This first part of the hike will begin from the property and will take you uphill through villages and rural landscapes passing through an upcoming monastery and a local school. The uphill walk will continue with an approach towards a peri-urban setting followed by a stop at Dr Graham’s Homes (DGH), a 116 year old missionary school, which was founded by a Scottish Missionary with a vision to spread quality education in the hills.
From DGH, there will be a short drive to Deolo, the highest point of Kalimpong. On reaching Deolo, we can walk across the ridge and if the weather is favourable, one can get a view of the majestic Kanchenjunga ranges.
From this point, it is a downhill walk through a Buddhist dominated village strip towards 12th mile. At 12th mile, we will pay a brief visit to a nursery which specializes on cacti, cymbidiums and cutflowers. Nurseries in Kalimpong have earned a reputation over the years and they do supply a fair amount of demand in both the domestic and international market. From this point, we board the vehicle back to the property.
This hike aims to showcase the various communities that inhabit Kalimpong, changes that can be witnessed while crossing rural and peri-urban landscapes, the rich culture that the town inherits and it’s scenic location at the laps of the Himalayan ranges.
This walk will include driving at some points, as the walk could otherwise get long and tiring.
Duration – 6 hours