Kalimpong: Abode of the enchanting Himalayan hills
Dotted with beautiful Buddhist monasteries, temples and churches, Kalimpong Tourism reveals a quaint little hill station, perched at height of 4091 feet from the sea level. The place is perfect for those trying to escape from the hustle and bustle of hectic city life. The town boasts of the panoramic Himalayan views and colonial architectures. Previously it was a major Himalayan trading centre that focussed on wool trade with Tibet, across the Jelep La Pass. Like Darjeeling, it once belonged to the state of Sikkim and later fell into the hands of East India Company. The vestiges of the British colonial past have enveloped the ambiance of Kalimpong, slowly transforming its identity. Hence, Kalimpong Travel can be seen as a journey into the English past of India.
The major sightseeing destinations in Kalimpong include Thongsa Gompa, Catholic Church, Gauripur House, Mangal Dham and Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brtang Monastery located in Durpin Dara which is a fairly new monastery. Out of them, the Durpin Dara Monastery that sits atop the Durpin hill was consecrated by Dalai Lama himself. There are numerous nurseries in Kalimpong and visiting the town during Flower Festival held in October is an experience in itself. There is a Sericulture Research Institute in Kalimpong where silkworms are bred and silk is produced. Gauripur House is the home of the famous Indian poet, Rabindranath Tagore. Thus, a trip to Kalimpong holds a great importance in the nearby regions as it is the major educational centre in the entire eastern Himalayas.recommended tours