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Lava / Rishyap - Lava is nearly 32 kilometers from Kalimpong and 115 kilometers from Siliguri via Sevoke, Gorubathan and Bhuttabari. It is completely surrounded by age old pine forests. Round the year it is hidden in mists and clouds. Lava is situated at an elevation of nearly 2350 meters. It is a small hamlet with lot of tourist activities. Monastery, Nature Interpretation center, a few view points and the entrance to Neora Valley are worth visiting. The monastery is of Bhutanese origin. This is one of the hot spot for birding and excursion to Lolaygaon, Pedong, etc. It is also used as the starting point of Neora National Park trek through a diverse range of flora and fauna. In between Lava and Lolaygaon is this hamlet Rishyap closer to Lava. The last couple of kilometers have graveled road and is difficult to navigate. It is supposed to be the highest point in Kalimpong subdivision. Early riser can catch the beautiful sunrise at the Rishyap, which is nearly 36 kilometers from Kalimpong town and offers a great view of the Himalayan range and the mount Kanchendzonga. The region can be used for bird, butterfly watching, Buddhist tours and meditation, historical tour, cultural tours even leisure holiday.

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