Nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas, the town of Kalimpong is
situated at an altitude of 1,250 m. Forming a triangle with its most
illustrious neighbours, Darjeeling and Gangtok, it is in the northern part
of the state of West Bengal.
The name, Kalimpong, has three different origins. One, it means the place
where the local tribesmen gathered to organize field sports, second, it
takes itís name from the Bhutanese Kingís Ministerís stronghold and
thirdly, it is named after "Kaulim", a fibrous plant found in abundance in
The town offers a breathtaking view of the snowy peaks of the Himalayan
range that lies not far beyond it. The lush green valleys are a soothing
sight. There are two things that strike one on reaching Kalimpong. These
are its bustling bazaars that stand out in sharp contrast to the quiet
atmosphere heightened by the several places of worship all around.
The gushing rivers in the vicinity and bursts of green forests only add to
the scenic beauty of the region. Another major attraction in Kalimpong are
the various nurseries abloom with exotic flowers and rare varieties of