A road journey of 99km via Kalimpong or 115km via Gorubathan from Siliguri will take you to Lava, one of the most picturesque spots in the Darjeeling Himalayas. A serene misty hamlet in the Kalimpong sub division, Lava has been a recent addition to the tourism map of this region and is getting immensely popular with the travellers looking for off beat destinations.
Situated at an altitude of 7,016 feet (2,138 m), Lava presents a landscape of ultimate natural splendour. The drive to Lava is picturesque with the change in vegetation from tropical deciduous to the wet alpine trees of fir, pine and birch.
The view of the silvery peaks of Greater Himalayan snow ranges is breathtaking. . Visit the Lava Monastery and Neora Valley Interpretation Center, which offers the glimpse of the nature’s wealth.
Lava is the gateway of Neora Valley National Park, a virgin, unexplored terrain in the Himalayas. A drive to Choudaferri, inside the park through the pine clad winding road and the Sunrise Spot at Tiffin Dara are simply memorable. Another tourist destination near Lava is Rishyap, just 4 km walking pathway with a view of Himalayan peaks.
Wild animals such as the Himalayan Black Bear and barking deer are found in these parts. It is also a bird watchers’ paradise.
Nearest Town: Kalimpong, Distance 30Kms. Journey Time: 1hr
Nearest Rail Junction: New Jalpaiguri (NJP); 120Kms, Journey time: 3.5 hour
Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, 125Kms