Lava – hamlet town near Darjeeling

Lava – the small hamlet town near Darjeeling is one of the new hill resorts of West Bengal which is fast developing into a perfect holiday destination. This charming hill resort with awesome scenic beauty is the ideal haven for people who are looking for relaxation, relaxation and relaxation – no hectic sightseeing, no action, no galore of activities, only a peaceful time in the midst of beautiful nature. Though Lava is often overlooked and overshadowed by its more popular neighbor, Darjeeling, but in recent years this almost virgin hill resort has attracted the imagination of every tourist. During winter months Lava receives snowfall and tourist flock in large number to witness this galore of nature.


Lava under snow cover

Where is Lava?

The charming hill resort of Lava is situated at an average altitude of 2320 m above sea level in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal at a distance of about 100 Km from Siliguri.

About Lava

The serene and misty hamlet town of Lava with its magnificent scenic grandeur is fast developing into a popular holiday destination. Lava is famous for its proximity to the Neora Valley National Park and the magnificent view of the Jelep La and Rechi La passes.
Natural broad-leaved forest with tall green temple shaped trees having drooping branches is one of the salient features of the rich flora in and around Lava. Rare species of orchids blooming at the hillside and valley adds to the beauty of this charming hill resort. The idyllic verdant forests are an ideal spot for bird watching. Wild animals such as the Himalayan Black Bear, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, etc. are very commonly found here.

Lava is considered to be the perfect place for trekkers and campers. Adventure lovers can trek 12 kilometers to Jelep La and Rechi La Pass, situated at the junction of Sikkim, Bengal and Bhutan.

Lava Sightseeing

Lava has a number important and attractive sightseeing spots that are integral part of Lava tour. Here is an account of the popular few. However don’t miss out to soak in the natural beauty of Lava itself.

Neora Valley National Park

This 88 Sq.Km national park established in 1986 is one of the richest biological zones in the entire Northeast and a major attraction for tourists visiting Lava. Much of the park is still inaccessible, making it an adventurous place for the nature lovers and trekkers who can take the challenge to explore the still-unknown terrain of the park. Virgin natural forests, dense bamboo groves, colourful canopy of Rhododendron, varieties of wild orchid, lush green valley, meandering rivers and streams with snow-capped mountains in the backdrop forms a picturesque landscape, which is very unique and hardly found anywhere else.

Though Neora Valley National Park is known to be the home of Red Panda, other important mammals like Indian Gaur, Himalayan Black Bear, Clouded Leopard Common Leopard, Lesser Cats, Himalayan Thar, Serrow, Gural, Deer, Tiger and Squirrels are worth mentioning. This National Park is also particularly known as bird watcher’s paradise for the large variety of different species of birds found here.

Jaributi, one of the most beautiful spots in Neora Valley, is an ideal place for viewing wildlife movements. The place has tremendous importance for medicinal plants that grow here in abundance.
Entry into the park is highly restricted and entry tickets are available from Range Offices at Lava and Samsing.


View of Lava Monastery

Lava Monastery

Monastery at Lava is also known as Kagyu Thekchen Ling Monastery and Ratnarishi Bihar Buddhist Gumpa. It is one of the prime sightseeing spot of Lava. Located on a hill, overlooking the snow-capped mountain range to the north, the Monastery is surrounded by dense forests and remains enveloped in mists for most of the year. This large and colourful monastery was established by Karma Lodro Chokyi Senge, the third Kongtrul Rimpoche.

Changey Fall

Another major sightseeing spot of Lava is this Changey fall. Journey to the fall via sharp meandering roads is a thrilling experience. The fall is situated amidst picturesque surrounding and provides a perfect backdrop for taking photograph making it all the more popular and favourite among tourists.


View of the wonderful hanging bridge at Lolegaon


Just 24 Km away from Lava and at an altitude of about 5600 ft above sea level lies Lolegaon, a quiet, cool and serene destination yet to be commercialized. Tour of Lava is incomplete without a trip to Lolegaon. The scenic wonder of Lolegaon is awesome. The fabulous Heritage Forest with a beautiful hanging bridge from the ground to the treetops is the prime attraction of Lolegaon.

Tourists also have the option of staying at Lolegaon as there are a number of good hotels and resorts available there.

How to reach Lolegaon?

By Air

Bagdogra airport at Siliguri is the nearest airport. It is about 110 Km from Lava.

By Rail

New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is the nearest rail head of Lava at a distance of about 100 Km.

By Road

Lava is well connected from Siliguri and Jalpaiguri by both private and shared vehicles. One can reach Lava from Siliguri via Kalimpong (99 Km) or via Gorubathan (105 Km).

Where to stay at Lava?

Yankee Resorts

It is indeed the best resort of Lava set amidst the peace, tranquility and simplicity of this Himalayan hamlet town. Yankee Resort has rooms and separate stand-alone cottages as well. Comfortable rooms, room service, laundry services and in-house restaurant is the salient feature of this resort.

To know more about this amazing resort in Lava and to avail its online booking facility, just click HERE. For booking one can also contact at – 03552-282345/234 or 9932869205, 9932561318.

Lava Tourist Centre

It is another major hotel of Lava providing reasonably good accommodation facility. To book this hotel contact at – 9830334967.

Hotel Paradise

Situated near the Lava Monastery, it is another well known and popular hotel of Lava. Well furnished rooms and good room service forms the backbone of this hotel. Booking contact number of this hotel is – 03552-282314.

To know more about this popular hotel in Lava and to avail its online booking facility, just click HERE.

Hotel Rock View

It is another major hotel of Lava particularly known for providing excellent view of the hills, valleys and forests around. For booking contact at – 03324851959.

Hotel Orchid

Orchid of various rare species is one of the major attractions of Lava and the hotel named Orchid is one of the popular hotels of this little hamlet town. For booking contact at – 03552-282213.

Sherpa Lodge (Booking contact number – 03552-282308), Hotel View Point (Booking contact number – 03324761959), Hotel Paljor (Booking contact number – 9836489939) and Greenwood (Booking contact number – 9830436274) are other well known hotels of Lava providing a reasonably good staying options.

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  1. Ooty is one of the most important tourist destinations in the southern part of India.

  2. Alok Prasad says:

    Lava is undoubtedly a place to be in. West Bengal Government needs to give booster doses to promote this lovely place.

  3. Tarak Saha says:

    Lava must needs to be promoted as a tourist destination by the state government. It has all the potential to be a favourite destination for tourists from all over the world.

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