong ‘The Land of Kings’ is a true natural paradise. The town is the headquarters of the Kalimpong subdivision & base for the mountain division of Indian Army. The place is a major tourist destination on north east India, owing to its moderate climate & proximity to all major hill towns of the region.
Kalimpong was a territory under the Sikkimese Kingdom until 18th century then called as Dalingkot. During 1706, King of Bhutan overtook the Land from Sikkimese Monarch and renamed it as Kalimpong. After the Anglo-Bhutan war of 1864, the treaty of Sinchula was signed and British East India Company took control of the territory east of Teesta River. The British developed Kalimpong as an alternate hill station to Darjeeling. In 1866 it was added to the district of Darjeeling.
Mc Farlen Church: A Beautiful church constructed by Scottish missionaries during 1891, this is a land mark building at Kalimpong.
Dr. Graham’s Home Campus: Dr. John Anderson Graham during 1900 set up a unique educational Institution spread across 500 Acres of estates in the Delo Hill. The residential school with strength of over 700 students has its own dairy, bakery and poultry.
7th Mile View Point: About 3 Kilometre from town one can a have a panoramic view of the Teesta Rangeeth Valley at the 7th Mile view point.
Beni: Beni is the meeting point of River Teesta & river Rangeeth. The two rivers are believed to be lovers and hence the Beni is also called as Lovers Point. River rafting in Teesta starts at Beni.
Tsonga Gumbha: It is the oldest Bhutanese monastery in Darjeeling built around 1630.
Zang Dhok Palri Phodang: It is the largest monastery in Kalimpong situated at 1372 meters on the peak of Durpin hill. Durpindara is the highest point in Kalimpong accessible by car & offers a breathtaking view of the Teesta River.
The Pine View Nursery: It is also called as the Cactus Nursery and has around 1500 varieties of Cacti.
Nature Interpretation centre: It is an ecological museum exhibiting the samples and photos of flora and fauna of Hills.
Kalimpong has a moderate climate with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 25°C in summer & 7°C to 15°C.
How to Reach
The Bagdogra Airport near Siliguri is 80 kms away from Kalimpong. By rail, the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is about 80 kms from Kalimpong and is well connected to all major cities in India. Kalimpong is located off the NH-31A which connects Sevok to Gangtok. Regular bus services and hired taxies connect Kalimpong to Siliguri and nearby towns of Kurseong, Darjeeling and Gangtok.
Other Places of Interest
- Lava is a scenic small town located about 30 kms from Kalimpong
- Lolegaon is a spot about 35 kms from Kalimpong, which is famous for the canopy walk amidst pine trees along hanging wooden bridge.
- Darjeeling, which is 50 kms from Kalimpong city, is a famous hill station in the north east India.
- Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim and a cosmopolitan town is around 96 kms from Kalimpong.