Kalimpong, West Bengal
If you are looking at a destination away from the hustle bustle of the tourist crowd then head to Kalimpong in West Bengal. A magnificent hill station with unspoilt beauty. In the local dialect the name Kalimpong means ''black spur''. The kanchenjunga welcomes you as you travel to Kalimpong. The lush green surroundings, the exotic orchid flowers, the meandering Teesta and Rangeeta rivers, offer a visual treat.An enchanting destination in the Eastern part of India.
Situated at an altitude of 4100ft Kalimpong is adjacent to the state of Sikkim. The nearest airport is Bagdogra located about 70kms from Kalimpong. Bagdogra is an important domestic airport well connected from Kolkata and Delhi. If you are travelling by road then Siliguri is the gateway to reach Kalimpong. While Siliguri is well connected by Kolkata, Patna, Guwahati, a good network of internal roads link this destination to Gangtok. By train, New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station.
Kalimpong experiences all the five distinct seasons- spring, summer, monsoon, winter and autumn. while summers are mild, the monsoons are a bit severe with heavy rainfall. During winters and monsoons, Kalimpong is generally enveloped by fog.
Kalimpong is a magnificent destination offering captivating natural beauty. One can either trek up to the Neora National Park or just sit by the river side. If you are an adventure freak then just go rafting.
Other key attractions of Kalimpong are:
* Durpin Dhara
* Dr. Graham's Homes
* Thongsha Gumpha
* Pedong Monastery
* Gauripur House
* Flower Nurseries
* Lolay Gaon