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Kalimpong Monuments

Started as a part of the Denzong kingdom of Sikkim Kalimpong was a sleepy hamlet till the trade route between Tibet & Bhutan started. The Scottish Missionaries played a big part in the development of Kalimpong by starting various primary schools and welfare centers in Kalimpong. The Scottish University Mission Institution was started in 1886 and in a few years’ time, the Kalimpong Girls High School was established. All these attracted people into Kalimpong in large numbers and by 1907; it was no longer the same old Kalimpong. By 1911 it had an official population of 7880 people. All these led to quite a prominent personalities settling in the Town of Kalimpong.

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Place of Interest / Things to do
Morgan House

Morgan House Kalimpong or Morgan House is a mansion of British colonial architecture built by an English jute baron Mr George Morgan in the 1930’s. Morgan house is a British colonial mansion built in the early 1930s. The building was to commemorate the wedding of the owner with a jute baron Mr George Morgan. The property was used as a summer retreat and elaborate parties were hosted. It passed into the hand of trustees after Mr and Mrs Morgan died without heir. Today, the mansion is a hotel managed by West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation.

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Lepcha Museum

Founded by Sonam Lepcha, Lepcha Museum is one of the best places to learn about the culture of Lepcha community. The original inhabitant of the area the Lepchas or Rong as they call themselves have a unique cultural heritage. The museum is a endeavor of Sonam Lepcha who started with collection of articles used by the Lepchas for their ceremonies and day to day use. Over the years this place has gain reputation for being one of the best places to learn about the Lepcha community.

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Sai Mandir

Hindu temple complex with landscaped gardens and the temple complex was built in the year 1993 by the Pranami Krishna sect. Historically in 1940 the sects guru Magal Das Maharaj arrived in Kalimpong, he was so impressed by the serene beauty of the place that he decided to settle down Kalimpong and start his ashram. The temple complex has the Samadhi of Mangal Das Maharaj with the main prayer hall on first floor with statues of Lord Krishna & Maharaj. The side panels are adorned with murals and paintings of Lord Krisha.

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Macfarlane Church

Macfarlane Memorial Church in Kalimpong is a classically excellent and a remarkable architectural feat built during British rule. Sketched in the Scottish church style, this extraordinary church in Kalimpong belongs to the Gothic Revival school of architecture. It’s tower and pinnacles that further enhances its grandeur was added later. Visible from almost every region of Kalimpong, the church stands as an exceptional visual delight and a remarkable landmark located near to the heart of town.

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Crookety House

Helena Roerich along with her son moved to Kalimpong in 1949 and lived in Crookety House, a bungalow built by the British in the 1940s.  She is believed to have carried on the work prescribed by Master Morya over the next seven years. The Russian philosopher’s main aim was to spread the message of Agni Yoga (Living Ethics). Today the Crookety House is the seat of Agni Yoga. For most of the year, she would live in the Crookety House, where she wrote, painted and meditated in a lawn from where one could breathe the fresh Himalayan air. In October 1955, she suffered heart attacks and passed away in her sleep at the age of 76.  Helena Roerich’s body was cremated and her ashes were placed in a Buddhist stupa located which is in the compound of the Zang Dhok Palri Phodang Buddhist monastery. Crookety House has been converted into a museum and is managed by Italian admirers of the Roerich family, who established the Himalayan Institute of Ethics and Good Living.

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