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Kalimpong, Sikkim

Dipped in sheer aesthetic beauty, Kalimpong is a happening hill station located in the foothills of the Himalayas. The place offers heavenly views of the snow-capped Himalayas.

Kalimpong is elevated to an altitude of 1,250 meters with Darjeeling and Gangtok neighboring it. There are three meanings attached to the name Kalimpong – First, it means the place where the local tribesmen assembled to organize field sports. Second, it derived its name from the Bhutanese King's Minister's castle. And third, it takes its name from a fibrous plant 'Kaulim' which is found in plenty in this region. Being the headquarters of the Kalimpong subdivision, the outskirts of the town is occupied by Indian Army.

Several educational institutes are present in Kalimpong. Students from the neighbouring countries come here for education. Its wonderful location near the famous tourist destinations and pleasant climate make it a big hit with tourists. Flowers add to the beauty of the place. They are found in abundance in Kalimpong. Its markets are full of beautiful orchids and other rare species of plants. Another attractions are the Buddhist Monasteries. The town leaves the tourists enchanted with the heavenly views of the snow-capped mountain peaks of the Himalayas. The bustling bazaars of the town punctuate the peaceful and quite aura of the lush green valleys. The holy places in Kalimpong seem to fascinate the tourists equally.

Know the culture of Kalimpong by visiting Kalimpong Art and Craft Centre established in 1897. Here the creative work of the local artisans and craftsmen is promoted. Also, this centre imparts knowledge on carpet weaving, dyeing, painting, tailoring, leather craft and carpentry.

Mesmerizing rivers flowing near the town and the dense forests are the attractions gifted by nature to the town. You can choose from a range of luxury and budget hotels located in Siliguri which is nearby.

A visit to Kalimpong will surely be long remembered!

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