One of the headquarters of a Bhutanese Governor, the word ‘Kalim’ means King’s Minister and ‘pong’ the stronghold, hence, the stronghold of the King’s minister. It is also called ‘Kalibong’ or the black spur by the hill people. ‘Kalipong’ in loin local dialect stands for ‘Kaulim’ which is fibrous plant which grows in abundance in this region. However, the meaning that has found the the most favour is the Lepcha meaning of the name – ‘the ridge where we play’. It is said that these local tribesmen used to organize field sports while not engaged in agricultural pursuits – hence the name.
Situated at an altitude of 1250 metres Kalimpong enjoys the best climate in the region. The dense forests of golden oak trees offset by the rich undergrowth of moss and lichen provide an ideal setting for leisurely walks on thick cushions of russet-brown leaves. One comes to this beautiful hill town for a quiet and relaxed holiday and to be pampered by nature bounties.
The vast rolling meadows covered with a riot of wild flowers, the sparkling brooks and rivulets meandering lazily by the terraced fields are a feast for one’s eyes. Kalimpong is a blaze of colours throughout the year owing to the richness of its stunning flora. The orchids and cacti of this region in particular are famous for their infinite variety as well as their delicate tints.
Nestled in the laps of the majestic Himalayas, amidst ever smiling people exuberating warmth, this paradise on earth beckons you to a holiday, the kind of which have never experienced before.
Trekking in Kalimpong region can be the most pleasant and unforgettable holiday experience in one’s life. Kalimpong offers some of the most spectacular treks along the magnificently beautiful hills that surround it.