Kalimpong is a sleepy but surreal Buddhist town which is located 50 minutes east of Darjeeling. Known for its panoramic views, Buddhist monasteries, Tibetan handicrafts, Kalimpong is a delight to visit. Apparently the area was ruled by Bhutanese kings and was a forward post of the Bhutanese Army till the 19th century. No wonder the Buddhist influence is so strong here.
If you want to explore a less crowded hill station, then ditch Darjeeling and go to Kalimpong. Here is a list of things to do in Kalimpong that’ll keep you busy during your stay.
1. Pay a visit to the spectacular Deolo Hill
Known as the highest point in the town of Kalimpong, visiting the Deolo Hill is one of the top things to do in Kalimpong, India. Located at a height of 1700 m, this hill has one of the best views of the city. You can see beautiful views of the surrounding valleys, rivers, and villages from here. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also do paragliding, trekking, horse riding etc.
Things to do : in Deolo Hill: trekking, paragliding, horse riding
2. See the most exotic flowers in Cactus Nursery
Kalimpong has some of the most beautiful flower species you will ever see. This cactus nursery is one of the largest commercial flower nurseries in Kalimpong. They cultivate beautiful exotic flowers and also export them. The entire complex of this cactus nursery is surrounded by scenic views of hills and exotic colourful flowers.
Thing to do : in Kalimpong: buy flowers, walk around the nursery
3. Absorb the breathtaking vistas from Durpin Dara Hill
This hill is where Dr. Graham’s home is located and it is a major education center in Kalimpong. This place was established in the 1900s by Sir Anderson Graham of England. The entire complex is spread over an area of 550 acres. They offer many educational and vocational courses in farming, baking, dairy management, clothing. You can go here not only to visit the house but also to see the panoramic view of Kalimpong. You will be able to see the snow-clad Himalayan ranges of West Sikkim, the Teesta river, and its valleys.
Things to do : around Kalimpong: Visit Dr. Graham’s home, walk around the hill, trekking
4. Explore Zong Dog Palri Fo Brang Gompa
This is an ancient Buddhist monastery which was built in 1975 under the guidance of Dalai Lama. This monastery is a fine sample of Buddhist architecture and an important site for Buddhists. It houses close to 110 published texts on Buddhism. One can also witness the amazing view of the Himalayas from there.
Things to do : visit the monastery, see the Himalayas
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5. Appreciate the colonial architecture of Crockety
A cute little British cottage, this place is situated 50 km from Darjeeling and was built during colonial times in India. A true architectural marvel, thanks to the British style building, this place receives tourists throughout the year. If you love photography, then this is a must visit just because of its old colonial world charm. During the early 1900s, Crockety house used to function as a trade point and was a hub of wool merchants coming from various parts of the world.
Things to do : photography, explore the cottage, explore the gardens
6. Go see the haunted Morgan House
Remember some of the fairy tale houses you used to dream about? Well, now you can see one! This old colonial house was made by Mr. and Mrs. Morgan in the 1930s and is a great example of the Colonial architecture. It has some spooky stories attached to it and it is called haunted. So paying a visit to this house can be one of the best activities in Kalimpong. This cute cottage lies right in the lap of nature. The surrounding landscape of gently undulating hillocks and beautiful coniferous trees make it an enchanting destination worthy of a visit.
Kalimpong is an all-year-round destination which caters to all kinds of tourists. If you want to have some peace, then there’s no better place than to visit Kalimpong!