Located at an altitude of 5556 ft on the edge of a reef Delo or Deolo connects the Delo Hills (from which the name originated) and Durpin Hills. This beautiful nature park offers one of the best views of Mt.Kanchenjungha and River Teesta. Delo has been converted into a nature park by the Government. There are Government accommodation options within the park as well as luxurious private accommodation options outside the park. The main town of Kalimpong is only 6 kms from Delo Hill. A weekend must be spent here enjoying the views of the Himalayas and roaming around the gardens. The adventurous can enjoy paragliding in Delo
Places to see in Delo: Delo Hill is an extended nature park. The gardens here are very well maintained with fountains. You can also have a spectacular view of Kanchenjungha and River Teesta. There is a huge statue of Lord Hanuman near Delo. You would also find a very nice statue of Lord Buddha on the way while returning from Delo to Kalimpong. Monasteries or Buddhist gumphas form a very important feature of the surrounding and there are three important gumphas – Tharpa Choling Monastery, Zong Dog Palri Fo-Brang Monastery and Tongsa Gompa that are witnesses to the journey of Buddhism in India. There is also the Lepcha Museum & Monastery situated in nearby Big Dhara which exhibits everything about the Lepcha community and culture.
Durpin Dara Hill is a must visit as it offers magnificient views of the Chola Range of Sikkim. Other places of attraction in nearby Kalimpong include the flower nurseries; Dr Graham’s Home and the Neora Valley National Park which covers a total of 88 square kilometer and is an abode to wide range of wild animals like tiger, black bear, goral and Himalayan wild dog as well as bird and species of reptiles.
Nearby attractions of Delo: The most popular nearby attraction is Lava. Located some 30 km from Kalimpong, Lava is popular for its closeness to Neora Valley National Park. Then there is Pedong, some 20 km from Kalimpong which is a beautiful tiny settlement situated amid the pine trees,Lolegaon, (54 km from Kalimpong) which offers some eye-catching views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and off course Darjeeling just 56 km from Kalimpong, is often called ‘Queen of Hills’ and is the most popular tourist destination in northeastern India. You can also make a visit to the nearby destinations, namely Icchey Gaon, Ramdhura, Sangsey and Sillery Gaon. Most of these offbeat destinations offer homestays where you can have delicious home cooked food. Mingle with local culture and enjoy great views of Kanchenjungha. If you are moving towards Lava, then you can also cover Rishop Kolakham and Charkhole.
Things to do at Delo: If you are longing for refreshment then enjoy the gardens, the mesmeric views, hot coffee at the bungalow and take short treks and hikes around Deolo. It is the best place to unwind yourself. If you are adventure lover, then you have opportunities to paragliding from Delo.
Best time to visit Delo Kalimpong: You can visit Kalimpong during any time of the year as the place experiences mild summers and pleasant winters. The best time to visit this place is from March to May and from September to January.
How to go ?
Bagdogra airport, located close to Siliguri is the nearest airport and is some 79 km from Kalimpong. From the airport, you can take a taxi to reach Kalimpong. By rail, New Jalpaiguri (NJP) railway station is the nearest to Kalimpong and you can easily reach Delo by hiring a taxi from the station. It takes around 2.5 hours to reach Delo from New Jalpaiguri.
Where to stay ?
There is a guesthouse operated by Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) previously known as DGHC in Delo. Very, recently a luxury private resort has come up in Delo just beside the DGHC (GTA) guesthouse with great views of Mt.Kanchenjungha and River Teesta.
The DGHC (presently GTA) Bungalow:
The DGHC guesthouse at Delo is within the Delo park savouring great views of Mt.Kanchenjungha and River Teesta. There are rooms on the ground floor as well as first floor. With a huge open park space and extensive lush lawns and gardens, this Delo Guesthouse is always a busy place for tourists and park visitors. The guesthouse has its own restaurant and offers all basic modern amenities to its guests for a comfortable stay. For booking details you may contact 91 3552 274101/253341/255320.
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