KALIMPONG THE HILL STATION OF WEST BENGAL- TRAVEL GUIDE
KALIMPONG, WEST BENGAL
One of the most popular hill Station of West Bengal. Situated at an average elevation of 1250 meters, the town is the headquarters of Kalimpong district. The townis on a ridge connecting two hills Durpinand Delo. Delo is the highest point of Kalimpongand has an altitude of 1704 meters. Famous for its scenic beauty the town remains a well-known tourist destination for years.
In order to reach Kalimpong, first reach New Jalpaiguri railway station or Bagdogra airport. From there take a car to reach Kalimpong.The distance of kalimpong from NJP is 71.6Km and it will take two and half hours to reach Kalimpong from NJP via NH10. A local cab will charge around Rs 2500 for this trip.A shared cab will charge around Rs.200 to Rs 300 per person. On your way, you may stop at Kalijhoraand enjoy the beautiful view of River Teesta and the surrounding valley. Upon reaching Kalimpong, you can spend the afternoon by roaming around the local market.
You can go for a local sightseeing tour. A local cab will charge Rs2500 for a whole day trip. The main places to visit are:
Morgan House is a British Colonial Bungalow built by an English man Mr. George Morganin 1930.The mansion is now a hotel managed by West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation. The property is built on a 16 acre estate on top of the hill of Durpindara.
There are also beautiful lawns both in front and at the back of the building with proper sitting arrangements. There are also some cottages within the premises. The cottages are also available for night stay.On a clear day you can see the majestic Mount Kanchenjunga from this mansion. During the season you may observe many beautiful rare flowers and orchids here. Kalimpong is the most favorite hill station in West Bengal for tourist.
Army Golf Course
The famous Army Golf Course of Kalimpong is overlooking Morgan House. Early in the morning you can visit this beautiful place.
The army golf course is very well-maintained and famous for its panoramic view of surrounding mountains.
Durpin Monastery or Zang Dog Palri Monastery
The building of the monastery is very beautiful. After stepping into the monastery the first thing you will notice is a row of prayer wheels along the outside wall. From the back of the monastery you can get a stunning view of the Kalimpong town and the surrounding hills. On a clear day Mount Kanchenjunga is clearly visible from this place.Orchid Nursery Located on top of a hill, this nursery is famous for its quiet environment, and, of course, scenic beauty.
DELLO HILL is famous for its scenic beauty and the hill is surrounded by a well-maintained garden. There are nice and clean stone paths laid through the garden. You can experience the calm and quiet nature while walking by these paths.At the base of the hill, car parking place is available. Here you may observe small crowds during summer and winter as this is one of the most popular picnic spots near Kalimpong town. On top of Deolo hill, there is a tourist lodge available for night stay. The lay-out of the tourist lodge is very beautiful and you can get a 360-degree view of the surrounded hills from this lodge.
There are swings, sliders, and horse riding facilities for kids. Also,you can take photos wearing local clothes.On a clear day, you can have a glimpse ofthe snow-capped Himalayan mountain range from this place.
Kalimpong Science Centre
SCIENCE CENTER is established in the year of 2008 and situated on top of Hill. It is about 9 km to the north of Kalimpong town. The science center covers 7 acres of hilly land. It has both indoor and outdoor exhibits. Outside the exhibition hall of the Centre there is a beautiful lush green park where you may enjoy the vicinity of fresh nature. Also various scientific exhibits which are quite fascinating. One such exhibits the Dinosaur Park. It displays models of many huge dinosaurs. There are also some exhibits on simple mechanics, sound, optics and pendulum. On a clear day you will have a glimpse of majestic mount Kanchenjunga from this place.
Goddess Durga Temple of Kalimpong is overlooking the Hanuman temple and this is also another interesting place to visit while you are in Kalimpong. Mangal Dham is a magnificent temple located in the Indian hill station kalimpong.
A spiritual leader who constructed schools, orphanages and temples in this area Built on an area of 2 acres, the temple is one of the major beautiful temples of India. Therefore this is the most popular hill station in west Bengal.
Back to NJP for departure.Where to Stay There are numerous hotels available in Kalimpong.
A mid-level hotel will charge between Rs.1200 and Rs 2000.
Food will cost around Rs 500per person per day.
Best season for visit October to May and Off season (June to September).