Lava Tourism
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Lava Tourism

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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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Rajat Mitra

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  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 4 Reviews
  •  10 helpful votes
  •  4127 readers

"A mystic gateway of nature in the hills of West Bengal"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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Tapan Mukherjee

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  • 4 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
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"Got more than I expected"

  • 7/7
  • 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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  • 4 Reviews
  •  39 helpful votes
  •  4308 readers

"Lava trip turned out amazing"

  • 7/7
  • 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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"Lava, Lolegaon and Rishap's trip"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Jul 26, 2014
It was an amazing trip. We four colleagues went for 5 days trip to the northern part of West Bengal. At first we reached Lava. We stayed there in the bungalow of West Bengal department of tourism. That day and the next day we visited a near by monetary and museum. Though traditional bengali cuisines were available but we have tried the local foods like thookpa for our every meals. The next day we did trekking for about 4 km and reached to Rishop at around 10 am. We enjoyed the our day by visiting the flower & fruit gardens. Rishop is a must watch at dawn located at Kanchanjungha. After visiting the same and having lunch we started for Lolegaon and reached there just before the evening. The same day we visited the Sun-set point there. In Lolegaon we stayed in 'Aranyak' bunglow. The 180-meters long hanging wooden tree-top bridge is must watch. Spending 1 and half day there we again came back to Lava.
The next day we started for Kolkata.
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Kaushik Ghatak

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"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

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  • Bikash
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review
  •  7 helpful votes
  •  2017 readers

"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

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"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

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  • Wasim Akhtar
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"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

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"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

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"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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