Ben: কালিম্পং kālimpaṁ
‘Assembly Hill’ Town/District, West Bengal
From Lep: kalen/kaalen ‘assembly’; pung, ‘hillock’, ‘mound’.
Kalimpong has been controlled by kingdoms in both Sikkim and Bhutan and used to be a trading centre and ‘gateway’ to Tibet before the border was closed.
It is famous for its spectacular views, Buddhist monasteries and Tibetan handicrafts.