Kalimpong – Guide to the Black Spur

Kalimpong - Guide to the Black Spur

Kalimpong is a hill station with multiple personalities; the region is full of fun and excitement and at the same time boasts of a serene and peaceful ambiance that leaves one with a tranquil feeling like none other. Sitting amidst the Mahabharat range (lesser Himalayas) in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal is a mesmerizing beauty adorned with glorious mountains covered in snow, dense woodlands, undulating plains and much more. The city is a popular tourist destination attracting thousands of tourists from all quarters.

Black Spur

There are quite a few popular beliefs attached to the name of the region. One such belief is that it means ‘the land where we play’ according to the local Lepcha’s, while according to another belief the region loosely translates into the ‘Black Spur’.

The region also has a strong historical background that adds to the character and mysticism of the region. The hill station was an important trading outpost for furs, wool and grains between India and Tibet. The region also served as an alternate summer resort to Darjeeling for the English troops during the British eras. Reflection of the region’s past is visible among the various architecture, monuments and various other relics found in the region.

Plenty of Tourist Attractions

Kalimpong offers plenty of things to see and explore. Some of the prominent tourist attractions of Kalimpong include Dr. Graham Holme’s School, Durpindara, gouripur House, Kalimpong Market, 7th Mile View Point, Flower Nurseries, Thongsha Gompa, Mangal Dham, Zong Dhok, Palri Phodang Monastery, and Pedong Monastery among others.

Outdoor Activities

Apart from sightseeing, tourists can take advantage of the rich surroundings and indulge in various sorts of outdoor sports activities like hiking, trekking, nature walks, mountaineering and much more. Tourists can also satisfy their shopping needs in the local markets famous for its cheese, noodles, lollipop, traditional handicrafts, wood carvings, embroidered items, bags, purses, tapestry work, copperware, scrolls, Tibetan jewelry, and artifacts.

Good Hotels are Plenty

There is also no dearth of good hotels in Kalimpong catering to the lodging needs of the multitude of travelers visiting the region. The hotels are found across all various budget segments thus, catering to varied tastes and preferences.

Well Connected

Kalimpong is also well connected to the rest of the country utilizing air, rail, and roadways. The nearest airport is the Bagdogra airport, approx. 100 km away, while the nearest railway station is in New Jalpaiguri. There are plenty of buses and cabs easily available from either of the regions for Kalimpong.