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Kalimpong a part of Bhutan until it was wrested by colonial British and joined to the Indian Territory. Kalimpong is a beautiful hill station and it possesses picturesque old churches, ancient Buddhist monasteries and popular temples. Kalimpong is located on the lower ranges of the Himalayas and it offers panoramic vistas of the Teesta Rangit Valley in Sikkim.


Kalimpong which is 53 km from the hill station of Darjeeling is located on the northern edge of West Bengal in East India. In 1866–1867 the common boundaries between the two was separated by Anglo-Bhutanese commission which resulted in giving shape to the Kalimpong subdivision and the Darjeeling district. And this way finally in 1866 the town was added to the district of Darjeeling.


Kalimpong soon became an important trading station in the trade of fur, wool and food grains between India and Tibet just because of its closeness to Nathu La and Jelep La, branch of the ancient Silk Road which was an added advantage to Kalimpong. Large numbers of refugees from Nepal were attracted because of this increase in commerce leading to an increase in population and economic prosperity.


In 1947 subsequent to the Indian independence, this hill station became a part of West Bengal. Prior to China’s takeover of Tibet and the Sino-Indian War Kalimpong used to be a doorway in the trade between Tibet and India. On the outskirts of the town is situated the Indian Army’s 27 Mountain Division.


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