General Information -
Population (Town) – 49,403 (2011 Census)
Population (District) – 2,51,642 (2011 Census)
Altitude (Kalimpong Town) – 1250 mts.
Summer Max – 27 C , Min – 16 C / Winter Max – 17 C , Min – 5C
Distance from major cities -
Siliguri – 68 kms
Darjeeling – 55 kms
Gangtok – 72 kms
Bagdogra – 80 kms
New Jalpaiguri – 75 kms
Kalimpong is a district in North Bengal, India. The scenic town is strategically located, cradled by the Himalayan ranges and connected with sleepy hamlets. The region is blessed with wonderful weather, fertile soil thus paving way for rich agricultural harvest. An erstwhile Sikkimese Province ceded to the Kingdom of Bhutan, Kalimpong was chosen for Scottish missionary activities when it became part of the British Empire.
Today the town of Kalimpong radiates with warm energy of the local folks busy in their everyday humdrum at Damber Chowk and Haat Bazar. Some reclusive towns in Kalimpong district such as Lolegaon, Pedong, Lava are pockets of nature’s serenity and abundance. Lava is also a gateway to Kalimpong’s best kept secret about Himalayan flora and fauna at the Global biodiversity hotspot of Neora Valley National Park.
Participate in Preserving these Pristine Hills
The Kalimpong district is part of a fragile ecosystem, which has flourished with the conscious effort of the inhabitants. While the scenic beauty may "encapsulate" not enrapture and make you want to revisit, here are few things you can do towards ensuring that 20 years down the line Kalimpong remains as pristine and beautiful as it is now.
Plastic bags are banned in Kalimpong, Use eco-friendly paper packaging or local textile bags when you shop here.
As much as the indigenous culture and customs might intrigue you, respect the people who follow it and seek their permission before photographing their face or personal activities.
The water bodies and natural springs that you might encounter at the hiking trails in villages are holy sites for the people. Try to revere it and detest from any sort of littering
While backpacking and trekking through the hills ensure to dispose off the water bottles and other non biodegradable wastes in the bins provided at different locations !
Water is a scarce resource in these hills; help us conserve it by using it judiciously.
Do you know?
Swiss Jesuit priest Father Andre Butty introduced famous Kalimpong Lollipop back in 1950.
Courtesy : Kalimpong Tourism