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Kalimpong Route MapNestling in the lap of the Himalayas, Kalimpong is the destination for your Lazy Holiday when you need to soothe those nerves. Soak up all that Kalimpong has to offer - the walks, the treks, the nature… you get the idea, ITS ALL HERE! And once you have visited Kalimpong, you will agree that what began as a dream ……… lives on as an UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE.

Kalimpong is the largest of the for sub-divisions of the District of Darjeeling in the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, an autonomous body within the state of West Bengal. Kalimpong lies between the plains of Dooars and the hills of Darjeeling - Sikkim Himalayas.

It makes sense to base your holiday in Kalimpong. Popular spots like Lava, Lolaygaon, Rikkisum, Pedong and Rishyap are situated within the Kalimpong Subdivision and are well connected by road from Kalimpong town. Day trips to Darjeeling, Gangtok, Kurseong and Mirik are also  easily arranged. If visitors want to continue their holidays to any of these places Kalimpong makes an excellent starting point.

Attractions around :

Paragliding,Tourists visiting Kalimpong can now take wings and get, quite literally, a bird’s eye view of the town and the surrounding hills, valleys and criss-crossing rivers

Bird Watching,The six-kilometre stretch between Lava and Algara in Kalimpong sub-division in the Darjeeling Hills is one of the world’s prominent bird watching zones.
The availability of different species of birds throughout the year, birdwatchers from across the country and abroad make a beeline for Lava and Algara.Birds like Thrush Plain Backed thrush White Collared Black Bird Large Nilvata Grey Headed Canary Flycatcher Orange Flanked Bush Robin Golden Bush robin White Browed Bush Robin Blue fronted Redstart Rusty Flanked Treecreeper Black Lored Tit Black Throated Tit Striated Bulbul Ashy Troated Wabbler White Spectacled Wabller Chestnut Crowned Wabbler Blacked Face Wabbler Striated Laughing Thrush Rufous Capped Babbler Golden Babbler Red Billed Leiothrix Black Headed Shrike Babbler Hoary throated Barwing Chestnut Tailed Minla Rufous Winged Fulvetta White Browed Fulvetta Nepal Fulvetta Rufous Sibia Whiskered Yuhina Striped Throated Yuhina Rufous Vented Yuhina Brown Parrot Bill Oranged Bellied Flowerpecker Ruby Cheeked Sunbird Green Tailed Sunbird Fire Tailed Sunbird Eurasian Tree Sparrow Marroned Backed Accentor Yellow Breasted Greenfinch Darked Rumped Rose Finch Red Headed Bullfinch Gold Naped Finch  Hill Partridge Kalij Pheasant Darjeeling Woodpecker Great Barbet Golden Throated Barbet Drongo Cuckoo Tawny Owl Eurasian Sparrowhawk Black Eagle Common Kestrel Common Green Magpie Grey Treepie Large Billed Crow Blue are found in this region.
 


Hiking:Kalimpong Walks:THE MORNING WALK, THE COMPREHENSIVE INSIGHT, THE EVENING WALK AND MORNING TO DUSK  All walks are easily completed in 1 day as the area coverage is within Kalimpong,

Rafting:Trained river guides using the utmost safety norms take you on a very memorable white water river rafting experience especially for first timers and children

Kalimpomg Science Centre:One of the most interesting attractions of Kalimpong in the recent past. Situated just behing the Delo Hill Top, it is a must-visit tourist and educational spot. The Centre has a good collection of scientific instruments and applications used in our day-to-day life which are very interesting. Alongside in the Centre Comples is a fun park with statue replicas of Dinosaurs and host of other things to play and enjoy. Scenice views of Kalimpong town and the Himalayan Peaks can be seen from here.

Rishi Bankim Park is a well laid out spot for taking a leisurely walk.

St.Theresa Church: Built by local craftsmen to resemble a Gumpa, it has wood carvings adorning the walls, depicting biblical scenes, in which personalities resemble Buddhist monks

Army Golf Course a nine hole golf course overlooking beautiful views of the mountains.

Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang (Durpin) Monastery a Tibetan temple belonging to the Yellow Hat sect of lamaism ,was established in 1970 and consecrated personally by the Dalai Lama in 1976, it contains the Kanguyar, in 108 volumes, brought by the Dalai Lama when he fled. This Gompa has impressive wall paintings in the prayer hall and a rare three-dimensional mandala upstairs.

Mangal Dham dedicated to Lord Krishna. This Hindu Temple is a marvellous piece of architecture.Devotees, especially of the Pranami Dharma, come from far away places.

Dr. Graham’s Homes
  founded in 1900 by Rev. Dr. J.A. Graham, a Scottish missionary. This institution was established as an orphanage-cum-school for destitute Anglo-Indian children. It is now a renowned regular co-educational school situated in a 500 acre campus

Deolo Hills the highest point within Kalimpong municipality area (elevation approximately 1650 metres) which provides a 360 degree panoramic view. The Kanchenjunga massif is to the north, beyond the hills of Sikkim that rise from the river valleys.

Sherpa Taar or Sherpa View Point Jelepla Pass can be seen with the mountains descending to the hills and river valleys below. On the southern side is the Relli river valley with Kafer and the hills of Samthar plateau. On the North is Sikkim and the Kinchenjunga panorama.

Durga Mandir and Hanuman Mandir has recently been constructed with a gigantic statue of Lord Hanuman. Just before these places of worship an impressive statue of Lord Buddha, serene in the lotus position has been consecrated with a landscaped rock garden in front.

Nature Interpretation Centre a museum run the Forest Department which depicts nature of the Kalimpong region

Rishi Bankim Park is a small but well laid out Park,

Colonial Bungalows: Heritage houses:

Crookety House Helena Roerich, a Russian herbalogist and healer came to live with her son Yuri, the Director of the "Uruswati" Himalayan Research Institute in the year 1947 till her death on 5th April 

Dharmodaya Vihar:The Nepalese Buddhists have a temple named the Dharmodaya Vihar which is on the Rishi Road.The Dharmodaya Vihar is the residence of the Nepalese Buddhist monks. There is a library and a reading room where books on Buddhism and other books in Nepali, English, Hindi , Bengali and Pali languages are kept. The idol of Buddha inside the temple at Dharmodaya Vihar was presented by Buddhists of Kalimpong Dharmodaya Sabha.

Sericulture Research Institute:At this institute silkworms are bred and silk is produced as well as herbs and plants. Locate on the road to Darjeeling, the institute can be visited between 9.30 am and 4 pm.

MacFarlene Church:
 The church was built after the coming of Scottish missionaries in Kalimpong hills, this church was completed in the year 1890-91

 

 

Land Area          : 1,056.5 square kilometres

Population          : Municipality - 40,143
(1998 census)       Sub-Division - 2,21,916

Altitude              : 1,250 metres (4000 feet) (Town Centre)

Climate               : Summer: max. 27oC; min. 16oC
                           Winter: max.17oC; min. 5oC
 

 

 

Day1      Arrive in Kalimpong
Check into Hotel Stroll/Visit to market area or at leisure

Day 2     Local sightseeing
Morning visit to Mangal Dham, constructed in memory of the late Guru Shree (108) Mangal Dasji and dedicated to Lord Krishna. Devotees, especially of the Pranami Dharma, come from far away places. Dr. Graham’s Homes, founded in 1900 by Rev. Dr. J.A. Graham, a Scottish missionary. This institution was established as an orphanage-cum-school for destitute Anglo-Indian children. It is now a renowned regular co-educational school situated in a 500-acre campus. This place can be visited on the way to Deolo Hill, the highest point within Kalimpong municipality area (elevation approximately 1650 meters) which provides a 360 degree panoramic view. The Kanchenjunga massif is to the north, beyond the hills of Sikkim that rise from the river valleys. A fantastic bird’s-eye-view of Dr. Graham’s Homes, Kalimpong town and Durpin hill can be had from here. The Tourism Department has developed a sprawling eight-acre park with exotic and local flora.  There is a Hotel with a regular restaurant catering to visitors.  Children can avail of pony rides here. One can spend several hours at this spot picnicking or just lazing around and soaking in the view and pure mountain air. Sherpa Taar or Sherpa View Point on the way to Dehlo hill is a watershed from where you see the mountains descending to the hills and river valleys below. On the opposite side is the Relli river valley with Kafer and the hills of Samthar plateau. A Durga Mandir (Hindu temple) as well as a viewing gallery has been built here. Commence sightseeing after lunch visiting Nature Intepretation Centre a museum run the Forest Department which depicts nature of the Kalimpong region. Army Golf Course a nine hole golf course overlooking beautiful views of the mountains. Visitors can play a round of golf here by paying a special fee. Durpin Monastery a Tibetan temple belonging to the Yellow Hat sect of Lamaism, Morgan House, Gouripur House are heritage houses with Morgan House converted into a hotel run by West Bengal Tourism Department., Rishi Bankim Park is a small but well laid out Park, Pine View Nursery where one can marvel at the Cacti & succulents and many flowering plants. Back to Hotel after enjoying sites of Kalimpong.

Mt. KanchanjunghaDay 3 Excursion to Damsang Fort
Morning departure for a half hour drive to the ruins of Damsang Fort dating back to 1690 followed by a visit to Pedong town and Rikissum viewpoint. Jeeps take one close enough to the Damsang Fort and a fifteen minute walk through a lovely wooded area of Rhododendrons and other native trees and shrubs brings one to the ruins. After touring the ruins a drive to Rikissum to take in the fabulous views. This is also the spot where an ancient Bhutanese monastery stood. A drive into Pedong Bazaar culminates the excursion by visiting an old Bhutanese monastery, Sangchen Dorjee Gumpa built in 1780, an old Lepcha house in Kashyong and some heritage sites. Evening return to your Hotel

Day 4 Day Trip to Darjeeling
Morning departure for Darjeeling and visit Batasia Loop, Ghoom Monastery, Mountaineering Institute & Zoological Park, Rock Garden, Tibetean Refugee Centre. Late afternoon departure for Kalimpong and your Hotel

Day 5 Rafting in the Teesta
Post breakfast departure for Chitray, 14 km. (a half hour drive) downhill from Kalimpong, which is the starting point for river rafting. The Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council Tourism Department and some private entrepreneurs conduct three-hour rafting trips on the river Teesta. Trained river guides using the utmost safety norms take you on a very memorable white water river rafting experience especially for first timers and children. Late afternoon departure for Hotel.

Day 6 Memorable View Points
Morning departure for Teen Chuley View Point, Eco-Tourism Village, Ramitay View Point, Cross Hill View Point. These viewpoints provide panoramic views of the magnificent Himalayan snow peaks and valleys and forests and rivers. Excellent opportunities for photography so carry that extra roll of film. Evening return to your Hotel

Day 7 Picnic by the Relli River
Numerous picnic spots on the sandy banks - Kalimpong’s very own beach- of the Relli River. One can take along a picnic hamper or sample some local cuisine available in small eateries and a Wayside Inn managed by the Tourism Department. Indulge in a swim or just simply explore the banks and hunt for garnets among the rocks (some of gem quality) or just bask in the sun surrounded by nature. Return to Hotel in the evening

Day 8 Gangtok Day Trip
Depart for Gangtok after Breakfast and visit Hanuman Tok, Tashi View Point, Enchey Monastery, Ganesh Tok, Flower Show Exhibition Center. Late afternoon drive back to Kalimpong and visit Saramsa Gardens on the way.

Day 9 Lava & or Lolay-gaon excursion
Whole day Excursion to Lava with a visit to the Tibetan Monastery at Lava and a drive to Lolaygaon where you can walk among the tree tops on a specially built tree-top pathway. Late evening drive back to Kalimpong and your Hotel

Day 10 At Leisure/Shopping
Pick up those Souvenirs, Momentous and knick-knacks, local handicrafts. Great shopping for those into “Imported Clothes” and Perfume

Day 11 Depart for Next Destination

While planning your itinerary be sure to keep aside half a Saturday or Wednesday. On these two days, Kalimpong hosts a “haat” or market day where in an open air market one can shop for seasonal fresh vegetables, goats, chickens, village products of all type, clothes, shoes, ethnic foodstuff and…. you’ll have to visit to see all that is displayed.
 



Mr. Siddhant Sood
Address: 8.5 Miles Kalimpong-734301 (Dist.Darjeeling) West Bengal. India
TeleFax: 91-03552-260321/260322 Reservations-+91 9733123113
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