Cuddled in the far end of the Darjeeling District at the foothill of mighty Himalaya is quaint hill station called Kalimpong which was an important trade route trading centre in the earlier day when the Silk Route was much alive. At an altitude of 1250mt Kalimpong is beautifully blessed with some of the most breath-taking mountains, gardens and lakes and is often regarded as a paradise for nature lovers. Kalimpong is famous among the traveler for its rich history and astounding sights. In Bhutanese language the word Kalimpong means King's ministers' strong hold. It is also called Kalimpong in local dialect meaning "black spur". As per the Lepchas Kalimpong means 'Ridge Where we play'. It is said that these local tribesman used to organize field sports while not engaged in agricultural pursuit.
Overlooking the beautiful Teesta River Kalimpong has lured many travelers towards it. The journey towards this scenic hamlet is full of pictorial views. The astounding sight of the pine forest along the roaring River Teesta and Mt Kanchenjunga has left many travelers bewitched by the surreal journey towards the Kalimpong. From unlimited adventure options, to mesmerizing views of the mountains with mouth watering local delicacy, historical temples and monasteries, Kalimpong offers many tourist spots for the visitors. Durpin Dhara and Deolo Hill are two points of Kalimpong which offers the visitor with the majestic and breath taking views of Kanchenjunga and Teesta River. Kalimpong is with is moderated temperature is blessed with rich flora which houses some of the rare and exotic species of cactus and orchids. Surrounded by lush tea garden and lofty mountains Kalimpong houses three most old and prominent monastery making it a hub for the people following Buddhist religion. There are many adventure sports like trekking, paragliding, river rafting available in Kalimpong making it an ideal place for the adventure seeker in the hilly region. Literature, mountains, hills, colonial buildings, adventure sports and monasteries are few of the most amazing features of Kalimpong.
Kalimpong is a place which offers the most astounding sight of the Mt Kanchenjunga and roaring river Teesta while being surrounded by the rich flora and fauna making it one of the favored destinations in the nature lover list. If you like to dwell in a place which still hold the essence of the British Era and endowed with natural beauty, Kalimpong is an ideal destination for you.