at an altitude of 7200 feet, Lava is famous for its proximity
to the Neora Valley National Park and its beautiful view of
the Jelep La and Reche La passes.
Lava is about 32 km east of Kalimpong. Oak
and fir trees welcome the visitor at Lava. It is also known
for its leaches. During the rainy season vegetation around
the place remains covered with leaches.
Most people who visit Lava combine their
tour with Loleygaon and Rishop which are nearby offbeat destinations.
You may also combine Sikkim, Darjeeling or Dooars tour in
The small town can be reached either through
Dooars via Gorubathan. This road is known as Damdim road as
the road takes a turn from National Highway 31 at Damdim.
The other road is through Kalimpong town and Algara. Both
roads meet at Lava.
Lava offers some nice walks for nature lovers.
You can walk towards the Neora Valley National Park, this
area has good vegetation. If you want to go for serious jungle
trek, the Neora valley trek also originates in this area,
but you would need to take permission from forest department
before entering the core area of the forest. You may also
go for a hike towards Maneydara village which is about 5 kms
walk from the town. Another route takes you to Rishop, a more
recent tourist destination. Rishop is close to 12 kms by car,
but the trekking distance is about 5 kms.
The area is a bird watchers paradise, you
can seen a variety of birds including Satyr Tragopan, Broad-billed
Warbler, Blue-fronted Robin, Rusty-bellied Shortwing, Yellow-throated
Fulvetta, Scarlet Finch and many other varieties around here.
General tourist attractions
Common tourist places around Lava include
Ratnarishi Gumpha, Neora Lake, Silviculture Research Centre,
and Chhangey falls. Treks to the Neora valley starts from
Lava. Apart from long treks across the valley, small treks
are also possible in the region. Common treks include trek
to Tiffin Dara, Aluabari etc.
Where to stay
Over the last two decades as the popularity
of the place increased, Lava fast changed from a tranquil
village to a hotel town. The small village surrounded by forests
have a very large number of hotels. Almost all of them are
budget accommodation and village home converted into tourist
hotels with basic amenities. The natural beauty of the place
has also taken a beating due to the proliferation of hotels
in the limited area. We prefer the WBFDC accommodation at
Lava for our guests. You can book this accommodation with
us as part of a complete tour package to Lava.