Lava is a small hamlet situated approximately 34 kilometres east of the town of Kalimpong. Lava is situated at an altitude of 2138 meters / 7016 feet and it is one of the few places in West Bengal to receive snow in winter. Lava is situated in the vicinity of Neora Valley National Park. The route to Lava is scenic either way with wet alpine trees of fir, pine and birch. The verdant forests is known among tourist for trekking and bird-watching. The infrastructure is not so developed compared to other places but small guest houses and lodges has been built including log houses or small huts built in the midst of the forest which a tourist can rent to experience the wildlife and a famous spot to view the sunrise. Other popular destination near Lava is Rishyap just 4 kilometers with nice view points. Wild life is quite good and Himalayan Black Bear and barking deer are found in these parts. Notable sites include Changey Waterfalls and Lava Jamgyong Kongtrul Monastery. Lava is also known for its leaches. During the rainy season, vegetation around the place gets covered with leaches. Close to the local market (bazaar) is Lava Monastery (Jamgyong Kongtrul Monastery). Popular tourist places around Lava include Ratnarishi Gumpha, Neora Lake and Chhangey falls. Treks to the Neora valley starts from Lava.
Loleygaon (also known as Kaffer village) is situated 1524 meters. Loleygaon is a quiet and peaceful hamlet located at an altitude of 5520 feet and surrounded by towering dhupi and cypress forests. Several locations in the village offer sweeping views of Kanchenjunga range. One can also enjoy range of orchids and other flowering plantations here. It's also a great place for bird watchers. Apart from long treks across the valley, small treks are also possible in the region. Common treks include trek to Tiffin Dara, Aluabari etc from Lava. One can also stay at Samthar or Charkhole instead of Lolaygaon & Rishyap roads are in bad shape overthe years.
Rishyop is situated at 4310 meters Rishyap is only 11 kilometers road from Lava walking distance is 4 kilometers through pakdandi & 28 kilometers from Kalimpong is this beautiful small hamlet Rishyap, nestles amidst the hidden hills of Neora Valley covered pine and rhododendron trees. It is known for its panoramic view of the Himalayan range. Also visible is the blue mountains of Bhutan and Nathu La / Jelep La Pass. The Himalayan mountain ranges including Mount Kokthang, Rathung, Kabroo, Talung, Pandim, Khangchendzonga, Simvo, Narsingh, Siniolchu. Also visible is Khangse glacier the source of river Teesta. Just behind these form 'La's lies the 'Chumvy Valley' which is in China.Sunrise is mesmerizing The forest of Pine, Birch, Fir and Orchids with soothing path following the chirps of birds & the view of big sky on the lad of snowcapped Khang-Chen-D-Zongha is a special gift of Rishyap.
The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport (IXB) / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) 125 kilometers is Lava and another 28 kilometers is Lolaygaon via Gorubathan. Lolaygaon is 160 kilometers via Kalimpong and is 158 via Gorubathan from New Jalpaiguri Railway Station. Rishyap is just 04 kilometers from Lava. These three places can be viusited staying in any one place and its preferable to stay at Lava. Rishyap / Risshop is only 28 kilometers from Kalimpong and nearly 11 kilometers from Lava. One can also trek to Rishyap via pakdandi and it is only 04 kilometers. Lava is 34 kilometres east of the town of Kalimpongvia Algarah in Darjeeling district of the state of West Bengal, India. There are two approach road one Via Sevoke or national highway 10 and the other via Gorubathan or National highway 31.