For Those Who Belong To The Hills. Exciting and heavenly, a trip to Kalimpong is a sublime experience.
Aesthetically pleasing, Kalimpong is a treat to the senses. As per the Lepchas, Kalimpong means ‘ridge where we play’. It is a spot waiting to be discovered. So go gather your packs now and visit the natural town. Make your trip to Kalimpong memorable and bother free by adding the mentioned spots to your schedule. These places will definitely make an astonishing travel insight. . and also get moving on a vacation more than ever.
However, Kalimpong is a superb encounter for touring throughout the year because of its pleasant weather. This hill station is often wrapped up by fog in between monsoon and winter. So, best time to visit Kalimpong is either March to May or September to November. From the month of June to September it usually faces monsoon season.
Kalimpong is famous for its monastries and other tourist attractions. Some of the most nearby famous ones are Kurseong, Siliguri and Pedong, that remain crowded almost throughout the year.
Means of Transportation.
The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport, approximately 80 km from Kalimpong. Private taxis are available from inside the airport. You can also take a taxi to Siliguri Junction (15 km) and then a bus. Buses ply frequently from Siliguri to Kalimpong.
You can also reach through New Jalpaiguri (about 10 km from Siliguri) which is the nearest railway station and is connected to almost all major cities in the country.
If you’re looking forward to find out some of the most famous places to visit in Kalimpong, then these might just do the trick. There are so many places here with historic monuments, significant architectural patterns, etc that will literally take you back in time. At the same time, the timings for visiting the places are quite convenient as there is no bar at the right time to visit. Most of the attractions discussed here remain open almost throughout the day time.
ABOUT HOTEL & STAYS
We stayed at The Elgin Silver Oaks. Located approximately 3000 feet up in the Himalayas with majestic views of the snow-capped Himalayan ranges, The Elgin Silver Oaks is a part of a very rich bio-diversity.
A Luxury boutique hotel, it is situated in the heart of Kalimpong. The Elgin Silver Oaks is a perfect base to explore the spectacular mountain scenery, pine forests, tea gardens and ancient monasteries. The hotel is within walking distance of the bustling Kalimpong market, flower nurseries and the the magnificent Kalimpong golf course.
Apart from this, you can choose your own preferred stays.
PLACES TO VISIT
1. Durpin Dara Hill
Duprin Dara Hill, situated in the South of the town, is the second most elevated mountain range in the district. The slope offers panoramic views of the scenic landscapes, advocating the significance of its name in Nepali- binocular. Oh lala. From here, you can witness the untouched beauty of the Kanchenjunga Mountain range, further enhanced by the rivers Teesta and Rangeet. You can likewise catch the heavenly perspectives on the adjoining regions like Peshoke tea estate, western Sikkim, Nathu-la, Tiger hill top, Siliguri, Kurseong, among others. We were actually spell bounded seeing this natural beauty.
2. Pine View Nursery
The ever fascinating and ever splendid northeast is home to some of the most beautiful nurseries in the country and the Pine View Nursery in Kalimpong is one of them. For all nature enthusiasts out there, this should definitely be on your Kalimpong sightseeing list. There are hundreds of varieties of cactus on display at the Pine View Nursery. The exotic flora and lush greenery is best enjoyed with a piping hot cup of tea.
3. Zang Dhok Palri Monastery/Durpin Monastery
Located atop Durpin Hill, the Zong Dog Palri Fo Brang Monastery was established in 1970 and consecrated by His Holiness Dalai Lama six years later. Visit this place for its striking architecture and a splendid view from the Durpin Hill. It is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in Kalimpong, Sikkim.This Monastery is known to leave its visitors spellbound with intricate prayer wheels and two strikingly large cylinders that fill the air with melodic bells with every turn. You can also see the very rare Buddhist manuscripts on Tibetology that His Holiness the Dalai Lama presented.
4. Delo hill
The Deolo Hill is the highest point in town which offers you a chance to witness the majestic views of the valley from a staggering 1700 meters and is among the famous Kalimpong tourist places. On a clear day, you can view the mighty Himalayas, and even identify the tiny villages and gorgeous cities located near the town. The hills are surrounded by a freshwater reservoir where you can enjoy a small picnic with your family or loved ones. Relax amidst the mountains and the beautifully landscaped gardens. You can also chase some thrilling adventures – make sure you try paragliding, trekking, and horse riding.
If you want to catch the best views, make sure you go to the hill at sunrise when the stunning tangerine ball rises from the horizon.
5. Army Golf Course
Situated at a scenic hill of Durpin Dara, the Army Golf Course of Kalimpong is a paradise for golfers. It is believed to have one of the toughest golf holes to score.
Again, this golf course offers some excellent view of the great Himalayas. Under the control of army, this is one of the highest golf courses in the country. It also has a dosa point (open to everyone), where you can enjoy some South Indian dishes and click photos with golf course in the backdrop.
From tourism point of view it is one of the most important spots in Kalimpong where travelers love to stroll around to enjoy their vacation. It maintains clean and natural environment. As usual, we took plenty of pictures.
6. Local Bazaars.
Famous for its local splendor, the main market is among the popular tourist places near Kalimpong. Shop for local items and collect souvenirs to fondly remember your trip. The Teesta Bazaar is famous for crockery, Tibetan jewelry, footwear, scrolls, lanterns, handmade wallets, and food items.
A market held only on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the Haat Bazaar is your answer to cheap shopping in Kalimpong. People splurge on food, clothes, accessories, and other everyday products.
7. Testa river rafting
At a distance of 18 km from Kalimpong Bus Station, Teesta River Rafting is the most popular adventure sport activity in Kalimpong. Teesta river is one of the most famous river rafting spots adorned with blossom green surroundings and offers rafting through deep ravines and whitewater rapids. It is one of the among that must be includes during Kalimpong Tour.
It is a thrilling activity that leaves one asking for more. The best part about river rafting is that you don’t need to be a swimmer to do it. You just need to be ready to have a good time!
Owing to time, we didn’t do it. But, it is one of the most breathtaking rafting in northeast. One that tops my bucket list is Teesta river rafting!
Still missing this place 🥺
Very nicely written.