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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 docments.

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.

Flower Nurseries

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.

Durpin Dara

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.


 

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