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Kalimpong is best known for its Buddhist monasteries, exotic plants, colourful bazaars, and spectacular mountain views. It is one of the most picturesque hill stations in the country. It offers superb views of the snow-capped Himalayan peaks like the Kanchenjunga, the Kang, Janu, Chomeo Moh etc. This place is also famous for its flowers especially orchids and cacti. The mountains in the region have several interesting treks and adventure sports enthusiasts can even go river rafting on the Teesta river. There are the meandering river valleys of Git, Rishi, the mighty Teesta and the enchanting Samthar Plateau.
Places of Interest:
One can have a panoramic snow views on the peaks viz. Kanchenjunga, Siniolchu, Paunhari, Lama Anden and Gymochen peaks. However, the best view points are Durpin Dara and Deolo Hill. Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery was consecrated personally by the Dalai Lama in 1976. It gives an excellent view for snow and valley. Nature Interpretation Centre focuses on flora, fauna and local people interacting with ecology. Colonial Bungalows were built by British wool traders during the "Raj" period. Army Golf Club on a hillside is an excellent angle for photography. St.Theresa Church: was built by local craftsmen, it has wood carvings adorning the walls, depicting biblical scenes. Flower, orchid and exotic flora nurseries house Gladioli, orchids, cacti, amaryllis, anthuriums, roses, gerberas, dahlias and other exotic plants. Mangal Dhaam, a recently constructed place of worship is a marvellous piece of architecture. Deolo View Point: offers a panoramic view of snow peaks, Kalimpong town and the Teesta Valley.
Places of Interest - Out of Town:
Pedong is a small town (24 kms) it has a monastery built in 1837, of Bhutanese origin. Lava (34 kms), hidden in mists and clouds, a small village, is surrounded by virgin pine forests. It has a lovely monastery of Bhutanese origin and a Nature Interpretation Centre. Its very popular for nature exploration and bird watching. Samthar Plateau (80 kms) is highly scenic and remote plateau. It has breathtaking snow views of the entire range, superb sunrise and sunset, picture post card hamlets, exotic flora, forests, mountain streams, river pools. It offers a welcome break form the maddening crowds of the city. Samco Ropeway (20 kms) ropeway is a thrilling ride over 120 feet over the river with unforgettable views. Teesta Valley (14 kms) is the main drainage of Sikkim, Kalimpong and Darjeeling region. It provides nature walks and river rafting, from base at Chitrey, near Teesta Bazar.
How to get to Kalimpong:
The nearest Airport is Bagdogra (80 kms) which is connected to New Delhi, Guwahati and Calcutta. The nearest railheads are Siliguri (66 kms) and New Jalpaiguri (80 kms) which connect to all parts of India. From New Jalpaiguri, Bagdogra, Siliguri, Darjeeling and Gangtok, taxis, share taxis and busses are available at regular intervals.
It has a moderate climate ranging from between 15°C to 25°C in summer and 7°C to 15°C in winter, making it a popular destination the whole year.
A Kalimpong based holiday offers a true "Town and Country" holiday, comprising of town delights, relaxation, walking and trekking, forest and flora exploration, bird and butterfly watching, meditation, River Rafting, Mountain Biking, and nature and Culture tours.
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