Kalimpong is a hill station nestled in the Shiwalik Hills in the
Indian state of West Bengal. The town is the headquarters of the
Kalimpong subdivision, a part of the district of Darjeeling. A major
forward base of the Indian Army is located on the outskirts of the
town. Kalimpong is well-known for its many educational institutions,
which attract students from all over North East India, West Bengal,
Bhutan, Nepal, and Bangladesh. In recent times, Kalimpong has become
an important tourist destination owing to its temperate climate and
proximity to popular tourist locations in the region. Kalimpong is
also famous for its flower market, especially the wide array of
orchids. It houses several Buddhist monasteries holding a number of
rare Tibetan Buddhist scriptures.
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"While fame impedes and constricts, obscurity wraps about a man like a
mist; obscurity is dark, ample, and free; obscurity lets the mind take
its way unimpeded. Over the obscure man is poured the merciful
suffusion of darkness. None knows where he goes or comes. He may seek
the truth and speak it; he alone is free; he alone is truthful, he
alone is at peace." -- Virginia Woolf in Orlando