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Introduction

The first thing that strikes the traveler visiting Kalimpong is its quiet atmosphere. The peaceful ambience that pervades is heightened by the presence of monasteries and churches across the town. Kalimpong is also known for its bustling bazaars and traditional handicrafts. It is famous for its orchids and nurseries. Kalimpong offers panoramic view of the great Himalayan ranges that lie beyond it.Kalimpong is located in the northern part of the state of West Bengal, India. It is adjacent to the state of Sikkim and near the Teesta River. It is set amongst the foothills of the mighty Himalayas at an altitude of 1250 m above sea level. Kalimpong is 50 km from Darjeeling and 80 km from Gangtok.

Area 9 sq km
Altitude 1250 metres above sea level
Temperature Summer-15.0 C-30.0 C Winter-7.2 C-16.0 C
Language English, Nepali, Hindi and Tibetan.
STD Code 03552
Rainfall 2030 mm Annually
Best Time to Visit Ronud the year

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How to get there

  1. Air :-The nearest airport is Bagdogra (80 kms) 3 hours drive. Bagdogra is presently connected to New Delhi, Guwahati and Calcutta, by Indian Airlines,Air Deccan and Jet Airways.
  2. Rail:-The nearest railheads are Siliguri 66 kms (metre gauge), and New Jalpaiguri 80 kms (Broad gauge), which connect you to all parts of India. 2 1/2 hours drive.
  3. Road:-66 kms from Siliguri, 79 kms from Gangtok, 51 kms from Darjeeling. All reachable under 3 hours. Connections to Bhutan and Nepal. From New Jalpaiguri, Bagdogra, Siliguri, Darjeeling and Gangtok, taxis, share taxis and buses are available at regular intervals.

Places to Visit

Nature Interpretation Centre Thongsa Gompa Sericulture Research Institute

Excursion

Nature Interpretation Centre Thongsa Gompa Sericulture Research Institute

Shopping

Kalimpong has a lot to offer in terms of shopping. The Main Road, the 10th Mile Market and the Raja Dorje Market are some of the good places to shop. The must-buys of Kalimpong include fresh ginger and honey, Tibetan noodles, jewellery, artefacts, seeds and flower bulbs. The Kalimpong Arts & Crafts Centre is the best place for authentic Lepcha, Bhutanese and Sikkimese embroidered work on purses and dresses. Don t leave Kalimpong without trying some of its famous cheese.

Accommodation

Nature Interpretation Centre Thongsa Gompa Sericulture Research Institute