LAVA LOLEGAON RISHOP| Things to keep in mind before visiting
Lava Lolegaon Rishop, the beauty of snow-capped mountains, covered with lush green pines and oaks severs as a savior to take a break from the hectic schedule of our daily lives. North Bengal has always come to rescue every time a travel lover plans for a vacation. Few kilometers from NJP and Darjeeling we can spend our vacation at Lava Lolegaon Rishop in the lap of Mother Nature.
Lava is a small hamlet in Kalimpong subdivision, 30 km away from Kalimpong city. Located at a height of 7,200 ft, It falls among the small list of places in West Bengal that receives snowfall in the winter months. Lava is also the gateway to Virgin Neora valley national park from Kalimpong. The entire way to Lava gives a splendid view of the alpines- Birch, Fir, Pine, and Oaks. The forests provide tourists the pleasure of having a picnic, trekking, and bird watching. This place has gradually become one of the favorite destinations of North Bengal. Lava falls on the silk route, with wide roads and picturesque landscape lava provides scenic beauty in every turn to its tourist.
Best time to visit Lava.
The best time to visit Lava is during the month of September- May.
Places to visit in Lava
Once in Lava one can never miss the opportunity of visiting the following places.
- Neora valley national park
- Lava monastery
- Changey falls
- Lava market
The temperature in lava.
Lava has a dynamic climatic condition. The temperature falls below zero degrees in winter and raises up to 30 degrees in summer.
Where to stay?
Lava offers its visitors with a wide range of hotels and homestays. West Bengal government’s forest department bungalows are a personal favorite of several travelers.
Rishop is a hamlet located in the Kalimpong division of West Bengal, India. Also known as Rishyap, it is situated at a height of 8200 feet above sea level.
Sightseeing at Rishop
The village is around 10 km from Lava. There is a 5km trek rout from the forest department bungalows of Lava to Rishop. Guides and sherpas are available for the trek as well. Rishop gives a splendid view of the majestic Kanchenjunga range. Travelers can visit Tiffindara to witness a wonderful sunrise.
The temperature in Rishop
The temperature here during summer stays between 22 – 8 degrees and in winter around 3 degrees.
Where to stay?
Due to its growing popularity, Rishop now has few homestays and hotel facilities.
When In Darjeeling district one cannot miss the opportunity of visiting the small serene hamlet in the Kalimpong subdivision. Lolegaon also locally known as kaffer is undoubtedly nature’s paradise on its own. It provides its visitors with picturesque landscape, lush green forests, and serenity to die for. In the morning the peaks of Kanchenjunga are visible clearly from this place. It is 24 km from lava at a height of 1675ft above sea level.
Places to visit in Lolegaon /kaffer
Sightseeing at Lolegaon is an absolute delight. As the place has in store something special for all its visitors. Once in Kaffer, one can never miss the opportunity of visiting the following places.
- The canopy bridge- it is a 180-meter root bridge from one tree to another, giving a splendid view of the entire forest.
- Eco-park- the area around Eco Park has small shops this is the only place where you can purchase souvenirs.
- Rimbik – It is a small hub for trekkers traveling to Sandakphu
- Vip bungalow viewpoint – once in Lolegaon it is the best place to witness the sunrise.
The temperature at Lolegaon/Kaffer
Lolegaon has a moderate climate with the temperature rising to 32 degrees in summer and falling to 12 degrees in winter. The best time to visit Lolegaon/Kaffer is from September to February.
Where to stay?
Lolegaon has a wide range of hotels and homestays. Also, one can book bungalows from the tourism department of the West Bengal government.
The expense of the trip
- From NJP or Bagdogra airport till Lava cabs will cost around Rs 3500 (Approx).
- Homestays and hotels along with food will cost around Rs.1500 per person per night. There are a few cheaper hotels as well.
- Traveling to Rishop from Lava will cost around Rs 600-800( Approx).
- A cab from rishop to lolegaon will cost around Rs 3800-4000
- A cab from Lolegaon to NJP or Bagdogra airport will charge around Rs 3000
Thus, if you are looking for a small trip in the lap of nature surrounded by mountains as well as lush green forests then a tour to Lava Loleogaon Rishop will be the best idea. Explore these places to unwind your worries and take back home beautiful memories.
Written By: Nabomita Mukherjee ( Travelofina Travel Stories).