agriculturePlaced between the Teesta and the Jaldhaka rivers and stretched from the lesser Himalayas to its foothills, the Kalimpong district is rich with an abundance of flora and fauna, with temperate climate that favours agro-horticulture. More than 80% of people in Kalimpong depend on farming for their livelihood. Major agro-products include paddy, maize, millet, pulse, oilseed, and potato; however Kalimpong is more widely known as a hub of cash crops like ginger, cardamom, betel-nut and oranges.

Kalimpong is also the home to the Dalle Khursani (Capsicum Annuum), a variety of small but extremely hot chillies, which add delectable pungency to the exotic cuisine of the hills.