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Sitting on a mountain ridge overlooking the River Tista, even by Indian standards Kalimpong is a truly beautiful hill station. A former trade route for tea and spices between Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan, and belonging to the then kingdom of Sikkim it now lies between the states of West Bengal and Sikkim. Covered in forests of mountain oak and carpets of flowers, in the spring it is famed for its cultivation of roses, dahlias and orchids in particular. Our pick of the best places to stay in Kalimpong are perfect for exploring the picturesque hills and countryside.
Influenced by its former trade link routes, Kalimpong is home to plenty Buddhist monasteries housing ancient Tibetan manuscripts and ornate wall paintings. Durpin Gompa in particular is an impressive visit.
Like most hill stations Kalimpong enjoys pleasant weather and can be visited almost all year, however it is a pastoral paradise in spring when the hillside is in full bloom with its famed floral crop. Avoid monsoon between June – October when the roads turn into rivers and many are closed.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Kalimpong are perfect for a relaxing getaway amidst West Bengal’s verdant landscapes.
For budget accommodation
- A welcoming guesthouse set amidst two acres of botanical gardens Holumba Haven provides guests with an authentic homestay experience at an incredible price.
For total relaxation
- Welcoming travellers since the 1920s, The Himalayan Hotel is a complete retreat away form the hustle and bustle of town. There are picturesque landscaped gardens in which to relax with a good book.
For a romantic break
- With tailor made Honeymoon packages, large rooms with panoramic views The Elgin Silver Oaks is the perfect place to escape to with a loved one.
Still not sure which to book? From budget to romance browse through our list of the best places to stay in Kalimpong to start to plan your trip. Alternatively you can widen the net and check out all our recommendations in Darjeeling and West Bengal, or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Kalimpong
Holumba Haven 16 rooms from $20Kalimpong
A delightful guesthouse in the town of Kalimpong. Welcoming hosts, delectable home-cooked meals and cosy cottages set in a beautiful botanical garden. A home from home in the foothills of the Himalayas.Garden - 2 acres of Botanical gardens with over 200 orchid speciesSights nearby - Temples and Mandirs in Kalimpong townViews - Stunning views to Mount KanchenjungaFull of character
The Himalayan Hotel 16 rooms from $44Darjeeling, West Bengal
A wonderfully spacious & peaceful hotel, its expansive gardens & delightful views provide a retreat from the bustle. Set up in the 1920s, it has a longstanding and well-deserved reputation; all the great historical names of the region stayed here. Old-fashioned but bursting with old world charm.Local markets - Walking distance to the town centreGreat walks - Good for walkers.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Views - Great views from hotel
The Elgin Silver Oaks 25 rooms from $104Kalimpong, West Bengal
This lavish former home of a magnate has been delightfully converted into a hotel oozing with luxury. The rooms are expansive & elegant; Burmese teak floors, period furniture & art but with modern comfort. It also boasts 2 restaurants, a tea lounge & a garden with magnificent views of the Himalayas.Sights nearby - Including Mangal Dham Temple, Kalimpong arts and crafts centre, Neora Valley National ParkViews - Most rooms overlook the breathaking Himalayas and the Teesta river valleyKids Club - Fully staffed.Back to Nature