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Rishyap is located at Neora Valley, 10 KM from Lava, under the Kalimpong subdivision of Darjeeling district, West Bengal.
Rishyap is a tranquil, little rural settlement of the Lepcha community within the mountainous landscape at an altitude of 8,500ft. It is solely concerning 28 KM to the east of Kalimpong in Darjeeling district. If you're visiting lava, there's a motorable road of 11 KM and additionally a trekking path of 4 KM from lava to succeed in Rishyap.
Rishyap really forms an integral a part of the renowned Neora valley at the foothills of Tiffindara. Although it is a comparatively new holiday destination compared to many others within the neck of the woods, it is still a virgin spot clothed in forests of pine, birch, fir, colourful rhododendrons and orchids with a beautiful view of the huge vary of snow peaks. This can be specifically what the name 'Rishyap' stands for - 'Mountain Peaks and Forests'. And at midnight look below, you get wonderful sights of the sparkling lights of Gangtok and the village of Pedong. In a clear sky day it seems that sky has become close with its twinkling stars.
Being the highest inhabitant place of Neora Valley it offers the tourists the best view of snow peaked mountains of east Himalayas. Exotic birds, wild flowers and orchids, extinct animals are found in the forests of Neora Valley. There may be few villages above Rishyop which had not been discovered by the tourists till now, you are at mighty to discover the places with the help of guides. The highest point of Neora Valley Rachela Dara can be visited from Rishyap or Rishyop is at an elevation on 105Note that the majority of Rishyap does not have motorable roads. Therefore your solely choice is to walk and trek around to go to the close attractions.
Tiffindara is a view point for watching sunrise and sunset and around 1.5 KM of uphill trek from the bottom of Rishyap. You travel through the forests of birch, fir, pine and rhododendrons as you hear the chirping of the birds. It is a slender forest path and must be avoided throughout the monsoon. There are few places on the approach wherever bamboo created benches are provided where you will be able to take rest before you climb further. Doubtlessly there will be some stray mountain dogs accompanying you and showing you the approach path. It takes about forty to forty five minutes trek to the highest point. And here on a clear day your toil are going to be rewarded with a majestic view of all the Himalayan peaks. During sunset you will be able to see the gold capped peaks with a play of rainbow colours. Attempt to carry trekking stick.
At Rishyap you can walk all the way down to Shiva Buddha Temple. As you climb up the red steps you will see idols of Lord Shiva and Buddha mounted aspect by aspect. Trek on the Neora valley forest and reach Jorepokhri (a twin lake). Nathula pass, connecting China with India and Jelepla pass, connecting Bhutan with Indian can be seen from Rishop.
Satalite TV and Internet has become recent addition to Rishyap but we recommend you not to avail those services unless you are in a great need. Enjoy the gadget free life in this small village with its village savour.
The nearest airport is Bagdogra, 125 KM from Rishyap
Form Siliguri you can take the road through Gorubathan to reach Rishyap, it is 117 KM drive through most beautiful tea gardens of doors. The alternate route to Rishyap is through Sevoke and Kalimpong is 123 KM. Bolero fare: - NJP to Rishyap – 3500-4500/- INR, New Mal Junction to Rishyap – 2400-3500/- INR. Daily reserve fare – 2500-3500/- INR depending on the season and road conditions. Jeeps hired from NJP or New Mall Jn is not allowed in Neora Vally for local sightseeing. You have a hire a separate 4 wheel drive for Neora Valley. A four wheel drive can be hired from Lava Syndicate Taxi stand.
You can take the following trains from Howrah to New Mal Junction Station. Rishyap is only 70 KM from New Mal Junction Railway Station. You can hire private vehicle to reach Rishyap.
There is Siliguri to Kalimpong bus service operated by local transporters and government at regular interval. Trekker service (shared) is also available from Siliguri to Kalimpong and further from Kalimpong to Lava. You have to hire a reserved separate four wheel drive from Lava to Rishyap at a cost of 1000/- INR for one way.
Plenty of accommodation is available in Rishyap in the form of Eco Huts, Log Cabins, Homestay and Guest House. The Non A/C accommodation with hot water supply will cost you at a starting price of 1500/-. The wooden rooms with attached western toilets and most of the modern amenities makes the place perfect for stay. For online reservation of rooms
Mainly Nepalese, Chinese, Bengali food is available in the homestays. However very few food joints offer North Indian, South Indian foods too in peak tourist season. You must try out the local delicacy of Nepali food and farm fresh organic vegetables. Homestays offer four times food (Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Snacks and Dinner) at a price of 500/- 600/- per person per day. Chicken dishes are to be ordered in advance. Taste Momos with hot chutney (sauce), curry made out of Squash or Squash plants.
This all-weather tourist spot can be visited anytime throughout the year but avoid monsoon as most of the places including the Neora Valley National Park will be closed due to animal breeding season. Roadblock happens due to landslide. The valley is very chilly during winter as some of the higher parts of the valley receives heavy snowfall.
One Health Centre and medicine shop is available is Lava, 10 Km from Rishyap. Please carry your own medicines.
Only one nationalized bank ATM available in Lava, no ATM or banks are located in Rishyap. It is advisable to carry cash.
Light woollen in summer and heavy woollen in winter. In some places the temperature is sub-zero during winter.