Lolegaon or Loleygaon
is a small village in the Kalimpong sub-division. It used
to be a tranquil village with great views of the Kanchnjunga.
During the early 1990's forest department with the help of
some voluntary organizations started promoting the village
as an eco-tourism destination. The founders of naturebeyond
were also part of the initiative. By late 90`s Lolegaon came
up to become one of the oft visited tourist destinations of
the Kalimpong Hills.
The small village is also commonly referred
to by locals as Kaffer. Lolegaon is located at a distance
of about 24 km from Lava. Travel time may be well over an
hour depending on the road condition. Altitude of the place
is about 5,500 ft.
The primary attraction of Lolegaon lies
in its serene and tranquil environment. Although the place
has become a common tourist destination now, it is still not
commercialized by large influx of tourists. You can still
get to walk in the nearby forests without jostling with other
The place offers panoramic view of the
Kanchenjunga range. On a clear day large part of the snow
capped mountain is visible.
interested in Bird watching could have a field day here, wide
variety of birds can be seen in the area and Lava-Lolegaon
sector is one of the most attractive birding destination in
Nearby hilltop Jhandi Dara offers beautiful
views at sunrise. The place is about 4/5 kilometers from Lolegaon
and early morning visit to Jhanidi Dara can offer you spectacular
views on a clear day.
Forest department has earmarked a part of
the forest as Heritage forest. This is another attraction
for tourists. There is a unique 'Canopy Walk' over the century
old mossy Oak and Cypress.
Summer temperature (April - May) vary between
15 and 25 degree Celsius. Winter temperature (December - February)
between 7 and 15 degree. Loelygaon witnesses heavy rainfall
and an umbrella may be useful any time of the year.
How to Reach
There are primarily two ways of reaching
here. One is through Kalimpong and then onwards to Algara.
The other route is through Dooars, which passes through Gorubathan
and Lava. Both the roads meet about couple of kms ahead of
Lava. From this point you have to take a turn and drive another
22 kms to reach Lolegaon.