Kalimpong - Places of Tourist Interest
Place of interest in Kalimpong
Tharpa Choling Gompa
This monastery belongs to the Yellow Hat (Gelugpa) sect of Tibetan
Buddhism. Founded in 1937, it is the repository of old scriptures and
Zong Dog Palri Fo Brang Gomapa
It was built in the mid-70s at Durpin Dara Hill and was consecrated by the
Dalai Lama. The gompa is worth a visit for its impressive wall paintings
in the prayer room, and a rare three-dimensional mandala upstairs. The
mountain views are amazing from Durpin Dara Hill. Here the lofty mountain
ridges stand, proud and imposing.
Kalimpong is famous for its flowers and nurseries. The region produces 80%
of Indiaís gladioli and is a significant orchid-growing area. Entire
hillsides are blaze with colour during the season.
Sericulture Research Institute
At this institute silkworms are bred and silk is produced as well as herbs
and plants. Locate on the road to Darjeeling, the institute can be visited
between 9.30 am and 4 pm.
Dr. Grahamís Home
Dr Grahams Homes is a complex for orphans and other deprived children
which was founded in 1900 on the lower slopes of Deolo Hill. The chapel
above the school dates from 1925 and features beautiful stained-glass
windows. Tourists can also visit the fine turn-of-the-century school
building. From the school building, it is a further 40 minute walk to the
summit of Deolo Hill, where there is a Tourist Bungalow and one can enjoy
fine views of Kalimpong from here.
Nature Interpretation Centre
Located on Rinkingpong Road, this centre consists of a number of
well-organized dioramas, which depict the effects of human activity on the
environment. The centre is open to visitors from Friday to Wednesday from
10 am to 4 pm .
Lava & Kaffer
Lava, situated 30 km east of Kalimpong, is a small village with a Kagyupa
gompa. A good time to pay a visit to this town is Tuesday, which happens
to be market day. One can also see the summit of Kangchenjunga from Kaffer
and is best viewed at sunrise.
About 5 km from main town, Durpin Hill offers breathtaking view along the
Chola range of Sikkim including the Jelepla pass. On the northwest horizon
can be seen the panoramic Kanchenjunga range while on the southern horizon
looms the Tiger Hill.
Kalimpong Arts & Craft Centre
Situated in the heart of town, this institute produces and sells a wide
variety of handicrafts including wall scrolls, masks, jewelry and other
artifacts. It was founded in 1897 by Mrs. Catherine Graham with the
objective to promote and propagate local handicrafts as well as provide
employment opportunities to locals.