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Kalimpong

Fact File: Kalimpong
Altitude 1,250-1,600 metres for the town area. Countryside averages 1,600 metres. Maximum Rachela 3,152 metres.

Population Approximate 40,000. Main ethnic groups are Nepali, Bhutia and Lepcha.

Climate Summer: Mar to Jun 15°C -25°C. Sunny days, mild weather, flora in bloom.
Monsoons: Jul to Aug. Drifting clouds, rain and lush green.
Autumn & Winter: Sep to Feb 7°C -15°C. Blue skies, clear views of snow peaks, sunshine.

Rainfall Average Annual 2030 mm (80 inches)

Season :Kalimpong
Round the year

Clothing Tropical in Summer with a light sweater and rainwear. Woolens in Autumn and Winter. Parka jacket for Jan-Feb.
Language English, Nepali, Hindi and Tibetan.

History:Kalimpong
Once the headquarters of a Bhutanese Governor, the word 'kalim' means King's Minister and 'Pong' - the stronghold of the King's minister. It is also called 'Kalibong' or the black spur by the hill people. 'Kalipong' in local dialect stands for 'Kaulim' which is a fibrous plant which grows in abundance in this region. The meaning that has found the most favour is the Lepcha meaning of the name - 'ridge where we play'. It is said that these local tribesmen used to organise field sports while not engaged in agricultural pursuits - hence its name. Somewhat secluded and tucked away in the corner under the big Darjeeling umbrella, Kalimpong offers a quiet and relaxed holiday against the backdrop of Kanchenjunga.

Kalimpong was originally part of Bhutan. In 1865, after the Anglo-Bhutan War, it was merged with Darjeeling, and became a sub-division of Darjeeling in 1916, and developed as a hill station. It flourished as a wool trading centre with Tibet till 1950, when the Chinese took over Tibet. It continues to be part of Darjeeling District, and is now an attractive tourist and educational centre.
Kalimpong is not just another hill town. This exotic town, with its scenic surrounding areas is a complete travel circuit, where a composite "Town and Countryside" Holiday can be enjoyed.

How to get to Kalimpong
By Air: Nearest Airport is Bagdogra (80 kms) 3 hours drive. Bagdogra is presently connected to New Delhi, Guwahati and Calcutta, by Indian Airlines and Jet Airways.

By Rail: The nearest railheads are Siliguri 66 kms (metre gauge) and New Jalpaiguri 80 kms (Broad gauge), which connect you to all parts of India. 2 1/2 hours drive.

By Road: 66 kms from Siliguri, 79 kms from Gangtok, 51 kms from Darjeeling. All reachable under 3 hours. Connections to Bhutan and Nepal.

From New Jalpaiguri, Bagdogra, Siliguri, Darjeeling and Gangtok, taxis, share taxis and busses are available at regular intervals.

Visitors can spend 3 to 4 days based in Kalimpong.

Things to do:At Kalimpong
Local Tour: A full days Jeep tour covers all the sights. These can also be enjoyed over two days of walking.

Inner Town & Bazar exploration: Two half days can be spent in walking the bazar and shopping.
River Rafting in the Teesta takes a full day.

Samco Ropeway Excursion: A full days Ropeway crossing, nature walk and river pool swim and picnic.
Flower Nursery Tour: Visiting selected Nurseries takes a day or two, depending on whether you drive or walk.
Kalimpong Places of Interest - Around Town

Panoramic snow views: Kanchenjunga, Siniolchu, Paunhari, Lama Anden, Chola, Nathu La, Jalep La and Gymochen peaks. Best view points are Durpin Dara and Deolo Hill.

Thongsha Gumpa: Oldest Gumpa built during the Bhutanese period, in 1630.

Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery: Consecrated personally by the Dalai Lama in 1976, it contains the Kanguyar, in 108 volumes, brought by the Dalai Lama when he fled Tibet. Excellent view point for snow and valley views.

Tharpa Choling Monastery: Belongs to the Gelukpa sect. Built in 1937.

Nature Interpretation Centre: Operated by the Forest Department, focuses on flora, fauna and local people interacting with ecology.

Colonial Bungalows: Built by British wool traders during the "Raj" period, located on Rinkingpong and Hill Top Roads. These include Surya Sadan, Crockety, Galingka, Morgan House, Tashiding, Ringking Farm. Of these, Morgan House and Tashiding, now Government Tourist Lodges, can be viewed.

Army Golf Club: Hewn out of a hillside, to keep officers fit for high altitude soldiering. Excellent angle for photography of Durpin Monastery from 3rd Green.

St.Theresa Church: Built by local craftsmen to resemble a Gumpa, it has wood carvings adorning the walls, depicting biblical scenes, in which personalities resemble Buddhist monks. An interesting example of Tibetan influences.

Flower, orchid and exotic flora nurseries: Gladioli, orchids, cacti, amaryllis, anthuriums, roses, gerberas, dahlias and other exotic plants are grown in a number of flower nurseries in Kalimpong, mainly for export.

Mangal Dhaam: This recently constructed place of worship is a marvellous piece of architecture. The temple has been built in the memory of the late Guru Shree 108 Mangal Dasji. The samadhi of the Guruji is located within the temple.

Dr. Graham's Homes Campus: Started in 1900, by Rev Dr. John Anderson Graham as an institution to house and educate offspring of British planters and local women, it is now a public School. Of interest are original buildings and chapel. The School celebrates its Centenary Year in 2000, with most functions focussed around 24th September.

Deolo View Point: Atop Deolo Hill at 1914 metres. Excellent views of snow peaks, Kalimpong town and the Teesta Valley.

Kalimpong Bazar: Best explored walking. Shop for Buddhist Tankhas, hand beaten silver, Bhutanese weaves, Chinese lanterns, copperware, hand stitched clothing, local cheddar-type cheese and lollypops.

Kalimpong Places of Interest - Out of Town
Pedong: A small town 24 kms from Kalimpong, it has a monastery built in 1837, of Bhutanese origin.

Lava: 34 kms away, hidden in mists and clouds, at an altitude of 2,350 Metres, this small village, on the old trade route to Bhutan, is surrounded by virgin pine forests. It has a lovely monastery of Bhutanese origin and a Nature Interpretation Centre. Popular for nature exploration and bird watching. It is also the starting point for trekking to the Neora National Park, which is a storehouse of flora, wildlife and leads to the 3,152 metre high RacheLa tri-junction of Bhutan, Sikkim and West Bengal, with a panoramic view of the Chola Range.

Lolegaon: Also called Kapher, is 25 kms from Lava, along a lovely forest drive. It has a heritage forest and a view point for snow ranges of Singalila Range.

Samthar Plateau: Scenic and remote plateau, at an elevation of 1,400 metres, it is 80 kms from Kalimpong, and 45 kms from Lava. It has breathtaking snow views of the entire range, superb sunrise and sunset, picture post card hamlets, exotic flora, forests, mountain streams, river pools "far from the maddening crowds". Popular for nature holidays, walking tours, angling, mountain biking and nature and cultural explorations on foot.

Samco Ropeway: 20 kms from Kalimpong on the highway to Siliguri, this ropeway was constructed by Christian missionaries to spread the gospel. Spanning the Teesta and Relli Rivers over 1 1/2 kms, it is a thrilling ride over 120 feet over the river with unforgettable views. It provides a second access to Samthar Plateau, and for Forest exploration, and visit to ethnic villages.

Teesta Valley: The main drainage of Sikkim, Kalimpong and Darjeeling region, it is only 14 kms from Kalimpong. It provides nature walks and river rafting, from base at Chitrey, near Teesta Bazar.

 


HOTEL IN KALIMPONG

Sood's Garden Retreat Kalimpong

8.5 Miles is where you will find Sood's Garden Retreat, just 800 meters before the Hustle and Bustle of the Market area set amidst Nature with a breath taking view, on the sunniest part of the Hills. For What Ever you have in mind you cant be better Located. Near to all the site seeing interests. Laze on the rolling Lawns and Gardens or just admire the Glory of the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga from the Restaurant, Balconies or Lawns. Let the Children get naughty on the Outdoor Play Area, swings and slides

Restaurant: Sood's Garden Retreat
The Room with a View, serves up Indian, Tandoori, Chinese, Continental, Nepalease, Bengali cuisine with a generous helping of great views of the Himalayas, Sikkim and the Teesta Valley. Making your Dining more of an Experience. It has a seating Capacity of 45 pax.

Rooms: Sood's Garden Retreat Kalimpong
Sood's Garden Retreat has 11 well appointed ,comfortable rooms, spread across the property, the view facing room which are the Deluxe rooms, Apartment, Super Deluxe and Triple Deluxe open to a gorgeous views of the Himalayas , nearby hills of Sikkim and Kalimpong town. Step out and you are on the lush green lawns. The Standard rooms ,however are non view facing. All The rooms have Wall to wall carpeting, Color Cable television, Phones and have attached Western Style with bathrooms Tiled and Marbled with Hot ‘n’ Cold Running Water.

Conference Hall; Sood's Garden Retreat Kalimpong
Conference Hall 60 pax. Multi cuisine Restaurant, Green Lawns and Gardens, Children’s park with Swings, Slides etc. In-house Cyber Café, In-house Travel Services, Color Cable T.V, Attached baths with running Hot & Cold Water, Carpeting, and Phone in rooms. Laundry Service, Doctor on Call, Secure Car Parking, Balconies/Verandahs, Open all year, Concessional Rates in Off Season, Heating Appliances on Request, Kitchen Facilities for Groups, Central Location, Fantastic views of Mt. Kanchejunga and Himalayan range also Kalimpong town and Sikkim. Arrangements for Rafting, Beach picnics. Etc. Attractive Holiday packages Available.

 

 

Himalaya Hotel Kalimpong

The Himalayan Hotel is a stone built, two storey family hotel with 8 rooms in the Main Building and 8 double bedrooms in two new adjoining annexes. It is a short distance from the centre of town surrounded by spacious gardens featuring a wide variety of Himalayan flora, planted to ensure yearlong displays of colourful flowers. The hotel has excellent views of Kanchenjunga and the surrounding mountain ranges which drop to the nearby Teesta and Rangit rivers.

The hotel itself features Himalayan oak ceilings, teak pillars, walnut and teak furniture. There are open fire-places in most rooms, while the spacious dining room is decorated with Tibetan memorabilia.

It is a hotel of real charm and character, with an atmosphere redolent of its close association with Himalayan history.

You do not need a special permit to visit Kalimpong, your normal visa to India is all that is required.

Food: The cuisine is Indian, European with Tibetan and Local Gorkha dishes on request.

Special Services: Car hire, Local Tours, Safe Deposit, Money Exchange (presently restricted to US Dollars and Sterling Pounds), Laundry Service, Barbecues in winter for large groups.

Facilities: Spacious grounds with front lawn and garden, cars drive to door. We also accept payment by Visa, MasterCard and American Express Credit Cards. There is a TV in the lounge but no TV in the rooms. There is an in-house generator in case of power failure. All rooms have Telephones



 

Bathleham Lodge Kalimpong

Located in the heart of Kalimpong town, yet out of the hustle and bustle of the crowded area. We hold significance in the “Lonely Planet” for being the cleanest guesthouse.

Our Endeavour -

To provide a homely atmosphere at lowest cost.

Ideal for Back Packers.

Seeing is Believing

Facilities -

We provide Bed Tea and breakfast if ordered one night in advance

All rooms with attached toilet/Bathroom

All front facing rooms with VIEW

Running hot & cold water

Spacious Kitchen facilities provided if required

Located in the heart of Kalimpong Town

Facilities: Bathleham Lodge Kalimpong

We provide Bed Tea and breakfast if ordered one night in advance

All rooms with attached toilet/Bathroom

All front facing rooms with VIEW

Running hot & cold water

Spacious Kitchen facilities provided if required

Located in the heart of Kalimpong Town

 


 

Kalimpong Park Hotel Kalimpong

Kalimpong Park Hotel ,Rinkingpong Road, Kalimpong - 734301

Kalimpong Park Hotel, once known as Dinajpur House, the former summer residence of the Maharaja of Dinajpur is a hotel with character, situated on a viewpoint, 1 km. uphill from the downtown area.
The hotel faces north-east, and has a 270 degree panoramic view of the hills and valleys, with Kachenjunga massif standing majestically on the left. The hotel has it's own gardens and cars drive up to the front door.

Membership: FHRAI, HRA (E) I, ETN, EHTA, HORAK

Distance:Airport: - 80 km. Railway Station: - 71 km. Downtown area - 1 km.

Facilites: Kalimpong Park Hotel

Garden Conference Hall Free Car Park Telephone Cctv Money Changer Viewing Gallery Running Hot/Cold Water Indoor Games

Services: Kalimpong Park Hotel

Room Service Laundry Baby Sitters Car Rental Medical Service Tour & Travel Desk Restaurant Bar

 

 

 

 
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