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  • The Hills, the jungles and the serene beauty of undulating tea gardens spread to the horizon.

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Lava

A journey of about 100 kms from Siliguri via Kalimpong or 115 kms via Gorubathan will take you to Lava, one of the most picturesque tourist destinations in the Darjeeling Himalayas. Lava is a serene misty hamlet in the Kalimpong sub-division, Lava has been a more recent addition in the tourism map of North Bengal and is getting immense popularity among the travellers looking for a tourist destinations off the beaten track.

Situated at an altitude of 2100 m, Lava presents a landscape with ultimate splendour of nature that can never be captured by word. The conifer forests under the worm glow of sun with colourful birds flying and singing everywhere, the whole surrounding will enthral you to a new dimension.

The view of the silvery peaks of Greater Himalayan snow ranges or the smiling children of local ethnic villages, soaked in simplicity and hospitality, will give you a sense of total fulfilment. Visit the Lava Monastery and Neora valley Interpretation center, which offers the glimpse of the nature's wealth.

Lava is the gateway of Neora Valley National Park, a virgin, unexplored terrain in the Himalayas. A drive to Choudaferri inside the park through the pine clad winding road and the Sunrise spot at Tiffin Dara are simply unforgettable. Rishap, another popular tourist destination is only 5 kms from Lava.

Reaching Lava:

Nearest Town: Kalimpong, Distance 30Kms. Journey Time: 1hr
Nearest Rail Junction: New Jalpaiguri (NJP); 120Kms, Journey time: 3.5 hour
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, 125Kms

Attractions

Lava used to be the quintessential salubrious and peaceful tourist destination. Most tourists would visit here for its mountain and forest views and to spend a few days in sojourn. As tourism grew, today Lava has transformed into a tourism hub with the small village full of budget accommodations. The tranquillity of the place has now been somewhat replaced with more touristy sight seeing spots. Still walking in the serpentine Lava main road just outside the limit of the concrete buildings will take you to conifered forest with chirping birds.

Lava Monastery and Neora Valley Interpretation Centre are arguably the only sightseeing attraction within Lava, the rest of the sightseeing places are within driving distance of half to one hour. Both the places are within few minutes walking distance from one another and can easily be visited by tourists without using a vehicle.

Tiffin Dara and Ghanti Dara are sunset points where an evening is well spent observing the nature’s bounty. Tiffin Dara is located close to Rishyop village about 4 kms from here.

The nearest destination is Rishyop just 5 kms from here. Rishyop is a tourist destination on its own right and can be visited as part of a day tour from Lava. You can also visit Kolakham, Kolbong and Liblong area from here which is just about 15 kms drive. You may also visit Choudapheri area which is the starting point for treks deep inside Neora Valley National Park.

naturebeyond organizes regular package tours to Lava, Lolaygaon / lolagaon and Kalimpong. Customized packages are also arranged with consultation with the travellers.

Accommodation

Although there is no dearth of tourist accommodation in Lava, the town is full of budget tourist lodges where service standards are at best basic. WBFDC has decent accommodation in town that can be recommended although not very highly. In case WBFDC accommodation is not available we prefer visiting Lava on a day tour for our guests.


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