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The town of Kalimpong is situated at an altitude of 1300 metres (about 4200 feet) close to the Bhutan – Tibet – Sikkim border on the eastern part of Darjeeling Himalayas. The Kalimpong town, and the district by its name, was an important trading centre in earlier days, when the trade routes between Tibet, Bhutan and Sikkim were very much active. It was known as the silk route connecting Lhasa in Tibet with the rest of the subcontinent.
The brilliant climate of Kalimpong attracted the British, who later set up their establishment here. The old churches, Graham’s home, Morgan House, golf course, still hold the memory of the British Raj. The small Lepcha village of yore is today one of the most popular tourist destinations of Eastern India.
The beckoning Himalayas, dense virgin forests, vast valleys and meadows and of course the perennial shining but chilling weather together have placed Kalimpong on the map of the most important tourist destinations in the region. The climate of Kalimpong has helped in production of orchids, cactus and ornamental plants. A huge quantity of orchids and gladiolus are produced in the numerous nurseries and are exported to different countries.
Kalimpong is a major centre for traditional handicraft. The wood carvings, Thanka paintings, metal crafts, Tibetan and Lepcha jewellery, wooden mask, etc. are major draws for tourists here.
Durpin Dara : Durpin Dara literally means “Binocular Hill” in the nepali language. As the name suggests, the place, situated at an altitude of 1402 metres, offers breathtaking views. The Kalimpong town is spread over a ridge that connects the two hills of Durpin and Deolo. The Durpin top is the southernmost point of town and further south is a deep gorge leading to river Teesta. This is an observatory point about 3 kms from the town from where a breath taking view of the Himalayan ranges can be seen. Durpin Dara is the highest point in Kalimpong accessible by car it offers a finest view of the plains and the mighty Teesta.
Zang Dhok Palri Monastery : The monastery is located right at the Durpin Dara viewpoint. You may consider the two as one and the same point of sightseeing for all practical purpose. The 1976 monastery is quite popular among tourists for its serene environment
Flower Nurseries : Kalimpong is famous for flower nurseries which export exotic flowers. Kalimpong is the only place in the region where many commercial flower nurseries are situated. One should visit the beautifully laid out ‘Universal Nursery’ about 3 km from the town. The Sri Ganesh Moni Pradhan Nursery at 12th mile is especially renowned for its variety of orchids and the Udai Mani
Lava: Distance-30 km
Lolegaon: Distance 54 Km
Pedong: Distance 20 km
Darjeeling: Distance 55 km
Gangtok: Distance 78 km
Siliguri – 67 Kms
Language – Nepali, Hindi, English, Bengali, Tibetan
Ethnicity – Original inhabitants are Lepchas, today the town is a mix of Nepali, Tibetan, Sikkimese and other communities.
Weather – 10 – 25 degree centigrade during summer, 5 – 15 during winter.
nearest railway station- New jalpaiguri (NJP)
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