TOURISM

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The Kalimpong District has a unique advantage of being positioned from the foothills of the Himalayas to the extent of the border of Sikkim. The magnificent landscape has wide variety of rain and alpine forest ranges, numerous water-falls and torrential rivers apart from the remote villages in the slope of the mountains. It is a home to large number of popular tourism destinations due to its exposure to the majestic Kanchenjungha and its mystic forests, Himalayan rivers, rivulets, springs and falls spread all over the district. These popular tourist destinations and little known villages having eco-tourism facilities have been attracting tourists & adventurers from all over the world since long.

One of the newest districts of West Bengal, Kalimpong, has three development Blocks and a Municipality under its jurisdiction, all having their own charms to attract the tourists of all sort.... from peaceful nature resorts and widely open view points to a bundle of adventure sports..... Kalimpong has a wholesome bundle of offering to attract the tourist folk of every nature.

ADVENTURE TOURISMTREKKINGRELIGIOUS TOURISM HERITAGE TOURISMTEA GARDENVILLAGE ECO-TOURISM BIRD WATCHINGRAFTING / CAMPING / ANGLING PLACES OF INTEREST WITHIN KALIMPONG TOWNEXCURSION SPOTS AROUND KALIMPONG

PARAGLIDING

A comparatively new addition to tourism in Kalimpong is the sport of Paragliding. Soaring through the clear blue skies and cutting through the crisp cool air while having a fantastic view of the valleys below is an experience never to be forgotten. The take off point for paragliders in Kalimpong  is a top the Deolo Hill while the landing points are at several spots in the valley below depending on the wind conditions and package offered by the Paragliding companies. A birds-eye view of Kalimpong town and the surrounding areas while gliding above it, is a thrill worth cherishing for a life span.

[Please note that Paragliding is an adventure Sports and involves certain degree of risk factor. In Kalimpong it is commercially operated by different private operators. Interested tourists may enjoy paragliding after verifying suitable climate conditions, qualified pilots and standard of equipment]

RIVER RAFTING
Teesta River at Kalimpong has become one of the most popular hotspots for River Rafting in this region. The starting points are mainly at  Mellie, Labbarbottey and Beni. The earlier very swift flowin Teesta River has now been tamed to a certain extent by the Dams that have been built on it and hence rafting here is comparatively very safe and can be undertaken by every visitors. Several Rafting companies operate in the town and visitors to Kalimpong are highly recommended a rafting trip. Tourists could also combine rafting with camping and angling. The valley and the landscape around the rivers create an amazing scene which is a visual delight for the visitors. Rafting over the river Teesta can be enjoyed all through the year, excepting monsoon months. The rafters mostly float from the Tar Khola to Valu Khola stretching over the Teesta. 

[Please note that River Rafting is an adventure Sports and involves certain degree of risk factor. In Kalimpong it is commercially operated by different private operators. Interested tourists may enjoy River Rafting after verifying suitable climate conditions, qualified rafters and standard of equipment]

TREKKING

The most interesting feature of the treks in Kalimpong is that there are no Trekkers huts or Wayside Inns in the trekking area. Hence all accommodation required in the course of the treks are made with local families in these villages. These stays with the local families offer the trekkers the unique opportunity to experience the warmth and diversity of the rich Hill culture, tradition, religion and hospitality. Of course, tents can always be used, if one prefers them. One may even make lodging arrangements in some of the Rest Houses that are owned by the Forest Department.

Trekking in the Kalimpong region can be the most pleasant and unforgettable holiday experience in one’s life. Kalimpong offers some of the most spectacular treks along the magnificently beautiful hills that surround it. The charm, beauty, mystery and adventure of the mighty hills slowly unfold as one trek through the sleepy hamlets, dense forest and lush green fields. Unlike treks in the Darjeeling region and West Sikkim, which are more suited for the more hard-core trekking buffs, the treks in Kalimpong are more suited for the occasional or first time trekkers. The treks range from easy atrolls in the country side to mild treks at the elevations of around 2500 mts. to 3000 mts. all treks in Kalimpong are distinctly dissimilar to the treks in the other regions in the sense that the virginity of the forests is still intact and the remoteness of the various villages dotting these beautiful trekking routes is still present. One would imagine that these villages and its inhabitants would surely have by now been touched by the evils of commercialization and who would look upon the tourist and trekkers as there only source of income, as in the case in those villages along the Singallila or West Sikkim trekking routes. Contrary to this, the villages here are still very remote and all inhabitants are very friendly, honest and enjoy the company of the guests. The ethnic mix of these remote villages too are of a great deal of inhabited by Christian Lepchas, some by Buddhist Lepchas, some by Rais and some by Limbus.

The best seasons for treks in this region are from the last week of February to middle of April and thereafter from the second week of October to the middle of December. Treks during the spring season are most beautiful due to the large variety of flowering plants found during this season

MOUNTAIN BIKING

The lush green valleys and the scenic villages in and around Kalimpong can best be enjoyed and experienced on Mountain Bikes which are available with a few private travel operators in Kalimpong. The freedom and thrill that a mountain bike offers the visitors is unparallel and it allows visitors to be up close to the real Kalimpong. There are various mountain trails and beaten tracks around which are ideal for mountain biking in this region. The more adventurous could also bike from Kalimpong to Lava or Pedong or the various smaller villages and hamlets that dot the country site. Mountain biking in the moderate altitudes of Kalimpong could be an experience of a life time for the visitors. Deolo, Pedong, Lava & Jhalong areas are most suitable places for the riders who can choose from a bundle of routes available and upcoming tracks, for a day’s trip. The mesmerising view of the majestic mt. Kanchenjunga peeping through the branches of the trees in a village trail on a ride can be a reward of life time for a biker.

Trekking in the Kalimpong region can be the most pleasant and unforgettable holiday experience in one’s life. Kalimpong offers some of the most spectacular treks along the magnificently beautiful hills that surround it. The charm, beauty, mystery and adventure of the mighty hills slowly unfold as one trek through the sleepy hamlets, dense forest and lush green fields. Unlike treks in the Darjeeling region and West Sikkim, which are more suited for the more hard-core trekking buffs, the treks in Kalimpong are more suited for the occasional or first time trekkers. The treks range from easy atrolls in the country side to mild treks at the elevations of around 2500 mts. to 3000 mts. all treks in Kalimpong are distinctly dissimilar to the treks in the other regions in the sense that the virginity of the forests is still intact and the remoteness of the various villages dotting these beautiful trekking routes is still present. One would imagine that these villages and its inhabitants would surely have by now been touched by the evils of commercialization and who would look upon the tourist and trekkers as there only source of income, as in the case in those villages along the Singallila or West Sikkim trekking routes. Contrary to this, the villages here are still very remote and all inhabitants are very friendly, honest and enjoy the company of the guests. The ethnic mix of these remote villages too are of a great deal of inhabited by Christian Lepchas, some by Buddhist Lepchas, some by Rais and some by Limbus.
The most interesting feature of the treks in Kalimpong is that there are no Trekkers huts or Wayside Inns in the trekking area. Hence all accommodation required in the course of the treks are made with local families in these villages. These stays with the local families offer the trekkers the unique opportunity to experience the warmth and diversity of the rich Hill culture, tradition, religion and hospitality. Of course, tents can always be used, if one prefers them. One may even make lodging arrangements in some of the Rest Houses that are owned by the Forest Department.
The best seasons for treks in this region are from the last week of February to middle of April and thereafter from the second week of October to the middle of December. Treks during the spring season are most beautiful due to the large variety of flowering plants found during this season.
One does not need to carry any specific trekking equipment or gear for treks in Kalimpong due to the fact that the treks are either shoes, cotton clothes and clean drinking water should be carried.

 

PROPOSED TREKKING ROUTES FOR SURVEY IN KALIMPONG DISTRICT

Sl. No.

Name of Trekking Route with Starting & End Point

Total length / distance (In KM approx)

Name of Halt / Rest Point/ Visiting time

Numbers of days taken

Time Taken (approx)

Route Description

01

Lava to Sano Rachela point

5 km

Any time

1

2.5 hrs

Uphill

02

Lava to Kholakham

6 km

Any time

1

1.5 hrs

Downhill

03

Lava to Samabyong Tea Estate

8 km

Any time

1

4 hrs

 

04

Lolaygaon to Kaffer Kankebong via Hamlet Village

5 km

Any time except  rainy season

1

1.5 hrs

Downhill

05

Gumba Dara to NokDara

3.5 km

Any time

1

2 hrs

Downhill

06

kholakham valley & Forest trek

2 km

Any time

1

40 min

 

07

Kolakham to Changay falls

2.5 km

Any time

1

1.5 hrs

 

08

Rongo Dhap Byalise  to Kitap Sing Dara

18 Km

Jhandi Dara

2

10hrs

Uphill Trek through Forest

09

Rongo Dhap to Rachela Forest

16 KM

Jhandi Dara

2

12hrs

Uphill Trek through Forest

10

Rishap to Tiffin dara sunrise point

1.5 Km

4:30 AM for Sunrise

1

1hr

Up hill

11

Rishap to Lava via pine forest

3 Km

Any time

 

2 hrs

Little up & down

12

Rishap to village farm (cardamom plantation, Shiv mandhir & Budha monastery)

1.5 to 2 Km

Any time

1

3 hrs

(Both way)

Down hills

13

Rishap to Silence valley (Pine forest) 6th Mile)

3 km

Any time

1

1.5 hrs

Little up n downhill

14

Rishap to Sampong waterfalls

4 km

Any time except  rainy season

1

2.5 hrs

Downhill zigzag route

15

Rishap to Changey falls (via sampong falls)

9 km

Any time except  rainy season

1

4.5 hrs

Downhill

16

Rishap to Rikkisum view point

7 km

Any time

1

3 hrs

 

17

Rishap to Maria busty

4 km

Any time

1

2 hrs

Downhill

18

Rikisum to Tendabong

3 km

Any time

1

1.5 hrs

Downhill

19

Maria to Kagey

3 km

Any time

1

1 hr

Downhill

20

Kagay to Lingsey

7 km

Any time

1

4.5 hrs

Uphill

21

Ramdhura trek

2 km

Khaling Home stay to Echey gaon

1

1 hr

 

22

Ramdhura to Jalsa banglow point n Cinchona plantation

3 km

Any time

1

1.5 hr

 

23

Ramdhura to Delo hill

6 km

 

1

2 hr

 

24

Tangta Village to Lava via Rachela

22 Km

1st Night-Tangta Village,

2nd Night-Rachela Top(Tent required),

3rd Night-Chaudah Feri

3

15 hrs

Uphill Trek through dense  hilly Forest

25

Jorpohkari to Mulkharka via Rachela

6 km

Night stay at Mulkharka

1

3.5 hrs

 

26

Pala  Hill to Chisang Hill Top

6 Km

 

1

7 hrs

Uphill Trek through Forest

27

Tangta Village to Rachela Hill Top

14 Km

Rachela Hill Top

(Tent required)

2

14 hrs

Uphill Trek through Forest

28

Mandal Gao to Tempula Via Muchuki

11 Km

Mouchuki

2

12 hrs

Uphill Trek through Forest

29

Muchuki to Lava via Bhotey Tar

45 Km

Bhotey Tar

3

18hrs

Uphill Trek through Forest

30

Bhattitar  Bridge to Rongo Dhap via Lower Tinkatery and Chiplay Dara

18 Km

Chipley dara

2

15 hrs

Uphill Trek through Forest

31

Rit Nagar Naya Busty to Guduary Gao(Gurdung Dara) and Guduray Gaon to Jhandi Dara via Line Dara

30

Halt Point -Line Dara

Rest Point –Bangla Tar

2

10 hrs

Uphill Trek through Forest

32

Chhota Mangzing to Jhandi Dara via Upper Mangzing & Chakung Dara (Doring/Lungsel)

26 Km

Upper Mangzing

2

8 hrs

Plain & uphill Trek through hilly Forest and Villages

33

Dalim Tar to Panch Pokhori via Dalim Fort

5 Km

--

1

6 hrs

Plain & uphill Trek through hilly Forest.

34

20 Mile Chumerchan to Damsang fort

1.5 km

Any time

1

1 hr

Uphill

35

Ddamsang fort to Tinchuley view point

4 km

Any time

1

2 hr

 

36

Sellary Gaon trek

1.75 km

Sellary to Ramitey Dara view point

1

1.5 hrs

Uphill

37

Sellary to Damsang  fort

1.5 km

 

1

1 hr

Slightly Uphill

38

Sellary to Pedong town

5.5 km

Any time

1

3 hrs

Downhill

39

Echey Gaon to Sellary Gaon trek

3 km

Any time

1

1.5 hrs

Uphill

40

Echey Gaon to Mangarjung via Ramdhura

4 km

Any time

1

2.5 hrs

Downhill

41

Trek from Lingsey to Mulkharka via Pithamchin

13 km

Home stay available here

3-4

10 hrs

Uphill

42

Samtahar to Ponbu Village

6

Night stay at Ponbu

1

3

Gradually

 

 

Kalimpong is unique for its religious heritage. This can best be amplified by the fact that the oldest Church, Buddhist monastery, Hindu temple and Mosque in Kalimpong are a stone-throw distance from each other. These religions have co-existed peacefully since Kalimpong took shape and each one thrives and blossoms in its own unique way. The various Churches, Monasteries, Hindu Temples and Mosques that dot the skyline of Kalimpong and its surrounding are a treasure trove of the rich history and heritage of Kalimpong. Visitors to Kalimpong can avail this distinctive opportunity to experience the glorious past that these religions have had in this region and their own contributions towards making Kalimpong what it is today. Visitors are invited to experience this uniqueness.

Ever since the days when the Trade route to Tibet passed through Kalimpong, this town has been a meeting ground for various cultures, communities and religions. It has been known the  world over for its trans-cultural encounters over the years. Missionaries, Traders, Educationalists, Scholars and Explorers from across the world frequented Kalimpong and many made it their home, each leaving behind a legacy and footprint which still is amply visible. All these make Kalimpong a place like no other in the region. Its rich cultural and religious heritage allows the visitors to Kalimpong the unique opportunity of not just to experience firsthand the uniqueness of the cultural diversity in this part of the world but also to learn and appreciate them. Its ancient monasteries, churches and temples all eco its glorious past, which Kalimpong has conserved for centuries.

The economy of Kalimpong is agro-based. However, the district has six tea gardens in the Gorubathan block. These tea gardens manufacture high quality CTC grade barring Samabeong tea estate near Lava, which produces orthodox organic variety. The quality of tea has enough flavour and softness and to woo considerable number of tea lovers across the world. Apart from providing sustainable employment, these tea gardens are potential vistas the nature loving tourist folk who can enjoy the enchanting beauties of the lush green plantation fields. Tea bushes spread over the undulating mountain valleys create a mesmerizing visual effect to draw the tourist folk.

Covered by an extensive layer of forests, cultivated hillside and tea and cinchona plantations and endowed by a very rich bio diversity, Kalimpong District at an average elevation of 1,200 meters is an inviting hideout for eco-travellers. This small but picture-book hill district in the lower Eastern Himalayas is a delight for every tourist who wishes to spend a relaxed holiday away for the busy city life. The gushing  streams rushing down the hill sides or through the whispering woods. The winding mountain paths cutting through lush green sloping hills make Kalimpong one of the popular eco green tourism destinations in North East India. The unique vista that the country side of Kalimpong offers coupled by the rich culture and heritage of this frontier district now makes Kalimpong a very  favourable Eco-tourism destination for Domestic as well as International tourists. The varied cultures that tourists could encounter and enjoy, makes Kalimpong a very exciting Eco- tourism destination. Staying with local families belonging to different tribes give the tourists an opportunity to experience and understand different cultures and at the same time enjoy traditional hospitality. Several new Village Eco- tourism hot spots have come up in the Kalimpong District and each offers its own unique flavor. Some of the better known Eco- tourism destinations in the Kalimpong District are Ramdhura, Rishab, Gumbadara, Samthar, Samalbong, Lolaygoan, Kolbong, Sillery Village, Pedong, Gorubathan and Munsong.

The forests around Kalimpong are famous for their floral and faunal diversity. The rich variety of alpine and rain forest have created some of best places of bio-diversities. Lava, Lolaygaon, Sillery, Kolakham and other places of Neora Valley reserve forest are the known for the variety of the birds found there. 

The Lava-Neora Valley National Park and Kaffer is one of the three protected areas in Darjeeling district, and probably the most undisturbed patch of forest in West Bengal. It is unique and ecologically important as it includes a relatively inaccessible patch of late-successional forest with rich diversity and a wide range of environmental gradients. The Neora Valley National Park has four main habitat types: Sub-tropical Mixed Broadleaf Forest, Lower Temperate Evergreen Forest, Upper Temperate Mixed Broadleaf Forest and Rhododendron Forest.

A total of 258 bird species have been sighted. At least six Threatened species and twelve Near threatened species are found in this site. Lava-Neora Valley covers two biomes: Biome-7 (Sino-Himalayan Temperate Forest) from about 1,800 m to 3,600 m, and Biome-8 (Sino Himalayan Subtropical Forest) from about 1,000 m to 2,000 m.

Some of the most wanted birds in a birds list which are found in this area are Satyr Tragopan, Wards Trogon, Slender-Billed Babbler, Fire_tailed Myzornis etc. Another interesting night bird know as the Hodgsons Frogmouth is found between Kalimpong town and Chiteray.

Teesta River at Kalimpong has become one of the most popular hot-spots for River Rafting in this region. The starting points are mainly at Mellie, Labbar Bottey and Beni. The earlier very swift flowing Teesta River has now been tamed to a certain extent by the Dams that have been built on it and hence rafting here is comparatively very safe and can be undertaken by every visitors. Several Rafting companies operate in the town and visitors to Kalimpong are highly recommended a rafting trip.Tourists could also combine rafting with camping and angling.
The valley and the landscape around the rivers create an amazing scene which is a visual delight for the visitors. Rafting over the river Teesta can be enjoyed all through the year, excepting monsoon months. The rafters mostly float from the Tar Khola to Valu Khola stretching over the Teesta.

Those having fancy for angling can move towards Triveni, the confluence of the Teesta and the Rangeet or chose to go to Relli, Bidhyang or Reshi Khola

ZANG DHOK PALRI PHODANG MONASTERY :

Situated within the army cantonment area, the Zang Dhok Palri Phodang Monastery or Durpin Gompa, as it is popularly known, is the largest and most beautiful monastery in Kalimpong. Durpin Gompa was consecrated by His Holiness The Dalai Lama in 1976, who also presented the monastery ‘The Kangyur’ (the Translated Words in 108 volumes supposed to have been spoken by the Buddha himself). Located at a height of 1372 meters at the summit of Durpin Hill, the monastery commands a majestic 360° view that includes a stunning view of the Kanchanjunga range, Kalimpong town and the surrounding hills and valleys.

JELEPLA VIEWPOINT:

Located just below the Zang Dhok Palri Phodang monastery on the eastern side, Jelepla viewpoint offers an magnificent vista of the snow ranges, picturesque sunsets, the Teesta and Relli rivers and the surrounding valley below. The viewpoint derives its name from Jelepla Pass which can be seen from here on a clear day, as well as views of Black Rock and Chola.

DURPIN DARA VIEWPOINT:

On the western slope below the monastery is Durpin Dara viewpoint. It offers incredible views of the Teesta river and the surrounding hills. This is a great place for a picnic or an excursion amidst dense forests and a view of the Teesta meandering below.

MORGAN HOUSE:

Morgan House or the Singhamari is one of the oldest colonial bungalows that was built after the British opened up Kalimpong as a hill resort. It is currently under the West Bengal Tourist Development Corporation and is one of the better hotels of Kalimpong. It is also a very beautiful example of Kalimpong's colonial era bungalows.

NATURE INTERPRETATION CENTRE – ECOLOGICAL MUSEUM:

The Ecological Museum which is situated just outside Kalimpong town, is one of its kind in this region. Set up by the Forest Department, photographs and samples of wild animals and the flora and fauna of this region are exhibited here.

RISHI BANKIM CHANDRA PARK:

A short hop from the Ecological Museum, lies the small and beautiful park covered by flowers, orchids and pine trees. Relax and enjoy the cool surroundings. On the lower side of the park is Kalimpong Degree College.

ST. TERESA’S CHURCH:

This is the largest Roman Catholic Church in Kalimpong and it is run by the Catholic Fathers. Built by local craftsmen, the religious personalities in the paintings that decorate the wall have a distinct Tibetan/Chinese touch.

TEESTA VIEW POINT:

Situated about 3 km away from the town along the Kalimpong–Teesta highway, this small view point has a glorious view of the Teesta river and the adjoining valleys. On a clear day, the snow-clad mountains of West Sikkim are a treat to view from here.

DHARMODAYA VIHAR:

Dharmodaya Vihar is a Nepalese Buddhist temple situated just outside town. In the year 1944 when the Rana rulers expelled all Theravada Bhikkhus (monks) from Nepal, they traveled to Sarnath along with a large number of devotees. The Dharmodaya Shabha was subsequently formed there and Elza Villa in Kalimpong was purchased and turned into their center for furthering the teachings of Theravada Buddhism. A library containing rare books on Buddhism and other subjects was established in 1949 for the benefit of local people as well as Bhikkhus and scholars. A beautiful marble statue of Lord Buddha, a gift from the Burmese monks, was also installed here. In 1952, the foundation of the Vihar (temple) was laid out and it was constructed in the style of the Sayambhu Stupa of Kathmandu though in a much smaller size. Dharmodaya Vihar has become a very important center for scholars of Buddhism from all over the world.

DR. GRAHAM’S HOME'S :

One of the main reasons for Kalimpong to have become such a large and important town within such a short span of time, is due to the Christian missionaries. One of the earliest Scottish missionaries to come to Kalimpong was Dr. J. A. Graham.

He spent his early years in Kalimpong preaching Christianity, but soon turned his attention towards establishing an orphanage/school for Anglo-Indian children. In 1900, he established the St . Andrews Colonial Homes. The first cottage to house these children was built on the slopes of Tirpai Hill. But gradually the entire surrounding area was converted into a township which had its own cottages, farm, chapel, workshop, hospital, bakery playground, poultry, staff quarters, hostels, etc. The present area of the school is over 400 acres.

This orphanage cum school was renamed Dr. Graham’s Homes. In the initial years, only Anglo-Indian children were admitted to the school, but, today, children from all communities and religions are admitted. A walking tour of the school is a fascinating experience as one is awed by the sheer beauty of the place and the magnificent view of the entire town on one side and the Teesta river and Teesta valley on the other. The school chapel is a glorious example of old European architecture.

DEOLO LAKE/DEOLO VIEW POINT:

Situated at a height of 5500 feet, Deolo is the highest point in the Kalimpong town. The two water reservoirs at the Deolo hill supply drinking water to the town. The view from Deolo hill is arguably the best within Kalimpong town limits. One can see the entire Kalimpong town, the surrounding villages and Relli valley on one side and on the other side, the mighty Teesta river, Teesta valley, surrounding villages of South Sikkim and the massive mountains of West Sikkim. The view of the Mount Kanchanjunga and its adjacent peaks from Deolo hill on a clear day, is spectacular. Durga Mandir, a small Hindu temple, is a short walk away. Deolo is an ideal place for a picnic.

DURGA MANDIR:

This small and pretty temple of Goddess Durga lies at 13 th mile, about 4 km from town. A view from the edge of the temple is noteworthy for the fog-wrapped pine forests and the Teesta river. The Deolo hill is within a walking distance of this temple.

MANGAL DHAM:

This beautiful temple is one of the most splendid Hindu temples in Northern India. It was built by the followers of the Shir Krishna Pranami Dharma which was founded by the revered Nijanandaacharya Shri Devchandraji Maharaj. The temple is situated about a kilometer from the center of the town and is spread over two acres. This temple has been built in memory of Guruji Shri Mangaldasji Maharaj, who was born in the Ilam district of Nepal and after arriving in Kalimpong in the year 1940, worked tirelessly with the poor and needy of Kalimpong and helped build schools, hospital, orphanages and temples. On the ground floor of this temple lies the “Samadhi” of Guruji Shri Mangaldasji. The prayer hall is on the upper floor where the idols of Raj Shyamji, the Revered Prannathji and Guru Mangaldasji are found side by side. The walls of the prayer hall have pictures of Shri Devchandraji meeting Lord Krishna, Revered Prannathji blessing the brave Bundela Chatrasal Maharaj and other scenes from the holy Krishna Leela.

TONGSA GUMBA:

The exact year of the construction of Tongsa Gumba is not certain as no definite records are available, but there is no doubt that this is the oldest monastery in the entire region. The monastery was constructed by the Bhutanese in the last quarter of the 17 th century. Many scholars are of the view that it was completed in the year 1692 at about the same time Damsong Fort. Surgeon Rennie mentions a monastery in Kalimpong by the name of Tusso Cimpa where only three monks resided in his book, Bhotan And The Story Of The Dooar War published in 1865. Most likely, he was referring to this monastery.

Prayers are offered by the monks twice a day and the visitors are even allowed into the prayer room while the monks chant their prayers amidst the sound of conches, drums and long trumpets.

LEPCHA MUSEUM:

Situated about a kilometer from town within a Lepcha village, this museum has various cultural and historical artifacts of the Lepcha tribe. Various articles of worship, original Lepcha musical instruments and many others articles can be found here.

KALI MANDIR:

This famous Hindu temple is situated approximately 2 km from town on the road to St. Augustine’s School and St. Teresa’s Church. Puja is offered here twice daily amidst the chanting of holy verses and devotional songs.

THARPA CHOLING MONASTERY:

This small monastery is situated about 1 ½ km from the town on the way to Dr. Graham’s Homes. It belongs to the Yellow Hat Sect of Buddhism or the Gelupa Sect that the present Dalai Lama belongs to. It was built in the year 1926. Young monks are trained at this monastery. The Buddhist cremation ground is adjacent to the monastery.

KALIMPONG BAZAAR:

Being a small and crowded town, Kalimpong bazaar is best explored on foot. Although the residential areas are scattered over a distance of 4-5 km, the bazaar is largely contained within an area of approximately 1 km which lie along the 2 main roads – Rishi Road and R. C. Mintri Road. Rishi Road lies between the Police Station and the Kalimpong Handicrafts Centre and is more commonly known as Main Road.

The bazaar is the seat of the saddle: to the north is the Deolo hill and in south lies Durpin hill, the two highest points of Kalimpong. Shops and establishments have cropped up haphazardly over the years on either side of these roads. Walking down Main Road one can shop for Chinese leather shoes, handicrafts, hand beaten silver, Chinese lanterns, ‘Yata’ or Bhutanese handwoven cloths, Thankas, Tibetan paintings and assorted bric-a- brac. You can purchase readymade garments and textiles, hardware, buy footwear, get your passport photo made, buy books and magazines and stationery, go see a doctor and get your prescription filled, get your teeth pulled at a dentist, shop for electronics, buy groceries, get your umbrella or torch repaired, listen to the gainays busking on the footpath, pick up a roadside snack, or even go to a restaurant, all within 200 metres. Compact living indeed! English, Hindi, Nepali and Bengali is widely understood. An exploration of the inner town, especially the Haat Bazaar or farmer's market on Wednesdays and Saturdays (that has been around for over a century) is a fascinating experience.

On market days, one can see men and women in their traditional clothes selling their wares with a charming smile. Items tend to be reasonably priced here and shopkeepers are mostly averse to sustained haggling. There are many small restaurants where visitors may stop for a traditional meal. Kalimpong bazaar closes early, by 7:30 p.m., hence visitors are advised to finish dinner early. 

RELLI KHOLA:

Khola, in Nepali, means a small river. Relli khola has its source somewhere below the Khampang range and is joined by several small streams before it joins the Teesta River about 7 km from Teesta Bazaar. The river during the monsoon is turbid and swift, but during the dry season it narrows to a small stream. There are several beautiful picnic spots along the river, the most beautiful being the one at Relli Bazaar.

RISSISUM:

Situated at a distance of 22 km en route to Lava, Rissisum offers an unsurpassed view of the snow peaks and the valley below. Nature lovers would be remiss to skip a trip here. The mighty Kanchenjunga can be viewed from a unique angle from here. Surgeon Rennie mentions in his book, Bhotan and the Story Of The Dooar War which he wrote after the Anglo-Bhutan War of 1864, that a little monastery existed at a place called Rinchinsoong and which had a glorious view of the Himalayan range and the Damsang fort. The narrow road which leads towards the ruins of the bungalow at the summit is heavily forested with many varieties of orchids, ferns and other flowering plants along this path. The hilltop offer a majestic 360° view of the snow-capped mountains and lush carpeted hills all around.

GUMBA DARA:

Located 8 km from Lava en route to Kaffer, is the Gumba Dara monastery that tourists, especially with an interest in Buddhism, must visit. One can spend the day in isolation meditating in the company of lamas, far away from the noise and pollution of the civilized world. The lush green fields and terraced slopes make it a lovely retreat.

GITDUBLING – BUDHABARA:

Gitdubling or Buddhabara is a small village about 9 km from Kaffer and 50 km from Kalimpong. This is predominantly a Lepcha village though other communities also live here but in smaller numbers. The scenic surrounding, the enchanting view of the Git river and the old Christian Mission make it a place worth visiting. Treks along the mountain paths and through lush green fields are not to be missed. Accommodations with local families or in tents are arranged by travel agents in Kalimpong. At Buddhabara, as the name would suggest, the weekly market day is on Wednesdays. On this day, traditionally dressed villagers can be seen hawking local wares and beer enthusiasts should not miss the experience of drinking Chhang, a traditional beer made from barley, millet or rice. A small, rural sericulture unit is also another place to visit. Those interested in Christianity can visit the old Christian Mission which is run by the Sisters of Cluny Convent.

KAFFER:

Situated on the hill directly opposite Kalimpong town on the eastern side is Kaffer. A visit to Kalimpong without exploring Kaffer is an incomplete one. The night side of Kalimpong town twinkling far below, the virgin forests and the exotic flora make for some unforgettable memories. The sunrise view from Jhandidara, a short distance from the village, is as good as the view from Tiger Hill in Darjeeling, if not better. A visit to the Heritage Garden, a short hop from Kaffer village and a walk on the hanging bridge is an experience of a lifetime. Accommodations are available at the beautiful Forest Bungalow in Lolaygaon. Bookings must be made in advance at the office of the Forest Department in Kalimpong.

SAMTHAR:

Samthar lies on a plateau at an elevation of 1400 mts, with a remarkable view of the snowline. This sleepy hamlet is inhabited mostly by Lepchas and Tamangs. It can be reached by jeep from Kalimpong, or one could trek via Kaffer or Suruk. From Samthar, one may also visit the picturesque though extremely remote Lepcha villages of Yongri and Pongbu and experience their lifestyle firsthand.

LAVA:

Located at an elevation of 2000 meters, Lava is approximately 35 km from Kalimpong and is fast becoming a major tourist destination. The lush forests of Lava are ideal for nature treks, bird watching, and plant and wildlife exploration. The Sherpa View Point here provides an excellent view of the snow-crested mountains of Bhutan and Tibet. The monastery at Lava is a place of much interest to scholars and academics. Trekking routes to Gitdubling, Neora Valley, Rachela and Gumbadara all originate from Lava. A visit to the pretty Samebyong Organic Tea Estate 6 km away is recommended.

TAR KHOLA:

Tar Khola lies on the highway to Gangtok and is an hour's drive or a half-day trek via the remote village of Sangsay. Hundreds of butterflies can be seen on this notable trek through lush fields and thick woods. Tar Khola is an ideal spot for a picnicking, rafting and paragliding.

BENI:

Beni sits at the confluence of the rivers Teesta and Rungeet and offers beautiful picnicking spots along the banks of the Teesta. A large fair is held at Beni on the 14 th of January every year. River rafting along the Teesta originates from Beni.

PEDONG:

Pedong is a small town situated about 22 km from Kalimpong en route to the Jelepla Pass. The monastery at Pedong was constructed in 1837 and is still standing. The Catholic Mission was established 45 years later, in 1882. The mission has grown in size and now has under it several schools and churches. A view of the ruins of the old Bhutanese fort of Damsong is a short trek from town. St. George’s School, the well-known Anglo Indian Higher Secondary school, is on the lower side of Pedong town.

DAMSONG FORT:

The ruins of Damsong Fort can still be seen a short way from the town of Pedong. Damsong was a very important fort for the Bhutanese before the Anglo-Bhutanese War of 1864. At that time, Kalimpong was an insignificant hamlet and it was Damsong that was regarded as the important village. The Bhutanese rulers kept a very strong and efficient fighting force at Damsong to control any aggression by the enemy troops of Sikkim and also for administrating the area under its control. The origin of the fort is disputed: The scholar, K.P. Tamsang is of the view that Damsong fort was constructed by the great Lepcha King Gaeboo Achok Pano, while other scholars contend the fort was constructed by Bhutanese rulers. The fort was destroyed after the Anglo- Bhutanese War of 1864 and only the ruins remain.

MONG PONG NATURE RESORT:

This is certainly the most charming picnic spot in this region. Situated on the banks of Teesta river about 50 km from Kalimpong near Coronation Bridge, this delightful resort was built and is run by the Forest Department. Paddle boating, elephant rides, nature exploration, log huts, rafting and a ropeway make this spot an ideal place to spend a day with family and friends. Rare species of plants and animals can be seen in the surrounding forest.

 

Kalimpong District is administratively divided in to three Development Blocks (Kalimpong-I, Kalimpong-II, Gorubathan) and one Municipality i.e., Kalimpong Municipality and all Four administratively units have bundle of tourist mesmerizing spots to attract all sort of Tourists. The Kalipong district is a complete package for all its guests with plenty to offer and everyone can pick his own from multiple choices those Kalimpong has to offer. In most of the 42 Gram Panchayats falling under the three Development Blocks has something to attract every type of the tourists, be it the peace-loving nature lover, adventurer, researcher of mountain flora / fauna or the religious one seeking salvation in the heritage monasteries. Even the Kalimpong Municipality has no less attraction for the tourist folk in its 23 wards, which all are packed with bundle of offerings to draw the people from every corner of the world.

KALIMPONG  MUNICIPALITY
McFarlen Church

Ward no-4, KD Pradhan Road

Religious, Heritage site,

Old religious place, gothic architechture

 

Zang Dhok Palri Monastry (Durpin)

Ward no-16, Near Div Chowk

Religious Heritage site,

Old Buddhist Monastery

Raja Dorjee Market

Ward no-3 & 10

Heritage site,

Heritage Market Place with old structure

Jan Mukti Park

Ward no-4, Thakur Bari

Amusement park,

Park for leisure & amusement

Pine View Nursery

Ward no-20,

Nursery,

Wide variety of plants & specialization of Cactus

Tharpa Choling Monastry

Ward no-7, Tirpai

Religious Heritage site,

Old Buddhist Monastery, blessed by His holiness Dalai Lama

Shakaya Monastry

Ward no-7, 11th Mile, Rishi road

Religious site,

Newly constructed Monastery

Lepcha Museum

Ward no-13, HL Dixit road

Museum,

Museum for art, culture & History of the Lepchas

Bankim Chandra Park

Ward no-21, near Kalimpong College

Amusement park,

Park for leisure & amusement

Army Golf course

Ward no-15, Chandralok

Golf Course,

Army Golf Course, way side amenities

MangalDham

Ward no-09

Religious Site,

Hindu temple

Thongsha Gomba

Ward no-8, Lower Gumba Hatta

Religious Heritage site,

Old Buddhist Monastery

 

Morgan House

Ward no-18, Chandralok

Heritage building,

Gothic architecture with legends

Forest Meuseum

Ward no-21, Ringkingpong road

Museum,

Museum on nature, wildlife & plants

Gouripur house

Ward no-21, Near Hill Top Tourist Lodge

Heritage site,

Memories of Rabindranath Tegore

Chitrabhanu

Ward no-19, Near Pine View Nursery

Heritage site,

Memories of Rabindranath Tegore

KALIMPONG -I DEVELOPMENT BLOCK 
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Kalimpong-I Development Block is one of the three blocks of the district and consists of rural areas with 18 Gram Panchayats. The block has its unique feature. Situated on the left bank of Teesta, the block extends up to the boundary of Sikkim and the lush green plains of Jalpaiguri. The weather is pleasant and from a number of spots spread across the area, Kanchenjungha is visible on a bright sunny day. There are many major tourist destinations in the block like Deleo Hill top park ,Dr Grahams homes,Nimbong.

The Kalimpong-I block has plenty to attract the adventure lovers with opportunities of paragliding, river rafting and mountain bike riding in plaes like Deolo, Tar Khola etc. this block also serves as the gateway to nearby places like the famous east silk route of Sikkim, Lava, Loleygaon Neora valley national park etc. Away from the rush of routine life in the metropolitan cities relishing the feeling of being caught in the chills of Himalayas, one can have a pleasurable stay in Kalimpong The fragrance of the flowers for which the place is so very popular tickles senses to the extent of cheerfulness. Compounded with the peaceful sanctity of the worship places in Buddhist monasteries where each and every faith can take time to connect with Divine, Kalimpong presents itself just the way a visitor or a tourist would prefer, with a group or alone.

Lolaygaon

Located forty five kilometers from Kalimpong Town this place of scenic beauty can be reached by bus or taxi in two and a half hours. Located in the Gram panchayat of Kaffer-Kankebong it is a delight to tourists with its Wildlife, Jungle walks through the forests, a hanging bridge inside the dense forest, and a breathtaking view of Kalimpong Town. An amazing view of Kanchenjunga can be enjoyed from here. Tourists can have view of sun-rise and sun-set from the observatory here. A significant attraction is The Canopy Walk. There is a 180-meters long hanging wooden tree-top bridge that goes through the dense jungle. Several households cater to the tourism sector by providing home stay facility to tourists. Apart from that, there are several hotels for lodging and eateries of all kind offering local cuisine for a reasonable price.

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Deolo Hill

It is one of the two hills that the town of Kalimpong stands between. Kalimpong is situated on a ridge connecting the two hills, Durpin and Deolo. The hill is 1,704 metres (5,590 feet) and is the highest point of Kalimpong town. The hill is located north east of the town. Three water reservoirs, two of which serve as the primary drinking water source to the town are present atop this hill. The town of Kalimpong, the surrounding villages of Relli valley, Teesta River and its valleys all can be viewed from this point.
On a clear day, the snow-clad mountains of West Sikkim are also visible from this hill. At the summit of this hill, there is a park built for recreational purposes which feature exotic flowers. The park is a popular picnic spot for tourists as well as locals. Overall Deolo provides a panoramic 360 degree view of Kalimpong town and its neighbouring hill. This beautiful nature park offers one of the best views of Mt. Kanchenjungha and River Teesta. Delo has been converted into a nature park by the Government and there are Government accommodation options within the park as well as luxurious private accommodation options outside the park.

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Dr.Graham’s Homes

The Colonial era boarding school is 10 Kms away from Kalimpong town. A tourist’s paradise this place has many attractions which provide ample opportunities for tourists to unwind.

The attractions such as Paragliding for the adventure minded, Science centre and  Kalimpong water reservoir, are someof the attractions which a person visiting here does not forget. The famous tourist spot Deolo offers fascinating views of Kalimpong town and  Sikkim and on clear days a breathtaking view of Kanchenjunga. As the tourist influx in these parts is more many hotels have come up in the last few years. There are several households providing lodging to the tourists visiting here. The famous Dr.Graham’s Homes School is located in this area. Students from all over the world come here for studies. It is accessible from Kalimpong town by private vehicles and buses. As this place demands more beautification and conservation, it can come up as an important spot on the tourism map of Kalimpong in future.

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Durpin Dara

Durpin Dara means “binocular hill” in the local language. One can indeed get a great view with a cool pair of binoculars. It is one of the two hills connected by a ridge on which the town of Kalimpong stands. The hill commands a panoramic view overlooking the town of Kalimpong, the snow clad Himalayan ranges of Sikkim, the Teesta River and the Jelepla Pass in the distance. A golf course is also there just off the summit. On top of the hill sits the Zang Dhok Palri Monastery which was consecrated by the Dalai Lama in 1976. The monastery holds in its reliquary 108 volumes of the Kangyur, as well as other holy books and scrolls that were moved out of Tibet after the Chinese invasion. This place is uniquely spiritual and one can attain mental peace by simply walking around this magnificent structure.

 

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Nimbong

Another significant and important area in respect of tourism is Nimbong , administered by the Nimbong Gram Panchayat this place is 60 Kms. from Siliguri and can be reached by private vehicles in three hours. The charm of this place is its complete isolation from the madding crowd of metropolitan life. Arriving here one gets to a place of peace in the lap of nature away from all the worries of life. From Nimbong Dara view point one can have a view of the Old Village market which is situated in the heart of Nimbong. The weather can be severely cold in winter and it is rather remote, but that is no obstacle to the tourist with the spirit of adventure. There are home stays providing accommodation to the tourist willing to travel deep inside kalimpong district for a quiet getaway from the humdrum of civilization. Locally cooked food can be availed from households, and a sense of satisfaction can be felt by experiencing the simple people of Nimbong, needless to say one will yearn to visit this place again.

 

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KALIMPONG -II DEVELOPMENT BLOCK

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Algarah, the Block headquarter and also the head quarter of the Santook Gram Panchayat is flanked by Lingsay, Lingsaykha, Kagay, Kashyone, Pedong and Sakyong Gram Panchayats in the North east direction and Lava-Gitbeong, Gitdabling and Lolay Gram Panchayats in the south east direction. The Gram Panchayats of Paiyong and Dalapchand lies in the south west direction. The Sangsay Gram Panchayat, the largest Gram Panchayat of the Kalimpong-II Development Block lies in the North West direction.

Algarah is located at 27°07'12''-N and 88°35'35''-E (Altitude - 5840'). Kalimpong - II community development block has an area of 303.00 km2. (Total No. of Gram Panchayats - 13 (Thirteen), Total No. of Gram Sansads - 92 (Ninety Two), Total No. of Mouzas - 39 (Thirty Nine), Total No. of Backward Villages - 16 (Sixteen), Major Rivers - 03 (Ramphoo, Reshi and Relli), Police Stations - Nil).

As per Block is concerned the Kalimpong-II Development Block is flanked by Kalimpong-I Development Block in the South East to South West direction and by the Gorubathan Block in the North East to South East direction. The Kalimpong-II Development block shares boundaries with the state of Sikkim in the North West to North east direction and with the SAARC country Bhutan in the North east direction, the famous Rachayla Pass in the Neora Valley sanctuary.

Kalimpong-II Development Block comprising 13 Nos. Gram Panchayats and 39 Census Mouzas or Census villages with 65838 populations, is the second largest Block under Kalimpong Sub Division. The Block Development office is located in the Algarah Bazar which lies on the historic silk route that connects India to Lhasa via the Jelep la Pass. Algarah 1,780 m (5,840 ft) from the sea level is the small town located at a distance of 15 km from Kalimpong.

 

Tourist Spots at a Glance under Kalimpong-II Development Block , Kalimpong District

 

Rikkisum

It offers a stunning 360 degree view of Mount Kanchanjangha along with views of Darjeeling/ Kalimpong/ Sikkim and is often considered by many as the best view point of the snow clad peaks in the entire region. It is located within a distance of 10 kilometers from Algarah. The approach road from the main road to the hill top is in deplorable condition. There is a dilapidated bungalow on the hill top. It was built by the British in 1902 and subsequently burnt down during the agitation of the 1980s.

The approach road can be developed. Alongside a trekking route for brisk trekking activities can be developed as well. On the hilltop a resort with 15-20 rooms can be constructed. A sunrise point may also be constructed.

 

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Sillerigaon

Sillerigaon ,a small village under the Cinchona Plantation  area under Kashyong Gram Panchayat of Kalimpong II block is a picturesque point covered by pine trees at a height of 6000 ft and offering magnificent view of the Kanchenjunga ,the widespread cinchona plantation of Burmaik, the long and winding Teesta river and the tall hills of Sikkim on the other side from Ramitey view point .It also offers the adventurous tourists a chance to trek the nearest peaks like Ecchey gaon,Tinchulay and the historic Damsang Fort. One can also explore the warm hospitality of the local people here by experiencing the stays at the comfortable homestays.

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Ramitaydara

It offers the longest view of River Teesta & Mount Kanchanjangha Top in the region. It can be reached by walking for about 30 minutes from Sillary Gaon. A view point may be constructed at the spot. Basic amenities like toilet, drinking water may also be provided at the view point.
 

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Silent Valley

It is located on the way to the Sillery gaon and is famous for wild flowers during autumn season. It resembles Khajjiar (In Himachal Pradesh) and is often called as Mini Switzerland by the local people. The entire area can be levelled. Fresh plantations can be taken up. Redundant bushes across the approach road can be cleared off. Accommodation in Swiss tents may be developed. Activities like horse riding, bird watching may be encouraged. 

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Sangchen Monastery

This is a Bhutanese Monastery built in the year 1706. All the antique belonging to the Damsang fort are kept in this monastery after the fort was destroyed. The Chyaam dance is performed here during the RAM NAVAMI Festival. Further, the mummified body of late Rimpochay of this monastery is also kept here. Gumba Dance performed here every year attracts many domestic and international tourists. 

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Damsung Garhi

After a light trek of nearly 30 minutes following agruelling half an hour four wheel drive from Pedong, one can reach thishistoric site. This is the only fort in the entire region. It was built in 1690by the Lepchas. The last Lepcha kingGyabo Achyok used to run hiskingdom from this fort. The fort was later used by the Bhutanese tothwart attacks from British East India Company. Lepchas visit this placeto offer prayers to the King Achuk. The entire place is an amazing habit at of diverse flora and fauna.Even few years back a red panda was spotted here. Damsang fort also played its role to defend against the attacks from Bhutan. Following the Anglo-Bhutan war in 1864, the fort was no longer in use and over time resulted in the ruins that can be seen presently.However the local Lepcha community has formed an association to preserve the ruins and do necessary renovation of the fort. Every year the local Lepcha community celebrates the birth anniversary of the King at the fort in December. The popular fair 'Chaitey Mela' is also held over 3 days every year within the premises of the fort during Ram Navami (April). This place can be promoted as a heritage/historical tourism site. Large display boards with paintings of the myths surrounding the stories of King Achuk and also writings on the same can be erected here. The worshipping zone of the Lepchas can be developed. Archaeological Survey of India may be approached for protecting the remnants of the fort. The trekking route from Pedong may also be developed. A route for mountain biking may be constructed as well. Watchtowers may be constructed for bird watchers

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Reishi Khola

It is located on the bank of river Reshi and is popular tourist spot. Located within a distance of 15 km from Pedong, this is an ultimate destination for bird watching and fishing in the region. There are beautiful huts and lodges run by the local tour operators here. It is one of the earliest tourist spots of the block. The other side of the river belongs to Sikkim. It is unfortunate that even though that side has well road connectivity, it is a gruelling experience for the tourists to reach the spot at the Bengal side due to deplorable road conditions. The bamboo bridge built by the local people gets washed away during rainy season making it almost inaccessible. Therefore a road should be developed from the main road. A small concrete bridge may be constructed. With the lands available at the site, government can develop and run an Eco resort with 15-20 rooms.
 

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Icchye Gaon

It is an upcoming tourist destination having just started off with just a few home stays. The place is famous for bird watching and majestic view of mount Kanchenjunga, neighbouring Sikkim and Darjeeling and surrounding areas. Nestled in the hilltop surrounded by beautiful cinchona and sacred Coco Mendo trees, it has the potentials of becoming a model eco village. The government can procure horses/ponies and can give those to the local self help groups who can use those for horse riding activities for the tourists. There are existing trekking routes from here to Sillary Gaon and Algarah.These can be developed as well. The approach road may be developed after consultation with the Cinchona Plantation Board. At the entry point of the spot, a loop in the line of Batasia may be developed. A sunset/sunrise point may also be developed. 

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Changey Falls

This wild and gushing warefalls if located about 17 kms from the popular tourist town of Lava.It is the tallest waterfalls of this region.On a clear day the white peaks of the Kanchenjunga adorning this beautiful falls looks magical.It is situated in the pine coverd hamlet called Kolakham and is also in the vicinity of the famous Neora valley where if luck favours one can spot red pandas . This place is also known for the sighting of some rare birds like White Capped Water Redstart,Blue Fronted Redstart, Verditer Fly catcher ,the Indian Robin and the like.It is also considered to be a bird watchers paradise.

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Mangarjung

This place offers a breathtaking view of the Teesta River. Amidst nature’s serenity, chirping of birds and cold breeze, this place has the potentials to become one of the sought after tourist destinations in the region. The existing watch- tower can be developed to an eco friendly visitor’s gallery. The approach foot track can be developed. Local home stays can be developed in revenue sharing mode 

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Gorubathan Development Block kalimpong District  
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Gorubathan located in the south-east of Kalimpong District. Gorubathan, located 75 km from the town of Kalimpong, is one of the three Blocks in the District of Kalimpong. This Block is demarcated by the River Jaldhaka and Bhutan to the East, Sikkim to the North, Kalimpong to the West and the vast plains of Jalpaiguri District to the South.

Gorubathan is fast becoming a popular center for tourism. It holds vast potential in the field of Eco Tourism due to its natural resources like abundant flora and faunas, virgin forest, organic tea gardens and medicinal plantations. Due to its unique topographical position, it is easily accessible to visitors.

It has several many places of interest for visitors. A holiday in the Gorubathan region can truly be a memorable one.

Tourist Spot at a Glance under Gorubathan Development Block,Kalimpong District  
Chyakung Dara, Lungshel

This place is considered the birth place of Gyabo Aachyok, the legendary Lepcha King. This beautiful and scenic village is atop a hillock surrounded by steep ridges. 20 km from Gorubathan, is accessible via a jeep able road from Gorubathan.

Lungshel village is mostly habituated by indigenous Lepchas from time immemorial and they still preserve their rich culture and heritage. Typical Lepcha Houses here are a special attraction.

 

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Dalim Fort

The Dalim Fort is a historical place of interest for tourist. It was a last bastion of Bhutanese army before the area was annexed into the British India Empire in 1865. The British Army defeated the Bhutanese forces stationed at the Dalim Fort in1864 before this area could fall into their hands. The ruins of fort can still be seen to this day. The view from the vicinity of the fort is a fabulous one.

 

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Gorubathan Tar 

It is about 2kms away from Gorubathan Bazaar situated at the top of a small flat toped hillock overlooking Gorubathan. One can have beautiful scenic views of sunrise and sunset from here. Home Stays are also available here for Tourists.

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Dalim Tar

It is one of the most unique place at Gorubathan having scenic beauty and table top land of its own kind and it is nearly 6 KMs from Gorubathan.At present it is accessible to visitors by recently constructed jeepable roads. There are multiple prospects for tourism development at this place like home stay, view points for sun rise and sun sets. Due to its unique position adventure sports like para gliding, trekking can be started at this place. Visitors can get accommodation at Dalim Fort Rest house and at Parijat Guest House situated just below Dalim Tar.

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 Chel River Picnic Spot

Chel River Picnic spot is one of the most sought after place of interest for the visitors. It is about 2kms away from Gorubathan Bazaar. The crystal clear waters of the River Chel gushing down from the higher reaches of Rachela Hill and its natural beauty with Virgin River beds and boulders are its main attraction. Picnickers from far flung areas of the surrounding areas flock here this place during the Spring season every year to enjoy its beauty. This place is also a favourite for serial and film makers.

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Suntalay Busty 

One of the most enchantingly scenic places, with a cool climate, this village is ideal for seekers of solitude and mental peace. Lots of natural view points, diverse floras and faunas and the nearby Samabeong Organic Tea Garden attracts any visitors and mesmerize them. It is connected by a jeep able road from Gorubathan, a distance of 20kms, on the way to Jhandi Eco-huts.

 

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Bindu

Bindu is a small picturesque village at an altitude of 600m on the Indo-Bhutan Border and one of the best destinations for tourists. It is the last Indian village before Bhutan on the bank of River Jaldhaka.
The journey to Bindu via Chalsa-Khunia-Jhalong is a fascinating one through Chapramari Forest. It is 64 km from Mahanda Reserve Forest and 99 km from Siliguri. Tourist may also visit Bhutan by taking the requisite permission.

 

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Jhalong

Jhalong is a small village with wild beauty situated on the banks of river Jaldhaka near Indo-Bhutan Border in the Kalimpong District and possesses a remarkable position in the tourist map of West Bengal . It is nearly 99km from Siliguri toward Bindu.

During journey to Jholung, tourists may enjoy the scenic beauty of Dooars and scenic atmosphere of Chapramari Forest. Trekking is a popular activity in the region. Nearby Bindu is also famous for its Hydro electricity Dam and various hill birds as well as some more migratory waterfowl. Rare view of the snow peak mountain in winter is another attraction of the spot .Jaldhaka Forest Rest House and other Home stays may be availed by tourists. Mobile connectivity may be developed as it is a burning problem of this entire area. Tourist lodge may also be constructed at the Jaldhaka Picnic Spot.
 

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Dalgaon View Points

Dalgaon View point is a 4km drive from Jaldhaka Village and about 42km from New Mal Junction via Chalsa and Khunia More (Champramari forest). Bhutan is visible from here along with wide and beautiful landscape of the Doors valley and Rivers. The oldest Cinchona Plantation of India, which is a little distance away, still produces Quinine in the same old traditional method.

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Rocky Island, Samsing

Rocky Island in the Samsing Hill is definitely one of the best tourist spots in North Bengal. The entire route about 26 Km from Mal Bazar function is charming with lush tea garden, mountains and small brooks. The Rocky Island adventure camp is the perfect place for adventure enthusiasts. Accommodation is available in the form of tents to provide the real feel of camping. 

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Suntale Khola

Suntalay Khola is a famous tourist spot at altitude of 650 to 950 meters at Samsing Hills which is about 30 KMS from New Mal Junction. In Nepali Suntalay means orange and Khola means streams and it is one of the entry point of Neora Valley Natural Park. Several trek routes originate from Suntalay Khola, must of which are within the Neora Valley Natural Park. Tourist may avail the cottages of WBFDC and some Home Stays at Suntalay Khola. Approach road from Samsing Bhanu Square may be developed. View points and basic amenities like toilet & drinking water may be constructed.
 

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Paanch Pokhri, Gorubathan 

Paanch Pokhari is a beautiful cluster of natural lakes situated at a height of 3500 feet above the Ambiok Forest and 6 Km away from Gorubathan. Activities like trekking and climbing may be initiated here. Tourists may also visit the nearby Dalim Fort and Sansarey Dara.

 

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Samabeong

Samabeong is one of the most scenic places in the entire region. It is 8 Km from Lava and 31 KM from Gorubathan. Tea Estate of Samabeong was established in the year 1887 by the British. Samabeong Tea Garden is situated at an altitude of 6500 ft with lush green plantations covering gentle slopes of the hills. The natural beauty of Samabeong is mesmerizing and various types of birds and butterflies are also an attraction of Samabeong. Here a very pretty lodge known as “Last Mile” is ideally located at the hilltop for accommodation of the visitors. A visit to Samabeong is a wonderful experience. 

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Tangta River & Monastery

Located 4km above the Tangta River side picnic spot and 64km from Mal Bazaar, it offers majestic view of the neighboring country of Bhutan and Indo-Bhutan Border valley. At the same time tourist may also enjoy the scenic beauty of Tangta River site.  

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Jhandi

Jhandi is a well known tourist spot in the Gorubathan Block offering glorious sun rise and sun set views, wide angle view of Mount Kanchenjunga and the Nathula Range as well as the Dooars. It is about 16 km from Gorubathan. Throughout the year it is cold and misty here. The rich wildlife here also makes it one of the most picturesque destinations for tourists. Home-stays and private eco huts are also available here for tourists.

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Rachela Hilltop

Rachela Hilltop for adventure tourist a natural track route from Tangta under Todey Tangta GP is connected upto to Rachela Hilltop where the boundary of Sikkim, Bhutan & Kalimpong existed. The enthusiast trekkers may book in advance the accommodation available on the way with Forest deptt. The trek route is hot favorite purely for natural lovers which may take three days to cover. Accessible approach road upto Tangta from New Mal Junction via Khunia more-Champramari forest is 66km approximately. Approach road may be developed from Bindu to Tangta. 

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53 Block View Point, Rangoo

It is a view point located at Dalgaon sansad under Rongo GP and famous to view scenic beauty of Bhutan, Naxal River and Himalayas. It is 5km from Cinchona Factory, Gairibas and 43 km from New Mal Junction via Chalsa and Khunia More. 

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Bunglow Tar, Kumai

Bunglow Tar is a view point at Guard line under Kumai GP and it is 30km away from New Mal Junction via Chalsa and Metalli Sardiline TG. Its main attraction is sun setting and view of Duars. Low altitude trekking may be initiated here and infrastructure for tourist circuit and nature camp may be developed.

 

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Chisang Hilltop

It offers a view of the mountains of Sikkim and Bhutan. The hilltop is situated at an altitude of 5050 ft, 2kms from Todey Main Road and 5km from Todey Bazar and 75km from New Mal Junction. Home stay is available for tourist here. Approach road may be developed and view point may be constructed here. Trekking may also be initiated.

 

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Rongo Dhap Monastery 

It is a pilgrimage place for the local people. It is located at the top of Rongo GP area. From here one can enjoy the scenic beauty of nature. Devotes from neighboring country- Bhutan also come here to perform puja. It is near about 42km from New Mal Junction via Chalsa and Khunia More(Champramari forest).

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Pubung Tourist Spot, Pokhrebong GP

Pubung is a picturesque virgin village under Gorubathan Block worth visiting for natural lovers & trekkers. Due to its unique topographical position which is elevated nearly 3500ft from Sea level, possess numerous natural view points & landscapes to attract tourists. Simple lifestyle of village people mostly based on organic agro-farming coupled with rich cultural heritage is another attraction of Pubung Village. Ample potential of eco-tourism development like construction of huts, watch towers including other amenities for tourism prospects without disturbing the bio-diversity may be developed. For connectivity, a jeepable road from Oddlabari under Jalpaiguri District is 16kms and from Gorubathan Bazar via Suntalay & Jhandi road is nearly 24kms.  

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