Nestled in the Shiwalik Hills or the Lower Himalaya Kalimpong is a beautiful hill station. It is located on a ridge which connects two hills, Deolo Hill and Durpin Hill. Kalimpong is a heritage town which dates back to the pre historic age where it was a trading centre. Here’s a look at the top 8 places to visit in Kalimpong.
This beautiful hill station is extremely beautiful and quite destination. It is renowned for its mind-blowing orchids, rarest cacti and nurseries. Apart from the mesmerizing beauty this hill station also buzzes with fun and frolic. It is a perfect travel spot, and offers the travellers some really spectacular views of the mount Kanchendzonga and its range.
Talking about the climate then this town has mild climate conditions. One can enjoy very pleasing weather, along with really friendly people and a full of life marketplace. Kalimpong is full of life almost all the time, which makes it a perfect destination for a quiet and relaxed holiday.
Kalimpong A Paradise For Tourist
As I said earlier that Kalimpong is a quiet destination, but on the other hand it has some remarkable places that makes this hill station picturesque. Defining the beauty of this hill station of West Bengal in words is definitely is a difficult task, but here I bring for you the top 8 places in Kalimpong which you just can’t miss seeing.
These are beautiful hills which is situated at an elevation of nearly 1914 meters. With the Teesta Valley below and the snowy ranges in the distant horizon, this place also gives an excellent view of the entire town. We can also say that the Dello hill is one of the most beautiful sites around Kalimpong. If you happen to visit this place on a clear day, the sunrise views of Khangchendzonga from this hilltop park is just out of the world.
One thing that makes Kalimpong very popular is that it is a major flower exporter. It produces around 80% of the total India’s gladioli and sundry orchid varieties. Make sure you visit the Nurseryman’s Haven at Holumba Haven and check out some 200-odd species of orchids; the Santi Kunj and see anthuriums and the bird of paradise; and also the Pineview Nursery and gaze at its extremely photographable cactus collection.
This is a monastery which was established in the year 1922. This Gompa actually belongs to the Yellow Hat Sect of the Tibetan Buddhism. Founded in Tibet during the 14th century in the year 1962, the Durpin Gompa is one of the oldest monasteries in the area. However, this monastery was rebuilt as the original monastery was destroyed by the Gurkhas. It has very impressive religious murals in the main prayer room, interesting 3D mandalas, and an absolutely stunning view of the Khangchendzonga. Also check out the prayer session which is held at 4pm.
Dr Graham’s Home
This is an extremely popular tourist spot in Kalimpong, and to add even further, Graham’s Home is one of the finest school of Kalimpong which is also internationally famous. It is an orphanage and school built by Dr. Graham. This school also has a museum in commemoration of Graham’s wife and him. Dr Graham was a Scottish missionary.
Khola actually means a small river, it has its source below the Khampang range. This small river is joined by several small streams even before it joins the Teesta River. Do visit this place as the stay there is enjoyable with some lovely forests around, scenic river valley and also some really grand views of the panorama of snows. The tribal home, lovely and friendly people around makes this place even more special.
Lepcha Heritage Museum
This museum is located only at a distance of one kms from the Kalimpong town and is also one of the prime tourist attractions. It displays oodles of things related to the Lepcha culture, traditions and heritage. To add further, it also displays musical instrument of that era, manuscripts, worshipping tools and also many other such things which speaks about the Lepcha community. The Lepcha museum is one the must visits in Kalimpong.
The MacFarlane Church is one of Kalimpong’s most imposing churches. It was made in the year 1870 but was severely damaged by a 2011 earthquake. During the earthquake one of its steeples actually came crashing to the ground. However, the church was renovated and now it is open for the visitors and believers alike. It has wood-buttressed Gothic interiors which makes it a wonderful place to spend a few moments and gather some real peace.
Neora Valley National Park
A hill forest in Himalayas, Neora Valley National Park has several animals including clouded leopard, tiger, marbled cat, red panda & wild dog. Around 265 species of birds have also been recorded here.
There are many places around Kalimpong, where one can spend few days and explore. You can visit Lava, Lolaygaon, Sillery, Pedong, Dello, Monsong, Reshikhola, Ramdhura, Damsang, Rikissum, Charkhol / Charkoley, Rishyap, Ramdhura, Inchey, Monsong, Relli, etc.