Kalimpong is a hill station in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located at an average elevation of 1,250 metres. A snowy little town in the lap of the Himalayas, overlooking the mighty Tista River flowing through the crags of the majestic mountains are some of the qualities that constitute Kalimpong enchanting beauty. Located in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, Kalimpong is one of the most popular tourist spots in the north-eastern part of the country.

The place is known for the number of beautiful flowers that bloom here at different times of the year. It has a flower market notable for its wide array of orchids, nurseries which export Himalayan grown flower bulbs, tubers contribute to the economy of Kalimpong. Horticulture is improtant to Kalimpong. 

The hill station is located in the Mahabharata Range of the Himalayas. With its curved roads lined with pine trees, snowy mountains, and colourful flowers blooming against the dazzling white snow, Kalimpong is the perfect place to spend your holidays in.

Kalimpong is known for its educational institutions, many of which were establised during the Britisg colonial period. It used to be a gateway in the trade between Tibet and India before China's annexation of Tibet and the Sino-Inidan War.

Languages spoken in Kalimpong include Nepali, which is the predominant language Lepcha, Limbu, Tamang, Kirat, Hindi, English.




Travel Tips

Kalimpong is a very nice place for touring thoughout the year because of its pleasant weather.

This hill station is often wrapped up by fog in between monsoon and winter.

The best time to visit Kalimpong is during the months between September to November. 

When to visit

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  • 8.4° Max
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  • 15.0 mm
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Things to do

Kalimpong is amongst the only three eco regions in India. The place offers some of the most beautiful scenic beauty that one can imagine. The forests here are home to a variety of animals. Many of the animals have been listed as endangered.

You can occasionally get a glimpse of a tiger in the mountain forests around here. Some of the other animals that you can see here are Red Panda, Siberian Weasel, Clouded Leopard, gaur, Asiatic black bear, Himalayan Tahr, goral, barking deer, and pangolin. Most of these animals belong to the endangered category of animals.

The place is also well-known for the many different varieties of birds that can be found here. If you are a bird-watcher, you are sure to find a trip to Kalimpong a delightful experience. Of the many different species of birds that can be seen here, some are swallows, pheasants, sunbirds, minivets, cuckoos, bulbuls, orioles, owls, flycatchers, partridges, warblers, swifts and woodpeckers. While the place is certainly rich in fauna, it also has a large number of floral attractions to blow your mind away.

Kalimpong is the major production site of orchids and gladiola in India. If you feel like soaking in the local religious feelings, you can pay a visit to the Thongsha Gompa. Mangal Dham Temple is also an important temple and attracts devotees from all around the region.

Getting Around

Shared taxis are easily available. You can also hire private car from one of the local agencies.

Four-wheeled transports are the most preferred as they can easily traverse the mountain roads.

However roads are often in bad condition during monsoon and winter. During those periods, it becomes almost impossible to move around here.

Places to Stay

As a major tourist spot in the region, there is no dearth of good hotels in Kalimpong.

Depending on how much you want to spend on lodging, you can splurge by booking your rooms in a luxury hotel, or go light on your pocket by staying at a budget hotel. There are several resorts as well. 

How to Reach

  • You can also go to the town of Kalimpong by booking your seats on a flight. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra. From the airport, the distance to Kalimpong is around 80 km. You can cover the remaining portion of the journey by taking a shared taxi or bus. Cars for rent are also available.
  • The nearest railway station to Kalimpong is located at New Jalpaiguri. The station there is connected to the major stations in West Bengal, and via that to the rest of the country. Train fare to New Jalpaiguri should fall in the region between Rs.500 and Rs.2200 depending on which class you are travelling in. You can book your tickets from irctc.in, makemytrip.com, and yatra.com. From the station, buses and taxis can be board to reach Kalimpong. It will take about 2 hours to travel to Kalimgpong.
  • Kalimpong is well connected to Siliguri and Darjeeling. Buses leave for Kalimpong from both these places. You will also get shared taxis and private cars. While private cars will cost you around Rs.1000, shared taxis ply for around Rs.80 per passenger. The place is connected to National Highway 31A which connects it to Gangtok.

Surrounding Attractions

There are quite a few tourist spots around Kalimpong.

You can go to Deolo Hills. The place offers a beautiful view of the town and the surrounding areas.

Kalimpong Cactus Garden is also a popular destination amongst tourists. The place has a wide variety of these desert plants.

Zhong Dong Pali Fro Monastery is a nearby Buddhist monastery that is well worth visiting.

Kalimpong Art and Crafts Centre is the place to go if you want to look at local handicrafts and art work.

Also, located around Kalimpong are a number of popular hill stations like Darjeeling, lava, Lonegaon.

Travelling to these places is easy and well facilitated.

The scenic beauty of these places, have turned this entire belt of hill stations into India’s most popular tourist destinations. 

Important Numbers

Police: 100

Fire brigade: 101

Hospital: 102