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Lava Tourism

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245 Ratings & 132 Reviews

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Kaushik Ghatak
  • Kaushik Ghatak
  • 11 photos
  • 5 Reviews

"Good place for people!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 25, 2013
Lava is a very good place for those people who want to relaxed, Just open your eyes see the beautiful hills. U can go to Lolegaon, change falls, Rishop, Kholakham Charkhol and so many other place, local people r very good and help full, few good hotel r their with good food. There are no bar and wine shop,you have to take it from Siliguri.
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Bikash
  • Bikash
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review

"Awesome Lava"

  • Posted Jul 20, 2013
If you are looking for a holiday far from the madding crowd, Lava is the perfect place to be. Lush green valleys, thick pine forest, snow capped Himalayan Peaks and weather full of mists, really would refresh your mind

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: NI

Activities & things to do: NI

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: NI
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Mazhar Emam
  • Mazhar Emam
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews

"Mind blowing"

  • Posted Jul 12, 2013
You can ramble around the village. Changi falls and Neoara valley trek are must.Best Experience: Food and View from the balcony.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food, sight-seeing and shopping. Food was good.food wonderful food magical food fabulous food.There are no restaurants, and its best to order food from the hotel one is staying at. Dont go for very fancy foods, as the cooks will take a lot of time to prepare them. Indian and Chinese foods are easily available.

Activities & things to do: .But basically Chalsa is a place where you relax and enjoy the nature rather than engage in hectic activities

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Lava - nestling at a height of 2190m (7183 ft) is the small sleepy small town of Lava.
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Wasim Akhtar
  • Wasim Akhtar
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews

"Lava - beautiful mountain top"

  • Posted Jun 20, 2013
lava is a a small town on mountain top.very good place to spend time with family and friends.
Other places of interest are Delo, Rishop, Changi falls,Sunset point.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food in lava is cheap and cooked by family members of the hotel.
,This place is not good for shopping.

Activities & things to do: Relax,Spend time with family and enjoy the mountain.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: 3 hrs from NJP to Lava.
Do carry cash,no ATM in LAVA
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Sudip Maiti
  • Sudip Maiti
  • Highlander
  • 6 photos
  • 6 Reviews

"Cool LAVA"

  • Posted Jun 11, 2013
Small town, but quite cold. Has a good maintained forest with its small trekking path. There is also a large monastery.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Small shops for shopping, better to avoid.

Activities & things to do: Trekking through forest.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Easier to reach from Siliguri via Gorubathan or from Kalimpong during return to Siliguri.
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Swarnabi Pal
  • Swarnabi Pal
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 29 photos
  • 4 Reviews

"Lavish Lava!!"

  • Posted Apr 7, 2013
If you are looking for a holiday far from the madding crowd, Lava is the perfect place to be. Lush green valleys, thick pine forest, snow capped Himalayan Peaks and weather full of mists, really would refresh your mind. Free form the hustle bustle of towns, in Lava you can only hear the twittering of colourful birds and glittering lights of towns at night. The cold weather is a perfect escape from the heat of summer. In spring, the hills are painted by vibrant wild and seasonal flowers along with the humming of butterflies and bees.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Lava, being a small town itself, offers several restaurants in the market area serving almost same type of Chinese, North Indian and Bengali cuisines, Delicious momo and Thukpas are also available. Few shop sells woolen garments and several gift items. Though they are somehow overpriced. In Lava, apart from the nature, one must visit the gorgeous Lava Monastry. If you are not staying in WBFDC resorts, then must visit their view point which offers the mesmerizing view of Neora Valley National Park and snow capped mountain ranges.

Activities & things to do: If you are in cozy mood, you can just spend your time by walking the town, watching birds and the scenic beauty. If you are in a mood for adventure, then hire a car from syndicate and take a trip to Changgy Falls. Just 12 km journey though a bumpy road with the spectacular view of dense forest of Neora Valley National Park and picturesque Kolkham village, one has to walk 1.5km to reach the beautiful falls. You can also visit Delo, Rachela peak and take a tour to Aritar lake from here.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: The nearest station is the New Mal Junction, just 55km away. The famous route is to reach New Jalpaiguri Station or Bagdogra Airport. From there you can hire a direct car to Lava. Otherwise you have to reach Pani tanki more in Siliguri by Auto, there you can find share jeeps and buses. Its better to reach lava and then hire a car from syndicate there, rates are fixed and locals are honest. Do not fall in the traps of travel agencies offering package tours in Lava in Siliguri or NJP station, they will cost you almost double.
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Milan Roy
  • Milan Roy
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 2 Reviews

"Excellent Lava"

  • Posted Feb 6, 2013
Nature view is excellent. Weather is comfortable. Sign of peace in Lava monastery.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Availability of food is not good. Sight seeing is excellent. Momo is good

Activities & things to do: Pass leisure time in the nearby monastery, seeing movement of clouds

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Woolen garments and jackets should be taken.
Car should be taken from NJP or Kalingpong
Roads are very bad, particularly in Rishyap and Pedong. Salt must be taken during visit to Loleygaon, to avoid leeches.
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Mahadeb Pal
  • Mahadeb Pal
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 36 photos
  • 8 Reviews

"Ashort but memorable tour to LAVA"

  • Posted Nov 30, 2012
Lava is a small town in Darjeeling district, WEST BENGAL,INDIA. The valley, monastry, neora valley, chagay falls,rishop are the main attraction in this region. we visit lava 12th and 13th Nov 2012. the experience is very good. we take all the sightseeing at lava. There is also a model museum of neora valley. Its main attractions are green valley, activities, and clean and peace.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Though all types of food available momo is my favourite one. Also other nepali and bengali foods are there.ONE MUST SEE

1LAVA MONASTRY,CHANGAY FALLS, NEORA VALLY, ECO GARDEN, RISHOP.
2. There is no much option for shopping but u can buy some woolen piece, and BUDDHA MURTI.

Activities & things to do: You can take neora vally trek, visit lolegaon for canopy walk, go to rishop for 360 degree view of snow mountain cap.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: You can go there from NJP or mal station or siliguri by small car. You must carry heavy woolen dresses in winter. Also carry a tourch.As the place is a small town you may arrange hotel before visit.
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Ayan  Mallick
  • Ayan Mallick
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 3 Reviews

"good"

  • Posted Nov 17, 2012
i am so happy that i got a chance to attend the church in the lava it was nice

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: over all sight-seeing and shopping were good

Activities & things to do: nothing

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: good
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Partha Banerjee
  • Partha Banerjee
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 7 photos
  • 4 Reviews

"Serenity"

  • Posted Nov 15, 2012
A beautiful small village with a beautiful monastery. Spend a couple of days in leisure and pleasure.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: West Bengal Govt, Cottages are beautiful to stay and dine in.

Activities & things to do: Move around with no hurry, enjoy the Himalayan ranges and the beautiful monastery.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Howrah or Sealdah to Njp by train. You can get cab from the station, a journey of about 4 hours through the beautiful hill roads.
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Lava Info

  • 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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