How about a holiday at a spot where clouds and mists form a blanket over a green valley and the only noise is formed by the chirping of birds? Situated near Kalimpong in Darjeeling district of West Bengal, Lava is one such place.
Lava is a picturesque hamlet nestled at an altitude of over 7000 feet. Lava is not ornamented with lots of exciting attractions but offers endless scopes to explore the beautiful Nature instead. Lava is the gateway to the Neora Valley National Park and is very rich in vegetation. Lush greeneries spread all over the surroundings will comfort your eyes which are tired of tolerating concrete structures and other signs of urbanization. Lava will make you fall in love even before you reach the hamlet since the route is very scenic. You will feel delighted to witness the gradual change in the nature of vegetation from tropical deciduous to wet alpines like pine, fir, and birch. If your eyes are alert enough, glimpses of diverse species of Himalayan birds are likely to get caught.
At the end of the road, you will discover a small town sitting on a green carpet with high walls of green mountains monitoring it from all sides. Light curtains of mists and clouds are likely to offer you a mysterious and romantic welcome at Lava. To get romantic with the love of your life, simply leave your luggage at the hotel room and go for a walk through the hilly trails. No matter how beautiful your better half is, Lava would keep dragging you deep inside her green heart. You might feel like breaking all shackles of your routine life and getting lost in the wild of Lava. If there is enough daylight, you can even go for a stroll through the pine forests.
|Sl No||Hotel Name||Tariff From||Tariff To|
|1.||Hotel Orchid(Deluxe)||Rs. 1200 (+service charge +G. S.T)||Rs. 3000(+service charge +G. S.T)|
|2.||Yankee(Deluxe)||Rs. 1500(+service charge +G. S.T)||Rs. 3000(+service charge +G. S.T)|
|2.||Tibet(Standard/ Semi Deluxe)||Rs. 1200(+service charge +G. S.T)||Rs. 2500(+service charge +G. S.T)|
Lava Monastery : You can start your day as a pilgrim by paying a visit to the Lava Monastery which stands on the top of a hill and is visible from Lava. The Neora Valley National Park, which is a spectacular wildlife reserve is also within the vicinity of Lava.
If bird watching is your fascination then go for a great birding walk at the Rangbang Valley or the Rachet Reserve Forest. Make good use of your binoculars and zoom your camera lens deep to catch some Hill Partridges, Great Barbet, Golden Throated Barbet, Kalij Pheasant, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Drongo Cuckoo, Black Eagle and so on.
Ghanti Dara, Tiffin Dara : To end the day with a touch of romance you could be at Ghanti Dara or Tiffin Dara, the two hilltops that offer stunning moments of the Sun going down.
You can also make Lava your central point for visiting other picturesque spots in the regions such asLolegaon, Rishyap, Kolakham, Charkhole and Jhandi Dara.
Climate : Summer around 5 to 20° C,winter around -2 to 8° C
Altitude : 7,000 ft
Clothing & Luggage: Travel as light as possible with the least minimum clothes, toiletries, and other essential commodities. The weather of Lava during summer requires light woolen garments. In the winter, heavy woolen is required.
Food And Drink: Drink only bottled water. Please carry your water from Kalimpong or Siliguri. It is always advisable to carry dry foods like to carry biscuits, chips, dry fruits, etc.Foreign Liquors / Alcohols are available in Rishyap.
Health Facility & Health Precautions: It is advisable to carry specific medicines. Always carry a kit of the basic emergency medicines you might need for diarrhea, fever, etc, band-aids and an antiseptic ointment.
Card Payment & ATM: Credit/Debit Card is not accepted in Lava. In Lava, there is also no ATM. Please carry cash for all your transactions.
Telephone / Mobile phones: All major mobile operator covers Lava. However, on many occasions signals are not strong enough. It is advisable to carry mobile 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 Lava from Bagdogra.
By Train : The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP). It will take 4 hrs to reach Lava by car from NJP.
By Road:Lava can be reached from Siliguri by various hired vehicles in roughly 4 hours.
Nearest town: Kalimpong , 32 Km from Lava by Jeep.
Accomodation: NatureWings offers its guests an exclusive eco-nature resort, located in the best and premium spot of Lava. The nature resort located on top of Lava offers the best mountain view from all rooms along with a splendid view of Mt Kanchenjunga. All rooms are provided with geyser, western-type toilet, floor carpets. Facilities for secure car parking are also available. The resort also offers a mountain facing courtyard for their guests and playground for toddlers and kids.