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Kalimpong Tourism At A Glance

Kalimpong is located at an altitude of 4,100ft. Because of its relatively lower altitude compared to Darjeeling or Gangtok, the weather is milder and pleasant for most part of the year. And therefore it suits all tourists who are looking for such pleasant weather combined with magnificent views of Kanchenjunga and other Himalayan snow peaks, sweeping landscapes and lush greenery.

Top Things To Do In Kalimpong

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Deolo Hill

Deolo Hill 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) above msl and is the highest point of Kalimpong town.

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Where to stay in Kalimpong 

Kalimpong offers a wide range of accommodations. There are several heritage hotels and lodges, all inclusive tourist complexes, luxury hotels & resorts, as well as budget hotels, homestays and guesthouses. The above link would give a glimpse and my reviews of a select set of such hotels. However use the search box below to find all the good hotels in Kalimpong. You can then sort the list by price, property type etc, go through the amenities, guest reviews & scores and book a hotel at attractive low rate. This service is provided by World's no.1 online hotel booking site. 
Where to dine in Kalimpong
While most hotels have in-house restaurants and room services, the main market in Kalimpong has several mid-range and budget restaurants of different types including vegetarian food, Chinese and Indian food.

Shopping in Kalimpong
The main market area and shops are on Rishi road which is the main road leading from the tri-junction market square. You should also visit the Old Market (bazaar) at 10th mile which too is full of shops. The Old Bazaar used to be a very busy shopping center during the trading days with Tibet.

Lava & Lolegaon Tour & Stay: Lava and Loleygaon are two small and quaint mountain villages that are part of Kalimpong subdivision. You can make a day trip or plan overnight stays. While Loleygaon is known for its sweeping view of Kanchenjunga snow peaks, Lava is surrounded by dense coniferous forests. Lava is also the place from where you can visit the Neora Valley National Park. In Loleygaon you can not miss the forest Canopy Walk and in Laval the wonderful Monastery & Tiffindara sunrise.

Visiting Neora Valley National Park
Great opportunity to explore a wide bio-diversity in the forest that comprises of hundreds of varieties of flowers, plantations, birds, butterflies and of course amazing animals rarely seen anywhere else. The national park is located about 44kms from Kalimpong and beyond Lava, and spreads across a forested land of 88 sq. kms on the mountains.

Rishyap - A small virgin hamlet (Also known as Rishop)
Rishyap is located at an altitude of 8,500ft and about 2 hours drive from Kalimpong. If you are a nature lover, this is where you will want to go. There is hardly any other place that offers 180 degree view of the Himalayan range on a vast stretch of continuous snow. Being part of Neora Valley, you will also see abundance of flora and fauna including forests of pine, birch and fir along with colorful orchids.

Pedong, Rikisum & Sillery Gaon
More lovely small hamlets around Kalimpong that are hardly visited by the tourists. But they all have their unique charms, lovely view points and of course wonderful people. It makes a great sense to make a day trip from Kalimpong and complete this circuit. You can also plan to stay overnight. There are homestays available in these places.

Visit Zuluk and Historic Silk Route
If you are looking for a remote place in the mountains seldom visited by tourists that offers wonderful views of the mountains, passes, lakes and valleys, and nice comfortable homestays where you can get to know the village life and have freshly cooked homemade food, then Zuluk is the place to choose.

Darjeeling - Kalimpong Itineraries
If you are planning a combined trip of Darjeeling and Kalimpong, this section will help you plan your days across the two places so that you can best use your time and see all the main attractions in both places.

Kalimpong Weather & Best Time to Visit
Kalimpong weather is pleasant & comfortable almost all through the year although you will certainly feel the chill during the winter (December - February). During monsoon the landscape and the forests becomes lush green which is a sight by itself.