Kalimpong is a hill station nestled in the Shiwalik Hills (or Lower Himalaya) overlooking River Teesta in the Indian state of West Bengal. It is a tourist destination owing to its temperate climate and proximity to popular tourist locations in the region. Horticulture is also 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 ethnic Nepalis, indigenous ethnic groups and non-native migrants from other parts of India, the town also is a religious centre of Buddhism. The Buddhist monastery Zang Dhok Palri Phodang holds a number of rare Tibetan Buddhist scriptures.
(Calcutta, Darjeeling, Pelling, Gangtok, Kalimpong, Bhubaneswar, Puri)
From the cultural capital of Kolkata and artists’ villages to the stunning natural highlights of nature and healing temples, our 13-day cultural tour of East India combines scenery to superb lodging from stylish architecture to “one of the three jewels of the Raj.”
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