Kalimpong - North West Bengal
Nestling within the foothills of the sacred mountain Kangchenjunga (third highest peak in the world at 8,585m), Kalimpong, in North West Bengal, is host to a cosmopolitan mix of Hindus, Bangladeshis, Sikkimese,Nepalese, Tibetans and Bhutanese.
A delightful mix of Gorkha, Nepali, Hindi, Bengali and English can be heard among the polyglot people crowded into the colourful market.
All religions are tolerated and Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Christianity (mainly Catholicism) thrive without any apparent secular strife.
Roads lead to Darjeeling, Bangladesh, Sikkim and Bhutan and thence to China.