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Kalimpong is a bustling and rapidly expanding though still relatively small bazaar town set amongst the rolling foothills and deep valleys of the Himalaya at an altitude or 1250 meters. It was once part of the lands belonging to the rajas of Sikkim, until the beginning of the 18th century when it was taken form them by the Bhutanese's. In the 19th century it passed into the hands of the British and thus became part of West Bengal. It became a centre for Scottish missionary activity in the late 19th century.

Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery: Five km south of the town centre at the end Durpin Dara Hill and was consecrated bh the Dalai Lama. There are good mountains views from Durpin Dara Hill. This area is a big military camp, although you are free to walk or drive through it.

Around Kalimpong

There are a number of things worth visiting in the surrounding area. Lava, about 30 km to the east, is a small village with a small monastery, which belongs to the same order as the one at Rumtek. Tuesday is market day, and a good time to visit.

Nature Interpretation Centre: This centre, or Rinkingpong Rd, is run by the Soil conservation Division of the Ministry of Environment & Forests.

Flower Nurseries: Kalimpong is a important orchid growing area and flowers are exported from here to many cities in northern India. The Sri Ganesh Moni Pradhan Nursery and the Udai Mani Pradhan Nursery are among the most important in the area.

Places to Stay:- Deki Lodge, Mayal Lyang Lodge, Gompu's Hotel & Restaurant, janakee /& Cozy Lodge, Crown Lodge Tripti Hotel, Himalayan Hotel, Park Hotel.

Place to Eat: TT Restaurant, Mandarin Restaurant, Punjab Lodge Kalang Restaurant.

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Tharpa Choling Monastery, Thongsa Gompa, Thakur Baru Temple, Kalimtrek, Hill Crafts Institute. Town Hall Rishi Bankim Park, Kali Mandir Park.

Mirik

Being Promoted as a 'new hills station, Mirik is about 50 km form both Siliguri and Darjeeling at an altitude of 1747 metres. The lake is the main attraction here and there's 3.5 km path around it. Mirik is surrounded by tea estates, orange orchards and cardamom plantations.

 

 


 
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