Kalimpong is a hill station in the Indian state of West Bengal and which is also a beautiful destination for a weekend Kalimpong tour. It is located at an average elevation of 1,250 meters (4,101 ft). The Indian Army’s 27 Mountain Division is located on the outskirts of the town. Kalimpong is known for its educational institutions, many of which were established during the British colonial period. It used to be a gateway in the trade between Tibet and India before China’s annexation of Tibet and the Sino-Indian War. Here I will try to give you detail information about Kalimpong tour, Kalimpong weekend tour, Kalimpong hotels.
Kalimpong and neighboring Darjeeling were major centers calling for a separate Gorkhaland state in the 1980s, and more recently in 2017. Kalimpong ridge overlooking the Teesta River and is a tourist destination owing to its temperate climate, magnificent Himalayan beauty and proximity to popular tourist locations in the region. Horticulture is important to Kalimpong. Therefore it has a flower market notable for its wide collection of orchids. Home to Nepalis, non-indigenous Lepchas, other ethnic groups and non-native immigrants from other parts of India. The town is a religious center of Buddhism. The Tibetan Buddhist monastery Zang Dhok Palri Phodang holds a number of rare Tibetan Buddhist scriptures.
Kalimpong is a major ginger growing area of India. Kalimpong and the state of Sikkim together contribute 15 percent of ginger produced in India. The Darjeeling Himalayan hill region is internationally famous for its tea industry. However, most of the tea gardens are on the western side of Teesta river (towards the town of Darjeeling), so tea gardens near Kalimpong contribute only 4 percent of total tea production of the region.
HOW WE REACHED THERE
On Saturday afternoon we reached Sealdah station to catch 13141 UP Teesta Torsa Exp. Sealdah Railway Station is one of the major railway stations serving Kolkata in India. Sealdah is one of the busiest railway stations in India. Some interesting facts about Sealdah Railway Station.
Sealdah Railway station was started in 1869.
There are three station terminals at Sealdah: Sealdah North, Sealdah Main, and Sealdah South. The North section consists of Sealdah North and Sealdah Main buildings. It has 13 platforms numbering 1 to 4, 4A (Sealdah North), Sealdah main consists of platform 5 to 9C, 9A & 9B (Sealdah Main). The South section consists of Sealdah South terminal, with 7 platforms (10A, 10-14,14A).
The original station, designed by Mr. Walter Glanville. That was the main station. It was an unbearable task to build a station building at the central business district of the Kolkata then Calcutta. The foundation of the main Station had to be abnormally deep, in many places 45 ft. below normal ground level owing to the presence of many underground tanks or pits at the site. Some of the walls at that depth are 8 to 10 ft. thick.
We arrived at the platform, crowded with hundreds of people. Some waiting for their train to arrive, others seeing off their relatives. It seemed more like a picnic spot with everyone relaxed, sitting in groups and chatting while they sipped tea and ate their snack. For some their luggage became their pillow as they lay on the platform. Some were sitting on the benches. Maximum of them were busy with mobile phones. We were the part of the “Nodding Head” generation. Few passengers were sitting on the floor or on their boxes or trunks. Some gentlemen were walking up and down the platform.
Every now and then they were looking in the direction of the train. When the distant signal became yellow, they felt happy. They knew that the train would shortly arrive. As soon as they caught sight of the engine, they got ready. All stood up. There was a movement on the platform. Some people take their bundles on their heads. Others held them under their pits. Some engaged coolie for their luggage. Ladies caught hold of the arms of their children.
When the train arrived, all got ready. All were anxious to get seats. Members of the station staff looked busy with their duties. The ticket collector was at the gate. The hawkers went up and down with their wares. All were busy. We finally located our coach and boarded the train. We booked our seats in sleeper class.
For those who don’t know, the railway also delivers food to various important stations in various cities around India. Just pre-order it online and the delivery boy will be waiting for you as your train stop into the station where you have asked for your delivery.
On The Way to Kalimpong tour
The train crossed many stations. It stopped first at Naihati Jn. Next stop would be Bandel Jn. I was standing at the door of Teesta Torsha Exp, with the evening breeze on my face, watching various trees lightened. Before entering Hoogly ghat station after seeing the road I remembered the song –
I don’t know why you said goodbye
Just let me know you didn’t go forever, my love
Please tell me why you make me cry
I beg you please I’m on my knees
If that’s what you want me to
Never knew that it would go so far
When you left me on that boulevard
Come again you would release my pain
And we could be lovers again
The sun was pink and gold as it setting down in plains, getting bigger and bigger as the train runs through the fields. I’ve stood at the doors of countless trains, and each time, it gives me immense happiness that doesn’t quite compare to any other.
I have always romanticized Indian train travels. But nowadays, I constantly meet people who turn up their noses when I mention that I’d prefer trains. They think I am crazy that I’d rather spend hours on a train than spend a similar amount of money on a quicker and ‘more comfortable’ mode of transport. But to me, the train is a true means of escape.
My love for trains might have begun from childhood; when we were taken once or twice every year to long-distance train journeys. Of course, the window seat was a treat, and if you saw the engine turn while looking out of it, the purpose of the entire trip was completed.
Traveling by sleeper class helped me to understand the sights, smells, and sounds of India and her people. Having open windows was a plus. I also find the lack of privacy on sleeper coaches’ part amusing, part endearing and part annoying. Our night on the train was very relaxing. By 10 pm the everyone on the train had calmly downed for the night. We woke up at half past three in the morning when our train arrived at New Jalpaiguri station (approx 1 hour late).
Kalimpong is well connected by road from various places including NJP (New Jalpaiguri), Siliguri, Bagdogra, Darjeeling, and Gangtok. From NJP station and Siliguri, one will get private taxis (small and large vehicles) and shared vehicles like Sumo. Buses are available from the Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminal located in Siliguri on Hill Cart Road. There are pre-paid taxi counters available both at Bagdogra airport and NJP railway station where one will get pre-paid taxis for Kalimpong.
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Even when we started in the morning at that hour I could see bad weather ahead. Dark, smoky clouds threatened rain.
Just after getting down from cab we entered our guest house reception to check in. Rain comes down in torrents. Trees bath themselves. Drops of water bang mother branches of the tree and drip on the earth below. No animal was seen out. The whole region is drenched with rain.
The evening draws near. The rain patted against the windows. I entered our room and sat on a chair beside the window. It was raining hard and the wind hisses. I was watching the evening beauty of nature. This was a great sight! I loved the scenes nature had created today. Let me share it with you!
The falling water droplets made the air cooler even more and the environment calm. The sound of rain falling on the tin roof made my room more musical.
We stayed here for 3 days and 2 nights. Orchid tourist lodge run by BENFISH was located at Uppercut road near hotel Garden Reach at Kalimpong. For detail reviews please find below link-
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Today in the chilled cold night we ordered for kichri, papad and omelet. We found it was nectar in heaven.
Next morning we woke up around 8 am. We freshen up ourselves and have a fantastic and delicious breakfast with puri, sabji and sweet. Manager Chandrajit (9609929011) arranged one cab for our sightseeing. It has been fixed for Rs.1200 for all major points of Kalimpong. Driver Suraj (9083619433) came around 10 am. He was a very enthusiastic and energetic chap. We started our day tour by visiting
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Around 2.30 pm we came back to our guest house. We are so tired and hungry that we directly went to a restaurant for lunch. Today we ordered fine rice, dal, crispy potato, and doi (curd) Katla. After finishing finger licking lunch we went to our room.
In the evening I discussed with Manager Chandrajit regarding going back to NJP next day and we fixed Driver Suraj for Rs. 2200 drop at NJP. At night we have our dinner with fine rice, cauliflower roast, and egg curry. It was awesome.
Next morning I have a walk in the surrounding areas and enjoyed an unimaginable freshness around me. The cloud and mist were touching my face, unknown birds singing sweet tunes from top of the trees and chilled air making me fresh. Consequently, I breathed deeply the unpolluted air mixed with a strange smell of moist soaked soil made me really rejuvenated. I have taken a few photographs in the misty morning.
At 10 am we started at NJP station. We stopped at Sevoke Coronation Bridge. The Coronation Bridge, also known as the Sevoke Bridge, in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India, spans across the Teesta River, connecting the districts of Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri. National Highway 31 runs across it. We reached NJP around 1 pm and boarded Down Teesta Torsha exp at around 4 pm.
Do’s and Don’ts at Kalimpong
- Carryback all non-degradable litter such as empty bottles, tins, plastic bags, etc. These must not litter the environment or be buried. They must be disposed of in municipal dustbins only.
- Observe the sanctity of holy sites, temples, and local cultures.
- Dress modestly. Be aware of the customs and manners and culture of the local people.
- Cut noise pollution. Furthermore do not blare aloud radios, tape recorders or other electronic entertainment equipment in nature resorts, sanctuaries, and wildlife parks.
- Vegetation is fragile; follow designated trails.
- Keep all pollutants away from streams and lakes.
- Respect people’s privacy while taking photographs. Ask for prior permission before taking a photograph.
- It is customary to leave a donation at a monastery and to circle shrines in the clockwise direction.
- Do not take away flora and fauna in the forms of cuttings, seeds or roots. Hence it is illegal, especially in the Himalayas. The environment is really delicate in this region and the bio-diversity of the region has to be protected at all costs.
- Do not use pollutants such as detergent, in streams or springs while washing and bathing.
- Avoid using wood as fuel to cook food at the campsite.
- Do not leave cigarettes butts or make open fires in the forests.
- Avoid consuming aerated drinks, alcohol, drugs or any other intoxicant and throw bottles in the wild.
- Do not tempt the locals, especially children by offering them foodstuff or sweets. Respect local traditions.
- Polythene and plastics are non-biodegradable and unhealthy for the environment and must not be used and littered.
UPDATED ON 06.04.19