The Kalimpong region was once a part of the Kingdom of Bhutan. In 1865, after losing to an armed British intervention Bhutan called Kalimpong to British India.The British missionaries came in during late 1800s and left a legacy of good schools, charitable institutions and architectural styles of the English countryside. Over the years, Kalimpong has developed its own cultural pot pourri, cuisine, home decor and more. Kalimpong and the surrounding area with its ideal location of 4000ft provide mild weather conditions throughout the year. For the visitor a 365 day holiday choice is available. From spring getaways to rice harvest in autumn and getting wet in the monsoon rains and sharing blanket in winter. Kalimpong is emerging as an ultimate holiday destination in the Eastern Himalayas.It is covered with forests and terraced agricultural land.
From plants, including 400 species of orchids, ferns, mosses, grasses and medicinal plants. Floriculture is a major activity here. There are numerous flower nurseries, many of them producing for export and the home market.
The town makes an interesting offbeat track if you enjoy walking. You can see the majestic Kanchenjunga Range and the Teesta Valley from Durpin Dara and Deolo Hills. Among the monasteries dotted on the verdant hills, the Thongsha Gompa or the Bhutanese monastery is the oldest established in 1962. Built on Durpin Dara, personally consecrated by the Dalai Lama in 1976 Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Gompa contains the Kanguyar in 108 volumes, brought by Dalai Lama when he fled Tibet. Also check out the Tharpa Choeling Gompa. Kalimpong evokes memories of the British Raj most evident in its colonial homes and hotels. Morgan House and Tashiding are now Government owned tourist lodges and open to visitors.
Visit the famous Dr. Grahams’ Home situated less than an hours walk at the base of Deolo Hill. Carry picnic for the trip. The original school and the stained glass chapel are worth looking. Also visit St. Teresa’s Church built to resemble a gompa.
Flower nurseries are abundant in Kalimpong. Flower enthusiasts and businessmen from all over the world come here to source orchids, gladioli, cacti. Anthuriums and roses. Gerberas and dahlias grow in plenty. The Sericulture Research Institute breeds silkworms and produces silk. Spend some energy at the Army Golf Club.
River Rafting on the Teesta is hugely popular adventure holiday option. Based at Chitray, this excursion is a full day affair and possible from November to February.
Nestling in the lush green mid ranges of the Himalayas, this hill station of “The Raj”, has an incredible stunning backdrop of towering snow capped peaks. This exotic town of beautiful people, mystical and enchanting, with a rare ethnic blend of hill people, has a tradition of hospitality from the days of the mule caravans of old.
Located just 80 kms from the Airport and Railheads, at an altitude of 1,250 meters, it has a moderate climate ranging from between 15°C to 25°C in Summer and 7°C to 15°C in Winter, offering year round comfort.