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Kalimpong Hills is classified as an ecological hotspot, one of the ecoregions of India. Neora Valley National Park lies within the Kalimpong subdivision and is home to tigers. Some Royal Bengal Tiger was found and captured in Camera here in the Year 2015. Acacia, cinnamon , ficus, bamboo and cardamom, are found in the hillsides around Kalimpong. The forests at higher altitudes are of pine trees and other evergreen alpine vegetation. Seven species of rhododendrons are found in the region east of Kalimpong. The temperate deciduous forests include oak, birch, maple and alder. Three hundred species of orchid are found around Kalimpong. The Red panda, Clouded leopard, Siberian weasel, Asiatic black bear, barking deer, Himalayan tahr, goral, gaur and pangolin are some of the fauna found near Kalimpong. Avifauna of the region include the pheasants, cuckoos, minivets, flycatchers, bulbuls, orioles, owls, partridges, sunbirds, warblers, swallows, swifts and woodpeckers. Kalimpong is also known for their rich practice of cactus cultivation. Its nurseries attract people from far and wide for the absolutely stunning collection of cacti they cultivate. The strains of cacti, though not indigenous to the locale, have been carefully cultivated over the years, and now the town boasts one of the most fascinating and exhaustive collections of Cactus. The plants have adapted well to the altitude and environment, and now prove to be one of the chief draws of tourism to the township.
Lava is a small hamlet situated 30 kilometers east of the town of Kalimpong. It is situated at an altitude of 7,200 feet. It is the entry point to the Virgin Neora Valley National Park from Kalimpong. The route to Lava is scenic with the change in vegetation from tropical deciduous to the wet alpine trees of fir, pine and birch. Lava can be reach through Gorubathan from Damdim or Malbazar of Jalpaiguri District. Distance from Gorubathan is 50 kilometres. The Road is Wide, Smooth and full with Scenic Beauty in every turn. A Buddhist Monastery is present on one of the hills of Lava. Notable sites of tourism interest include Lava Nature Interpretation Center, Changey Waterfalls, Rache-La, Kolakham and Lava Kagyu Thek Chen Ling Monastery.
Loleygaon is a Lepcha village situated in the extreme end of a Himalayan ridge. It is located at a distance of 24 km from Lava, at an altitude of 9,800 ft. This region is characterized by abruptly rising hills and numerous small streams. The village provides a 180 degree view of Kanchenjunga.
Rishyap is also spelt as Rishop. Rishyap was developed as a tourist destination recently in 1998. The place is well known for the majestic views of the Kanchenjunga range. Over the years, many tourists accommodations have come up at Rishyap. The local Sherpas and Lepchas have built small cottage-type accommodations for tourist. Tiffin dara, a sunrise-view spot, is about 1 km from here.
Kalimpong Lava Rishop Lolegaon Tour Packages
Day 1 : Arrival at NJP Station/ Bagdogra Airport. Transfer via Gajoldoba Teesta Barrage, Baikunthapur Forest and Garubathan to Reach Rishop. Check in At Hotel, after lunch trek to Tiffin Dhara to witness the sunset or take a forest trail nearby to enjoy the raw wilderness of Neora National Park.
Day 2: Early morning rise to see the sunrise and the lights shine on the magnificent Kunchenjunga. After breakfast at hotel start for a full day Kalimpong Sight seeing Tour. Graham's Homes a missionary school was set up by Dr. J A Graham in 1900s. Lord Buddha Statue: Close to Deolo there is a small rock garden in which you will find this nice statue of Lord Buddha sitting in a lotus position. Sherpa View Point: This is a watershed near Buddha statue from where you get great views towards both north and south. Durga Mandir: This is a Hindu temple of Goddess Durga located near Sherpa View Point. Hanuman Temple: Right after Durga Mandir is a huge statue of Lord Hanuman perched on the hill. Climb several flights of stairs to reach up to the temple. Deolo Hill: This is the major attraction in East Kalimpong. The tourism department has created an 8-acre lush parkland with manicured flower gardens and several view points with breath taking views of Kanchenjunga, Durpin hill, Kalimpong Township and the valley with rivers flowing through them. Mangal Dham: An excellent temple complex built in the memory of late Guruji Mangal Dasji and dedicated to Lord Krishna. Thongsa Gompa: This is the oldest monsatery in Kalimpong which was built in 1692. Army Golf Course: A scenic 9-hole golf course which was conceived and laid by the army authorities. Morgan House: This used to be an old British property and reflect a typical colonial architecture with sprawling garden and views of Kanchenjunga. Durpin Monastery: This Tibetan monastery is located on the Durpin hill and hence such name. The actual name is Zang Dog Palri monastery. From the upper terrace of the monastery, you get magnificent views of Kalimpong town with Kanchenjunga in the background, the valley and the plains, Teesta & Reang rivers flowing down, and lovely tea estates of Peshoke area. Jelepla View Point: You get spectacular view of Jelepla Pass which once used to be a route for regular trade with Tibet. You can also see the confluence of river Teesta, Reang and Relli. Pratima Tagore House: This house with nice garden and lovely views was built by Pratima Tagore in 1943, daughter-in-law of the poet Rabindranath Tagore. You will find original furnishing, lot of memorabilia and poet's verses in this house. It is located on Atisha road close to the Pine View Nursery. Pine View Nursery: It has great collections of cactus and ornamental plants. You get great view of Kalimpong town from the backside lawn. Entry fee: Rs. 10/- per person. Kali Mandir: Temple of goddess Kali. Climb a stairway from the roadside to reach up to the temple. From an adjoining terrace, you get wonderful view of west Kalimpong and the mountain range. Return to hotel by evening and enjoy a campfire. Overnight at hotel.
Day 3: In case you missed the trek to Tiffin dhara on the 1st day today early morning take a trek and reach the top before the sunrise. You will experience the most memorable sunrise and view of the Kunchenjunga. Return to hotel for breakfast and later start your journey to Loleygaon via Lava. Enroute visit the Lava Monaestry and Nature Interpretation center. After that check in at hotel in Lolegaon. Afternoon free for visiting the canopy walk and the nearby jungles.
Day 4: After breakfast start tour to Changey falls. once you reach the road near the falls you have to take an trek to the base which is about 700 steps. Reach the buttom of the fall to enjoy the astounding beauty. Return to the car and resume your journey to the village of Kolakham. Once you reach Kolakham you can enjoy the virgin forests also called the Silent valley. Take a stroll in the woods nearby which echo only the sound of the birds chriping away. Afterwards return to your hotel in Lolegaon. Overnight at hotel.
Day 5: After late breakfast at hotel start for NJP Station/ Bagdogra Airport. With that we end your Kalimpong Lava Lolegaon Rishop Tour.
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Our Resort comprises of 9 well decorated wooden Cottages with all modern amenities and commands a full 180 degree view of the Mighty Kunchenjunga Range from all rooms. Click below to know more.
Our Resort comprises of well decorated wooden finished interiors with all modern amenities and commands a full 180 degree view of the Mighty Kunchenjunga Range. Here you will get a feeling of staying in a homestay with the locals. Click below to know more.
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