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Visit Kalimpong to Experience the Serene Beauty in the Foothills of Himalayas
Exploring the Kalimpong Town
Kalimpong is small town located in the Lesser Himalaya range in West Bengal. The town derives its name from the Tibetan words, kalon and pong which roughly translate to “Assembly of King’s ministers”. The town falls under the Darjeeling district and used to be a primary business gateway between Tibet and India, before the former was annexed by China. It was also a primary centre of Gorkhaland Movement along with the neighboring city of Darjeeling. The town is situated on a ridge that overlooks the Teesta River, giving it a naturally mesmerizing look. The town is also famous for being a major centre of Buddhism.  The town is also famous for its British style schools, many of which were actually established during the British rule.

Interesting Places worth Visiting
Kalimpong is a major tourist destination of eastern India and during the summer and the spring season, the town is generally full of visitors not only from different parts of India, but across the globe. Given below are some of the most interesting tourist attractions in the region. 

Gompas: The Gompas or the monasteries are major tourist attraction sites in this small hill town, which has been deeply influenced by Buddhism. There are three major monasteries which tourists like to visit. The first is the Thongsha Gompa , which is the oldest monastery in the region and dates back to 1692. The second o f these monasteries is the Tharpa Choling Monastery, belonging to the Gelukpa sect and which was constructed in 1937. The third is the Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery which was sanctified by the Dalai Lama himself while in exile.

St. Teresa Church:  The most interesting fact about this church is that the local craftsmen tried to give it the look of a Gompa. The church walls are decorated with wooden carvings that portray the scenecs form The Bible. However, here again the people portrayed in the scenes look more like Buddhist monks, which is an evidence of the deep influence of Buddhism and Tibetan culture on this town.

Dharmodaya Vihar: Located on Rishi road, which is just a short way from the town of Kalimpong, Dharmodaya Vihar is a Buddhist temple built in the Nepali style. The statue of Buddha inside the temple was a donation by the Buddhist from Burma. The temple also houses a library which has a great collection of some really old books. 
Durpin Dara: Durpin Dara is the top of the Durpin Hill which soars high over the town of Kalimpong. The Hill is famous as an observation post for getting a really spectacular view of the beautiful plains of Siliguri, as well as the Rangit and Tista valleys. In addition, visitors also get a breathtaking view of the Kanchendzonga range and the Chola range, which is famous for the Nathula pass. The hill top also has a great looking golf course with slopes that steep gently downwards.

Famous Things to Buy In This Hill Town
Handmade Paper – Kalimpong is famous for its handmade paper, which can be used to wrap gifts or even as stationary. It is also common for people to use bags made form this paper for their everyday shopping. The paper is not only beautiful but also quite unlike the usual paper available in market. 

Fing: Also known as the glass noodles, this local dish of Kalimpong is not only great to taste but equally interesting. It is not uncommon for visitors to buy this Kalimpong specialty not only for themselves, but also for their friends back home.


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