Rishyap is a small tourist village in the Kalimpong hills
situated at an altitude of about 8,100 feet. The village is
located close to Lava. The undiluted charm of staying in a
hill village among chirping birds and waking up with the view
of the Majestic Kanchenjunga is the primary reason behind
the popularity of Rishyap. Apart from the Kanchenjunga range,
a visitor can also see the Sikkim,
Bhutan and Nepal mountains
including Jelep la from Rishyap. Nathula,
the famous Into-Chinese boarder that has been opened up for
trade, is also visible from here.
Rishyap can be reached either by vehicle
or on foot. About 7 kms from Lava towards Kalimpong, you will
have to take a right turn and drive about 5 kms to reach Rishyap.
The last few kilometres of road is mostly not in great shape
and smaller vehicles may have difficulty negotiating the steep
curves, hence larger vehicles are recommended. The other option
is to walk to Rishyap from Lava, if you are not carrying too
many luggage and wont mind walking for 5 kms, you may ask
locals at Lava for the route and enjoy a nice stroll through
Tiffindara (Dara means Hilltop in local
language) is a place that offers excellent views of the Himalaya.
The same place is also sometimes referred to as Sherpa Dara.
There is a viewing tower at Tiffindara for better view of
Rishyap and around.
the years a number of tourist accommodations have come up
at Rishyap. Almost all of the tourist accommodation are village
homestay type and can not be compared with hotels in major
towns. Basic facilities are available at the place with running
water, attached bath and descent food. You may contact our
executive to know more about the present accommodations and
their status at Rishyap.