Rural Destinations : Lava

Lava is a small hamlet situated 34 kilometers (21 mi) east of the town of Kalimpong via Algarah in Darjeeling district of the state of West Bengal, India. Lava is situated at an altitude of 7,016 feet (2,138 m). It is one of the few places in West Bengal to receive snow in winter. 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 picnicking, 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.

Places to see in Lava:

Lava is a gateway to the Neora Valley National Park, an unexplored Himalayan terrain. You can visit the Bhutanese monasteries of Lava in a day outing. There is also the Neora Valley Interpretation Center at the place and a clock tower also admires the main town square of Lava. Two fascinating sunrise points nearby the Changey Falls, called Tiffin Dara and Ghanti Dara are also popular destinations in Lava.

Nearby attractions around Lava:

You can make your tour experience of Lava more enduring by making some exciting trips to nearby tourist spots. Rishap, located at a distance of 8 km. from Lava, is emerging as a popular tourist destination, attracting travelers to savor its scenic natural landscape. You can also make a trip to Chhangey Falls, situated 12 km. from Lava. Lolegaon is another major location of tourist interest, located 25 km. from Lava. You can also visit Kalimpong, which is 32 km. from Lava. The famous hill station of Darjeeling is also located at a close distance from Lava.

Things to do in Lava:

You can enjoy a nature walk around the forest and along the picturesque landscape of Lava. Moreover, Lava is a perfect destination for hiking and trekking. You can trek 12 km. from Lava to Jelepla and Rachela Pass, located at the junction of Sikkim, Bhutan and Bengal. The location also offers a visual treat to the avid bird watchers.

How to reach Lava:

Lava is accessible by roadway from Siliguri via Gorubathan or via Kalimpong. You will get a number of buses including North Bengal State Transport Corporation Buses, Private buses, Bhutan Government buses and taxis from Siliguri, running to Lava. The nearest railheads of Lava are located at New Jalpaiguri. So after arriving at New Jalpaiguri station, you can drive along the roadway to reach Lava. The Bagdogra airport is the nearest airport of the destination, located at a distance of 13 km. from Siliguri. The airport is well connected with all major states of India.

Best time to visit Lava:

You can visit Lava any time of the year but it is better to avoid during the monsoon.

Lodging and dining facilities Lava:

There are lots of private hotels in Lava in moderate budget. There are simple guesthouses with valley views and comfortable and cosy resorts and cottages with all modern facilities.

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