Lava west bengal is a picturesque hamlet situated 30 kilometres east of the town of Kalimpong through Algarah. This region is characterized by abruptly rising hills and numerous small streams. The Sherpa View Point here provides an excellent view of the snow-crested mountains of Bhutan and Tibet.
lava west bengal is situated at an altitude of 7,200 feet (2,195 m). It is one of the few places in West Bengal to receive snow in winter. It is the entry point to the Virgin Neora Valley National Park from Kalimpong. The route to Lava is scenic with the change in vegetation from tropical deciduous to the wet alpine trees of fir, pine and birch. The verdant forests are a popular spot for picnicking, trekking and bird-watching. Lava has gradually become a favorite tourist destination. Temperature decreases below Zero Degree in Winter and increases up to Maximum 30 Degree Celsius in Summer. It is situated on the Silk Route of ancient India- Tibet Trade Practice. Lava can be reach through Gorubathan from Damdim or Malbazar of Jalpaiguri District. Distance from Gorubathan is 50 kilometres. The Road is Wide, Smooth and full with Scenic Beauty in every turn.
Places to visit around Lava West Bengal
Lava Monastery : Lava Monastery, otherwise called Ratnarishi Bihar Buddhist Gumpa, is situated at Lava in Kalimpong District of West Bengal. Arranged close to the enormous Neora Reservoir Lake this Monastery was set up by Karma Lodro Chokyi Senge, the third Kongtrul Rimpoche. Today, the fourth Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche studies and prepares here. The principle hall houses great sculpture of Buddha. From the patio of Lava Monastery guests can get an amazing view of neora valley national park encasing Lava. The tranquil feeling and pictorial perspective on emerald green woods of Neora Valley has made Lava Monastery the must visit goal in Lava.
Nature interpretation center lava: Nature Interpretation Center is an exhibition hall situated on Rishi Road in Lava town just 1 km away from the lava bazaar. Situated at the passage of the Neora Valley National Park, it is perhaps the best spot to encounter Lava Tourism. Kept up by the backwoods office, Nature Interpretation Center is a delightful spot for nature lover where one can get the thorough data especially about the wild life of Neora Valley and Lava locale. The exhibition hall is acclaimed for its dioramas which are shown as models, photos, stuffed birds and animals . It likewise has a decent presentation of orchids and different blossoms.
Timings: 8 AM – 12 PM & 1 PM – 4 PM, Closed on Thursdays
Neora Valley National Park: The famous Neora National Park is located in Kalimpong was established in the year 1986. Considered as one of the wealthiest biological zones, this park spreads over a region of about 88 Sq. km. and is situated near Lava at a dense forest in the foothill of majestic Himalayan Mountains. Read More……
Changey falls: Changey Falls is the highest waterfall in North Bengal . Changey Falls one of the wonders of nature, situated in the Naora valley national park. Its only 14 km away from Lava.. Read More……
Where to stay in Lava
There are a few private accommodations available in lava . Guest can either choose to stay in Government Forest Bungalow or they can opt to stay in private hotels and resort which are located in around lava bazar. There is very nice home stay available .
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How to Reach Lava West Bengal
Lava is well connect by road. It can be reached from Bagdogra / NJP in just two hours through winding roads and tea gardens.
By Air – The nearest airport is at Bagdogra. It is a domestic airport. All major air services are available from all over India. Airport is about 111 km away from Lava. You can find out various vehicles to reach at lava via kalimpong or via gorubathan.
By Road:There is no direct bus service available from NJP or siliguri . Private Buses & cars, NBSTC buses are available from Siliguri to kalimpong which takes about 2 to 3 hrs from Siliguri. Tenzing Norgay Bus Terminus (Siliguri). From Kalimong guest can have share taxi for lava. There is another route through Damdim-Gorubathan to lava which take less time to reach.
By Rail: Nearest Railway Stations are New mal station , NJP and Siliguri. These places are well connected with other parts of the state as well as the country.
New Mal : Distance from Lava to new mal junction railway station is only 58 Km and most long distance train has stoppage here.
NJP : This Station are the main railway stations in this area. NJp Station is well connected with rest of the country . From NJP tourists can rent private jeeps or car by to lava,