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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the top attractions in Kalimpong?

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Rich in Tibetan and Buddhist culture, Kalimpong is a popular retreat which proudly plays host to the Zang Dhok Palri Phodang Buddhist monastery. 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. Talking about the local attractions, make sure you explore the following names:

  • Mangal Dham

    The erstwhile worship place of Lord Krishna is famous for its marvellous architecture. You will be surprised to see that the prayer hall is done in a ballroom style with eight beautiful and grand pictures of Krishna Leela adorning the walls of the hall. The temple also doubles up as a memorial of Guruji Shri Mangaldasji, a famous saint.

    Timings: 6 am to 7 pm
    Address: Relli Road
    East of Town Center

  • Durpin Dara

    Durpin Dara allows you to soak in the breathtaking view of the mighty Himalayan ranges. The lush green valleys intersected by ice cold mountain rivers such as the Teesta, Relli and Riang on one side and the sight of the plains on the other provide a mesmeric view of the surrounding.

    Address: Durpin Dara

  • Neora Valley National Park

    Welcome to Neora Valley National Park, a perfect abode to an exotic fauna such as Red Panda, Clouded Leopard, Musk Deer and Golden Cat to name a few. The sweeping view of the entire area which boasts of an abundant flora life and a world of winged denizens will surely leave you awestruck. The best time to visit the Park are March to June and September to November.

    Address: Neora Valley National Park

  • Zang Dhok Palri Phodang

    Step in at this spiritual abode and instantly feel the divine connection. A Buddhist monastery built by the legendary Dalai Lama is home to priceless manuscripts such as the 108 volumes of the Kangyur and works brought in after Tibet's invasion in the year 1959.

    Address: Durpin Hill

  • Kalimpong Cactus Nursery

    Ever been to a place which is just only for Cactus? Well, if not, then make sure you head to Kalimpong Cactus Nursery. The place is a must-visit for any tourist coming to Kalimpong for the first time. The nursery has a wide range of cactus variety, but it is mainly famous for its Tequila plant.

    Address: Kalimpong Cactus Nursery

  • Deolo Hill

    Want to view Kalimpong from an altogether different angle? Well, Deolo Hills calls for that splendid experience. It boasts of being the highest point of the pristine hill station and offers you mesmerizing views of the majestic
    Kanchenjunga mountains (the third highest peak of the world) and the surrounding valley. With gurgling Teesta River making its way between the mountains, there are some truly clickable moments at the hilltop which you won't want to miss. You can also enjoy some relaxed moments at the tourist lodge which is situated right there.

    Address: Deolo Hill

You will also love to explore other attractions like Thongsha Gumpha, Gauripur House (home of the legendary Bengali poet, Rabindranath Tagore), Tharpa Choling Monastery, Golf Course, Dr Graham House, Nature Interpretation Centre and Santi Kunj in Kalimpong. Escape from the crazed, city crowd and lose yourself into the verdant tea-culture of the North East, all the while experiencing an epiphanic and splendid vacation.

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