The Kalimpong Walk
Kalimpong a small Buddhist hill town nestled in the Teesta Valley. Kalimpong has bustling bazaar town which sprawls along a saddle-shaped mountain ridge overlooking the roaring Teesta River and is lorded over by the summit of Khangchendzonga. Kalimpong boasts Himalayan views, Buddhist monasteries, colonial-era architecture, and fascinating nursery industry. This walk is designed to give you a wholesome feel of Kalimpong, taking you in a circular manner to give you an indulging experience of the town.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Clock Tower, Chauk Bazaar, Kalimpong|
|TYPE||Colonial, Cultural, Food, Photography|
Assemble at Chowbazar
We start the Tour by gaining some energy for the walk by eating breakfast, at the Glenary’s.
Glenary’s – Bakery & Cafe, also known as the Glenary’s Cake Shop is located on the ground floor of a two-storied white colonial building that prominently displays its name in front. This is a prominent landmark of Darjeeling and existing since the British colonial days. It’s run by the Edwards family.
Listen to some fascinating fables and Tales of the British Bakery, and try some mouthwatering English breakfast.
NOTE: The guest is suggested to avoid Non-Vegetarian food as we move on to a Hindu Temple.
Christianity and Kalimpong - MacFarlane Memorial Church
Walking uphill passing by the Kalimpong High School along the lane we visit the MacFarlane Church,
The church, named after William MacFarlane, the first missionary from the Church of Scotland who visited Darjeeling in 1870, is visible from almost all parts of the town and is the most prominent landmark. The foundation stone of the church was laid on 24 February, 1890, and it was opened on November 1, 1891.
A cup of Tea at Chowrasta
Here we maneuver around the statue Nepali poet Bhanubhakta Acharya. Sitting on the benches sipping a cup of Local Chai we listen to some of his fascinating works.
This is the only temple in the world where one temple hold deity of two faiths (Buddhist and Hindu). We unravel the mystery of Darjeeling and see how the British used this place and how Darjeeling is a part of Sikkim, not Bengal.
Because we are in Sikkim
We walk up to one of the oldest Monasteries of the region and visit Karma Dorjay Chowling better known as the “Bhotay Basti Gumbha” built in the year 1860. To know why the Gurkhas did not want Buddhism to spread to Nepal. It was built in early 1860. And hear some myths and folk tales about the city.
Oldest Church in Town
While taking a walk along the circular Mall road, we will come across St. Andrew’s Church. It was named after the patron saint of Scotland. The foundation stone of the church was laid on November 30, 1843. The church was badly damaged by an earthquake and had to be rebuilt in the year 1873.
St. Andrew’s is an old Anglican church and the early worshippers of the church included many Scottish soldiers and tea planters living in the Darjeeling Hill area.
Tea Tasting- As we are where the world best Tea is produced
We go to Nathmulls, one the finest tea stores in Darjeeling for Tea tasting, we gather the best tea from the city and you can taste them and even choose to buy some to have a sip of Darjeeling back home.
Traditional Nepali/Tebetian Lunch at Joshi Aunty's Home
We end our tour by a delicious Non-Veg/ Non-Veg Traditional Nepali/Tebitan Lunch prepared by Mrs. Anjana Pradhana, who is a patron of Darjeeling culture and History. And give you a tour of her home.