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Kalimpong is also known as the Stronghold of the Kings Minister, as Kalim means "Kings Minister" and Pong means "Stronghold". Kalimpong is a small town district located close to the Tibet, Bhutan, and Sikkim borders, in the Himalayan foothills of West Bengal.
The amazing and charming weather and places in this town are very suitable for tourism, attracting tourists and making it the most important tourist destination in the Eastern Himalayans. It once used to be a trading hub for Tibet and India, where they used to trade wool in exchange for manufactured goods.
Kalimpong is also known for the educational institutions established during the British period and a private library for studying Tibetan and Himalayan languages and cultures. Kalimpong also has over 4000 flower species, 400 types of orchids, and numerous flower nurseries that plant cacti, succulents, various types of orchids, houseplants, and bulbs.Rather than tourism, the main economy of Kalimpong is operated by Floriculture.
Culture and Festivals of Kalimpong
Almost all the culture and tradition practiced in Kalimpong is based upon two main religions, Hinduism and Buddhism, which the Kalimpong tribal people follow. Lepchas, Bhutias, and Nepalese are the three main tribes of Kalimpong. Nepali is the common language spoken by the people of Kalimpong. Lepchas are the oldest resident of the state, and they either follow Buddhism or Christianity. According to the Nepali and Tibetan, many cultural festivals are also celebrated in Kalimpong. The main festivals of Sikkim are Dashain, Tihar, Manghey Sankranti, Chaite Dasian, Drukpa Tsechi, Phang Lhabsol, Saga Dawa, Lhosar etc.
The district is also famous for its oranges. Sittong is also renowned for medical plantations.
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Hotels & Accommodation in Kalimpong
There are many hotels and resorts in Kalimpong that are always open and fit your requirements. You will have no difficulty finding a comfortable and cozy place for your stay in Kalimpong. Therefore the well-known hotels in Kalimpong are Mayfair Kalimpong, Summit Barsana Resort and Spa, Sinclairs Retreat, Sood’s Golden Retreat and more.
How to reach Kalimpong?
Kalimpong doesn't have a Railway station or Airport. The nearest railway station to Kalimpong is NJP (New Jalpaiguri Railway Station) which is about 71 km and takes around 2 hours and 50 minutes drive. The nearest airport to Kalimpong is Bagdogra, about 77 km, and takes around 2 hours 55 minutes drive to reach. The best way is to hire a taxi for Kalimpong which is available out available outside the railway station and AirportAirport at the taxi booth. A cheaper way is also available where you can reach taxi junction at the main Siliguri city from the place you arrive, from there sharing taxis are available at a cheaper rate.
You can also hire car for Darjeeling, Sikkim, Dooars, Bhutan, Local Sightseeing and Departure.
Best Time to Visit Kalimpong ?
The monsoon season in Kalimpong starts from June to September, when there is frequent rainfall and sometimes landslides, so this is not the best period of the year to visit Kalimpong. Summers at Kalimpong start from March to May, and autumn begins from September to November. Those are the times of the year when people love to visit Kalimpong as the days are more apparent for the views, and the mild breezes hit all day, making you feel fresh and enthusiastic all day. The winter at Kalimpong starts from December to February when the temperature reaches 15 degrees to minimum subzero, which is the most enjoyable period in Kalimpong. It is also the best season to pay a visit to Kalimpong. March to June is considered as most crucial tourism season in Kalimpong.
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