An Adventure trip to Lava with definitely recharge your body, mind and soul

Lava, located at an altitude of 2350 meters in eastern Himalayan range is complemented for its natural beauty. This small hamlet is 103 KM fromSiliguri and 34 KM from Kalingpong, located in Darjeeling district of West Bengal. This is one of the few places in West Bengal which witnesses good amount of snowfall in winter. The natural scenic beauty is dotted by woodlands of Pine, Birch and Juniper trees. Rare spices of orchids are natured in this serene land. The abundant forests are a preferred spot for picnicking, trekking and bird-watching. Lava has currently become a favorite traveler destination for folks living on the coast of province, and touristy has become the source of living for the inhabitants. You can have the perfect view of Mount Kanchanjhanga from this place

Lava is also an entry point for the Neora Vally National Park, with a border with Sikkim and Bhutan. The forest in Neora Vally enjoys such a wild growth that sunlight finds difficulty to touch the ground. Most of its inaccessible terrain is still unknown, throws a challenge to nature lovers and trekkers to discover it. The highest point of this park is Rachela Danda at an elevation of 10600 feet. Dense bamboo groves, lush green valley, bright and colorful canopy of Rhododendron, rare orchids, mesmerizing streams and snowcapped picks at the backdrop from this picturesque landscape.

During the day the Bhutanese monastery can be visited by walk. Rishap, 8 KM from Lava, another picture perfect place can be reached by trekking or by trekker.
Changey Falls, just 12 KM is another great place to see. Near Changey, there is one sunrise point Ghanti Dara.
This place is a trekker’s paradise, Jelepla and Rachela Pass is 12 KM trekking distance, which borders West Bengal, Sikkim and Bhutan. 

How to Reach Lava:-

The nearest Airport is Bagdogra, Siliguri.
Siliguri is 590 KM from Kolkata and Lava is 103 KM from Siliguri. From Kolkata take NH -34 to reach Siliguri. From Siliguri take NH -31 to reach Kalingpong, from Kalingpong take NH-31C and SH-12 to reach Lava. Alternately you can take SH-12 to reach Lava via Gorubathan.

You can take the following trains from Howrah and reach New Jalpaiguri station. Reach Siliguri bus stand from New Jalpaiguri station by Rickshaw, Three wheeler or Taxi. You have to take State transport bus of Bengal /Bhutan or private buses or hire trekker or private taxi to reach Lava.

Train Schedule

Comfortable Volvo buses run by state government and private operators from Kolkata to Siliguri. You have to take State transport bus of Bengal /Bhutan or private buses or hire trekker or private taxi to reach Lava.
There are several budget hotels, luxurious hotels and cottages in Lava ranging from 1000-4000/- for double bed accommodation. For online reservation of rooms
This small village has several restaurants serving north Indian, Chinese and Bengali food both in the terms of veg and non-veg. Taste the local Nepali food, momos and thupaks are awesome. 
October to April is best time to visit Lava, however this all-weather tourist spot can be visited round the year. Avoid the rainy season.
1. Sunrise 
2. Neora Vally National Park 
3.Bhutanese monastery 
4. Trekking to Jelepla and Rachela Pass 
5. Tiffin Dara and Ghanti Dara
6. Rishap,Changey falls
7. Walk along the forest

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