Kalimpong is one among the many popular hill stations in India that has managed to keep its natural beauty even though it is a popular summer retreat for many people.Kalimpong is in the northeast of India. To be more precise, it actually is situated on the northern part of West Bengal. It is at a height of 1,250 meters above sea level, on the foothills of the eastern Himalayas and is about 50kms east of Darjeeling and 80kms from Gangtok (Sikkim).
Thongsa Gompa, also known as the Bhutanese Monastery is the oldest monastery in Kalimpong and was founded in the year 1692. Though the old structure was destroyed by the Gorkhas, it was rebuilt on the same site.Another place is Pedong monastery, which is 26 kms from Kalimpong. It is an old Buddhist monastery, which was established in 1837. If you are an early riser, then you can catch the beautiful sunrise at the Lolay Gaon, which is 56kms from town and offers a great view of the Khangchendzonga.
If you really love adventure sports, then this is the perfect place to come for your holidays. You can enjoy white river rafting on Teesta River. Trekking is another outdoor activity you can enjoy.While in Kalimpong, you can also take a tour to the Sericulture Research Institute, which breeds silk worms and produces high quality silk. There are also other various herbs and plants at the institute.
The closest airport to kalimpong is at Bagdogra, which is about 75 kms away. The nearest railhead is at Siliguri, which is 68kms away.If you rather go by road, then you can opt for a bus, a taxi or hire a jeep from Siliguri or New Jalpaiguri.