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 un-spoilt beauty. In the local dialect the name Kalimpong means ‘black spur’. The Kanchenjunga welcomes you as you travel to this hill station. 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.
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.
Winter season falls between September and February. Winters are too cold and chilly. During winters and monsoons, Kalimpong is generally enveloped by fog.
Best time to explore Kalimpong is between March and May and then again from September to November.
How to Reach
Situated at an altitude of 4100 feet Kalimpong is adjacent to the state of Sikkim. The nearest airport is Bag Dogra located about 70 km from the city. Bag Dogra is an important domestic airport well connected from Kolkata and Delhi.
If you are travelling by road then Siliguri is the gateway to reach this place. 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 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
- Loley Gaon
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