Located just 80 kms from the Airport and Railheads, at an altitude of 1,250 metres, it has a moderate climate ranging from between 15°C to 25°C in Summer and 7°C to 15°C in Winter, offering year round comfort. It was ruled by Bhutan for 155 years, and was annexed by the British only in 1865, after which it flourished as a centre of wool trade with Tibet. Here Buddhism rubs shoulders with Hinduism and Christianity. Gumpas, unusual churches, temples, monks and missionaries coexist in a jovial society. The quaint bustling bazar, is a wanderers delight, and a Pandora’s box of surprises containing Buddhist thankas, hand beaten silver, Bhutanese weaves, Chinese lamps, Lepcha daggers, masks and a lot more. Kalimpong offers Buddhist Monasteries, Hindu Temples, Christian Churches, Flowers, Orchids and exotic flora, old colonial bungalows, scenic view points and above all the panorama of snows.
The picture post card countryside around Kalimpong has a vast range of forests around Lava and Loleygaon, the wild and protected Neora National Park reaching up to the 3,152 metre high Rachela trijunction between Bhutan, Sikkim and West Bengal. The meandering river valleys of Git, Rishi, Rilli and the mighty Teesta and the enchanting Samthar Plateau. All these are Nature’s gifts to us, which make our region an all round holiday destination. Most visitors come for a few days, linger on, and come again to savour the many holiday options available.
A Kalimpong based holiday, with forays into the countryside offers a true “Town and Country” holiday, comprising Kalimpong town delights, relaxation, walking and trekking holidays, forest and flora exploration, bird and butterfly watching, Buddhist tours and meditation, River Rafting, Mountain Biking, and nature and Culture tours, or just a “relax and laze” holiday..