A favourite weekend destination for local people, Kalimpong also gather outsiders round the year. Located at the foothills of Eastern Himalayas, Kalimpong is a popular town in Darjeeling district. The average altitude of the town and the sub-division of Kalimpong is 1250m. The geographical location of the area is the reason that it receives basically mild temperate climate.
Kalimpong was briefly ruled by Sikkimese and Bhutanese kingdoms till the mid 19th century. After the Anglo-Bhutan War in 1864, it turned to a sub-division of the Western Dooars. During the British rule, the area witnessed a drastic development in terms of educational academies. Sometimes after Indian Independence, Kalimpong was included as a sub-division under Darjeeling district. It was announced a separate district of West Bengal on 22nd September, 2016.
As a part of Eastern Himalayas, Kalimpong is a mind-blowing place from ecological aspect. Widely known for orchids, flora of Kalimpong is also formed with cinnamon, cacti, cardamom, bamboo, pine, oak, maple, sunflower etc. Fauna is greatly represented by animals like Siberian weasel, red panda, Asiatic black bear, gaur, Himalayan tahr, avifauna like cuckoos, bulbuls, pheasants, warblers, minivets, sunbirds etc.
Situated around 69km from Siliguri town, Kalimpong is regularly connected with Siliguri, along with Darjeeling, Kurseong, Mirik, Sikkim etc. You can easily take Govt and private buses, rental cars, shared jeeps etc from Siliguri to reach Kalimpong.