Lava Tourism
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Lava Tourism

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  • State: West Bengal
  • Famous for/as: Hill
Lava is a small village located in the district of Darjeeling in the state of West Bengal. Situated 2138 m above sea level, Lava is popular for its natural beauty and adventure activities such as trekking, climbing and hiking. Locals still follow a very traditional way of living and are not much affected by modernisation.

The forest area that surrounds the village has some rare species of birds like rusty bellied short wing, blue robin, fulvetta, finch, wren babbler and many more, which attract bird watchers from all over the world.  

The forest also has animals such as barking deer and black bear. The popular attractions of the region include Buddhist monasteries located in the hills of Lava and the Neora National Park. A permit is required to enter this National Park in Lava. 

There is not much to do in Lava other than relax and laze around. Tourists can participate in adventure activities; spend time in the hotel and watch the imposing Mount Kachenjunga or just talk a leisurely walk around the quaint hamlet of Lava.

The climate of Lava remains pleasant throughout the year with snowfall during the winter seasons whereas the summers here are very mild and considered to be the best time to visit. Many tourists also visit Lava during the winter season. From the months of December to February, the temperature drops below 0 Celsius.

Lava can be reached by bus, jeep, taxi or a private vehicle from the neighbouring regions of Siliguri and Darjeeling. The nearest airport to Lava is the Bagdogra airport, located outside the town of Siliguri, which is about 120 km away. The nearest train station is located at Jagalpuri that connects to places like New Delhi, Kolkata, Guwahati and Chennai. Taxis and other transport services are available from the train station.    

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Dishari De

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  • Dishari De
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Quaint, Beautiful, Definitely a place for a person who loves nature" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
A small hamlet in the midst of Neora Valley National park and facing the hills. It is serene, quiet, and in a way mysterious. The overall slow atmosphere, morning mists, colour changing skies make it more beautiful. Surrounded by Dhupi forest this village, despite being a recently popular tourist destination for West Bengal tourists, is not crowded like Darjeeling, probably because of unavailability of luxury. I don't know what this does to tourism business but this was bliss for us. Always quiet, kind of sleepy village Lava becomes more beautiful with the presence of the little monastery just at the entrance of the village.
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Basab Ray chaudhuri

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  • Basab Ray chaudhuri
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Offbeat Destination, Lava"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Lava, a small village at an altitude of 7015 ft, is situated 35 kms from Kalimpong. Lacks the optimum infrastructure especially electricity and good hotels. During winter, snow fall happens at times. There is a big Monastery at Lava. Lolagoun, Charkole and Rishyap are nearby places of natural beauty. Huge potential for becoming a popular tourist destination.
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Shahrukh Sohel

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  • Shahrukh Sohel
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"Lava is very enjoyable"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lava is a hill station of Darjeeling district. It's a small town above the hill. It is 31km away from kalimpong. People goes to their to feel extreme cold weather and clouds at body height. From here you can go lolegaon, resov, resov is a place where you can see the beauty Kanchenjunga at sunrise time. And more other things to watch, you will also enjoy the road journey from siliguri to lava as it has a lots of beautiful places at roadside.
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Arnab Chakraborty

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  • Arnab Chakraborty
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 16 Reviews
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"Must visit or tourists who wants to spend time in absolute peace"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lava is such a place I am sure each one of you will enjoy who just wants to spend some quite time only talking with nature and be mesmerized by the picturesque beauty of the hills and nature in chilled weather (In Nov, it was around 6/7 Degrees in night).

You must taste the famous Momo and Thukpa here. Try these from any of the shops present in Lava Bazaar not from the hotels in Taxi Stand. The former ones will serve you Momo and Thukpa having a taste that you will never forget.

One more thing, you must take home some of the famous Chilli which grows in this region and has the name as "Delo Mirch". Each one of this tiny round chillies is itself is an atomic bomb. :)

Places of visit- Lava Monastary, Journey to Rishyap on foot, Neora Valley Nature interpretation Center, Suicide Point, Tea Garden, Rachela Peak by trekking, Lolegaon. Try to explore the place as much as you can by walking on foot.
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Bhaskar kr. Das

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"Picturesque hamlet-Lava"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Lava is a beautiful little hamlet situated in Kalimpong. Staying in Nature's lap of is a bliss. Many tourists prefer not to stay in Lava. But in my opinion spending two nights here in Lava Monastery is a must for any travel bug or shutter bug. A charming hill station with mesmerizing beauty. That's Lava.
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Sourav Ray

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  • Sourav Ray
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Lava, a small beautiful village"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Oct 25, 2015
The first place we stayed in our 4 days Lava-Lolegaon-Rishop trip. A perfect place to spend a day before starting journey towards Rishop, Lolegaon, Kolakham. Lava is also the gateway of Naora Valley National Forest. We stayed at WBFDC Cottage. It is the best accommodation to stay in lava. The Cottages are in the Middle of a Forest. We stayed at Dupka 2. The position of the Dupka 2 Cottage was excellent. Another place of interest is Lava Monastery. After that if you have time take a walk inside village, enjoy the untouched natural beauty and also village life.
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Sunanda Das

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  • Sunanda Das
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"Nature at it's very best and enjoyable place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Aug 11, 2015
Just loved the place. I would like to be there every time I get an opportunity. In the morn cloud will greet you and even in the evening still you will enjoy its company amid-st the nature. All you need to arrange an accommodation in forest bungalow. You will have an amazing time ever I bet. You can even think of it for honeymoon. As it is a beauty with peace and scenario.
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Rajat Mitra

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  • Rajat Mitra
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"A mystic gateway of nature in the hills of West Bengal"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jun 30, 2015
A 3.5 hours drive from NJP or Bagdogra Airport through Kalimpong will take u to Lava where nature had showered it's beauty to the fullest. Lava situated at 7016 ft above sea level is the gateway to the Neora valley National park and is one of the few places to receive snowfall in winter.

Many private hotels have come up near the bus stand of lava which is also the centric hub of all shops and business. However the best place to stay is the WBFDC log huts and cottages which is a 500 m steep uphill from the bus stand and spread across a sprawling campus amongst forest.

From Lava don't forget to visit Changey falls, the beautiful lava monastery, Rachela pass and the the Neora valley park. Yo can easily reserve a car from the bus stand for a day.

For the more adventurous try to visit Tiffin Dara which is the summit of the hill in which Lava is situated. A 4.5 km uphill trek through dense forest will take you to Tiffin Dara and you will be rewarded with the best sun reflection point in West Bengal. When the 1st rays of the sun touches the snow of the Kanchendzonga and birds chirp from all the direction amidst pin drop silence you will fall in love with your life once again thank the almighty for everything you got.
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"Got more than I expected"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 2, 2015
It was great experience at Lava, I have read a lot about Lava and nearby tourist places like Lolegaon, Rishop, Kolakham, but in reality I got more than what I expected. This small villages have bounty of nature's treasure to offer, starting from the view of mighty Kanchenjunga to Neora valley national park, the Lava monastery is awesome, the sunrise from Tiffin Dara Rioshop is unexplainable. The Changey fall and the small tranquil village of Kolakham and the warmness of the people there have mesmerised me.
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  • Avijit Bhattachar
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"Lava trip turned out amazing"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 3, 2014
This is an off beat destination, here the only thing you get is the nature. An ideal place for a 2 to 3 day trip. Rishyap and Lolegaon is a must visit. You can also trek the rishyap circuit which is lava-rishyap-lower rishyap-lava. Total distance 10 km. You can also visit kolakham.
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