Kalimpong is a tranquil hill station in the Indian state of West Bengal at an average elevation of 4,101 ft.
The town is set to be the headquarters of the district of Kalimpong and is famous for its indigenous handicraft.
The artisans here produce Tibetan and Bhutanese handicraft and jewellery such as woodcarvings, copperware like feng-sui bells, tapestry bags, scrolls, paintings and Tibetan jewellery.
The Indian Army's 27 Mountain Division is located on the outskirts of the town.
The town and its surrounding area was ruled by Bhutan for about a century and a half before it was annexed by the British in 1865. This also paved way
for increased trade with Tibet through Jelepla. Even today Kalimpong remains one of the largest market places in the region.
Places to visit in and around Kalimpong
Airpot : Bagdogra (76 kms from Kalimpong) is the major airport of the region. Regular flights connects Bagdogra to major airports in the country.
Rail Station : NJP (New Jalpaiguri) 74 kms from Kalimpong is the major Rail Station.
Road : Siliguri 67 km from Kalimpong is the main junction and the largest town nearby the state.
Gangtok to Kalimpong : 75 kms
Darjeeling to Kalimpong : 50 kms
Pelling to Kalimpong via Singtam: 122 kms
Permit and Entry Rules
Indian & Foreigners: Indian & Foreigners tourists visiting Kalimpong do not require any permit to enter the state.
Best time to Visit Kalimpong
Best time to visit Kalimpong is during the months of March, April, May, June, October, Nov. Most of the roads
remains closed during the month of July, August due to heavy rainfall and landslides. Also some of the tourists
don't prefer to visit Kalimpong in the months of December, January and Febrary due to cold climates.