Rural Destination Bird Watching, Canopy Bridges, Kalimpong, National Park, Neora Valley, Rural Destination, Rural tourism, Rural Village, and Wildlife
Hidden amidst misty clouds, the tiny hamlet of Lava is often considered the gateway of the pristine Neora Valley National Park.30 kilometers east of the town of Kalimpong through Algarah in Kalimpong district of the state of West Bengal, India, Lava is situated at an altitude of 7,200 feet (2,195 m). It is one of the few places in West Bengal to receive snow in winter. It is the entry point to the Virgin Neora Valley National Park from Kalimpong. The route to Lava is scenic with the change in vegetation from tropical deciduous to the wet alpine trees of fir, pine and birch. The verdant forests are a popular spot for picnicking, trekking and bird-watching. Lava has gradually become a favorite tourist destination. It is situated on the Silk Route of ancient India- Tibet Trade Practice. One of favoured destinations from Lava is Neora Valley National Park. Lava and surrounding area is also a popular destination for bird watchers and butterflies.Because of cold climate in the town and nearby areas, it is a perfect destination for tourists during summer season. The beautiful National Highway passes through forests, deep valleys, rivers, and top of the hills, Ambiok and other Tea Gardens. From monasteries to waterfalls, from mesmerising views of Kanchenjunga to canopied hanging bridges, from rare red pandas to radiant rhododendrons, there is a lot waiting to be explored in and around Lava.
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There are beautiful landscapes and few palaces with amazing architecture of interest in and around Lava. Some of them are mentioned below
This evergreen forest is home to various exotic endangered birds.
Located atop a hill in Lava this monastery provides a panoramic view of the villages in the surroundings.
Kalimpong hill station has plenty of beautiful picturesque spot and is a heaven for photographer amateurs.
Jelep La Pass offers an amazing view of the surroundings with dense forest all around.
10 km from Lava village, this falls offers two sunrise points, one known as Ghanti Dara and the other as Tiffin Dara.
To cater to the accommodation needs of the rising tourist influx there are three star hotels and resorts at Lava with beautiful interiors and amazing decors. The rooms in these hotels are priced at Rs. 3000/- per day. One can also find decent budget hotels in Lava with room rent of Rs. 500/- per day.
If you are starting your tour from New Jalpaiguri, Lava should be about 102 km via Damdin and Gorubathan in Dooars. The alternative route is to travel to Lava via Kalimpong, this distance is also a similar 100 km or so. However, you might be spending more time in crossing the two major cities of Siliguri and Kalimpong on your journey.
Nearest Town: Kalimpong, Distance 32Kms. Journey Time: little over 1 hour
Nearest Rail Junction: New Jalpaiguri (NJP); 102 Km, Journey time: 3.5 hour
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, 110 Km, Journey time: 3.5 hour
On behalf of the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration, I would like to express my warm welcome to tourists from around the globe to the GTA region.
As one of the fastest-growing tourism destinations, my region rich in heritage, culture and natural resources offer a full range of travel experiences including eco-tourism locations that are both unique and sustainable. Our Tourism Department’s official portal will help you get all the details about the best tourist places, events, accommodations, and travel itineraries which will help you plan your tour by yourself. Lastly, I welcome you all again to ” The QUEEN OF HILLS”, Darjeeling. Be our guest because “HEAVEN IS MYTH BUT DARJEELING IS REAL”.
Shri Anit Thapa
Gorkhaland territorial administration
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