Located at the foothills of the Great Himalayas, Kalimpong is one of the well known hill stations of West Bengal. Beat the heat this summer with the breathtaking scenic beauty and chilled atmosphere of atmosphere.
From Buddhist statues to missionary schools, Kalimpong exhibits a blended culture. Check out the missionary style of education at Dr Graham’s Homes, where learning gains a different dimension amidst the spellbinding beauty of the mountains.
The Buddhist statue of the rock garden near Deolo is a fine piece of architecture. As the gold hued idol of Lord Buddha glitters under the sun, the surrounding garden enhances the beauty of the place. Near to the statue is the Sherpa View Point. At this point, the Sikkim Hills along with the Mountain Kanchenjunga lies to your north, while the lush green valley with the enchanting River Relli lies to your south.
The Durga Mandir and the Hanuman Mandir lying near to this point reflect the traditional way of worship at Kalimpong. The pleasant atmosphere, the fragrance of the bright coloured flowers and the sprawling valley of Deoli Hill combine together to create a celestial environment of worship at the shrine. As you reach the Deolo Hill, the 8 acres of green land with beautiful blossoms and mesmerizing sunset and sunrise view over the snow capped mountains of Kanchenjunga and Durpin hill greet you to the land of natural bliss. Deolo Hill is the highest point of Kalimpong, with an altitude of 5500 feet and hence is the best place to inhale some fresh air. While kids can enjoy pony rides here, the food available at the restaurant is lip smacking. Mangal Dham is a pilgrimage for devotees of Lord Krishna, located at East Kalimpong.
Worship at Kalimpong
Buddhist chants spread peace in the airs of Kalimpong. People from all religions gather here to spin the prayer wheels and pray for peace and universal brotherhood. The Thongsa Gompa is the oldest monastery of the city, built in 1692 and is also known as the Bhutan Monastery.
The Durpin Monastery is famous for its rare Buddhist scripts and also for the magical view of Kalimpong and Mountain Kachenjunga that you get to see from its terrace.
Go For Adventure Sports at Kalimpong
Kalimpong offers you the unforgettable experience of flying over the Great Himalayan Range. Paragliding is one of the most sought after sports at the city as the inexperienced tourists can fly with a trained paraglide.
Enjoy river rafting over the cool waters of River Teesta and River Rangeet or boost your adrenaline with Trekking and hiking through the mysterious mountains and dense forests of Kalimpong. If adventure sports do not attract you, go for fishing and angling at the free flowing Himalayan Rivers or enjoy a game of golf over the grasses of the city golf course. Bird watching is another interesting activity at Kalimpong.
Relish Good Food at Kalimpong
Just like its culture, Kalimpong offers a platter of cuisines to the tourists. Tibetan, Chinese and Bengali cuisines are popular at the city. While the steaming hot momos dipped in homemade sauce are relished with a cup of piping hot Darjeeling tea, warm you at the evenings with hot noodle soup of Thukpa and Churpee, a cheese made from Yak’s milk. Chicken drumsticks, Miso soup, Bacon sandwiches along with pasteries are the other favourites out here. Kalimpong is also famous for its juicy oranges.
Shop at Kalimpong
Shopping is one of the must do activities at Kalimpong. You can get various kinds of goods from Tibet, Bhutan and China at the Kalimpong markets. From warm and soft warm clothes to unique handicrafts, you can bring back a piece of the Himalayan world with you from Kalimpong.
Be at Kalimpong this summer to chill out, far from the maddening crowd into the laps of nature.