Tourist Attractions in Kalimpong
The tourist attractions in Kalimpong are
Thongsha Gompa, Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery, Tharpa
Choling Monastery, Nature Interpretation Centre, Mangal Dhaam,
Colonial Bungalows, Dr. Graham's Homes Campus, Kalimpong Arts
and Crafts centre, Dharmodaya Vihar, Kali Mandir, Gauri Pur
House. There are some panoramic snow views of Kanchenjunga,
Siniolchu, Paunhari, Lama Anden, Chola, Nathu La, Jalep La and
Gymochen peaks. The best view points are Durpin Dara and Deolo
Below the Tharpa Choling Monastery is Thongsa or Bhutan
Monastery. Thongsha Gompa is the oldest Gompa built
during the Bhutanese period, in 1692.
Tharpa Choling Monastery belongs to the Gelukpa sect and
is on the way to Dr. Grahm Homes. Tharpa Choling
Monastery was built in 1937 and is the repository of old
scriptures and documents.
Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery
Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery was consecrated
personally by the Dalai Lama in 1976. It contains the
108 volumes, brought by the Dalai Lama when he fled Tibet.
Excellent view point for snow and valley views.
Nature Interpretation Centre
Nature Interpretation Centre is operated by the Forest
Department. Nature Interpretation Centre focuses on flora,
fauna and local people interacting with ecology.
Army Golf Club
Army Golf Club, hewn out of a hillside, to keep officers fit
for high altitude soldiering. Excellent angle for photography
of Durpin Monastery from 3rd Green.
St. Teresa Church
St. Teresa Church was built by local craftsmen to resemble a
Gompa. It has wood carvings adorning the walls, depicting
biblical scenes, in which personalities resemble Buddhist
monks. It is an interesting example of Tibetan influences.
Flower, orchid and exotic flora nurseries
The name of Kalimpong has become synonymous with flower
nurseries many of which abound here. Gladioli, orchids, cacti,
amaryllis, anthuriums, roses, gerberas, dahlias and other
exotic plants are grown in a number of flower nurseries in
Kalimpong, mainly for export. The weather and the soil of
Kalimpong are very conducive to the growth of orchids, roses,
gladioli and dahalias.
Colonial Bungalows were built by British wool traders
during the "Raj" period, located on Rinkingpong and Hill
Top Roads. These include Surya Sadan, Crockety, Galingka,
Morgan House, Tashiding, Ringking Farm. Of these, Morgan
House and Tashiding, now Government Tourist Lodges, can
Mangal Dhaam was recently constructed as the place of
worship. This is a marvelous piece of architecture. The
temple has been built in the
memory of the
late Guru Shree 108 Mangal Dasji. The samadhi of the Guruji is
located within the temple.
Dr. Graham's Homes Campus
Dr. Graham's Homes Campus was started in 1900, by Rev Dr. John
Anderson Graham as an institution to house and educate
offspring of British planters and local women. It is now a
public School. The School celebrates its Centenary Year in
2000, with most functions focussed around 24th September.
Deolo View Point
Deolo View Point is situated at the top of Deolo Hill at 1914
metres, overlooking the town of Kalimpong. The top of which is
the highest point in Kalimpong. There are excellent views of
snow peaks, Kalimpong town and the Teesta Valley. Two big
reservoirs here are the source of water supply to the town of
Kalimpong Arts and Crafts centre
Situated near the bus stand in the heart of the town, this
institute produces and sells a wide variety of handicrafts
which includes wall scrolls, dolls and masks. Founded in 1897
by Mrs. Catherine Grahm, its purpose was to promote and
propagate local handicrafts as well as provide employment. It
is good place to purchase souvenirs to take back home.
This is a nepali Buddhist Temple situated on the Rishi road
and a stones throw away from the town. The statue of Buddha
was donated to this temple by the Burmese Buddhists. The
library of the temple is well stocked with books some of them
Towering over the town of Kalimpong is the Durpin Hill,
the top of which offers breathtaking views of rolling
plains of Siliguri and the Tista and Rangit valley. On
the northwest horizon can be seen the panoramic
Kanchendzonga range and on the east the Chola range on
which lies the Nathula pass. On the southern horizon
looms the Tiger hill. On the Durpin Dara Hill is nestled
a beautiful golf course with gently rolling slopes.
Kali Mandir, the Hindu temple has a statue of Goddess
Kali and is about 2 Kms away from the town.
Gauri Pur House
Gauri Pur House, situated about 2 kms. from town on the
way to Durpin Hill, now accommodated the Cooperative
Training Institute but has old stories to tell. It was
the favorite retreat of none other than the Nobel
laureate and poet Rabindranath Tagore who wrote many of
his works here.
Excursions from Kalimpong
Lava is situated about 34 kms away from Kalimpong, at an
altitude of 2,350 metres. This small village, on the old trade
route to Bhutan, is surrounded by virgin pine forests. It has
a lovely monastery of Bhutanese origin and a Nature
Interpretation Centre. Lava is more popular for nature
exploration and bird watching. It is also the starting point
for trekking to the Neora National Park, which is a storehouse
of flora, wildlife and leads to the 3,152 metre high RacheLa
tri-junction of Bhutan, Sikkim and West Bengal, with a
panoramic view of the Chola Range.
Lolegaon, also known as Kapher, is situated about 25 kms from
Lava, along a lovely forest drive. It has a heritage forest
and a view point for snow ranges of Singalila Range.
Samthar Plateau is a scenic and remote plateau, at a height of
1,400 metres. Samthar Plateau is situated about 80 kms from
Kalimpong, and 45 kms from Lava. It has breathtaking snow
views of the entire range, superb sunrise and sunset, hamlets,
exotic flora, forests, mountain streams, river pools. Samthar
Plateau is mainly popular for nature holidays, walking tours,
angling, mountain biking and nature and cultural explorations
Pedong is a small town, situated about 24 kms from
Kalimpong. It has a monastery built in 1837, of
Samco Ropeway is situated about 20 kms from Kalimpong on
the highway to Siliguri. This ropeway was constructed by
Christian missionaries to spread the gospel. Spanning
the Teesta and Relli Rivers over 1 1/2 kms, it is a
thrilling ride over 120 feet over the river with
unforgettable views. It provides a second access to
Samthar Plateau, and for Forest exploration, and visit
to ethnic villages.
Teesta Valley is the main drainage of Sikkim, Kalimpong and
Darjeeling region. It is only 14 kms from Kalimpong. It
provides nature walks and river rafting, from base at Chitrey,
near Teesta Bazar.