Lava… Gateway to neora valley national park
Settled amidst the dense forests and deep valleys of the Eastern Himalayas, the serene hamlet of Lava offers excellent opportunities for the tourists to enjoy nature & wildlife more intimately. Situated in a close proximity to Neora Valley National Park, this is one of the very few places in West Bengal which is endorsed with the astounding views of Mt. Kanchenjunga along with the rare spices of orchids, pine, birch, juniper trees, the colorful canopy of Rhododendrons, and Himalayan flora & faunas. Besides, the inaccessible terrains of the region are not less than a challenge for nature lovers and trekkers.
Lolegaon… An Eco-tourism destination
Situated at the extreme end of the Himalayan ridge, adjacent to Lava, there is this small settlement of Lolegaon standing perfectly as a wildlife tourist hotspot. Covered with thick mist and floating clouds, it is a place which will make everyone fall in love with its unique enchantment and tranquillity. The place appears at its best when visited from October to April. You can expect clear skies and huge greeneries.
Rishop… The quiet and idyllic piece of earth
‘Ri’ stands for mountain peak and ‘shop’ for old tree. Rishop also spelled Rishyap is small but a popular tourist spot. The undiluted spell of staying in a hill village among chirping birds and waking up with the view of the Majestic Kanchenjunga is the primary reason behind the popularity of Rishyap. The blue mountains by its side and snow-covered peaks rising at the intervals are worth watching. Besides, Rishop also houses some unknown flowers, deep valleys, and areas for treks. February, June, July, and August to December are indeed the best months to visit this alluring little hamlet.
Popular sightseeing places in Lava, Lolegaon, & Rishop
Top Places To See In Lava
1. Ratnarishi Bihar Buddhist Gompa- Lava Monastery
Situated beside the large Neora Reservoir Lake. Lava Monastery, also known as Ratnarishi Bihar Buddhist Gompa was established by the third Kongtrul Rimpoche, Karma Lodro Chokyi Senge.
2. Tiffin Dara and Ghanti Dara
Tiffin Dara and Ghanti Dara are the two perfect spots to enjoy spectacular views of sunrise & sunset combining with the silvery peaks of the Himalayan ranges and sumptuous tea gardens.
3. Changey Falls
With the mighty Kanchenjunga standing high in the background and Himalayan birds creating a perfect image of heaven, the extreme calmness of Changey Falls is a real delight to watch.
Top places to see in Lolegaon
1. Neora Valley National Park
Known for its pristine forests and the huge population of faunas, Neora Valley National Park makes itself a perfect place for wildlife enthusiasts as well as bird watchers. One can also explore its beautiful landscape and its conservation values especially in medicinal plants which exist in abundant diversity.
2. Canopy walk along the hanging bridge
Suspended from one tree to another, the hanging bridges of the beautiful Lolegaon forest are actually regarded the best as a canopy walk thus, exploring the luxury of its forests and wildlife from a height.
3. Lolegaon Viewpoint
Located high up in the town, Lolegaon Viewpoint offers a panoramic view of the Neora Valley National Park and the stunning snow-capped Himalayan peaks painted in the background.
Top places to see in Rishop/Rishyap
Pedong is one of the oldest yet historically significant towns situated to the north-east of Kalimpong district thus housing several heritage sites and viewpoints in the surrounding areas. One can visit Pedong on a day trip from Lava or Lolegaon.
2. Forests in Rishyap
The dense green and extremely beautiful forests of Rishyap attracts numerous travelers every year. And remember, people who love crave for trekking will automatically feel attracted here.