The precise etymology of the name Kalimpong means Land of Kings. There are many theories on the origin of the name. One widely-accepted theory claims that the name “Kalimpong” means “Assembly (or Stockade) of the King’s Ministers” in Tibetan, derived from kalon (“King’s ministers”) and pong (“stockade”). The River Teesta flows in the valley below and separates Kalimpong from the state of Sikkim. The soil in the Kalimpong area is typically reddish in color. Occasional dark soils are found due to extensive existence of phyllite and schists. The hills are nestled within higher peaks and the snow-clad Himalayan ranges tower over the town in the distance. Mount Kanchenjunga at 8,586 m (28,169 ft) the world’s third tallest peak, is clearly visible from Kalimpong. During the monsoon and winter seasons, Kalimpong is often enveloped by fog.m Kalimpong. During the monsoon and winter seasons, Kalimpong is often enveloped by fog.
Kalimpong Sightseeing including Deolo Hill, Mangal Dham, Durpin Dara, Cactus Nursery, Hanuman temple, Science Centre, Gouripur House & Dr. Graham’s Home. On arrival the vehicle will drop you at your hotel.
(1) Deolo Hill:
Deolo Hill, located to the north-east of the town, is one of the two hills in between which the town of Kalimpong stands. The hill is also the highest point of Kalimpong town, with a height reaching up to 1,704m above mean sea level. Out of the three water reservoirs located within the destination, two of which are primary source of drinking water, are located atop this hill. From the top of this hill, tourists can enjoy beautiful views of the surrounding villages of Relli valley and Teesta River along with the town of Kalimpong. In addition, there is a park located at the summit of this hill, which is constructed for recreational purposes.
(2) Mangal Dham
Mangal Dham, a temple located in the beautiful town of Kalimpong, was built in 1993. The temple was constructed by Shri Krishna Pranami, a Hindu sect and in the memory of late Guru Shri 108 Mangaldasji. Sprawling over an area of 2 acres of wooded land, this temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna. In addition, the Mangal Dham temple also houses the idols of Prannath, Raj Shyamji and Mangaldasji, which are present on the top floor of this temple. This floor also has pictures depicting several scenes from the lives of Lord Krishna and other patron saints of the temple.
(3) Durpin Dara
Durpin Dara, located at an altitude of 1,402 m, is known for its beautiful views. It is an observatory point, which is located approximately 3km from the town. Tourists visiting this place can enjoy beautiful views of the Himalayan ranges. Durpin Dara, easily accessible by car, is the highest point in Kalimpong. In addition, this observatory point also offers views of the plains along with River Teesta.
(4) Cactus Nursery
Also known as B.N. Pradhan Nursery has grown in size over the years and provides a wide variety of nursery products which include Cacti, Succulents, Plants, Flower Bulbs, Seeds, Ferns, Palms and Orchids. Besides growing local varieties, we constantly import new varieties of plants and seeds from various parts of the world, and supply them to various wholesale buyers, retail collectors, landscape houses, factories etc. within various parts of India and globally.
(5) Hanuman Temple
Hanuman temple – a large statue of Hanuman upon a little hillock and the Army Golf course. Sherpa Taar popularly known as the Sherpa View Point on the way to Deolo hill is a watershed from where you view the mountains descending to the hills and river valleys below. In the southern side is the Relli river valley, Kafer and the hills of Samthar plateau. In the North is the view of the small state Sikkim and the Kanchenjunga peak. Hanuman Temple has recently been constructed with a gigantic statue of Lord Hanuman and close to it is the Durga Mandir or the Hindu temple.
(6) Science Center:
Kalimpong Science Centre has been established in Kalimpong, one of the Hill Sub-Division of Darjeeling District in the year 2008. It is knowledge-based organization of high quality and dedication; engage in popularizing Science and Technology among the general masses particularly, in students. Kalimpong Science Centre was inaugurated on 2nd October, 2008.
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