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iXiGOers Apr 17 2013

Suggest a 5 day tour itinerary for Kalimpong.

Aloke Bajpai Apr 17 2013
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An ideal escape from the maddening city life, Kalimpong would surely enthrall you with its natural splendor. Overlooking the Teesta river and valley, this small hill-town in the 'Lesser Himalayas' is a treat for nature-lovers, especially with its lush horticulture and flower-markets. To make most of your time here, you should have a itinerary plan so that you don’t miss out the major attractions. Allow us to help you on that:

Day 1

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at Fresh Bite Restaurant which specializes in Indian and Continental cuisines. It is located at DB Giri Road which is North East of Town Centre.

Now that you are done with your meal worries, its time to plan your itinerary well in advance so that you don’t miss out on the major attractions here. If you are planning to visit Deolo Hills, you can also include Dr Graham's Home and Tharpa Choling Monastery in your plan. Deolo Hill, the highest peak of Kalimpong is a photographer’s delight. A perfect place to enjoy panoramic view of Kalimpong town, the place is great for amazing sunset and sunrise views as well as planning a day’s picnic. To know more about it, please click on this. Talking about Dr Graham's Home, it is famous for its grand Scottish architecture and natural beauty.

On your way back, you can visit Nature Interpretation Centre and Pine View Nursery which are easily accessible via roads or on foot. Just walk in any of the nearby restaurants to enjoy a delicious meal and refreshing drinks.

As the sun settles down for the day, you can plan a short trip to Haat Bazaar which is the local market to just get an idea about shopping in Kalimpong. Please check the details on Haat Bazaar page. Don’t forget that being a small and quiet hill town, shopping time here is normally restricted to 9 pm. If you want a nice North Indian meal for you or a fine-dining experience, make your way to Tandoori Express, an upscale restaurant, located on DB Giri road.

Day 2

Your second day in Kalimpong should be more of outdoor activities as compared to just sightseeing. You can enjoy paragliding (15 min/30 min), trekking, rafting or biking. There are several tour operators like Gurudongma Tours & Treks, Himalayan Bike Tours which offer different packages. However, if you are not an adventure bird, don’t lose your heart as there are a plethora of things to explore in Kalimpong. For instance, you can plan a visit the which boasts of being one of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim. Once you are here, don’t miss Rabdentse Ruins which is located in close proximity to the monastery. The ruins will give you an interesting insight into the rich history and culture of Sikkim.

On your way back, make way to the famous Lepcha Museum which is dedicated to indigenous tribe of the area, known as the Lepchas. It is located at a short distance from the main town but it is easily accessible via foot or by road. As for the dining options In between your excursion tours, you can head to Shikhar, the all veg restaurant or Gompu's Bar and Restaurant for authentic Tibetan preparations. If you are interested in exploring something unique and interesting, head to Gangjong Paper Industry. Here you will see the indigenous art of hand-made paper and experience an old-world charm. To know more, click here. If you are not planning to have dinner at your hotel and want to taste some authentic local flavours, head to China Garden restaurant for a lovely meal.

Day 3

Your third day of Kalimpong tour would be incomplete without a visit to Mangal Dham, Durpin Dara, Zang Dhok Palri Phodang monastery, Singshore Bridge and Sangachoeling Monastery. Not necessarily in that order though! Mangal Dham is this temple-cum-prayer hall was built to honour Shri 108 Mangaldasji Maharaj and is a popular tourist attraction. Durpin Dara is the the highest point in the scenic Kalimpong town and it offers unparalleled views of the adjoining surroundings. However, in order to reach Singshore Bridge which is the second highest bridge in Asia, you have to take a cab as it is around 5 km from the main town.

Day 4

You can plan a trip to nearby hill stations like the popular Darjeeling or unexplored Mirik on the 4th day of your trip. 21 km from Kalimpong, Darjeeling is the lush, green hill-town in West Bengal, famous for its tea plantations. Developed by the British in the 19th century, this serene town is now home to a vibrant Tibetan and Sikkimese culture. On the other hand, Mirik comes under the offbeat destination category. Surrounded by the wonderful Kanchenjunga mountain range, this quiet and picturesque hill station in West Bengal is known for its lush tea plantations, elegant beautiful landscapes, salubrious air and warm people. Board a cab in the morning as it takes around 2 hours to reach either Darjeeling or Mirik. To know more about Mirik, please click here.

Day 5

Want to explore more? Head to Gangtok which is around an hour’s drive from Kalimpong. A prominent Buddhist pilgrimage site that is nestled in the high peaks of Himalayas sheltering the Enchey Monastery. This raw untouched beauty of northeast is situated in the Shivalik hills of the eastern Himalayas at an altitude of 1,700 meters. Hire a tourist cab and explore the beautiful attractions of Gangtok. Although a single day might not be sufficient for Gangtok, still you can cover the major tourist spots.

Kalimpong promises a wonderful vacation so its time to visit here and bring back lifetime memories. Kalimpong tour packages takes cares of every thing including accommodation and sightseeing.

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