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Lava Tourism

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  • State: West Bengal
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: Darjeeling
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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Debasish Bhadra

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"Hillock- clean, green and tidy, mesmerising atmosphere" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Today
Lava is a small hamlet hiding over the Neora valley of the Himalayas. Lava and Lolegaon is a twin village : if you touch one, you can't help going another. It is called "THE LAND OF THE CLOUDS", so please avoid the rainy season. The gateway to the hill stations of north Bengal is NJP railway station which is connected with almost every main city of India. So, don't worry, get down and book a Sumo or Bolero at Rs 2500 and a sensational journey starts through the pine woods, tea gardens and Teesta River the lush green variety of nature's beauty would not let you close your eyes for a moment and you could not understand when 67km-long way ends at a small village where there are blooming flowers in front of every house : yes, get down, it is Lava. Alternatively, you may go to Siliguri from NJP by an auto and board on the Lava bound minibus but it will take more time and you have to wait a lot. However, we reached Lava at about 7am and having our breakfast at the hotel we went out to visit the famous Lava Monastery. All the hotels were situated mainly in Lava Bazar, we have to walk for ten minutes to reach the monastery. It was in a word, awesome. Situated on a hillock, its clean, green and tidy atmosphere mesmerized us. We prayed in the vast prayer room where the statues and images of Lord Buddha were placed. We have had a beautiful picture of the valley and the village from here. In the afternoon we visited the forest nursery and the glass house, all at a walking distance. Our evening passed roaming at the little Mall, a temple was also there. Don't forget to taste the chicken momo at the restaurant opposite the temple.

Since we chose the month of June, there was scarcity of water in every hotel. I think October to March is the best season to visit Lava. Anyway, next day we headed for Rishop, another wonderful hamlet, 11km away from Lava. Please remember book your jeep(no other car is allowed in this route) a day before your journey. The booking counter is at the Mall. Rishop is a calm, green and very romantic village where there are more hotels than the villager's houses. One can have a spectacular view of the Kanchenjunga, Neora Valley National Park and even the Nathula pass of Sikkim. But unfortunately we had been surrounded by clouds and clouds only, they debarred us from enjoying the vista. Spending a few hours we returned back to our hotel. The road from Lava to Rishop is extremely horrible and even broken somewhere. The govt must be cautious about it to turn it into an all-weather road from a mere fair-weather one. However, one may spend one or two nights at Rishop amidst the nature. In the afternoon we visited Nature Interpretation Centre, five minutes walk from the Mall. Here a forest rest house and some Igloo-huts have been built by DGHC for the tourists starting from Rs 1500. Next day we hired a Mahindra jeep to go to Lolegaon, 22km from Lava. The road was extremely enchanting through sal and teak woods. Lolegaon was even smaller than Lava. The main attraction was Canopy-walk. In the forest, a rope bridge was built 40 feet high above the ground through the branches of the trees. It was really exciting to walk through it. Apart from that, there was serene nature. At the little Mall we spent hours looking at the Himalayas. There were many kinds of birds in Lava whereas be careful of leeches in Lolegaon. Never walk through the green grass, always set your foot on the road. Sundown was also fascinating from the Mall. However, spending the night in a resort(hotels are costly here ranging from Rs1200 onwards) next day we set out for NJP via Kalimpong. We booked a jeep that carried us to Kalimpong for sight-seeing like Dello Hills, Mangaldham temple, Pineview nursery, etc. And took to NJP at Rs3000.
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Dishari De

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"Quaint, Beautiful, Definitely a place for a person who loves nature"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 26, 2016
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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"Offbeat Destination, Lava"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 4, 2016
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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"Lava is very enjoyable"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 5, 2015
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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"Must visit or tourists who wants to spend time in absolute peace"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Dec 5, 2015
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 Oct 30, 2015
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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"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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"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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"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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