It is also called Kalimpong in local dialect meaning "black spur". As per the Lepchas Kalimpong means 'Ridge Where we play'. It is said that these local tribesman used to organise field sports while not engaged in agricultural pursuit.


Situated at an altitude of 1250 meters it enjoys temperate climate throughout the year. Somewhat secluded and tucked away in the corner under the big Darjeeling umbrella, Kalimpong offers a quite and relaxed holiday against the backdrop of Kanchenjunga.


The journey from Darjeeling to Kalimpong is a beautiful experience. The road drops from Ghoom 7407ft., to Teesta Bazar 700 ft. in 12km and passes through lush green forests and tea gardens. One can stop at the view point of 'Lovers Meet' from where the confluence of river Teesta and Rangeet can be seen. One can travel direct to Siliguri from Kalimpong and this road follows the river Teesta from the hills till it emerges into the plains of Siliguri.


Kalimpong General Information


Area :

3.5 Sq. miles

Altitude :

1250 metres (4100 ft)

Population :

40,000 (approx)

Rainfall :

86.20 inch (Yearly)

Language :

English, Gorkha, Bengali & Hindi

Climate :

Summer : 27°C Max - Min 17.2°C

Winter :

15°C Max - Min 7.2 °C