Why To Go

Kalimpong is a hill station in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located at an average elevation of 1,250 metres and app. 50 km east of Darjeeling. A snowy little town in the lap of the Himalayas, overlooking the mighty Teesta River flowing through the crags of the majestic mountains that constitute the enchanting beauty of Kalimpong. Located in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, Kalimpong is one of the most popular tourist spots in the north-eastern part of the country.

The place is known for the scenic beauties complemented with beautiful flowers that bloom here at different times of the year. Notable for its nurseries which export Himalayan grown flower bulbs, wide array of orchids, tubers, horticulture is an important aspect of Kalimpong.

The hill station is located in the Mahabharata Range of the Himalayas. With its curved roads lined with pine trees, snowy mountains, and colourful flowers blooming against the dazzling white snow, Kalimpong is the perfect place to spend your holidays in. The panoramic views of the Himalayas, Buddhist Monasteries, Tibetan handicrafts, revered old temples, ancient churches…make this snowy hill town a charming and beautiful tourist spot. The Jang Dong Gomfa, Morgan House, Deolo Hill, Durpin Dara Hill, Neora National Park are some of the most visited spots. Water rafting is another attraction for adventure lovers.

There are reputed educational institutions which were established during the British era. The climate is mild and moderate with summers being cool; and monsoons are quite severe and winters are also not very chilling.

Travel Tips

Kalimpong is a very nice place for touring throughout the year because of its pleasant weather. This hill station is often wrapped up by fog in between monsoon and winter. However,the best time to visit Kalimpong is during the months between September to November and during the summers i.e. from March to May, because you can get a clear view of Kanchenjunga.

Things To Do

Kalimpong is amongst the only three eco regions in India. The place offers some of the most beautiful scenic beauty that one can imagine. The forests here are home to a variety of animals. Many of these animals have been listed as endangered. You can occasionally get a glimpse of a tiger in the mountain forests around here. Some of the other animals that you can see here are Red Panda, Siberian Weasel, Clouded Leopard, Gaur, Asiatic black bear, Himalayan Tahr, Goral, barking deer, and Pangolin. Most of these animals belong to the endangered category of animals. The place is also well-known for the many different varieties of birds such as sunbirds, swallows, bulbuls, orioles, flycatchers etc. that can be found here. If you are a bird-watcher, you should make a trip to Kalimpong. Neora National park is also anice place to make a visit. Water Rafting is popular for the adventure lovers. While the place is certainly rich in fauna, it also has a large number of floral attractions to blow your mind away. Kalimpong is the major production site of orchids and gladiola in India. If you feel like soaking in the local religious feelings, you can pay a visit to the Thongsha Gompa and Jang Dong Gomfa. Mangal Dham Temple is also an important temple and attracts devotees from all around the region. The Deola Hill and Durpin Dara Hill are must to pay a visit. Dr. Graham’s Home and Morgan House are yet other attractions of Kalimpong. You can also stroll around to enjoy the scenic beauties.

Getting Around

Shared taxis are easily available. You can also hire private car from one of the local agencies. Four-wheeled transport like jeep are the most preferred as they can easily traverse the mountain roads. Walking is yet another option to explore the area. However roads are often in bad condition during monsoon and winter. During those periods, it becomes almost impossible to move around here.

How To Reach


You can also go to the town of Kalimpong by booking your seats on a flight. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra in Siliguri. From the airport, the distance to Kalimpong is around 80 km. You can cover the remaining portion of the journey by taking a shared taxi or bus. Cars for rent are also available.


The nearest railway station to Kalimpong is located at New Jalpaiguri at a distance of around 72 km. The station there is connected to the major stations in West Bengal, and via that to the rest of the country. From the station, buses and taxis can be board to reach Kalimpong. It will take 2-3 hours to travel to Kalimpong.


Kalimpong is well connected to Siliguri and Darjeeling. Buses leave for Kalimpong from both these places. You will also get shared taxis and private cars. The place is connected to National Highway 31A which connects it to Gangtok. Kalimpong is also very well connected to Darjeeling, Kurseong, Siliguri etc. and you can enjoy the stunning view all along the journey.

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Surrounding Attractions

There are quite a few tourist spots around Kalimpong. You can go to Deolo Hills. The place offers a beautiful view of the town and the surrounding areas. Kalimpong Cactus Garden is also a popular destination amongst tourists. The place has a wide variety of these desert plants. Zhong Dong Pali Fro Monastery is a nearby Buddhist monastery that is well worth visiting. Kalimpong Art and Crafts Centre is the place to go if you want to look at local handicrafts and art work. Also, located around Kalimpong are a number of popular hill stations like Darjeeling, Lava, Lonegaon etc. Travelling to these places is easy and well facilitated. The scenic beauty of these places, have turned this entire belt of hill stations into India’s most popular tourist destinations.
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