Top ChoiceCafe in Kalimpong

Art Cafe

Cool cafe with a breezy terrace offering fine views over the hills and valleys to the west and north. It does good coffee, shakes and lemon mint coolers (served in Mason jars) and good things to eat too, from...

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 murals in the main prayer room...

Viewpoint in Kalimpong

Deolo Hill

On a clear day, the morning views of Khangchendzonga from this hilltop park, about 500m higher than the town centre, are simply superb. After savouring the views you can have breakfast (8.30am to 11am) at the...

Church in Kalimpong

St Teresa’s Church

A fascinating missionary church built in 1929 by Swiss Jesuits, St Teresa's was constructed to incorporate designs from a Bhutanese gompa. The 12 wooden apostles are reminiscent of Buddhist monks, and carvings on...

Workshop in Kalimpong

Himalayan Handmade Paper Industry

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

Buddhist Monastery in Kalimpong

Tharpa Choling Gompa

Built from 1912 to 1922, the main temple of this Gelugpa-school Tibetan monastery of 50 monks contains statues of past, present and future Buddhas. Don't miss the fascinating museum just above the main monastery,...

National Park in Kalimpong

Neora Valley National Park

This birding haven lies east of Lava, a town 30km east of Kalimpong, and its luxuriant forests are home to a few red pandas and leopard cats and countless species of woodpeckers, owls, pigeons, eagles, warblers...

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...

Tibetan in Kalimpong

Gompu’s Bar & Restaurant

Gompu’s is known for its oversized pork momos (₹110 for four), which have been drawing locals and travellers for as long as anyone can remember. Lunchtime is the best time to find them. It also does filling...

Bhutanese in Kalimpong

Za Khang

You can enjoy authentic Bhutanese food in the calm, clean surroundings of Za Khang's light, airy dining room or its rooftop with Himalaya panoramas. The pork dishes are good, and there are tasty soups and a...

Chinese in Kalimpong


Mr Lee cooks up unique Chinese-style dishes at this eatery with a red interior. Stand-outs include the mun wontons (dumplings fried in egg), mun chu nyuk (red pork), homemade mefun (rice noodles) and a refreshing...

Buddhist Monastery in Kalimpong

Thongsa Gompa

A short distance below the junction of RC Mintri and Rishi Rds is this charming Nyingmapa-school monastery, also known as the Bhutanese Monastery. The gompa was founded in 1678, but the present main building,...

International in Kalimpong

Cafe Refuel

Cool place with motorbike-themed decor that uses classic old Vespas for counter seats. The food has a Mexican twist, with homemade nachos, burritos and tostadas alongside burgers, pizza and grilled sandwiches,...

Chinese in Kalimpong

Ni Hao Restaurant

This Chinese restaurant with tasty food, amiable staff and a clean, appealing ambience is down a few steps off Rishi Rd in the northeast of the central area. Try the chow mein with handmade noodles or the spicy...

Food & Drinks in Kalimpong

Lark’s Provisions

This is the best place to pick up Edam-like local cheese (per kilogram ₹600), produced in Kalimpong since the Jesuits established a dairy here in the 19th century. It also sells locally made milky lollipops (₹30)...

Gardens in Kalimpong

Shanti Kunj

Walk down to Shanti Kunj to view its greenhouses full of interesting plants from begonias and cacti to anthuriums and araucaria-tree seedlings. Bulbs of lilies and other plants (some exported to Europe and North...

Cafe in Kalimpong

Cafe Kalimpong

Relax on a cushioned seat on the terrace and enjoy fresh-ground coffee, or a variety of teas or shakes, with cool, relaxed music and an expansive Relli Valley view. It does pasta, momos, grilled sandwiches and...

Market in Kalimpong

Haat Bazaar

On Wednesdays and especially Saturdays, this normally quietish bazaar roars to life with a plethora of merchandise ranging from vegetables and beans to spices, herbs, clothes and plastic garlands.

Gardens in Kalimpong

Nurseryman’s Haven

Nurseryman’s stocks over 200 orchid species from the Kalimpong–Darjeeling region and is worth a visit to view its blooms that are exported worldwide (best in April and May).

Cafe in Kalimpong


The bright and cheerful cafe in the glitzy Mayfair hotel does good coffee and teas and has some very tempting cakes and pastries.