Kalimpong Diaries: The Land of the pristine valleys | RedPaper.in
By: Debarati Sen | WriteForRedPaper
“The wastes of snow on the hill were ghostly in the moonlight. The stars were piercingly bright.”
Situated at an altitude of 1250 m (410 ft), Kalimpong is a small town in Darjeeling district. Adorned by the Teesta River and dense forests of golden oaks, interspersed with radiant flora, the heart of the town is an approximate ride of around three hours from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station. It can also be reached by a three hours journey from the Bagdogra airport.
The climate of Kalimpong is moderate all-round the year, which makes this place a dream destination that can be visited any month on the calendar. It has a rich variety of flora and fauna which serves as a visual treat to visitors from all around the globe. The city also has a diverse array of orchids and a wide range of different flowers.
The huge stretch of flamboyant pasture with the sun rays falling on the meandering Teesta River creates a heavenly ambiance for a stroll on a lazy afternoon. ‘Far from the madding crowd’ and listlessness of the city life this hill station provides a heavenly abode to those who want to relish few moments of tranquility and sheer peace. Away from the cacophony of the city one can curl up amidst the silence of the natural beauty that the hills offer.
Often termed as the highest point of the town of Kalimpong, Deolo Hill is situated at a height of around 1700 m. Paragliding, trekking and horse riding are major arenas of attraction for adventure enthusiasts. A climb up on the summit of the hill gives a magnificent view of the entire city. The monastery situated on top of the Deolo hill can give you peep into the rich cultural heritage and historical edifice of the Buddhist culture.Away from the chaos and bustle of the market area Hotel Windsongs situated at 8th Milestone, Rishi Road,, Kalimpong, provides a luxurious sojourn for visitors. Inside it one can take retreat midst the splurging view of the snow capped Kanchanjunga. The cottages in the backward with the bonfire serve a delightful escapade during the night. The overtly hospitable hotel staff make the stay at Windsongs warm and entertaining. Tibetan and Chinese cuisine is majorly popular among the localities, momo and thumpa being their specialty. You can also find some refreshing and fine Darjeeling tea to relish. Churpee,which is a type of cheese made from Yak’s milk is also highly yearned by tourists.
Gompu’s Hotel and King Thai are among the peppy restaurants to hang out with friends and family in the chilly evenings over a glass of exquisite red wine and mouthwatering chicken drumsticks and bacon sandwiches.
So if you are planning for your next holiday destination you should definitely explore the pristine valleys and the lofty mountains of Kalimpong. As John Muir has rightly described the beauty of the hills in his following words:
“Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away from you like the leaves of Autumn”.