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. 

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For related place names see Indian Place names and West Bengal place names.


Gaden Tharpa Choling Monastery

Gaden Tharpa Choling Monastery         West Bengal Tourism