Kalimpong is a town in East Indian hill town of the Himalayas. It’s perched on the ridge above the Teesta River. It lies at an altitude of 1250 metre overlooking the valley of Teesta. It is renowned for its panoramic views, Buddhists monasteries, churches and unique handicrafts.
Things to do
- 1. Paragliding in Kalimpong
Soar through the skies of Kalimpong and experience the scenic beauty of the north-eastern India. The initial point is from Dellio hills from where the flight takes off. The flying trip ranges about 10 to 30 minutes and then depending on the weather conditions you soar through the peaks of Darjeeling. It is suggested to paraglide in April to June or in October because these seasons have suitable weather conditions. A expert paraglider always accompanies the tourist. This is a must for all adventurous junkies.
Basic Rate: INR 3500 for a 15 minutes flight
INR 5000 for a 30 minutes flight
- 2. Trekking
This is the most unforgettable trip for all tourists. It offers the most spectacular treks along the majestic hills. The treks start at an elevation of 7000 feet. It is a beautiful trek through the villages dense forests and luscious green fields. A trek is of minimum 4 days and maximum 8 days. All trek packages are guided by a team of trek experts. It is a absolute delight for all trekkers who love to explore interesting routes.
Treks are available for two to three hours where you can opt for a straw among the pristine hill station and its tea gardens surrounded by the greenery.
Bike trekking is also arranged for bike lovers who love to run bikes and explore the beauty of nature surrounding them. You can also opt for a jeep tour instead of a bike tour to swift your way through the entire Himalayan range. Through the treks, you can also be well-versed and explore the culture of the East-Indian villages and their traditions. A trek is worth a try in Kalimpong to truly enjoy the lovely forests of pines and surrounding hills. It is every nature lover’s dream to trek through the ways of Kalimpong.
Places to see
- 1. Tharpa Choling Monastry
Tourist places in Kalimpong are in plenty. Religious monasteries form the centre of interest here. It is a house to the greatest monasteries in the world. One such great religious place is the Tharpa Choling Monastry. It is known for its vibrant colors and gives you a calm and tranquil mind.
Timing: 9 A.M to 6 P.M everyday
- 2. Thongsa Gompa
This is a Bhutanese monastery and will surely make you feel serene and spiritual. Tourists can even attend the prayer services that the monks carry out here to attain the divine blessings of Buddha.
- 3. Mangal Dham Temple
It is built over two acres of the land. It is a very popular tourist spot in Kalimpong. Their prayer hall is on the upper floor and the ground floor belongs to Guruji Shri Mangaldas. There are various paintings in this temple which depict various scenes from the Krishna Leela.
- 4. Hanuman Temple
This is located on the way to Deoli Hills. It is a quick stop over to experience the magnificent tallest Hanuman statue in north-east India. You need to climb stairs toreach this temple and get blessings. It’s absolutely refreshing and divine.
- 5. MacFarlaneMemorial Church
This was constructed by the Scottish missionary in 1890s and is a prominent landmark, in Kalimpong. It is built on an elevated platform andgives a magnificent view of the town from the top.
- 6. Jelepa Viewpoint
This is a major tourist point which is maintained by the Indian Army. The daunting roads and the river of Teesta can be viewed through the wired fences. It offers a splendid view of the snow capped Mount Kanchenjunga and the Jeepla pass.
- 7. Deolo Hill
This is the highest point in the town and offers the most magnificent view of the surrounding Himalayas, Teesta valley and the surrounding villages of Relli.It is located on top of hill and is a great viewpoint and picnic spot as well for localites or the tourists.
If you have the desire to take a view at the beautiful and divine place in the north-east India, then Kalimpong cannot be missed. You must get your best package to this place and experience adventure and peace with the nature.