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Joshimath Places to Visit

Joshimath

Jyotirmath

Joshimath, also known as Jyotirmath, is a part of the Chamoli district of the newly formed state, Uttaranchal, India. It is a gateway to several adventurous mountaineering expeditions, trekking trails, pilgrimages such as Badrinath and the Guru Gobind Ghat or the Valley of Flowers National Park. It has one of the four cardinal peethas established by Jagatguru Shankaracharya, while the others are located in Shringeri, Puri and Dwaraka. The math is believed to be in charge of Atharvaveda. The nearest railway station to Joshimath is at Rishikesh, 251 kilometers from the town. According to the ancient Hindu scriptures, this place was also known as ‘Kartikeyapura’.

The following are some of the ancient temples to visit in the holy town of Joshimath:

Narasimha Temple

This temple is home to Lord Badrinarayan and several other deities accompany him, in this abode. This is a temple dedicated to Lord Narasimha, an incarnation of Vishnu, established by Adi Guru Shankaracharya. It is one of the 108 temples, known as ‘Divya Desams’, of Lord Vishnu. It is the oldest and main temple of the God. It is said that the right hand of the statue of Lord Narasimha is becoming thinner and at present is as thin as hair! On the breaking day, a landslide will close down the access to the Badrinath shrine. The Jay and Vijay mountains will unite and become one and Lord Badrinath will appear as Shaligram in the Bhavishya Badri Temple. For 6 months in winters, Lord Badrinath is worshipped in this temple.

Shankaracharya Math

This math was established by Adi Guru Shankaracharya. It is a temple dedicated to Lord Badrinarayan and Rajrajeshwari Devi. There is also a cave attached to this temple, where Shankaracharya had performed meditation.

Bhavishya Kedar Temple

There is a small shivling worshipped in this temple. It is distanced at 10 kilometers from Joshimath. According to the above mentioned myth, Lord Badrinath will re-appear at this temple, in the form of Shaligram.

Tapovan

Located 10 kilometers from Joshimath, Tapovan has a beautiful view of the Dhauliganga River. It has natural hot water springs in its vicinity.

 

Ropeway

The ropeway from Joshimath to Auli is Asia’s longest and highest ropeway. Tourists and locals go there for an excursion trip. It is a famous skiing and paragliding destination.

Joshimath was named Kartikeyapura after the God of the Katyuri kings, Kartikeya. Alaknanda and Dhauliganga rivers meet at Vishnu Prayag, which lies below Joshimath. The ideal time to go trekking on the trails of Joshimath, is in the months of July and August only. There are several other temples in Joshimath dedicated to Hanuman, Gaurishankar, Ganesha, Naudevi and Surya. The oldest tree ‘kalpavriksha’ also stands high at the grounds of Joshimath, from the time of Adi Guru Shankaracharya, dating back to the 8th Century. The view of the majestic Hathi Parbat has a mystifying effect on the spectator. A sacred jyotirlinga of Lord Shiva is also located in Joshimath, which is the reason why it is also known as Jyotirmath.

Marchula Tourist Places

Marchula

Central hub of Corbett

Marchula is a small tourist spot in the Ramnagar town of Uttaranchal state, India. This village is situated on the banks of the River Ramganga, by its sparkling waters. It is the central hub to the Jim Corbett National Park. One gets a greater insight into Corbett, by visiting this village. The forest area of Marchula is covered in trees of pine, sal and fir. The massive Himalayan peaks can be witnessed easily from Marchula. There are many shops and restaurants with modern facilities in the area. The closest city to Marchula is Hinola. There are a good range of luxury hotels for the tourists.

Ramnagar

Ramnagar is located at a distance of 65 kilometers from the picturesque hill station of Nainital. It is situated on the banks of the River Kosi, in the rich farm belt of Terai. This town was established in the year 1856. It is a gateway to the Jim Corbett National Park. Due to its close proximity with Corbett and Nainital, it is a popular tourist destination as well. There are many spots for fishing in the area. It is famous for the farming of litchi fruit. The best time to visit Ramnagar is in the months of November to June.

The following are some of the places of interest near Marchula:

Jim Corbett National Park

This park is renowned for tiger conservation, which started with the Bengal Tiger. It is the oldest National Park in India, established in the year 1936. It lies in the sub-Himalayan belt, experiencing pleasant days and cold nights. Corbett is coming up as an eco-tourism destination for the world tourists. The wilderness of the park consists of 488 species of plants, 50 species of mammals and 580 species of rare birds. The area comprises of hillocks, river belts, marsh lands, grasslands and a large lake. More than 70% of the preserve is covered in forests of sal, haldu, papal, rohini and mango trees.

Sonanadi Wildlife Sanctuary

This preserve is named after the river Sonanadi. It is located at the edge of the Jim Corbett National Park. It covers an area of 301 square kilometers. It is famous for wild animals such as Asiatic elephants and tigers, reptiles like python, monitor lizard, king cobra and turtles and pheasants, fly catchers, Himalayan pied kingfisher, Himalayan bearded vulture, Shaheen falcon  and brown and towny fish owls are the species of birds found in this sanctuary. A total of 600 species of birds are found in this sanctuary! It is home to Northern Indian tropical forests comprising of sal, sheesham, semal, bakli, aonla, jamun, kanthber, figs, bamboo and many other trees. The best time to visit Sonanadi is from the months of November to April.

Marchula is known for elephant rides, white water rafting, swimming, hiking and trekking in the Himalayan Mountains, rock climbing, river crossing and fishing in the river Ramganga and enjoying a ride on a jeep safari, amongst the wild animals. Marchula is 343 kilometers from Delhi, which is approximately 6 hours by road.

 

Uttarkashi Tourist Places

Uttarkashi

Kashi of the North

Uttarkashi is a district and town in the Northern Indian state of Uttaranchal. It was created in the year 1960. It borders Himachal Pradesh state, Tibetan territory, Chamoli and Tehri Garhwal districts and Dehradun city. Uttarkashi literally means Kashi of the North. It is so called as it bares resemblance to the Kashi of the plains in Varanasi. Both are located on the banks of the river Bhagirathi, next to Varun Parvat, between the rivers Varun and Asi and have a sacred ghat called Manikarnika, with a Vishwanath Temple in its premises. There are many small temples and ashrams in Uttarkashi.

The places of interest in Uttarkashi are:

Vishwanath Temple

The important and ancient holy shrine of Lord Vishwanath, is placed in this temple. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva. The temple was built by the king Ganeshwar, whose warrior son Guha, made the trident, kept in the temple. The Trident is almost 9 feet tall. A temple of Goddess Shakti-strength is also present in the same courtyard, facing the Vishwanath temple.

Nehru Institute of Mountaineering

It is one of the few institutes of mountaineering in India. It undertakes mountaineering and climbing expeditions and courses. Bachendri Pal, the first woman to scale the Mount Everest, belonged to NIM.

Joshiyara

This is a small developing village across the Bhagirathi River. Kaleshwar Mandir of Lord Shiva is a famous site in the village.

Dodital

It is a popular fresh water lake in Uttarkashi. The trek to Dodital is for about 21 kilometers, beginning from Sangamchatti.

Kuteti Devi Temple

This temple is located on a small hillock across the River Bhagirathi. The deities of the temple are 3 stones with a heavenly aroma that were found in a field.

The other small temples in Uttarkashi are Bhairav Temple, Annapurna Temple, Gangotri Temple, Yamunotri Temple, Shani Temple, Pokhu Devta, Karna Devta, Duryodhan Mandir, Kapil Muni’s Ashram etc.

The main language of the region is Hindi. The population comprises of Garhwalis, Punjabis, Kumaonis and Bothiya Jadhs. The terrain of Uttarkashi is mostly rugged and hilly. Several tributaries originating from the holy river Ganga such as Bhagirathi, Asi and Jad flow in Uttarkashi, apart from River Yamuna. Uttarkashi is an important pilgrimage destination, as it is located in the Himalayan Mountains and is en route to the sources of the Rivers Ganga and Yamuna, sacred to the Hindus. Adventure sports such as White Water River rafting, trekking and mountaineering are undertaken by the tourists visiting this destination.

A bewildering variety of trees, flowers, wild animals, birds, fishes and butterflies are found in Uttarkashi, as some of its parts are yet to be inhabited by humans. The nearest city from Uttarkashi is Dehradun, 199 kilometers from the district. The cloudburst in Uttarkashi, had resulted in the overflow of its main river Bhagirathi, creating a flood situation in the district. Most of the small rivers have reached the danger mark and Uttarkashi has been declared as a backward district by the government.

Rishikesh Temple & Tourist Spots

Rishikesh

Gateway to spiritual life

The holy city of Rishikesh is located in the Dehradun district of Uttaranchal state, India. It is the gateway to the Garhwal Himalayan mountain range. It lies at a distance of 43 kilometers from the capital city Dehradun. It is believed that Lord Vishnu took the avatar of Lord Hrishikesha-Lord of the senses, before Raibhya rishi, who preformed penance in the lands of Rishikesh and hence the name was given to the place. It was also traditionally known as Kubjamraka and Agni Tirtha, according to the ancient puranas. The official languages of the region are Hindi and Sanskrit, while the locals can speak workable English, for the benefit of the westerners.

The major tourist destinations of Rishikesh are:

Nilakanth Mahadev Temple

This temple is located at a distance of 28 kilometers from Rishikesh, in the middle of dense forests, on a summit. It is considered as a local pilgrimage, to visit this Lord Shiva temple. It is believed that Shiva drunk the venom churned from Sagar Manthan, at this location and his throat had turned blue from the poison. He was named Nilakanth after that.

Vashishtha Guha

It literally means the cave of a sage. It is 21 kilometers uphill from Rishikesh. It is a popular place for meditation and there are camping facilities in the vicinity as well.

Neelgarh Waterfall

This beautiful cascade is located at a 2 kilometer walking distance from the Lakshman Jhula.

Triveni Ghat

The evening aarti of the holy river Ganga, at dusk, is worth a sight at the Triveni Ghat! It is the bathing ghat, where one can bathe in the holy water of the river and cleanse one’s sins. It is believed that Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati come together at this ghat. Pinda Shradha is performed at this ghat for one’s ancestors.

Bharat Mandir

It is the oldest temple in Rishikesh. Rabhya rishi had performed penance at this location. An astonishing Shree Yantra is placed at the inner canopy of this temple. The spring festival of Basant Panchmi, is celebrated grandly at this temple.

Rishikund

It literally means Sage’s Pond. There is a Shani Mandir in Rishikund.

The other places of interest in Rishikesh are Lakshman Jhula, Ram Jhula, Geeta Bhawan, Tera Manzil Temple, Kaudiyala, Lakshman Temple, Kunjapuri Devi Temple etc. The holy river Ganga flows through the city and there are several temples constructed on the banks of this river. Since, Rishikesh is a holy city, vegetarian food is served here, by law. The rafting season begins in the month of March and lasts till September and white river rafting is quite famous in Rishikesh.

It is also known to be the ‘World capital of Yoga’ as there are many yoga centers in the area. It is believed that meditating and taking a holy dip in Ganga at Rishikesh, helps one attain salvation. Rishikesh has acclaimed western fame, as several artists have visited the area for meditation and John Lennon also recorded a song ‘The Happy Hrishikesh Song’, as a tribute to the region.

Ranikhet Tourism

Ranikhet

Queen’s Meadow

Ranikhet is a picturesque hill station in the Almora district of the northern Indian state of Uttaranchal. It is also a cantonment area, as it houses the two important regiments of the Indian army i.e. the Kumaon regiment and the Naga regiment. Due to the strong military presence in the village, the area is quite well maintained and clean. Hindi, Kumaoni and English are the main languages spoken by the locals and the army men of the area. The place gets its name from Rani Padmini the queen of Raja Sudhardev, who had great fondness for Ranikhet and decided to build a residence here.

Ranikhet has several interesting places of visit such as:

Army Museum

This museum tells tales of several important wars, dating back to World War I. The stories related to the 1st and 2nd Param Vir Chakra are also seen in this museum. Amongst the souvenirs of the war, one can find captured weapons, captured enemy flags and the LTTE boat. The list of the army generals of the Kumaon regiment can also be found here. There is an army guide in the premises, to elaborate on the medals and uniforms showcased in the museum. A sense of patriotism takes over, on a visit to such a museum!

Jhula Devi Temple

This temple is located at a distance of 7 kilometers from Ranikhet, near Chaubatia. It is believed that a shepherd had excavated the idol of Goddess Durga, who promised to protect the village from the wilderness surrounding it. When a wish made at the temple is fulfilled, the devotee offers a bell to the deity in gratitude. The popularity of the temple can be noted from the number of bells hanging in it. Dried coconut and Prasad are also made as offerings to the deity.

Rama Mandir

This temple is situated in the vicinity of the Jhula Devi Temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Rama. A staircase leads one to the hill top, where the temple is located. There are several rock paintings in the temple, depicting the various episodes of Ramayana. There is a monastery near the temple where children are taught ancient Vedas and Vedic and modern mathematics.

Chaubatia Gardens

10 kilometers from Ranikhet, these gardens are popular for their apple orchards. However, other alpine plantations such as apricots, peaches, chestnuts, almonds etc can also be found here. The garden store sells fresh fruit juices and artisan honey to the tourists.

Apart from the above mentioned, some of the other sites in Ranikhet are army golf course, Haidakhan temple, Syalikhet, Binsar Mahadev, Katarmal, Bhalu Dam and the Dunga lake. Ranikhet experiences a pleasant climate from the months of March to October and there is snowfall from December to February. The pine, oak and deodar forests of the region breed wild animals such as leopard, leopard cat, mountain goat, barking deer, sambar, pine marten, Indian hare, red-faced monkey, jackal, langur, red fox and porcupine. The nearest rail head is Kathgodam, 68 kilometers from Ranikhet.

Pithoragarh Snowfalls

Pithoragarh

Miniature Kashmir

Pithoragarh is a district and town in the northern state of Uttaranchal, India. The location of the town is amidst four hills namely, Chandak, Dhwaj, Kumdar and Thal Kedar. It lies in the centre of Soar Valley of the region. It was anciently an abode of the deities with glistening cascades, gushing glaciers, natural reservoirs, vast vegetation with alpine meadows, meandering lakes and swift rivers. The temples and forts from the times of the Chand rulers are a treat for the archaeological enthusiasts. The area of Pithoragarh is dotted with little villages. The Himalayan peaks of Panchchuli, Nanda Devi and Nanda Kot are clearly visible from the town of Pithoragarh.

The following are some of the interesting places in and around Pithoragarh town:

Chandag

This place is distanced at 5 kilometers from Pithoragarh. It is believed that a Hindu goddess had killed two demons Chand and Mund at this place, after which the area was named Chandghat. Chandag is a corrupted form of Chandghat. Manu temple in Chandag is worth a visit and there is also a well-known leper’s asylum in this area.

Pithoragarh Fort

This fort is situated on a hill top, on the outskirts of Pithoragarh town. It was built by the Gorkhas in the year 1789.

Kapileshwar Mahadev

This is a cave temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, at a distance of 3 kilometers from Pithoragarh.

Maharajke Park

This park was built by the Indian military to commemorate the soldiers who were killed in Kashmir. There is a small canteen in the park for knick knacks. This park is visited by the locals and other tourists for New Year celebrations.

Patal Bhubaneshwar

It is a cave temple that is accessible through a narrow tunnel, which opens up to a wide cave. Over 200 stairs lead the pilgrims downwards, to the location of the deities. There are several stone carvings of Hindu Gods and Goddesses in the caves. It is said to be an abode to 33 Crore Gods and Goddesses, associated with Hindu mythology! It is a one day journey from Kausani to and fro.

Kamakhya Devi Temple

This temple is located atop small hills. The view of the valleys is quite mesmerizing from this point.

Askot Sanctuary

The Askot Sanctuary is a home to mountainous wildlife such as snow leopards, Himalayan black bears, musk deer, snow cocks, tahra, bharals, monals, chirs, koklas, pheasants and chukors. This sanctuary is also dotted with various temples.

Pithoragarh is a popular stoppage point for pilgrimage treks to Kailash, Lake Mansarovar and Om Parvat. Hindi is the commonly spoken language in the town. A novel dedicated to the town, was written by an American author called ‘From Pithoragarh to Pittsburg’, who was engulfed by the beauty of the region. The access to Pithoragarh is from the plains of Haldwani and Tanakpur, at a distance of about 150 kilometers. It is an ideal town for mountaineers, daring trekkers, botanists, pilgrims, adventure seekers, sight seers and water sport enthusiasts, rafting on the dangerous river courses!

 

 

Pauri Tourism

Pauri

Pauri is a part of the Pauri Garhwal district of the northern Indian state, Uttaranchal. Snow-covered Himalayan mountain peaks, deep valleys, meandering rivers, dense forests, warm people with a rich culture, define the town of Pauri. This town is located on the northern slopes of the Kandoliya hills. The terrain of Pauri, varies from one corner of the town to the other. Several Himalayan peaks are visible from this town, such as Nanda Devi, Trisul, Gangotri group, Thalaiya Sagar, Neelkanth, Bandar Poonch, Swarga Rohini, Kedarnath, Kharcha Kund, Satopanth, Chaukhamba, Ghoriparvat, Jogin group, Hathiparvat and Sumeru. Tourists, researchers and students visit the town for adventure, as well as learning.

The following are the places of visit in and around the town of Pauri, along with Nag Dev Mandir, Kyunkaleshwar temple, Binsar Mahadev, Adwani, Tara kund, Kandoliya, Kanvashram, Bharatnagar, Kalagarh, Neelkanth, Shankar math, Kishori math, Kanda, Laldhang etc:

Khirsu

The snowy mountains in Khirsu are surrounded by thick oak, deodar and apple orchards, which are in their full bloom, in the spring season. This place is located 15 kilometers from Pauri. The ancient Ghandiyal Devta Temple of Khirsu, is worth a visit. It is an ideal place for a family picnic, providing a picture background of the imposing Himalayas.

Chilla Wildlife Sanctuary

This preserve is located at a distance of 8 kilometers from Haridwar. It lies on the banks of the river Ganga, amidst the Shivalik range of mountains. It is a part of the famous Rajaji National Park. The fauna dwelling in Chilla is elephants, spotted deer, stage deer, Neelgai bull, wild bear, fox, porcupine, jungle fowls and peacocks. One can also watch a collection of migratory birds in this park.

Develgarh

This place is located 19 kilometers from Srinagar. The king of Kangra, Devel had built this place. The three temples of Laxmi Narayan, Gauri Devi and Rajrajeshwari are a part of Develgarh. The Laxmi Narayan temple holds the standing statue of Lord Vishnu known as ‘sthanaka’. There are several ancient stone inscriptions found in the temples, while the temple itself can be dated back to 9-10 Century AD.

Doodhatoli

Doodhatoli is covered in mixed dense forests. It can be reached by a 24 kilometers trek from Thalisain. The freedom fighter Veer Chandra Singh was enamored by this place. Therefore, a memorial in his memory is built in Doodhatoli, to commemorate him.

Dhikala Wildlife Sanctuary

This wildlife preserve is a part of the Jim Corbett National Park. It is opened to the tourists from the months of November to August. This sanctuary is rich in natural beauty, wildlife and unique bio-diversity.

Trekking, paragliding, river rafting in the river Ganga and fishing in some well-known spots, are the favorite past times of the tourists visiting Pauri. The weather remains pleasant throughout the year, while there is moderate snowfall in the months of January and February, to cover the town in snow. The sunset is unique in Pauri, as one can visualize a riot of colors, while the sun goes down the horizon.

Mirik Picnic Spot

Mirik

Mirik is a scenic hill station in the Indian State of West Bengal. Located at an altitude of 1495 m above mean sea level, Mirik is 49 kms from Darjeeling and 52 kms from Siliguri. The highest point is the Boker Monastery at about 1768 m and the lowest point is the Mirik Lake at about 1494 m above mean sea level. The name Mirik literally translates into “place burnt by fire” in the Lepcha language. Mirik was developed as a tourist spot by the state Government of West Bengal in 1974 with the construction of the Sumendu Lake. Today Mirik is a favoured tourist destination just for its sheer natural beauty, ambient climate and the uniqueness one finds appealing here.

Tourist Attractions

  • Tourism in Mirik revolves around the Sumendu Lake. It is an artificial lake constructe4d in the year 1974 which is set amidst beautiful garden on one side and pine trees on the other and connected together by an arching 24 m long footbridge known as Indreni Pull meaning Rainbow Bridge. The lake is surrounded by a 3.5 km long road.  One can enjoy a boat ride in the lake or take a horse ride around the lake on the peripheral road.
  • Tingling View Point is a point from where one can get a 360 degree panaromic view of the tea gardens and the surrounding lush green hills and forests.
  • Rameetay Dara is another viewpoint which offers a picturesque view of the surrounding hills and plains.
  • Sunrise Point is an important spot in Mirik where one can get to see the sun making an illustrious rise in the east. The sunlight getting reflected from the Mount Kanchanjunga in the north is another spectacle from this spot.
  • Bokar Monastery is a Buddhist meditation center located en route Rameetay Dara from Mirik. It is a favoured destination for pilgrims especially Buddhists.
  • Debisthan is a Hindu temple located on a small hillock near the Sumendu Lake, which is very much revered by the locals here.
  • Tea Gardens at Mirik is definitely offers a pleasing experience. Gazing from a distance or a stroll through the tea gardens is invigorating and pleasing to the eyes. These tea gardens produce some of the best known Darjeeling teas which are very much in demand from all over the world.
  • Rai Dhap is a popular picnic spot for the tourists as well as the locals and it is also the source of drinking water for Mirik.
  • Orchids in Mirik are one of the best attractions here. The climate here is ambient for the growth of orchids especially the Cymbidium orchids which are very costly and has huge demand from all over the world.
  • Orange Orchards in Mirik grow some of the best known high-quality oranges. Places like Mirik Busty, Murmah and Soureni Busty grown these sweet oranges in Mirik.

Climate

Summer is very mild in Mirik with the maximum temperature touching just 30°C. Winter in Mirik is cold with the mercury dipping to as low as 1°C.

How to Reach

The nearest airport is Bagdogra at a distance of 52 kms from Mirik. The nearest railhead is New Jalpaiguri at 52 kms from here. By Road, Mirik is well connected with Siliguri and Darjeeling. Shared Taxis is also an option that can be explored from Siliguri and Darjeeling towards Mirik.

Kurseong Tourist Spot

Kurseong

Kurseong in Lepcha language means “Land of white Orchids”. It is a popular hill station located in the state of West Bengal in India. Located at an elevation of 1520 m above mean sea level, nearly 35 kms from Darjeeling, Kurseong produces some of the costliest and finest teas in the world. Kurseong is also called as the school town, as it is home to some of the renowned schools established during the British rule. Today is one of the preferred tourist destinations from all across the country and abroad for its sheer natural beauty and uniqueness of its own.

History

Until 1780 Kurseong was a part of the Kingdom of Sikkim. Gorkhas of Nepal attacked Kurseong & surrounding areas during 1780. During the Anglo-Gorkha war of 1814, Gorkhas were defeated by the British; and by the treaty of Titalia in 1817, the king of Sikkim was reinstated by British East India Company. When Darjeeling was developed as a health sanatorium by the British, Kurseong was developed as one of the hill stations en route to Darjeeling.

Tourist Attractions

Darjeeling Himalayan Railway also called as the “Toy Train”, is a narrow gauge railway listed in the UNESCO world heritage site that connects New Jalpaiguri with Darjeeling. It runs through the entire length of the town. It offers breathtaking views of the Himalayan peaks.

Eagles Craig is a beautiful view point in Kurseong town which provides a scenic view of the surroundings especially Siliguri planes and the Teesta River.

Deer Park also known as Dow Hill Park is a renowned park with a flower house, water fountain and has several animals which are found in the Himalayan region.

St. Mary’s Hill located at about 4 kms from Kurseong railway station. It is home to the Eastern Forest Ranger College and the famous St. John’s Church.

Kettle Valley Picnic Spot is a beautiful picnic spot amidst Dilaram Tea estate on the banks of river Rinchengtong.

The Ambhotia Shiva Temple & Gidhapahar Mandir are prominent Hindu religious centres around 4 kms from Kurseong.

Netaji Subash Chandra Bose Museum located near Gidhapahar Mandir, is a museum house which belonged to elder brother of Netaji Subash Chandra Bose.

Bhangzang Salamander Lake is located at a distance of 14 kms from Kurseong. This green tinged lake is home to the rarest and most endangered species of Salamanders.

Makaibari Tea Estate is the World’s first tea factory which was established during 1859 AD. It produces the world’s most expensive tea.

Climate

Kurseong has a pleasant climate throughout the year. The best time to visit is from March to Mid June and from September to December. Winters are not as severe as in Darjeeling owing to its lower altitude.

How to Reach

The nearest airport is at Bagdogra around 60 kms from Kurseong which has direct flights to Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati. Two closest railway stations are at Siliguri at 50 kms and New Jalpaiguri which is about 57 kms from Kurseong. The easiest way to travel by road is through Siliguri which is well connected to all major cities of India.

Kalimpong Tourism

Kalimpong

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.

History

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.

Tourist Attraction

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.

Climate

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.