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Rishop is a tourist village in the Lava - Lolegaon Circuit in Kalimpong sub-division. This used to be an inaccessible village with few households and step farming dependent on monsoon rain till tourists discovered this hidden treasure of Eastern Himalay. The main attraction of staying at Rishop is the serene environment and great views of snow capped Himalayan mountain range from here. The surrounding destinations of Lava, Lolegaon, Pedong, Rishi, Aritar are all within close distance and can be visited as part of a day sightseeing tour. During the initial days, one had to trek about 5 km from Lava to reach here. Today you can drive to Rishop (9 km) through a motorable road from Lava. The village is full of small resorts that offer basic rooms and amenities.
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.
Rimbik town itself does not have too many tourist attractions to offer. There are two trek routes which connect Rimbik with Sandakphu. One is a direct forest trail coming from Bikebhanjan to Rimbik. The other trek route reaches Rimbik via Gurdung and Srikhola. The second trek route although longer, is preferred by most trekkers. From Rimbik an uneven road takes you to Srikhola (about 7 km) from where you can start your trek. Gurdung is just 3 km trek from Srikhola towards Sandakphu. Some tourists prefer to trek only till Gurdung thus combining thrill of the Sandakphu trek without getting out of the Leisure tour mode altogether. Between Srikhola and Gurdung lies the small village of Timbure where tourist accommodation is also available. Srikhola and Gurdung offers basic tourist accommodations, Rimbik also has a number of basic tourist accommodations.

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Striking view of the Kanchenjunga
The main attraction of Rimbik is the striking view of the Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest peak, and other frozen pinnacles. The Psychedelic play of colours on the snowy surfaces of the titans has to be seen to be believed.

Tiffin Dara (Near Neora Valley National Park)
Tiffin Dara is a popular and famous viewpoint of the Neora Valley National Park known for the picturesque views of the sunrise it offers, alongside panoramic vistas of the deep silent pine forests and glimpses of the mighty Himalayas. An excellent view of the big sky on top of the snow-capped Khang-Chen-D-Zongha is a special gift which brings tourists to Tiffin Dara. Some parts of Nathu La and Jalep La are also visible from here.

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How to reach

TIFFIN DARA

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It is not difficult to reach Tiffin Dara especially for the adventure lovers because it’s only 3 kilometers uphill from Rishyap through the dense forest filled with birch, pine, fir trees and different varieties of orchids. Rishop can be reached by train, rail and also by air. The nearest railway station is New Jalpiguri which is 116 kilometers drive from Rishyap. The nearest airport is Bagdogra from where  hired cars, trekkers, jeeps is available to reach Rishyap. It is only 126 km taking 4.5 hours approximately to reach the destination. From Lava to Rishop, it’s a 30 minutes drive and from Kalimpong it’s one hour drive.

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Kolakham (Near Neora Valley National Park)
A relatively new destination, this is the hill station just across the hill from Rishop. The aerial distance could hardly be 3 km but the road from Rishop to Kolakham travel through Lava and the total distance is about 21 km. The village is adjacent to Neora Valley National Park and the famous Changey falls is about 5 km further from Kolakham.
From Kolakham the lush valley and the rolling hills stretch north as far as the eyes can see. In the west, they end at the foot of the Kanchenjunga. In clear weather, the snowy peaks of Kabru, Kabrudome, Kanchenjunga and Pandim stand out against the stretched sky. Enthusiasts can go for a walk on the jungle trail. The chance of coming across wildlife is quite high here. A trek of 5 km will take to the beautiful Changey falls.

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How to reach

KOLAKHAM

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Board New Jalpaiguri bound train and get off at the NJP junction then hire car from there to arrive at Kolakham which will take 123 km around 5 hours to reach. The car can also follow the Gorubathan route which takes 117 km marginally less than that of Siliguri. Bagdogra is the closest airport from which you can rent cars.

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Pedong (Near Kalimpong)
Welcome to Pedong, the latest destination in the evergreen and mystical hills of the North East. This is a place with a very beautiful blend of history, culture and nature wherein a traveler can have a true genuine experience. Pedong is located 21 km from the town of Kalimpong in the well-known district of Darjeeling. Situated at an altitude of 5000ft, the altitudinal variation ranges from the sub tropical at the Rishi Valley to Alpine at the Da msang ridge. The terrain is easily negotiable and provides some of the most breath taking views of the landscape including the omni present Kanchenjunga in the back drop.

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How to reach

PEDONG

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By Road : From Rishyap the fastest route via Alipurduar Rd/Lava Rd/Rishi Rd will take approximately 1 h 6 min (22.5 km) to reach at pedong.

Pedong, a hill hamlet is 75 km from Darjeeling and 85 km from both Siliguri and Gangtok. It is only 25 km from Lava and 38 km from Lolegaon. It is located in Kalimpong subdivision and Darjeeling district. Pedong is about only 23 km from the place in Kalimpong where Bhutan, Sikkim and West Bengal meet. Its height from sea level is 5100 feet.

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Lava (Near Kalimpong)
The famous tourist destination of Lava is just 9 kms away. There is a trek route through which the distance is just 5 kms. One can visit the Lava Jamgyong Kongtrul Monastery.This picturesque place at an altitude of 2,350 mts.

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How to reach

LAVA

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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.

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Attractions & Activities
Lolegaon (Near Kalimpong)
About 34 kms from Rishop, Lolegaon is a picturesque village that can be visited on a day tour from here. One can visit the forest guest house or take a walk amongst the heritage forest with its Canopy walk. There is another sunrise point in Lolegaon known as Jhandidara.

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How to reach

LOLAYGAON

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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: Lolegaon can be reached from Siliguri via Kalimpong and Lava.

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How To Reach

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.

Department of Tourism
Government of West Bengal

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1, K. S. Roy Road, 3rd Floor,
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Phone : 033-2225 4723/4724/4725/4565
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