Kalimpong Kalimpong is an east Indian hill town in the Himalayan foothills of West Bengal. Perched on a ridge above the Teesta River, it’s home to colonial-era buildings like MacFarlane Memorial Church, named after a Scottish missionary. South, the hilltop Durpin Monastery, or Zang Dhok Palri Phodang, contains sacred Buddhist scriptures. Deolo Park has landscaped gardens and offers views of the town and surrounding hills along with the Panaromic view of Mt. Kanchenjuga.

Elevation : 1,247 m

Area : 1,056 km²

Chebu Village walk

Drive to Durpin Hill.
Durpin Dara : This is an observatory point about 3 kms from town from where an awe – inspiring view of the mighty Himalayan ranges can be seen. The lush green valleys intersected by the ice cold mountain ranges of Kanchendzonga rivers such as the Teesta, Relli, Riang on one side and the sight of the plains on the other provide a breath taking view.

From here begin walk to Chebu Basti seeing Teesta River flowing down the Valley on one side and Darjeeling on the other side.

Chebu Village is surrounded by Cardamom Plantations, Seasonal Vegetable cultivation, Rice fields and Flower Nurseries.

Packed Picnic lunch at the village and later walk back to the hotel.

RAFTING

one of the popular adventure activities that you can undertake along with your family members is white water river rafting. River Teesta and Rangeet gush down the Himalayan mountains and create foaming white water and stretches with varying rapids that are excellent for rafting for both beginners and seasoned rafters.

River Teesta originates from Tso Lhamo lake in North Sikkim at an altitude of over 5,330 meters, while Rangeet originates from a glacier of Mount Kabru in the lower Kanchenjunga region. Teesta eventually forms the boundary between Darjeeling district (of West Bengal) and Sikkim.

oth Teesta and Rangeet meet at a place close to Teesta Bazar near the plains. This meeting point is known as Triveni. Check out Teesta & Rangeet Confluence to know more about the meeting point. While rafting also takes place at Triveni, the most popular place for rafting is on river Teesta is Melli.

If you look at the picture below, you will see a sandy delta at the corner of the confluence. This is from where the rafting is launched in Triveni. This sandy beach is also a popular campsite for the rafters.

Many tourists actually combine rafting with camping. The valley and the landscape around the rivers create an amazing scene. From the meeting point at Triveni, Teesta flows down south and meets the plains at Sivoke where the Coronation Bridge connects to North Bengal such as Dooars. It is estimated that around 50 rafts are operated on Teesta river during season.

As you raft down Teesta, the mesmerizing view of the dense forests along the slope of the mountains, the vegetation, the many different birds, fishes on the water, combined with the excitement of rafting through the torrents and foaming waters create an unforgettable experience. There are small villages on both sides of the river. You can therefore see many cultivated lands. Overall an awesome feeling.

White Water Rafting in Teesta has been introduced by erstwhile DGHC (Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council, now GTA) in 1991 and has been consistently gaining popularity since then. It's fun and exciting. In rafting, there are 6 grades or levels of difficulty depending on the rapids or the current in the river. Grade-1 (with flat calm water) is the easiest and Grade-6 is most difficult.

Due to series of rapids and varying intensity of flow, most part of Teesta where rafting is done has been graded in a scale of 2 to 4. Grade-2 would have small roller coaster rapids but easy to negotiate, Grade-3 requires a trained guide & some technical ability, while Grade-4 would have some serious and large rapids, and should be attempted only by seasoned rafters.

The Rangeet river on the other hand has more turbulence compared to Teesta. Its multi dimensional rapids can be very challenging at times. Both these rivers are fed by melting snow in the summer months and rain water in the monsoon. They are perennial rivers. In monsoon the rivers swell.

Here are the most popular courses (i.e. river sections) on Teesta for rafting:

For non-swimmers :

  • 1) Melli to 29th Mile (1.5 hours)
  • 2) Melli to Kalijhora (3 hours)

For swimmers only :

  • 1) Tarkhola to Melli (2 hours)
  • 2) Tarkhola to 29 Mile (3 hours)
  • 3) Starts at 7th Mile and ends at Labarbote near Sikkim Bengal border (4-5 kms).

Best time for rafting

You should avoid the monsoon (July to September) when rivers swell due to rain fed water and the rapids can be very high. All other months are good for rafting. The best time for rafting on Teesta or Rangeet is between December to June. But note that during winter, water can be ice cold and you should wear wetsuits to counter the cold water.

Some important points to note

  • One has to sign 'Assumption of Risk and Release' bond before undertaking the rafting trip.
  • Foreign tourists require to carry their passport which needs to be shown while signing the bond and also while crossing the Teesta Bridge.
  • You should wear shorts and carry extra pair of shoes/sneakers, sun screen lotion, water bottle, an additional set of dry clothes etc.
  • If you have heart problems, epilepsy etc, it is advisable not to undertake the trip.
  • You must not drink alcohol at least 6 hours before the trip.
  • You must use life jackets provided by the operator and follow all safety rules.

CITY TOUR

  • Durpin Dara hill. 3.7. 1 kms. from city center.
  • Cactus Nursery. 3.6. 1 kms. from city center.
  • Morgan House. 4.2. 3 kms. from city center.
  • Deolo Hill. 3.6. 4 kms. from city center.
  • Jang Dog Palriffo Brang Gompa. 3.5. 3 kms. from city center.
  • Galingka. 3.2. 1 kms. from city center.
  • Teesta River Rafting. 3.7. 20 kms.
  • Thongsa Gompa. 3.2. 2 kms.

Galingka Visit

It's a British Bungalow, Galingka offers spectacular views of the Kanchenjunga peak- the second highest Himalayan peaks.

Deolo Hill Visit

Deolo Hills are located at an elevation of around 2000 m and thus, provide a great panoramic view of Kalimpong.

Morgan House Visit

Mr and Mrs Morgan created the Morgan House in the 1930s which is an archetypal example of colonial architecture in Kalimpong which is present in the district of Kalimpong in West Bengal. The surrounding landscape of gently undulating hillocks and beautiful coniferous trees make it an enchanting destination worthy of a visit.

Your first Teaching experience with us

Have you ever thought of teaching a class of primary school with a bunch of lovely and innocent children. For an incredible teaching experience and to learn and exchanged the ideas of learning with small kids would be a great fun. During this vacation with us in Gangtok and Darjeeling plugged into real classrooms and have a different level of experience and get an insight on what it really is to be a teacher. If you love children especially kindergarten and teaching them the alphabet, how to spell words and simple math like counting will be overwhelming to say the least. Your first teaching experience will teach you a lot about what it means to be a teacher and a lot about yourself.

Venue:

Seed Farm Primary School, Dungra Busty Kalimpong,
District Darjeeling. Pin code: 734301

School Info:

Year of Recognition: 1980
Year of Upgradation:2009

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