Kalimpong – Hill Station In West Bengal
A largest sub division of India and a hill station, in the Mahabharata range in West Bengal state located at an altitude of 1250 meters. It has a temperate climate ranging from between 15°C to 25°C in summer and 7°C to 15°C in winter, offering year round comfort and solitude. Enfolding in the lush green mid ranges of the Himalayas, this hill station has an incredible dazzling vista of towering snow capped peaks. This enticing town of delightful people, mystical and endearing, with a rare ethnic blend of hill people, has a heritage of hospitality from the days of the mule caravans of olden.
The blend of different culture and religion is found here. Buddhism rubs shoulders with Hinduism and Christianity. Temples, unusual churches, Gumpas, monks and missionaries coexist in a cheery society. The quaint bustling bazar, is a roamer’s delight, and a Pandora’s Box of surprises comprises Buddhist thankas, Bhutanese weaves, Chinese lamps, Lepcha daggers, , hand beaten silver , masks and a lot more.
Kalimpong offers Hindu Temples, Christian Churches, Buddhist Monasteries, Flowers, Orchids and exotic flora, old colonial bungalows, scenic view points and above all the panorama of snows.
Kalimpong has such an arresting blend of culture and history; it is evident of influences and traces of the days gone by. Everything from architecture to cuisines, festivals has a special anecdote to tell. There are number of places to visit in Kalimpong to understand its vast culture and heritage.
The major places which attract tourists are Tsonga Gumba, Nature Interpretation Center, Lepcha Museum, Mac Farlen Church, Morgan House, Deolo Hill, Hanuman Tok, Science City; Dr.Graham’s Homes, The Pine View Nursery, Zang Dhok Palri Phodang.
Kalimpong is also famous for adventurous sports. The landscape of Kalimpong allows here the activities like paragliding, river rafting, fishing, angling, trekking and hiking. Kalimpong is also the only place which caters to this adventure sport in the most proficient way, with a skilled pilot all the way from Sweden.
To fly in the Himalayas is an unforgettable experience. The river rafting is done in the river Teesta which has become the most popular hotspot. The concursion of rivers Teesta and Rangeet,Beni provides the major base from where rafting is started.
The popular excursions of Kalimpong are Pedong , Lava, Rishop, Lolegaon. Kalimpong is an ideal place for nature treks, bird-watching and also to explore the unique flora and fauna . This place has a picture postcard feel and the view of the surrounding snow capped is simply breathtaking. The tourism industry is far developed in Kalimpong, The tourist are availed with multiple facilities of accommodation and food.