Earlier known as the Silk Route was an important trade route between India and Tibet. It serves as the best destination for the tourists who have a rich culture and heritage. Orchids, handicrafts, hand-looms and jewelry are famous all over the world.
Kalimpong once known as the Silk Route it was a trade link between the all-important trade route between India and Tibet. Kalimpong can be reached located at a traveling distance of around 2.5 kms from Darjeeling via the Peshoke road. The brilliant climate attracted the British who set up their plantations and establishment here. Remnants of the British can still be seen now. Today it is a premier holidaying destination for the tourists filled with rich culture, a great history and nice locals. The climate of Kalimpong is suitable for many different varieties of orchids and many orchids produced in the nurseries are even exported throughout the world. Also traditional handicrafts, jewelleries and handlooms ensure that you do not leave Kalimpong without a souvenir!
Getting to Kalimpong
To get here, you can take one of the following alternatives given below:
- By Train: The NJP Railway Station in Siliguri connects the city to several cities across India. If you are journeying from Kolkata, then get in the Darjeeling mail which arrives at 10:00 pm in Kolkata. Once you reach NJP Station, take a taxi ride to Kalimpong as described below.
- By Jeep/Taxi: From Siliguri, Kalimpong is situated at a distance of 70 km which takes two hours to reach from Siliguri. The road from Siliguri to Kalimpong is very picturesque and it travels through the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary. At a distance of 25 km from the Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary is the Sevoke Bridge which goes over Teesta. Soon afterwards, the national highway 31 will take you to Teesta Bazar. From Teesta bazar it is a 12 km uphill drive to reach Kalimpong town.
- By Plane: Bagdogra airport located at Siliguri is has several planes available offered by many airlines. Some of them are:
Air India and Jet Airways has flights from Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata to Bagdogra available, Go Air has daily flights to and from Delhi and Spice Jet operates flights from Kolkata and Delhi.
Once you reach Bagdogra airport, you can take a taxi ride as described above.
Land of hills, the surrounding green nature, the cool breeze blowing and the shining bright light of the sun is the Dello Hills. This solitude piece of land is visited by the flocks of tourists and it finds its importance throughout the year.
Starting the journey from Kalimpong to Algarah and then moving forward a few kilometers and taking a left turn towards the hilly roads leads to Dello Hills. The vast piece of land carpeted by the fresh green grasses all over and the bushes trimmed up to form decorative sculptures enhances the beauty of the vast plain area. There lies a rest house established by the – for the VIPs to have a peaceful stay and enjoy the spell bound beauty of the nature.
The Dello Park welcomes its every visitors and lets them enjoy a fun and relaxed time with their family and friends. The path through the hilly roads escorting this beauty offering a delightful view of the nature surrounded by the huge hills. A wonderful location high up the mountains with an enormous area for its travelers to spend a relaxed time enjoying the heavenly beauty of the motherly nature. There are few adventurous and interesting activities for the tourists visiting here. Adventurous tourists greatly enjoy paragliding that definitely offers a thrilling experience and turns into a memorable event for the lifetime. Horse riding is extremely enjoyed by the tourists as well and specially among the children.
The tranquility in the air of the nature, visitors spending some quality time observing every detailed beatification of the nature, people strolling in calm, relaxed moods makes one undergo the serenity of the place. The location inspite of being crowded, lets one witness the calmness built within itself and hence to conserve such beauty more. The purity in the air of the ambiance makes one’s crave to make the planet greener and free from the toxic pollution.
In 1692 the Bhutanese people constructed this Gompa which is also the oldest Gompa in Kalimpong. The original Gompa was destroyed in a riot before the arrival of the British and the new Gompa is built over the remains of the original Gompa.
Tharpe Choling Gompa
In 1922 this Gompa was constructed by the Yellow Hat Sect of the Tibetian Buddhists. It takes 40 minutes to walk from Kalimpong.
Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa
In 1970 this Gompa was constructed over the Durpin Dara Hill. Several rare paintings can be seen inside the Gompa.
The flower nurseries make Kalimpong famous. This is an important orchid growing area and the flowers and orchids grown here are exported all over the world. There are also specialized cactus nurseries in here. A flower festival is organized yearly in Kalimpong.
Sericulture Research Institute
On the road towards Darjeeling, the Sericulture Research Institute is located. It is a place where the silkworms are bred and silk is prepared. It can be visited between 9 am to 4 pm.
Nature Interpretation Centre
The Nature Interpretation Centre is situated in the Rinkin-pong Road. It contains many informational pictures and diagrams elaborating the effects of different activities taken by humans on the environment.
Mangal Dham is a newly created temple belonging to Lord Krishna. It is gorgeous and a good place to visit.
Go Shopping in Kalimpong
Traditional handicrafts, jewelries, exotic herbs and many other artifacts make Kalimponga shoppers paradise. Raja Dorje Market and the 10th Mile Bazaar contain most of the shops selling these things. If you are a souvenir hunter, then you can also buy a traditional Kukri from these shops.