Located in the north-eastern part of the town, around 9 km away from Kalimpong at an altitude of around 5500 feet, Deolo hill is one of the best attractions of Kalimpong. It is one of the 2 hills between which the town is sandwiched, the other one being Durpin hill. On a clear day, if you hike up to the top of the hill, you can savor wonderful views of the surroundings, the town, River Teesta and the beautiful Relli Valley. If you arrive early in the morning sunrise views of Khangchendzonga from the park on the top of the hill are simply amazing.
There is a well-maintained tourist guesthouse atop the hill which is run by the government. You need to make bookings in advance to avoid inconvenience as this property is quite famous because of its outstanding location. Besides, the gardens are well manicured and full of exotic varieties of flowers. No wonder, the parks are a popular picnic spot for tourists as well as locals.
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Deolo Hill at Kalimpong
Foreigners must obtain Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit Sikkim. These can be obtained from all Indian Missions, Sikkim Tourism Offices at New Delhi, Kolkata, District Magistrates Office of Darjeeling, Siliguri, and Rangpo on the strength of an Indian Visa. The 30 days duration Permit is issued on the spot without any delay provided photocopies of the passport and visa along with two pass port photos of the applicants are made available. The permissible duration of the stay for foreign tourists is 30 days initially.
The State Government is authorized to extend the same by a further period of 30 days. The extension of the permit can be obtained from FRO at Gangtok and office of Superintendent of Police of the North, West and South Districts.
For those interested in going for trekking in the interior region of the state, the Tourism and Civil Aviation issues Protected Area Permit (PAP) at Gangtok which is available for certain specified area for groups consisting of two or more foreigners subject to condition that the trekking programme is arranged through a registered travel agency.