Kalimpong is accessible mainly by Jeep, due to the winding mountain roads. There is frequent transportation to and from nearby cities such as Darjeeling and Gangtok (Deorali Bus Stand), where one can book a 3.5 hour ride by shared Jeep for 130 rupees. Booking is not required ahead of time, but is advisable if it is urgent.
In addition to Jeeps, regular buses provide direct access to and from the transportation hub Siliguri for 130 rupees and a 3 hour trip, or even slightly further to New Jalpaiguri Railway Station for 140 rupees and an extra 10-20 minutes from Siliguri. The nearest airport from Kalimpong, Bagdogra Airport, is also close to Siliguri and can be accessed from there by taxi.
Gompu's For the best momo
you can also get a very decent lunch or dinner at this place. The place stays open until 9PM.
You can try other Tibetan /Chinese dishes like Thukpa (noodles), R.C. Mintri Road. For veg momos you should visit Sagar, Evergreen (on the Main Road), Unique, Shikhar, Mohan Daju and all the hawkers (thela walas).
in Malli Road, 30m downhill from the traffic point, is the place if you are concerned about food hygene but want a taste of local food in local price in a clean environment.
is the place for Chinese food, tucked in near the bus stop. They make great Mei Foon and their Chicken Drumsticks are worth the inevitable queue during tourist season. Hit the place before 8PM as this town shuts down early
The Soods Garden Retreat
For Indian Food and Drinks, open till 10PM.
You'd miss something if you didn't spare time for a quiet, very British afternoon cup there
A good place for an English style breakfast and snacks in the outskirts of the town.
A good place for affordable drinks and food
Kalimpong produces the only aged cheese made in India. It's delicious: the texture of a hard European cheese and a mild, almost parmesan-like flavour
Opp. Kanchan Hall, ☎ +919593888088. Coming up new hangout place in town, branch of the Melting Point Pelling, West Sikkim
Off Seva Sadan Road (5 Minutes drive from main motor stand towards Seva Sadan Hospital), ☎ 03552-258681, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Homestay Trinity presents an unstaged and authentic life of Kalimpong. It houses the most spacious, clean and well lit rooms in Kalimpong. The amenities are unmatched anywhere in India featuring an audiophile room with meticulously chosen equipment and fine Jazz collections. The Reading room that it houses is one of the best in any part of the world with genuinely great (not pop) collection of fiction and non-fiction book. The food is very healthy with organic vegetables from their own kitchen garden.
Holumba Guest House
One of the better deals in town. It is a botanical garden boasting exotic orchids with guest cottages. Full board is available as well as many services including arranging tours of the local area. Rs. 500-2000.
Morgan House (3km away from Downtown. Taxi fare from the market to Morgan House is Rs 40 one way or you can just walk). This is one of the best places to sleep. It's the government tourist lodge, and you can get reservations from Calcutta and stay in this sprawling mansion from the 1930s, though there are reports that the quality is waning.
Soods Garden Retreat
Reshi Road, ☎ +91 9733123113. 8.5 miles out of town
G P Lodge
10 mile, ☎ +91 7890947710. Check-in: 12PM, check-out: 11:30AM. 900 to 2500.