Lava:

Lava is the base and the door way for the famous Neora Valley National Park and encompassed by thick forest of coniferous trees. tourists can stay at Lava to enjoy the exotic flora and fauna of this region. There are various staying options we discuss later. Access to the Neora Valley National Park is about 10kms from Lava town.  Lava draws the attention of numerous trekkers throughout india. Trekking to Samthar Plateau begins from a spot called Gompa Dara which is very close to Lava. So people who avail this Trek will stay in this town. The forest regions around Lava are additionally a heaven for himalayan bird watchers. You can see a wide range of birds like Blue Robins, Fulvetta, Finch, Wren Babblers, parcel and many more.  Near the main market one of the prime attractions of Lava is situate, Lava Monastery previously known by the name Lava Jamgyong Kongtrul Monastery). In this holy atmosphere you may find eternal peace. All the monks are enchanting ancient scriptures will make your mind and soul a single entity.

Lolegaon:

Loleygaon is a tranquil and serene villa situated at an elevation of 5,520ft and encompassed by transcending dhupi and cypress woods. A very few areas in the town offer clearing perspectives on Kanchenjunga in such a vast stretch. You can observe a variety of orchids and other blossoming manors here. It's additionally an extraordinary spot for himalayan bird watchers.  At the center of the village and opposite to the bazaar area  there is a large green space full of plantations locally known as the Eco Park.. There is a walkable distance from the city centre and you can enjoy this fantastic walk while getting a charge out by the tune of enchanting birds. There is a plane land just opposite to the Eco Park, where there are many little tea shops available. There  is a main bazaar zone where you can purchase little stuff like household things and groceries. if you came here for a day trip, you may convey your pressed lunch.  Not very far from the city centre you will wind one of the main attractions of this place  - “The Canopy Walk”. There is a 180-meters in length hanging wooden tree-top scaffold that experiences the thick wilderness. The scaffold gradually ascends in stature and you will wind up strolling through the treetops in the midst of thick forest. Toward the beginning, there are barely any stairs to move to the extension and afterward you start the genuinely long stroll through the wilderness. After the Canopy walk, tourists can visit the Jhandi Dara Viewpoint. It's actually a sunrise point where you get a wonderful view of sunrise amongst the Himalayan range. one can visit Nok Dara Boating Complex,VIP Bungalow View Point.

Rishop: 

The virgin spot with lines of pines and rhododendrons triggers the excellence of Rishop. It is a little town in the regions of Kalimpong in West Bengal. It is one of the significant attractions. There are myths related to this name. "Ri" represents mountain pinnacle and "shop" signifies decade old trees. The magnificent perspective on the snow-topped Kanchenjunga is seen from this evergreen town. It is 2591 meters high from the ocean level. The most stunning perspective on Kanchenjunga can be seen from a picturesque view point call Tiffindara. Nathula and Jelep La can be seen mostly from Tiffindara in Rishop. From left to right – Mt Kharg, Mt Kokthang, Mt Rathung, Mt Kabru, Mt Talung, Mt Pandim, Mt Kanchenjunga, Mt Simvo, Mt Narsing and Mt Siniolchu can be seen on a sunny morning. Altogether this wonderful place gives you a blended delight sight of mountains, woods; trilling fowls, crisp morning and the night sky. During the initial days, one needed to trek around 5 km from Lava to reach here. But today you can head to Rishop (9 km) through a motorable street from Lava. The town is brimming with little homestay and hotels that offer essential rooms and basic civic anaties. 

 

How to reach:

Via Air:

The closest air terminal is Bagdogra. There are different methods of transport accessible to arrive at these spots. 

Via Train:

The nearest railroad stations are Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri. At these spots different sorts of transport are available. 

By Road:

From Siliguri remains (at Darjeeling More) you can get shared jeeps to Lava. Syndicate worked shared jeeps also available for Lava and Loleygaon. There is also a bus transport to Lava from PC Mittal transport at Siliguri.

From Kalimpong, shared car leave for Lava in the first part of the day at 6:30am and 10am. 

NJP/Siliguri the fare for Lava in a small reserved car via Gajoldoba-Gorubathan is INR 2800 (Approximately) and via Kalimpong is INR 3200 (Approximately). It takes about 3 hours via Gorubathan and 3.5 hours via Kalimpong

Sightseeing:

  1. Changey Waterfall is about 12kms from Lava
  2. Nature Interpretation Center of Neora Valley National Park which is located in Lava itself (8am - 12noon, 1pm - 4pm. It remains closed on Thursdays).
  3. Jhandi Dara Viewpoint in Loleygaon.
  4. VIP Bungalow View Point  in Loleygaon.
  5. Canopy Walk (Hanging Bridge) in Loleygaon.
  6. Tiffindara  in Rishop.
  7. Shiva Buddha Temple Jorepokhri 

Tourist activities:

  1. Bird watching.
  2. Leisure walk.
  3. Monastery visit. 4kms. 
  4. Trekking to Rishyap from Lava.
  5. Trekking to Samthar Plateau.
  6. Enjoy Camp fire in your homestay.

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