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Rupam  Mukherjee

Rupam Mukherjee5.0/5

2 reviews

Nice and pleasant place

Nice weather. Good place to relax, pleasant weather. Kanchenjunga view, felt awesome. Good food quality. Well stayed but the road to Rishyap was too bad and power supply was very poor. Otherwise nice place to take an open breath abroad from regular busy life.

Pankaj  Kumar

Pankaj Kumar2.5/5

7 reviews

Leisure and relaxing, Rishyap

It is a very small village (roughly around half k. M in area) on top of a hill. Barely some 10-12 home stays which can be booked through West Bengal state Tourist Development Department or West Bengal Forest Department website. Food is served by the owner of home stays and the quality of food was excellent. Veg and Non veg all types of food was available on demand . The lush green alpine forest hilly zig-zag roads, ups & down place (almost no plane area), beautiful flowers all around. Good view of Kangchenjunga peak from this hamlet . . Basically this destination is for people who love to spent time in leisure and relaxing the whole day. Not much scope for any activity. You can trek two K. M downward to see a Lord Shiva Temple where Lord Gautam Budha is also present. Trekking route is only activity you can enjoy. Best time to visit starts from late April to 1st week of June. However during this time there is hardly any chance of viewing Kangchenjunga peak. For clear view you should visit in November and December but then there is too cold during these period. You can take Local taxi from Siliguri to Laava and from there you need to take a four wheel drive Gypsy or Jeep for further 11 K. M of high altitude zig-zag and at some places very sharp turn even at times you need to go forward then come back and then proceed further. A sedan taxi would cost you Rs. 2800-3000/- from Siliguri to Laava and a four wheel drive will cost you Rs. 700/- to 900/- from there to Rishyap. It is worth visit destination for those who want to relax with family or friends without any disturbance. Lovely weather and flowers will surely impress you. We stays there in Hotel Golden Sojourn. Phone No. Of the owner Ms. Swastitika Sherpa - 9733320282 and Bikash Sherpa - 9733061336. And was booked through West Bengal Forest Department website. Nearby attraction is Loleygaon and Kalimpong which is around 40-60 k. M. We.

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Recommended Duration in Rishyap

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2 days


Rishyap Overview

Rishyap is a small tourist village, which is located in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. It is located near Lava at an elevation of around 8500 ft above sea level. The nearby regions from here include Kalimpong, from where it is just 32 km.

The meaning of the word Rishyap is ‘mountain peak and tree’ and it is located between the junctions of Sikkim, West Bengal and Bhutan. Other than mountain ranges, this small village is surrounded by dense forests. A clear view of the Himalayas and other ranges of Nepal are available from Rishap.

Mount Kanchenjunga, situated in the border area of Nepal and Sikkim, is a popular tourist attraction here that is visited for hiking and sightseeing. The range has five peaks which is certified in the name Kanchenjunga, meaning ‘five treasures of snow’. According to records no one has been able to cover it fully. Earlier, Mt Kanchenjunga was considered the highest peak in the world but a survey later on proved that it was Everest.

The nearby area includes Lolegaon, which is a small village in the sub-division of Kalimpong. It is located about 24 km from Lava. In the year 1990, the Forest Department of Rishyap along with some local agencies started promoting tourism here. This change started reflecting very soon when the popularity of the destination started increasing among the travellers.

The Samml village of Lolegaon is also referred by most of the locals as Kaffer. The Lava-Lolegaon sector is very popular as a bird watching destination because of the availability of some of rare species of birds.

Pedong is a region that is also close to Rishyap and is 20 km from the region of Kalimpong. The region of Pedong is surrounded by pine forests and lies on the Jelep La pass, which connects India and Tibet.

Other nearby areas of Rishyap includes Jhanidi Dara, which is about 5 km from Lolegaon. It is also a popular tourist destination known for its sunrise view and dense forest. The forest here has been deemed as a Heritage Forest Site by the forest department due to the presence of some century old Oak and Cypress trees.

The Tifindara, which was earlier known as “Sherpa Dara”, is a popular spot here, from where clear views of the snow-laden Himalayas are available. A pine forest is located in the lower part of Tifindara, where a viewing tower has been constructed.

Photos of Rishyap

Neora National Park, Rishyap

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Lava Jamgyong Kongtrul Monastery, Rishyap

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Lava Jamgyong Kongtrul Monastery
Lava Jamgyong Kongtrul Monastery, Rishyap

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Sourav Ray

Lava Jamgyong Kongtrul Monastery

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