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Kalimpong is an east Indian hill town in the Himalayan foothills of West Bengal. Kalimpong is situated at an altitude of 1,200 mtrs, approx 50 kms to the east of Darjeeling. The word Kalimpong made = (Kalim + Pong ) = Kalim means King’s Minister and Pong is the stronghold. It is also called Kalibong or the ‘black spur’ by the local people. Kalibong in the local dialect stands for Kaulim, a fiber plant used for making paper and paper goods.

Kalimpong Tourism

Kalimpong was earlier a subdivision of Darjeeling district, but now a separate district of West Bengal effective 14th Feb 2017 with an area of 1,056 square kilometers and inhabiting 49,403 people (as per 2011 census). Kalimpong town itself is small, located about 2.5 hours drive from both Darjeeling and Siliguri.

Kalimpong is a historical destinations with bustling market, colorful people, offers spectacular views of the Himalayan range and the scenic beauty .For shopping two main market areas in Kalimpong that are full of shops. The most popular is the market along Rish road which is the main road in Kalimpong. From the tri-junction main market square, the road leads through the market area.

Kalimpong Tibetan Art & Craft:- There is a lot of Tibetan population in Kalimpong. Over the years Tibetan art & handicraft industry has flourished here. We can get lots of article mam made religious scroll paintings, woolen garments, various wood crafted items serving as great souvenirs, tapestry bags & purses.

Kalimpong Location in World MAP

  • 27.3 Deg. 13 Min. N to 26 Deg. 27 Min. N Latitude
  • 88 Deg. 53 Min. E to 87 Deg. 59 Min. E Longitude

Kalimpong is situated at elevation 2127 meters above sea level.

Darjeeling is located 120 kms distance from the Capital of Sikkim Gangtok and about 75 km from Siliguri, the nearest railhead and airport. Regular jeeps connect Darjeeling to the towns of Kalimpong and New Jalpaiguri. The nearest airport is Bagdogra airport.(85 Kms )

Cultures of Kalimpong:- In Darjeeling lots of fairs and festivals celebrated by the Darjeeling people. Kalimpong religions Hinduism, Buddhism and to an extent Christianity. The main festivals are Dashain, Tihar, Buddha Jayanti, Christmas, Holi, Ram Navami, etc. Food both types vegetarian and non vegetarian serves in Kalimpong . The traditional dishes of Kalimpong are Momos , Tongba, Tibetan tea, Aludum, Shaphalay and Thukpas are the specialty of the region

Languages of Kalimpong:- Most of the people of Kalimpong are Buddhists and speak languages are Hindi, Gorkha, Bengali, Nepali, Tibetan and English. Bengali is the language of the plains, Tibetan is used by the refugees and some other tribal people.

Weather of Kalimpong Weather:- Kalimpong has well defined seasons like Spring, Summer, Monsoon, Autumn and Winter. Weather generally remains pleasant during the whole year .Generally you can get a bit cold during the winter but not extremely in any season. In summer, the temperature varies between 16°C to 25°C, while in the winter between 7°C to 16°C.

Top Places to Visit in Kalimpong:- Forest Museum (Closed On Thursday), Deolo Hill, Hanuman Mandir, Dr Graham Homes, Durbin Monastery, Mangaldham, Pine View Nurseries (Cactus Only) .Kalimpong nearby famous tourist places like Lava, Loleygaon, Rishyap, Pedong , Darjeeling, Mirik, Kurseong and Rikkisum are part of Kalimpong district and well connected by road.

The best time to visit Kalimpong:- This beautiful hill station feels like a paradise around the year .Summer and winter seasons best time to visit March to mid June & October to December.

Kalimpong Places

How to Reach Kalimpong

Air:- The nearest Airport to Kalimpong is Bagdogra Airport (75 kms from Kalimpong ) Siliguri, which is a 2.5 hours journey from Pelling.
Rail:- The nearest Railway Station from Kalimpong is Jalpaiguri Railway Station, which is at a distance of 65 Kms from Darjeeling. It is well connected to major cities like Chennai, New Delhi, Howrah, Alipur and Darjeeling through Guwahati Express, Ndls Bgp Express, Mas Njp Express and Dbrt Rajdhani.
By Road:- From NJP the distance to Kalimpong is about 65 kms by road via Teesta Bazaar and takes about 2.5 hours to reach by National Highway NH31A to Kalimpong town.

Kalimpong is also well connected by road from various places including NJP (New Jalpaiguri), Siliguri, Bagdogra, Darjeeling and Gangtok.

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