Attractions

Buddhist Monastery in Kalimpong

Durpin Gompa

Kalimpong’s largest monastery, formally known as Zangtok Pelri Phodang, sits atop panoramic Durpin Hill (1372m) and was consecrated by the Dalai Lama in 1976. There are impressive religious murals in the main prayer…
Museum in Kalimpong

Lepcha Heritage Museum

This offbeat collection of Lepcha treasures could be likened to rummaging through the attic of your grandfather’s house (if he were a Lepcha elder). A guide explains Lepcha creation myths, while pointing out religio…
Workshop in Kalimpong

Himalayan Handmade Paper Industry

Visitors are welcome to drop into this small unsigned workshop to see traditional paper-making processes, from boiling and pulping of the local argayli (daphne) bush to sifting, pressing and drying. The resulting in…
Church in Kalimpong

St Teresa’s Church

A fascinating missionary church built in 1929 by Swiss Jesuits, St Teresa was constructed to incorporate designs from a Bhutanese gompa. The wooden apostles resemble Buddhist monks, and carvings on the doors resembl…
Church in Kalimpong

MacFarlane Church

One of Kalimpong's most imposing churches, this 1870 church was severely damaged by a 2011 earthquake, when one of its steeples came crashing to the ground. After renovations, the church is now open to visitors and …
Buddhist Monastery in Kalimpong

Tharpa Choling Gompa

Built in 1922, this Gelugpa-school Tibetan monastery of 50 monks contains statues of the past, present and future Buddhas. Don't miss the fascinating museum, next to an unusual Chinese temple, just above the main mo…
Gardens in Kalimpong

Pineview Nursery

Horticulture fans will want to visit Pine View Nursery to gaze at its extremely photogenic cactus collection.
Historic Building in Kalimpong

Dr Graham’s Home

This orphanage and school was built in 1900 by Dr JA Graham, a Scottish missionary, to educate children of tea-estate workers, and now has 1300-odd students. There’s a museum that commemorates Graham and his wife, K…
Nature Reserve in Kalimpong

Neora Valley National Park

This birding haven lies in the vicinity of Lava, a town about 40km from Kalimpong, and is home to red pandas, clouded leopards and countless species of woodpeckers, owls, pigeons, eagles, warblers, babblers and finc…
Buddhist Monastery in Kalimpong

Thongsa Gompa

Near the junction of RC Mintri and KD Pradkhan Rds is this charming Nyingmapa-school monastery, also known as the Bhutanese Monastery. The gompa was founded in 1692, but the present building, surrounded by 219 small…