Honeymoon in Kalimpong
If you want to give an immaculate start to your conjugal life, then you should be making detailed arrangements for a post-wedding sojourn to Kalimpong. Kalimpong is a relatively unexplored hill resort lying in close proximity to the world-renowned hill-stations of Darjeeling and Gangtok. Newlyweds rush to this quaint hill-station tucked away in the lower fringes of the Mahabharata Himalayas to immerse in its stunningly attractive vistas and rejuvenate themselves by visiting the different Buddhist Gompas, and wildlife sanctuaries.
Kalimpong also offers spectacular adventure options like trekking, rafting, mountaineering, and nature walks. The hill-station, comfortably nestled on a ridge linking two hills, Durpin Hill and Deolo Hill offers some of the most breathtaking panoramas of Mount Kanchenjunga-the third highest mountain peak in the world. You’ll also find the vistas of the surrounding Himalayan Mountains no less arresting.
The impressive views of the Teesta-Torsa Valley with the Teesta River flowing by swiftly will be forever etched in your memories. You can look forward to an exclusively private and tranquil honeymoon in the ‘Land of Kings’ (meaning of Kalimpong) replete with age-old Buddhist monasteries, ancient churches, holy temples, and flower markets. You’ll simply love to take a walk in the lush green woods and in the terraced tea estates. You’ll feel transcendental when the heavy aroma of the mountain flowers fills your nostrils.
The small yet petite hill-station of Kalimpong is situated in West Bengal and lies on the NH 31A linking Sevoke town to Gangtok-the capital of Sikkim. The NH31A is a branch of NH31 that connects Siliguri with Sevoke. Kalimpong is the main town of the Kalimpong sub-division which again is a section of Darjeeling.
The railway station of New Jalpaiguri (Siliguri town) is the closest railhead situated at a distance of about 67 kms from Kalimpong. The railhead connects to all the major metros in India. Bagdogra airport located on the outskirts of Siliguri is nearly 79 kms away from Kalimpong. There are regular flights from the airports of Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati. One can also proceed to the hill town by private transport or cabs from the towns of Siliguri, Gangtok, Kurseong, Mirik, and Darjeeling.
Ideal Time to Visit
The weather remains pleasant nearly throughout the year in Kalimpong excepting the monsoons when the entire region experiences heavy rainfall accompanied by landslides. If you want to enjoy visiting the sightseeing places as well as get a kick out of participating in the adventure activities then you should be proceeding to Kalimpong in the months from March through May and September through December.
Accommodation Option for Honeymooners
The following hotels and resorts in Kalimpong are cosseted amidst flower nurseries, tea estates and plantations that’ll furnish the perfect setting for your honeymoon:-
- Elgin Silver Oaks
- The Sood’s Garden Retreat
- Kalimpong Park Hotel
- Pine View Resort
- The Himalayan Hotel
- Wiaba Village Resort
Things to Do
- Trekking to the nearby flower markets and Buddhist gumpas, not to mention the treks to the majestic hills in the neighbourhood
- Rafting in the Teesta River
- A ride on the Samco Ropeway that offers imposing views of the Teesta River and the Samthar Valley
- Crockety Bungalow - Visit this quaint bungalow to have a look at its riveting architectural design
- Nature Interpretation Centre - Get enlightened on how human activities can impact the environment by visiting the Nature Interpretation Centre
- Galingka Bungalow - Offers matchless views of the Kanchenjunga mountain
- Saramsa Garden- Head to this garden to look at the numerous varieties of orchids and rare tropical plants
- Durpin Hills - The highest viewpoint in Kalimpong providing you with an all-round vista of the surroundings
- Neora National Park
- Thongsa Gompa
- Tharpa Choeling Gompa
- St Theresa’s Church
- Catholic Church
- Samthar Plateau
You can shop for Tibetan noodles, fresh and pickled ginger, honey, flower bulbs, seeds, jewellery, artefacts, Sikkimese, Bhutanese and Lepcha embroidered dresses, and traditional Kalimpong cheese from the ‘Raja Dorje Market’, ‘10th Mile Market’ and the ‘Main Road Market’.