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Surrounded by virgin pine forests and often hidden in mists and clouds at an altitude of 2,350 meters, this small village lays few away from Kalimpong on the old trade route to Bhutan. It has a beautiful monastery of Bhutanese origin and a Nature Interpretation Centre. Popular for nature exploration and bird watching, it is also the starting point for treks into the Neora National Park, which abounds with floral and faunal wealth.
It is the entry point to the 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 picnic, trekking and bird watching. Lava has now become a favorite tourist destination for people living on the coast of West Bengal and tourism has become the source of living for the inhabitants.

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Rachela Pass
Rachela Pass is a trekking route 12 km from Lava through the Neora Valley Nature Reserve which is entered through Lava. The route however difficult and steep it is, also offers scenic beauty of magnolias, rhododendrons and bamboo trees. It takes about 3-4 hours to arrive at Rachela Pass through the steep road. The scenic beauty along the route is mesmerising.
Rachela Pass is virtually considered as a junction between Sikkim, Bhuta and Bengal. Rachela Pass is the trade route between India (Sikkim) and Bhutan located at an elevation of 3152 meters. This scenic beauty of a pass is often visited tourist attraction and experiences footfall round the year. Especially tourists loving adventure visit this pass and feel like they have achieved something.
One of the most significant trade routes in the history of India, one could witness mules carrying merchandise within countries. The tracks are still noticeable. You can also spot the 4 chief ridges dividing the valleys known as Neora, Rishi, Rangli and Jaldhaka.
From Rachela Pass, other passes of Jelep La and Nathu La are visible. Also visible are the Singalila Range with its proud peak Kanchenjunga, worlds 3rd highest and also the entire Chola Range.

Ramitey Dara View Point
Here you can enjoy a canopy walk of about 180 mts in length. One can getting Rametay Dara View point by bus or local taxi from Kalimpong approx 2 hours is the journey time, at an elevation of 1,400 meters.

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Ramitey Dara View Point

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By Road : From Lava nearly 1 h 8 min journey (26.0 km) via Alipurduar Rd/Rishi Rd through Bhalu Marg Ramitey View point can be accessed.

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Samthar Plateau
It has breathtaking views of the snowy mountains, superb sunrise and sunset, picture post card hamlets, exotic flora, forests, mountain streams and river-pools, all far from the maddening crowd.
Lava also attracts many trekkers. Trekking to Samthar Plateau starts from a place called Gompa Dara which is located close to Lava. The forested areas around Lava are also a paradise for bird watchers. You can see many different birds like Blue Robins, Fulvetta, Finch, Wren Babblers and lot more.

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How to reach

Samthar Plateau

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Guests can achieve Samthar town from NJP rail route station or Bagdogra air terminal through Kalijhora and Pongbu in around 2 and a half hours. On the off chance if visitors are going to Samthar from Lava, then vehicle will go around 24 km enroute to Loleygaon to land at Samthar. 

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Rimbik
Rimbik is a small town in the Singalila National Park area of Darjeeling District. The small town is a tourist hub for trekkers travelling to the Singalila National Park area including Sandakphu. In the recent past there has been some interest from the offbeat leisure tourists who want to explore the region beyond traditional tourist destinations. Rimbik is perched on a hill above river Rammam flowing from Sikkim to Bengal. The small town is the last major hamlet in the Bengal side and is close to Nepal and Sikkim boarders. The villages in the surrounding area depend on Rimbik market for their regular supplies.

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How to reach

RIMBIK

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By Air: The nearest airport to Rishop and Rimbik is Bagdogra. There are various modes of transport available to reach these places.
By Train: The closest railway stations to Rishop and Rimbik are Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri. At these places various kind of transport facility are available to reach there.
By Road: There is a decent motorable road (Hill Cart Road) to Rimbik, via Kurseong from Siliguri. To reach Rishop there are various kind of transport available from Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri.

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Rishop
The place can be approached by a 4 km walk uphill from Lava through the deep silent forest of Pines, Rhododendrons and Orchids. The enthralling views of the vast range of Kanchenjunga, the blue mountains of Sikkim, Nathu-La and Jelap-La passes are an experience of the lifetime.
Rated as the best and ultimate site in the Kalimpong area, it is situated at a height of 8250 ft, about 10 kms away from Lava and 28 kms away from Kalimpong. Jeepable roads reach until the last four Km (Up Hill), however electricity has not reached here yet giving it a medieval sort of charm.

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RISHOP

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By Air: The nearest airport to Rishop and Rimbik is Bagdogra. There are various modes of transport available to reach these places.
By Train: The closest railway stations to Rishop and Rimbik are Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri. At these places various kind of transport facility are available to reach there.
By Road: There is a decent motorable road (Hill Cart Road) to Rimbik, via Kurseong from Siliguri. To reach Rishop there are various kind of transport available from Siliguri and New Jalpaiguri.

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Lava Monastery
Lava Monastery, also known as Ratnarishi Bihar Buddhist Gumpa, is situated at Lava in Darjeeling District of West Bengal. This monastery was established by Karma Lodro Chokyi Senge, the third Kongtrul Rimpoche. Situated beside the large Neora Reservoir Lake, this religious residence is erected using brick and concrete.

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How to reach

LAVA MONASTERY

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By Road :The monastery is located about 1 km from the heart of the Lava Town, via Alipurduar Rd/Lava Rd/Rishi Rd coverting short distance of only 270m.

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How To Reach


By Air: The nearest airport is the Bagdogra Airport, which is situated outside the town of Siliguri. The place is well connected and it receives international flights as well.
By Train: Nearest Railway Stations are New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri. These places are well connected with other parts of the state as well as the country.
By Road: One can reach Lava via Kalimpong or via Garubathan from Siliguri. Lolegaon can be reached from Siliguri via Kalimpong and Lava.

Department of Tourism
Government of West Bengal

New Secretariat Building
1, K. S. Roy Road, 3rd Floor,
Kolkata - 700001,
Phone : 033-2225 4723/4724/4725/4565
E-Mail : wbtourismpublicity1@gmail.com