Kalimpong is a city and a municipality in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is located at an average elevation of 1,250 metres (4,101 ft).The city is the headquarters of the Kalimpong district.The Indian Army‘s 27 Mountain Division is located on the outskirts of the city.
Kalimpong is known for its educational institutions, many of which were established during the British colonial period. It used to be a gateway in the trade between Tibet and India before China’s annexation of Tibet and the Sino-Indian War. Kalimpong and neighbouring Darjeeling were major centres calling for a separate Gorkhaland state in the 1980s, and more recently in 2010.
The municipality sits on a ridge overlooking the Teesta River and is a tourist destination owing to its temperate climate, magnificent Himalayan beauty and proximity to popular tourist locations in the region. Horticulture is important to Kalimpong: It has a flower market notable for its wide array of orchids; nurseries, which export Himalayan grown flower bulbs, tubers and rhizomes, contribute to the economy of Kalimpong. Home to Nepalisindigenous Lepchas, other ethnic groups and non-native immigrants from other parts of India, the town is a religious centre of Buddhism. The Tibetan Buddhist monastery Zang Dhok Palri Phodang holds a number of rare Tibetan Buddhist scriptures.
Takdah is a settlement located in Darjeeling district, West Bengal, India. It is one of the upcoming tourist centres of the Darjeeling hills. It is called Takdah, which literary means always covered, in one of the local folk-lore, as you would know when you visit the fog: you will never miss.
Darjeeling district is mostly a hilly area bounded on the west by Nepal, on the east by river Teesta, on the south by North Dinajpur district and on the North by the state of Sikkim. The area has been a popular tourist destination since the British developed Darjeeling town as a summer sojourn. Apart from Darjeeling town, Kurseong also came up to be a popular destination during British time. The other places of the district mostly remained unexplored except for tea and cinchona planters.
During the last 3 to 4 decades there has been tremendous growth in the area in terms of development of new tourists destinations. Mirik came up as a tourist destination during the 1970’s, the quintessential Bengali tourists, famous for their long for travel, started visiting the rural areas beyond Darjeeling and Mirik. With development of road network tourism started to spread. The people of the hills who had limited employment opportunity due to lack of industries in the hilly terrain grabbed the opportunity. The millennium brought with it tremendous growth in rural and Homestay tourism in the region. Today the hills of Darjeeling district has several hundread homestays in rural destinations.
We will try to provide you information here not only about the major tourist destinations of Darjeeling district but also about the new and lesser known places.
Lepchajagat is a small village near Darjeeling which has turned into a tourist village in the recent past. The village is located on the Ghoom – Mirik road just 8 kms from Ghoom and about 14 kms from Darjeeling town.
The primary attraction of Lepchajagat is its view of the Kanchenjunga range along with that of Darjeeling town. The surrounding area is very peaceful and is an ideal place for the tourists interested to visit a less visited destination. Yet due to the proximity of Darjeeling town, you can easily do the local sightseeing of Darjeeling and yet stay away from the crowded tourist town of Darjeeling and enjoy nature in its pure form.
Best Travelling places in Kalimpong-Tinchuley-Darjeeling-Lepchajaget:
Best time to visit Kalimpong-Tinchuley-Darjeeling-Lepchajaget:
- Janury to july,September to December.
Day 1-Pickup from Njp/Bagdogra & Transfer to Kalimpong.Night stay at Kalimpong.
Day 2-After Brakefast visit local sightseeing Zang Dhok Palri Phodang,Delo Park,Phodong Monastery,Pine View Nursery.Night stay at Kalimpong.
Day 3-Early morning transfer to Lepchajagat.Night stay at Lepchajagat.
Day 4-Early morning visit sunrise poing by trek & After brakefast transfer to Tinchuley.Night stay Tinchuley.
Day 5-Tinchuley local sightseeing Tinchuley Monastery,Tinchuley Gumbadara
Day 6-After brakefast Transfer to Darjeeling.Evening own activites & Night stay at Darjeeling.
Day 7–Early morning visit Tiger hill & Batasia loop.After brakefast sightseeing
By road u can cover Kalimpong-Tinchuley-Darjeeling-Lepchajaget.
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