Lava: Not as hot as it sounds, but a small beautiful hill town



Lava is a small little town hidden in the eastern Himalayas and comes under the state of West Bengal. It is located about 34 km from Kalimpong which is another small town but well known and well connected. As it is situated at an altitude of 706 feet (2138 m), it can be chilly even if you are visiting in mid-summer.


Lava is one of the few places in the state of West Bengal where it snows in winter. From here, you can visit Neora Valley National Park. The entire village of Lava and Lolegaon is surrounded by forests of pine trees. Even the route to Lava from Kalimpong is really scenic. The trees along with the route change from tropical deciduous to conifers like fir, pine, and birch. These forests give ample spots for picnicking, trekking, and bird watching.


That’s okay, but what makes Lava a renowned travel destination in West Bengal?


Lava is full of scenic attractions. The Neora Valley national park is quite close and is abundant in flora and fauna. Being a hill town, there are monasteries and temples.

When it comes to tourist attractions in Lava, it has plenty of them. This place is considered to be an ideal holiday destination for a nature lover.

Let us take a look at a few of the places that you can visit if you are coming to Lava.


Neora Valley National Park:

This place is also known as the paradise of bird watchers in West Bengal. Mainly because the village itself is not much visited by casual tourists letting the scene remain untouched and untampered. Also, the place is surrounded by forests and mountains. The best spots near Lava if you looking for bird-watching treks are Rachet Reserve forest, Rangbang valley, Upper Rishi Valley, and Neora Valley, these places provide good birding treks. Some of the birds seen in this region are Hill Partridge, Kalij Pheasant, Darjeeling Woodpecker, Great Barbet, Golden Throated Barbet, Drongo Cuckoo, Tawny Owl, Eurasian Sparrow Hawk, Black Eagle, Common Kestrel, Common Green Magpie, Grey Treepie are some important species found in the region. Apart from bird watching, this place is also famous among the tourists for the pictorial view of Jelep-La and Rechi-La passes.

There is also a Nature Interpretation center near Lava where you can learn about the Flora and Fauna of the place and get a description of the type of plants and animals in the region.

Changey Waterfall: