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Continuing north through forested hills you arrive in Kalimpong, where ancient Buddhist monasteries, including Thonga Gompa, dot the landscape.

School of Tibetan Medicine, Ringkinpong Monastery

Different branches of Buddhism have established themselves here on ancient trade routes, while the School of Tibetan Medicine at the Ringkinpong Monastery is the only one of its kind outside Tibet.

The market

On a more worldly level, the town market draws farmers down from their mountain homes to sell their produce and herbal medicines.

Visit nurseries

The climate is ideal for growing orchids, gladioli and dahlias and the local nurseries make an interesting visit.

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Map of Kalimpong

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    Our expert guides to exploring Kalimpong

    Written by our specialists from their own experiences of visiting Kalimpong, these guides will help you make the most of your time there. We share both our practical recommendations and the best ways to appreciate Kalimpong at its best.

    • Walking in India: on foot through the Himalaya & the Western Ghats
      View from Leti, Almora

      Walking in India: on foot through the Himalaya & the Western Ghats

      Walking in India: on foot through the Himalaya & the Western Ghats

      Exploring India on foot, you pass through remote villages, stop for tea with local people and stumble upon hidden temples. Our India specialists suggest routes through the hills of the Western Ghats, tea plantations of Darjeeling and foothills of the western Himalaya.

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