Kolakham is a small village nestled in Neora Valley Reserve Forest facing Eastern Himalayan peak. The place located at an altitude of 6500ft is a paradise for nature lovers. Kolakham Nature Retreat set amidst Oak, Rhododendron and Pine forests, and overlooking the snow-clad Himalaya, this is an ideal getaway for those who wish to explore pristine mountain wilderness. Each morning youâ€™ll wake up to the sweet melody of birds. Retreat rooms are built to catch the morning sun and large windows overlook rising green hills of Oak, cedar and pine soaring up to an azure cloud flecked sky. Kolakham is the most sought-after location for adventurous minded tourist who can take challenge to discover the still unknown territory of Neora valley forest. The majestic view of Kanchenjunga from Kolakham village, the jungle trail in Neora forest, the scenic beauty of Changey waterfalls is once in a lifetime experience for anyone. Adventurous minded people can refresh their mind with short trek around Kolakham.
The Neora valley forest is home to many different kinds of flora and fauna. The forest consists of mixed species of flora like beautiful orchids, rhododendron, bamboo, oak, ferns, sal, etc. There are also many rare species of animals like Leopard, Himalayan Black Bear, Yellow Throated Marten, Red Fox, Sambhar, Kakar (Barking Deer), Leopard Cat and Ghoral (Mountain Goat). Variety of birds such as Kaleeje, Chir and Koklas Pheasants, Minivets, Orioles, Redbilled Blue Magpie, Whitecrested Laughing Thrush, and Spotted Forktail and Birds of Prey include the majestic Golden Eagle as well as the Himalayan Griffon and Lammergeier also can seen here. So Kolakham can easily sought itâ€™s fame as the paradise of birdwatchers and nature lovers.
Kolakham is located on the fringe of Neora Valley forest. Enthusiasts people can enjoy nature trail along the picturesque green forest with a variety of birds and flora including some rare species of wild life. Tourists can also go for a day trip to Lava, Rishop and Charkol.
Neora Valley Forest : A jungle safari by Jeep and trek inside the forest is a wonderful experience. This trip is a must to all nature lovers and bird watchers.The trips through deep jungle , full of tropical forest and most rare birds will make this trip memorable one. More adventurous people can go go for a Rachela Trek towards the Aritar.
Changi Falls : Changi , Changey or Chagey falls just 3 kms jeep drive and 1.5 kms walk down through nicely built stair cases and rest hut takes you to the most beautiful falls in the deep forest of Darjeeling Hills. It is the only falls in the deep forest which can be reached by tourists by jeep ride and a walk down to around 250 stairs. In the deep forest of Neora Valley forest with sounds of rare tropical birds like Wagtail, Minivet and others make your journey a memorable one.
Lava : Lava is a small town in Darjeeling district and 8 km from Kolakham. A visit to the Lava Monastery and Neora valley Interpretation center offers a quick look at the vastness of nature's prosperity.
Rishyap : The pictureque Rishop offers a splendid view of snowcapped Mt Kanchenjangha along with Mt Kabroo, Mt Kharg Mt Pandim ,Mt Simvo and Mt Rathung.
Charkhole : Charkhole is a great place for tourists and gives an excellent view of Mt Kanchenjunga and other peaks from a table top mountain. It is new hot spot nature resort in this region and around 32 km from Kolakham.
Climate : Summer around 5-20° C,winter around 0-8° C
Altitude : 6,500 ft
Clothing & Luggage: Travel as light as possible with least minimum clothes, toiletries and other essential commodities & as these areas is cold in winter it is advisable to carry warm woolen clothes, woolen mittens, gloves, cap etc. During the month of Dec to Feb , Darjeeling is very cold and often experiences heavy snowfall. Please carry heavy woolen garments during winter.
Food And Drink: Drink only bottled water. Please carry your water from Lava , Kalimpong or Siliguri. Since this area doesnâ€™t have any single shop , it is always advisable to carry dry foods like biscuits, chips, dry fruits, fruits etc. Foreign Liquors / Alcohols are not also available in Kolakham.
Health Facility & Health Precautions: It is advisable to carry specific medicines as there are no pharmacy shops in Kolakham. Always carry a kit of the basic emergency medicines you might need for diarrhea, fever etc, band aids and an antiseptic ointment. The nearest health facility /medicine shop is available at Lava.
Card Payment & ATM: Credit/Debit Card is not accepted in Kolakham. In Kolakham there is also no ATM. Please carry cash for all your transactions.
Telephone / Mobile phones: All major mobile operator covers Kolakham. However, in many occasions signals are not strong enough. It is advisable to carry mobiles phones from two different mobile service providers.
|Place from||TO||KM||Approx Road Journey Time (In Hrs)|
By Bagdogra flight - Nearest Airport is Bagdogra (IXB). By car it will take 4hrs to reach Kolakham from Bagdogra.
By Train : Nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri railway Station (NJP). It will take 4 hrs to reach Kolakham by car from NJP.
By Road: Kolakham can be reached from Siliguri by various hired vehicle in roughly 4hours.
Nearest town- Lava , 8 Km from Lava
Accomodation: NatureWings offers their guests an exclusive eco nature resort. Located in a premium spot in the Neora Valley, the resort provides all rooms with splendid view of Mt Kanchenjunga. All rooms are provided with geyser, western-type toilet, floor carpets. Facilities for secure car parking are also available.
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