Rural Destination Bird Watching, Canopy Bridges, Kalimpong, National Park, Neora Valley, Pine forest, and Wildlife
A small offbeat destination in the northern part of West Bengal, 123 km from Siliguri, 24 km from Lava and 54 km from Kalimpong, Loleygaon lies at an altitude of 1850 m above sea level. Loleygaon is basically a tiny Lepcha village also known as Kafer in lepcha language has recently been introduced as a tourism place in the state of West Bengal, offering views of the Eastern Himalayan snow ranges. Loleygaon is ideal for travelers looking forward to spend a leisure holiday enjoying the views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Pandim and others. Located on top of a flat hill, Loleygaon is famous for its panoramic views of the Himalayas. A very important spot to look out for in Loleygaon is Jhandidara which is a wooded top of a hill and it offers views of all the peaks of Mt. Kanchenjunga and Mt. Everest. Loleygaon is also called nature paradise because of its ravishing terrain, green forests, serene valleys, optimistic environment etc. The place is dream land for bird watchers where varieties of birds hanged here. There is also a provision for an exclusive ‘Canopy Walk’ through the ancient Cypress and mossy Oak of the Heritage Forest. This forest is also the home to some Himalayan species of mountain goats and black bear along with other rare species of butterflies, birds and orchids. Other places to see include the green valley of Ralli. Besides, tourists can also venture out to nearby places like Kalimpong, Lava and Samthaha.
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A 80 meters long hanging foot bridge in forests, popularly known as "The Canopy Walk", gives you an amazing experience, by which you can close to the age-old trees.A small Lepcha populous village Kafer, about 4 kilometers from Lolegaon, offers a panoramic view of the Kanchenjunga. Jhandi Dara (where Jhandi means Flag and Dara stands for Top) is a famous and impressive sunrise view point. In a clear day, snow covered Mt. Kanchenjunga and glorious Mt Everest can be seen from Jhandi Dara.
West Bengal Forest Development resorts at Lolegaon as well as Lava are the best option for food and accommodation. Some private hotels, resorts, guest houses and lodges of different budget are also available at Lolegaon. Tariff for double bedded room may vary between a range of Rs 500/- and Rs. 2500/- per night.
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By Road : National Highway No.31 between Siliguri and Guwahati passes over Chalsa. From Chalsa to Lolegaon via Lava have district road. Lava is adjoining town to the Neora Valley National Park, is 24 kilometers from Loleygaon. You can also reach to Lolegaon from Siliguri via Gorubathan. NBSTC Buses, Bhutan Govt. Buses, Mini Buses, Private Buses and Taxi are available from Siliguri to Lava via Kalimpong or Gorubathan. Journey time from Siliguri to Loleygaon is about 3 hours and 30 minutes. Jeeps or Taxi are also available from Kalimpong to reach at Lolegaon.
By Rail : NJP or New Jalpaiguri is the main railway station in the north Bengal. All major cities in India are connected by this railway stations. Then you should follows the road journey describes above. Check the trains list to reach at NJP.
By Air : Nearest airport is at Bagdogra. It is a domestic airport and all major air services are available from all over India. Distance between Bagdogra and Siliguri is 13 km. You can find out various vehicles to come up to Siliguri, and then follow the above road route.
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