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A Holiday At Lava – Lolegaon – Rishap – Kolakham

On the way to New Mal Jn

It all started with “Cho Mondarmani Jai. Good Friday te tana 3 din chuti” (Let’s go to Mandarmani. We’ll get 3 long holidays due to Good Friday) by one of our friend. We all had already been to Mandarmani number of times and we all got bored by visiting the same place again and again. But then we thought about other probable options? Generally Bengali’s can’t think of anything else other than same old Digha, Mandarmani etc. as Weekend Destination, may be due limitations of not much options from Kolkata, I believe.

After discussing for 3 days over different destinations, I thought of North Bengal. Well, North Bengal is a heaven for Travelers with numbers of destinations and different options. First I thought of Lava and Lolegaon (also spelled as Loleygaon), but then after doing my research I thought of including Rishap (also spelled as Rishyap) and Kolakham. While doing my research I came upon Pedong and Charkhol, both of which are awesome destinations, but due to shortage of time, we thought of limiting this of our trip to Lava, Lolegaon (Loleygaon), Rishap (Rishyap) and Kolakham.

I quickly chalked out an Itenary and shared with my friends. Finally after few revisions, we fixed our stay at Kolakham and Rishop (Rishyap) instead of commonly chosen destination, Lava and Lolegaon (Loleygaon). All these places can be covered as Sightseen as well as you can stay, if you choose to. As not much options are there, instead of enjoying the scenic beauty.

Itenary

  • Day 1 : NMZ to Kolakham. Post Lunch visit Changey Falls. O/N at Kolakham
  • Day 2 : Kolakham to Rishap (Rishyap) via Neora Valley and Lava. O/N at Rishap (Rishyap)
  • Day 3 : Rishap (Rishyap) to NJP via Lolegaon (Lolegygaon) and Delo (Dealo)

All these happened in the 3rd week of March and all the trains to NJP were full. I quickly booked tickets for our onward journey at about Waiting List of 30, but we were out of luck for our return journey as the Waiting List was of above 150. So we thought of booking Tatkal by some agent, but suddenly on 26th March, I came upon a special train, NJP SRC Special (New Jalpaiguri to Santragachi), announced by Indian Railways as Summer Specials which will run only on Sunday’s. Without wasting a single second, I typed IRCTC in my browser and booked the tickets.

Now that all the arrangements were done, we just waited for the D Day to arrive. Believe me, this moment of waiting for your hard planned trip is like spending every day as a week. But as the trip was of only 3 days, we knew once it comes up, it’ll end just in few moments. So we all enjoyed the verge of this moment.

Trip To Lava Loleygaon Rishyap Kolakham

Finally the day came and we started our journey with Kanchankanya Express from Sealdah. Kanchankanya Express is the only train which goes upto New Mal Jn. (NMZ). If you are going to Lava / Lolegaon (Loleygaon) / Kolakham / Rishap (Rishyap) / Pedong / Charkhol etc., it’s always wise to go upto New Mal Jn. (NMZ) and take a cab upto Lava, which will cost you around 2200/-. From there, book a cab to your destination from Lava Car Syndicate. You can start your journey from NJP, but the cost will be much higher and also, you’ll have a hard time finding cab for Lava. Shared cabs for Lava is available from Siliguri, but nothing is guaranteed. Also, while going to NMZ you can enjoy the scenic beauty and thrilling experience of moving through caves. πŸ™‚

Way to New Mal Jn

Way to New Mal Jn

  • Way To New Mal Jn

Day 1 : NMZ to Kolakham. Post Lunch visit Changey Falls. O/N at Kolakham

When we reached New Mal Jn. (NMZ) our Driver Ramen Da was waiting for us. Soon we started moving towards our first destination Kolakham. En-route to Kolakham, we took a break at Malbazar, for taking Cash out of ATM and getting our Drinks. πŸ˜› Kolakham, Rishap (Rishyap), Lava, Lolegaon (Loleygaon), Pedong, Charkhol etc. these are very less known destinations as well as small villages with very few options. So up there you’ll hardly find any ATM. At Lava there’s an ATM, which will be out of Cash 90% of the times. Also the cost of the Drinks will be high, as you move upwards with very limited options. So it’s always best carry cash and choice of your drinks from plains. Don’t even think of using your plastic money there, else you’ll end up ruining your trip and going back down to get cash.

Way To Kolakham

Way To Kolakham

Way To Kolakham

Neora Valley Jungle Camp

It took us around 3.5 Hours to reach our Hotel, Silent Valley, in Kolakham with few breaks in between. It really felt like Silent Valley, where practically you have nothing to do rather than enjoying the scenic beauty. Kolakham is a small village in Kolbong Forest within the Neora Valley. While moving through Neora Valley, in between through the Pine trees, we all wondered how God have designed the Nature and soon we realized how we city people have destructed it and now we thrive for it with different Go Green pledges. It was just awesome. Wish I had more words to describe the scenic beauty of the nature here. We were greeted warmly by the staff and they took to our room.

  • Way To Kolakham

Silent Valley, Kolakham

Silent Valley, Kolakham

Silent Valley, Kolakham

When we entered the room we were just speechless. Wow..!!

Silent Valley

Silent Valley

  • View From Silent Valley Kolakham

I had already called Mr. Subrata (the owner of Silent Valley) beforehand, when we were at Malbazar and informed about our hereabouts. So, the lunch was ready when we were there. Soon we were served Lunch at the Restaurant. This was the best lunch I ever had.

Post lunch, after taking rest for few minutes, we started for Changey Falls. Within 30 minutes we reached the point from where we trekked down to see the falls. The road was steep and while going down we noticed halt rooms around the turns. Though we didn’t understand the significance of these while going down. But it was not too late for us to understand why these have been made while returning back.

Way To Changey Falls

Way To Changey Falls

Way To Changey Falls

Way To Changey Falls

Changey Falls

Changey Falls

It was around 5:30 PM and we left for our Hotel. As soon as we reached we were given some snacks and Tea. Rest of the evening we enjoyed doing masti among ourselves. At around 9 PM we were called for Dinner. Though in hilly areas people sleeps early but we City people couldn’t adjust with that. So we enjoyed with our Antiquity Blue till 1 AM in the midnight and after that we went to sleep πŸ™‚

Day 2 : Kolakham to Rishap (Rishyap) via Neora Valley and Lava. O/N at Rishap (Rishyap)

It was 6:30 AM in the morning when we woke up and was amazed when we removed the curtains. We all were excited to see Kangchenjunga (actually pronounced and spelled as Kanchendzonga). We just couldn’t move from the window for few minutes. Soon we were served Bed Tea and after that we started getting ready for moving along, according to our Itenary. After breakfast we left Silent Valley and Kolakham at around 9 AM.

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First we went to Lava to get our permits to enter Neora Valley. Though technically we were staying in Neora Valley only, as Kolakham is in Neora Valley base area. But to go up to Zero Point one needs to get permission from Lava. But we didn’t do that previous day while going to Kolakham as we were not aware about the same. So we got permission for Chaufadder Point . While in Lava we ordered our Lunch at Hotel Tibet.

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It took us around 2 Hours to reach Chaufadder Point. After waiting for few minutes and few formalities, the Guide took us further for the trek. It was an awesome experience. This was first time we were trekking in Forest. Though we didn’t came across any Red Panda, but we did managed to see few birds and butterflies. Finally when we reached the end point we just felt that, we are at the source of Changey Falls. The paths around it is dangerous as you need to walk above the roots of the trees which are slippery. After spending some time and few clicks we returned. The trek was about 1 Hour.

Way To Neora Valley

Way To Neora Valley

  • Neora Valley

When we reached Chaufadder Point, we ordered Green Tea. It was authentic Green Tea and nothing else was available. We all felt hungry, so without wasting any time we started for Lava. The weather at Lava was just awesome. We could touch the Fogs, as it was flying so low. It felt really cold.

Lava

Lava

Post lunch we did some shopping in and around. Finally we visited Lava Monastery. We have been to various Monastery before, so we felt nothing special here.

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  • Lava Monastery

At around 5 PM in the evening we started for Rishap (Rishyap). It took us around 30 Minutes to reach our Hotel, Himalayan Hut in Rishap (Rishyap). While on Lava, we had already informed Mr. Bimal Gurung (owner of Himalayan Hut).

Upon reaching our Hotel, Mr. Tamang helped us getting into our rooms. I just couldn’t believe my eyes, it was the whole 180 Deg Kangchenjunga (Kanchendzonga) view. We asked Mr. Tamang to arrange Bonfire and Barbeque. We had already informed about the same to Mr. Bimal Gurung when we were at Lava, as everything needs to be arranged beforehand, as there’s nothing much at Rishap (Rishyap). We ordered 2KG Chicken for us which they had already got from Lava when we called Mr. Gurung.

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Mr. Tamang informed us that weather at Rishap (Rishyap) is very unpredictable, so it could rain anytime. It was chilly and was around 2 – 3 Deg Centigrade. So we didn’t wasted any more time and rest of the evening we spent enjoying Antiquity Blue, warming ourselves in the heat of Bonfire. After few minutes Mr. Tamang started roasting Chicken and soon we were served the same. It was just fabulous. We had tried Barbeque before, even at home we do it sometimes, but it never tasted like this.

  • Barbeque at Rishop

At around 8 PM it started raining, so we hurried ourselves into our room. It was raining heavily and electricity was cut off as trees fell due to the storm. At around 9 PM we were called for Dinner. After having dinner at around 10 PM hotel staff turned off the generator. So practically we had nothing to do, at 3 Deg C while raining, so we followed Early to Bed mantra πŸ™‚

Day 3 : Rishap (Rishyap) to NJP via Lolegaon (Lolegygaon) and Delo (Dealo)

Though we are not an early riser, but due the early sunrise we woke up at around 5:30 AM. It was cloudy morning as it was heavily raining whole night. But as time passed by, at around 7 AM, the sky started getting clear and gradually we were getting the 180 Degree view of Kangchenjunga (Kanchendzonga). We packed our bags as it was the last day of our trip. We got ready and left Himalayan Hut, Rishap (Rishyap) at around 11 AM.

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We went to Lolegaon (Loleygaon), but due to the storm, day before, and rain there were few road blocks as the trees fell down on the street.

Way to Loleygaon

Way to Loleygaon

Way to Loleygaon

But finally after all the hassles we reached Lolegaon (Loleygaon) at around 1 PM. But we were out of luck as the Hanging Bridge, Canopy Walk itself got broken due to the storm. Still we helped ourselves to climb up and enjoy the ride..!!

Canopy Walk, Hanging Bridge

Canopy Walk, Hanging Bridge

  • Loleygaon

At around 2 PM, after having some Momo at a nearby shop (infact the only shop near Hanging Bridge, Canopy Walk) we left for Delo (Dealo). It took us around 3 Hours to reach Delo (Dealo). We tried bargaining about the Paragliding, but it didn’t helped us. So we enjoyed rest of the evening at Delo (Dealo) and left for NJP at around 5:30 PM.

Dealo

  • Dealo

It was around 8:30 when we reached NJP. Our train was at 23:00 Hrs, but it got delayed for another hour.

Finally we were back to Kolkata. The train was late by about 3 Hours, and it reached Santragachi (SRC) at 1 PM instead of 10 AM. It was scorching hot at Kolkata. We helped ourselves to book a Mega Cab to our home. Finally the trip ends with some loving memories. We felt like we were travelling for 4 – 5 days whereas it’s just been 2 days. May be because we all were together after a long gap.

Trip to Lava, Loleygaon, Rishyap, Kolakham, Neora Valley, Dealo

Miss you all guys πŸ™‚

Costs Involved:
Silent Valley, Kolakham – 4 Bedroom @ 2200/- and 3 Bedroom @ 1700/- = 3900/-
Himalayan Hut, Rishap (Rishyap) – 4 Bedroom @ 1500/- and 3 Bedroom @ 1300/- = 2800/-
Total Accommodation = 6700/-
We were 7 persons and so we booked exclusive vehicle for our entire trip @ 3500/- per day = 10,500/-
Fooding were 425/- per day per person. (This includes Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and Dinner) [Note : It’s the meal plan of hotel]
Bonfire = 350/-
Barbeque = Chicken 350/- per KG.
Train Cost – Onward Journey via Kanchankanya Express @ 385/- and Return Journey via NJP SRC Special @ 350/- = 735/- per head

Understanding The Rules of Syndicate:
It’s been quite some time, I have been getting a lot of queries regarding syndicate and how it affects us and our plan to visit these regions. So I thought of coming up with a short paragraph to make it easier for you to understand and plan accordingly.

Please keep in mind that Lava, Loleygaon, Rishyap & Kolakham are heavily under the influence of Car Syndicate. For those who don’t know what Syndicate is, let me phrase it easily for you – Think of it as a union / welfare society of local drivers which makes it mandatory to hire the vehicle from them for any kind of sightseeing in these regions. That means you are not allowed to travel in a vehicle which is not part of the syndicate for sightseeing. Outside vehicle (that are not part of the Syndicate) are only allowed to Pickup / Drop you from Railway Station / Airports and cannot do any sightseeing in these regions. And the union / welfare society has fixed rates for all the routes so that the charges are uniform and anyone (any driver who’s part of the syndicate) cannot overcharge / scam the tourists. This helps them generating a source of income for the locals.

While coming from NJP / NMZ / Bagdogra, you can either book a vehicle from syndicate for pickup from Railway Station / Airport (ask your hotel to arrange the same) or you can also book a vehicle on you own on-spot at Railway Station / Airport. As the vehicle you’d be booking on-spot at Railway Station / Airport would just drop you to your destination, it’s allowed. But you can’t use that vehicle for sightseeing. That means if you book a private vehicle for the whole trip, it’s a loss for you, as you’d have to hire a vehicle separately for sightseeing from the syndicate.

Now, there’s a catch. Say you are visiting for 3 Nights and you planned to stay at Lava, Rishyap & Kolakham respectively for each of the night. In this case, you can keep a private vehicle (not from Syndicate) with you. The catch is, you cannot use the vehicle with you for sightseeing after you check-in to your hotel. So you may do all the sightseeing first before checking in to your hotel. So going by the above example, on first day you’d directly check-in at Lava from NJP / NMZ / Bagdogra. Next day after checking-out from Lava you’d do all the sightseeing of Lava and check-in to Rishyap and so on. Hope you get the point.

However, if you plan to stay at a single destination for more than 1 Night, then it’s not possible for you to use the above plan. Say for e.g. you’d be staying at Lava for 2N and Rishyap for 1N. In that case, you are not checking out on 2nd day and thus, you won’t be allowed to use your vehicle to do the sightseeings. In this case, you must hire a vehicle from the syndicate for the sightseeing on 2nd day. As hiring private vehicle for the whole trip means you’d be paying a charge on per day basis, so in this case, if you hire a private vehicle, you’d be paying him for sitting idle on 2nd day and on top of that you’ll have to pay extra to hire a vehicle from the syndicate for Lava Sightseeing. So you see, you are paying double which kills the purpose of hiring a private vehicle.

So in simple words, keep in mind that “You must stay at different destination on each of the days to have a private vehicle with you“. Hope I’m able to explain the things clearly in an easier way.

Now, another thing to keep in mind is that, if you are planning to visit Changey Falls, and not staying in Kolakham, no matter what, you must hire a vehicle from the Syndicate. Well, think in terms of what I explained above! As you are not staying in Kolakham, there’s no hotel that you can check-in / check-out which means there’s no Pickup / Drop in this case. So there’s no way you can enter Kolakham with your private vehicle without telling the truth that you are visiting Changey Falls for sightseeing! However, if you are staying at Kolakham, then you are allowed to enter with your private vehicle. And you can visit Changey Falls before checking in or after checking out the next day with the vehicle you have hired.

Tips For The Visitors:

  • Lava, Lolegaon (Loleygaon), Kolakham, Rishap (Rishyap), Pedong, Charkhol are interconnected with each other by around 30 minutes to 2 hours, with Lava being the largest and well-known Town around. Except for Lava and Lolegaon (Loleygaon) everything else is lesser-known destination. All these destinations can be covered as sightseen, by staying at a single destination, as you have nothing much to do on most of these places except enjoying the scenic beauty. I’d suggest staying at Rishap (Rishyap) / Kolakham / Charkhol if you want to enjoy the scenic beauty and love to be isolated from the crowd in Lava. Also if you are there for more than one days, try to stay at different destinations. This way you won’t get bored (as I already said, you practically have nothing to do) and you can experience different ambience.
  • As for Sightseeings, you can go to Lava Monastery at Lava and can do some shopping in Lava. There’s Hanging Bridge, Canopy Walk at Lolegaon (Loleygaon) and Changey Falls at Kolakham. So expect these three places, nothing is there for sightseeing. So if you are not a nature lover, you’ll be bored easily.
  • Always carry cash, for the whole trip. There’s no ATM at these forest areas. You’ll encounter one ATM at Lava but chances are that will be out of service or out of cash most of the times. And don’t even think of using your Plastic Money there.
  • If you are planning for Paragliding, you can easily do one in Delo (Dealo) or Kalimpong. It costs around 3000/- for 15 – 20 Mins and 4000 for 30 Mins.
  • The same goes for River Rafting (known as White Water Rafting) as well. But the point is different. It’s on the junction where you take the route to Gangtok. It costs around 5000/- per boat for 30 mins.
  • If it’s raining, avoid stepping into the grasses, as there are possibilities of leeches, so if possible please carry some salt to be safe.
  • Lava is the entry point of Neora Valley National Park. Where you need to arrange the permits.
  • Except Lava and Lolegaon (Loleygaon), other destinations are very small villages with around hardly 10 families. So be generous when you visit any hotels (Cottages) over there. Also keep in mind, that anything you want, please arrange it or tell them beforehand, as everything needs to be arranged from Lava. So please don’t be cruel.
  • Carry your drinks from Malbazar / NJP / Siliguri, from where you are starting your journey. Because as you go above the charges will increase and options will be limited.
  • Don’t spend your entire time in the journey. Enjoy the scenic beauty of nature which we city people have destroyed. Also, don’t make much noise as this disturbs the environment of forest and these places.
  • It’s recommended to book exclusive vehicle throughout the trip.

This trip would not have been such a memorable one without

Special Thanks To:
Mr. Dipankar (North East Travels) for helping us brushing up our itinerary and booking Hotels and Car. He really is a very knowledgeable person of North East areas and can provide great solutions for your trips in these areas. He himself is an avid traveller. He just not only does business with you, but always provide cost-effective tips. I always love DIY, but I’m really happy after dealing with Dipankar Da.

Thanks to Dipans, Ashis Roy and other active members from TripAdvisor Forum for their contributions. Thanks Dipans for suggesting Mr. Dipankar.

Contacts:
Mr. Dipankar Roy (North East Travels)
Email : northeasttravels2008@gmail.com
Phone : +918972247306

Driver : Mr. Ramen – +919679868649

Silent Valley, Kolakham : Mr. Subrata – +919830190503 / +918981530735

Himalayan Hut, Rishap (Rishyap) : Mr. Bimal Gurung – +919733093588

About Author

Hi, I'm born and bought up in Kolkata in the midst of what bongs are best known for - Eating, Sleeping and Travelling. A developer by profession and a traveller by passion. As I was facing a lack of budget-friendly information on the internet while planning my travel, I started drafting my travel experiences here to help you all having a pocket-friendly smooth travel experience.

209 Comments

  • Sushmita nandi
    April 11, 2015 at 10:14 AM

    Awesome journey

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  • rajib mallick
    July 1, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    Crisp description with notable info. Can this tour be clubbed with a tour to murti?

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      July 1, 2015 at 10:12 PM

      Thanks a lot Rajib. I would not suggest clubbing it with Murti. As both are in different direction. Better enjoy it with Suntanekhola River Camp or Jhallong River Camp. You can check out my expriences about Jhallong River Camp at A Night At Jhallong River Camp

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  • KRISHNENDU
    September 21, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Can you provide me the phone number of lava car syndicate

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      September 21, 2015 at 12:11 PM

      Hi Krishnendu, You can try contacting Somnath (NJP) for more details at +919903027568.

      BTW just to let you know it’s the car owners syndicate. So price is fixed.

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  • SUMAN BHATTACHARYA
    January 7, 2016 at 6:39 PM

    Hi Krishnendu,

    Very detailed and crisp extravaganza narrated by you,we want to go for a trip to paren,bindu,jhallong,todey and tangta for 2 days ,1 night stay at paren WBFDC nature resorts,can it be covered?

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      January 7, 2016 at 6:54 PM

      I don’t think you’ll be able to make it. Infact it’s not much doable.

      It will take one full day to enjoy Bindu, Paren etc. And you’ll have many things to there. It’ll take almost half day to reach Kolakham. And for Neora Valley Trekking and moving to Rishyap it’ll require another full day. There’s many things to see there and here also.

      Even if you make it in hurry you won’t be able to enjoy any of the place. Thus I’ll suggest to limit this trip to your choosen destinations and plan for this one in another trip later.

      You can check out A Night At Jhallong River Camp where you can plan a stay!! It was awesome experience staying there.

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  • videsh
    February 25, 2016 at 5:58 PM

    hi krishnensu , we are 4 adult with one baby, is small available there?

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      February 25, 2016 at 6:02 PM

      Hi Videsh, I do not understand your question. Please rephrase your question and I’ll surely help you out πŸ™‚

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  • Videsh
    February 26, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    we r 4 adult with a baby so we don’t need big car (8 seater). In lava and rishyap syndicate small car (4seater) available for sight seeing and drop point to point like (lava to lonegaon, Lava to rishayp , Lava to Kholakham) etc? we dont want exclusive car cause we want to stay rishyap 2 night according to sydicate rule more than one night u stay there u need to book cra from then.

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  • Videsh
    February 26, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    how is my travel plan?
    18/05/2016 train
    19/05/2016 Nzm to Kolakham
    night Stay Kolakham
    20/02/1216 visit Changey Falls
    and Return lava
    chaek in lava hotel
    lava sight seeing
    night stay Lava
    21/05/2016
    visit lonegaon morning and back to lava
    chaek out hotel
    Lava to rishyap
    chaek in rishyap hotel
    sight seeing rishyap
    night stay rishyap
    22/06/2016
    morning sunrise
    enjoy full day at rishyap
    night stay rishyap
    23/05/2016
    morning at rishyap
    chaek out for nzm train
    24/05/2016
    kolkata
    any addition by u?

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      February 26, 2016 at 6:32 PM

      The plan is perfectly fine. But as you are planning to stay in Rishyap for 2 days, I’ll suggest you to plan Pedong or Sillery Gaon on 22nd.

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      • Rimpa
        August 14, 2018 at 8:58 AM

        Hi krishnandu da…thank u sooo much for ur vlog…i loved it….ami 23rd december,2018 e amr first honeymoon plan korchi ..as ami r amr fiancΓ© dujonei khub lyad public and dujoner e hectic job life amra tai ektu pahare araam nd quality time spend korte chai..tai jei destination gulo amy attract koreche -kolakham lava lolegaon rishyap tinchuley chakhol
        Please tumi time pele amy ekta trip plan kore dao including all expences (approx) for 6-7 dayz…from 23-24th jan to 30th december,2018

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        • Krishnandu Sarkar
          August 15, 2018 at 11:00 AM

          Hi Rimpa, Thanks a lot and I’m glad that you liked it πŸ™‚

          Unfortunately I’m not a tour operator, so I can’t give you the quotes, however I can definitely help you with the itinerary.

          Day 1 : NMZ – Kolakham
          Day 2 : Kolakham
          Day 3 : Kolakham – Rishyap via Lava Sightseeing
          Day 4 : Rishyap
          Day 5 : Rishyap – Charkhole via Loleygaon Sightseeing
          Day 6 : Charkhole
          Day 7 : Charkhole – NJP

          Leave out Tinchuley this time. It’s actually on a different route. You can go there sometime again later.

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  • Videsh
    February 27, 2016 at 8:30 AM

    Thank u very much Krishnendu. Have u any idea about there point to point syndicate car fare? Like mzm to lava? Lava to kholakham? Kholakham to lava next DA return via chrngry falls? Lava sight seeing? Etc.

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      February 27, 2016 at 9:55 AM

      HI Videsh, NMZ to Lava would be 2200/-. I’m not aware about other fare as we had hired exclusive vehicle.

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  • videsh
    February 27, 2016 at 10:10 AM

    yes i know … i read

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      February 27, 2016 at 10:13 AM

      If you are interested on hiring small vehicle exclusively you may call Mr. Dipankar. He can arrange small car I believe. Just tell him my name, he’ll recognize.

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  • videsh
    February 27, 2016 at 10:34 AM

    thanks… from where neora valy park nearer? rishop , lava?

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      February 27, 2016 at 10:42 AM

      Well Kolakham falls under Neora Valley base area and if you are talking about the trek and zero point then it’s nearer from Lava. And you have to go through Lava only as you have to get the permits from Lava.

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      • videsh
        February 27, 2016 at 2:36 PM

        thanks

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  • Videsh
    March 9, 2016 at 1:03 PM

    hi krishnenu , how r u?
    As on said about pedong or silary gaon is it possible one day up and down and stay night at lava(21 may) then another day lava to rishyap?
    my up and down train from NMZ.

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      March 9, 2016 at 3:00 PM

      Yes you can. But I’d highly suggest to stay one night at Sillery Gaon to experience it. Generally both sillery gaon and pedong doesn’t offer much sightseeings. So you need to plan a stay to enjoy the natural beauty of the same.

      Final decision is always upto you πŸ™‚

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  • b mukherjee
    March 18, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Dear Krishnandu, very informative, the cost involved analysis very good. We 4 families have planned to visit the same from 4th Apr’16 to 7th Apr’16. We have planned to stay at kalimpong and visit the places as small kids are with us. Hope car syndicates are available at Kalimpong.
    best wishes and happy blogging

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      March 18, 2016 at 4:48 PM

      Thanks a lot for your appreciation πŸ™‚

      I’m glad that you liked it and the post proved helpful to you.

      Yes you’ll get cars at Kalimpong. Though you nay not get shared vehicles for all the destinations but you’ll get exclusive vehicle for such.

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  • Shuvo
    April 20, 2016 at 5:38 PM

    Hi Krishnandu Da,
    Alas!! tomar blog ta porar agai amar train r tickt booking hoa geche.. πŸ™ Iccha toh Lava Lolegaon jaor…. 1st May will reach NJP .. so missed booking tickets for NMZ…:( ..can you please help to draft a itinerary for d tour..3 days 2 night trip..ami nd amar dada.. return from NJP on 3rd May nyt.. ektu guide koro… bdw Mr. Dipankar Roy (North East Travels) r sathe contact korte parini phn a..

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      April 21, 2016 at 10:35 AM

      Hi Shuvo, First of all I’m sorry for replying a bit late. I was travelling across West and South Sikkim. Dipankar Da was there with me on West Sikkim with his family. That’s why I think he couldn’t take your call. So you can try calling him once again. Give my reference, he’ll recognize.

      Anyway, coming to your question, you can follow the below itenary.

      1st May : NJP to Kolakham. Visit to Changey Falls. O/N at Kolakham.
      2nd May : Kolakham to Rishyap via Lava and Loleygaon. O/N at Rishyap.
      3rd May : Kolakham to NJP via Pedong and Dealo.

      Let me know if you need help with anything else.

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  • […] A Holiday At Lava – Lolegaon – Rishap – Kolakham […]

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  • dhiman
    April 28, 2016 at 12:45 AM

    krishnendu da, can i travel in lava and lolagaon in a day including neaora vally o point visit.give me an idea about car fare from rishyap to lava,lolagaon ,kolkakham,kalingpong.

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  • Krishnandu Sarkar
    April 28, 2016 at 7:08 AM

    Hi Dhiman, You can but it can be hectic. So start early. Lava and Loleygaon in a day is not an issue at all. Trekking Neora valley takes some time.

    Car fares over there are fixed by Lava Car Syndicate. It’d be around 1500 – 2000 for small car.

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  • Anirban Saha
    May 6, 2016 at 7:15 PM

    Dear Krishnendu,

    Just gone through your trip details. Must say you had an awsome time. Just one question:
    Can I book exclusive car from NMZ all the way to Kalimpong (via Kolakham (1day) +Rishop(1day) +Icchegaon (1day) )and leave the car after reaching Kalimpong? I plan to stay at Kalimpong for 2 nights so don’t want to keep a car on standby.
    please let me know.
    Thanks in advance

    Anirban Saha

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      May 6, 2016 at 8:51 PM

      Hi Anirban, Yes of course you can. It’s upto you that for how many days you’d like to keep the exclusive vehicle.

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  • SUBHRAJYOTI SARKAR
    May 14, 2016 at 9:36 PM

    Hi, Krishnendu. Read your blog. Useful details with nice pics all around. I’ve planned a visit to Rishyap and Lava next month around 11th June. We are 8 persons. We have already booked WBFDC cottages in Lava and Rishyap. It will be 2nights in Rishyap and 1 night at Lava. So will it be beneficial for us to have exclusive vehicle for the trip? We would be coming from Jalpaiguri. Also can you please mention some sight seeing from Rishyap? There is another issue about the syndicate. If we take our own vehicle for the entire travel will they cause any harassment?

    Our tour itinerary:
    June 11: JPG to Rishyap via Malbazar.
    Night stay at Rishyap.

    June 12: Early morning sunrise and Kanchanjungha view. Please mention some sight seeing spots for the rest of the day.
    Night Stay at Rishyap.

    June 13: Morning: Rishyap to Lava. Here also please mention some spots from Lava.
    Night stay at Lava.

    June 14: Return to JPG via Kalimpong, Deolo, NJP.

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  • Krishnandu Sarkar
    May 15, 2016 at 1:38 AM

    Thanks a lot and I’m glad that you liked it πŸ™‚

    Rishyap, Kolakham, Lava, Loleygaon all are very close to each other.

    So on 12th June you can go to Kolakham, see Changey Falls..

    Again on next day you can see Lava Monastry and do Neora Valley Trek (very short and easy trek of around 30 minutes). You can visit Loleygaon on this day too.

    Regarding cab, exclusive vehicle would be very helpful here. Because you wont get cab from Rishyap. So you have to book it from Lava only to pick you up next day.

    You can also ask your hotel to arrange one, but the charges will be hefty amount.

    No there’s absolutely no harrasment for exclusive vehicle. Don’t worry at all.

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    • SUBHRAJYOTI SARKAR
      May 17, 2016 at 10:19 PM

      thanks for ur suggestions..

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      • Krishnandu Sarkar
        May 17, 2016 at 10:22 PM

        You are welcome πŸ™‚

        Have a great holiday πŸ™‚

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        • BiswanathDebta
          May 4, 2017 at 6:18 PM

          Can i have your Contuct No

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  • Piya
    May 17, 2016 at 12:36 PM

    hi, krishnendu…is it possible one day tour kalimpong and lonegoon from lava? lava…..kalimpong(mainly delo)…..lanegaon(jhandi dara)….lava.? how much time expected?

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      May 17, 2016 at 1:18 PM

      Hi Piya,
      I dont understand your question clearly. Do you mean you want to visit Loleygaon and Dealo in Kalimpong from Lava as a day trip?

      Yes its possible provided you start early.

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      • piya
        May 17, 2016 at 3:01 PM

        yes…. and thanks u very much for ur reply.

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  • piya
    May 17, 2016 at 3:15 PM

    how many hours we need for trip if u know any detail please?

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      May 17, 2016 at 10:17 PM

      Hi Piya, Sorry I didn’t noticed hours while doing the trip. But Lava to Kalimpong is around 2 hours approx.

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  • Animesh Roy
    June 5, 2016 at 9:16 AM

    Hi!

    It’s by sheer coincidence that I chanced upon your blog.
    And it was a treat that it’s all about the places which were high on my priority must visit list.

    Is Jun…entire month…good & safe for travel to these locales?
    I specifically mean the roads & rains & land-slides.

    Also it’d be nice if you could share your WhatsApp no.
    And lastly…even if it may sound repetitive… You write real good…!

    regards@animesh…!

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      June 5, 2016 at 5:18 PM

      Hi Animesh, Thanks a lot for your appreciation πŸ™‚

      To tell you the truth I don’t suggest these places on June as being monsoon season you’ll entirely miss the Mt. K view and the road to Rishyap not being in a good state it’d be very uncomfortable in June.

      But other than that there’s no risk as far as I know!!

      I’m mailing you my WhatsApp number on your Email ID.

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  • Probal Basu
    June 8, 2016 at 3:50 AM

    Dada
    I will visit in december this year. 4 day stay. 4 of my family members including me. I want to make a low budget tour bcoz of financial cricis. But can not refuse demand of family. Lava, lolegaon, and rishop, will be my destination. Want a comfortable but budgeted tour. Can we complete the tour within Rs30000/- for 4 of us?
    Please let me know if possible. Else I have to cancel the tour. 9830126686 is my no.

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      June 8, 2016 at 9:54 AM

      Hi Probal, If you are ready to do a budget tour and stay in a single room then 30k would be more than enough for the destinations you mentioned even if you hire exclusive vehicle.

      You can check the costs I have given in my post, that will give you a basic idea.

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  • Promiti Ganguly
    June 18, 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Hi
    Krishnendu,your travellogue is very interesting.I and my husband have a plan to visit Lava Lolegaon.and Kolakham in Oct.We are above 65 yrs.We want toenjoy the Nature.Can you please plan our trip for 7days.We cant afford a hectic tour
    We are from Kolkata.So please start the tourplan from NJP

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      June 18, 2016 at 3:26 PM

      Hello Madam, Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad that you liked it.

      Regarding your tour plan, you really have handful number of days. You can follow the below tour plan for a relaxing holiday

      Day 1 : NJP to Lava
      Day 2 : Explore Loleygaon as day Trip and stay at Lava.
      Day 3 : Lava to Kolakham
      Day 4 : Kolakham
      Day 5 : Kolakham to Chakhol
      Day 6 : Charkhole
      Day 7 : Charkhole To NJP

      I have kept 2 days at each destination so you don’t have much journey.

      You may also check out or stay at Icche Gaon / Sillery Gaon / Pedong. You can check the destination once.

      Let me know your decissions, then I can alter the tour plan accordingly.

      Also you may stay at Rishyap instead of Lava if you want to avoid the general crowd and stay at Nature’s Lap. But the road to Rishyap is not in good shape, so that can be an issue at your age.

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  • Promiti Ganguly
    June 18, 2016 at 8:31 PM

    Hi
    Krishnendu.It is very nice of you to reply so soon.what is your opinion if we stay a couple of days in Lolegaon? Do you think willi it be enjoyable? I am very thankfull to you for your sugessions.Can we stay in Rishop instead of Lava?
    Thanx Krishnendu

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      June 18, 2016 at 8:49 PM

      Hello Madam, Yes I very much suggest you to stay in Rishyap instead of Lava as I have already mentioned in my previous comment.

      The reason is, both Lava and Loleygaon is over hyped and thus crowded. So you may choose to stay at Lava and/or Loleygaon too depending on your taste.

      But if you want to relax with a view of natural beauty, Rishyap and Kolakham is recommended. And all these places being close to each other (within 30 minutes driving distance) you can cover the places as a sightseeing trip too.

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  • Promiti Ganguly
    June 20, 2016 at 11:54 AM

    Hi
    Krishnendu.Thanks for the tour plan you have scheduled for me.I think it is grand.I’ll contact you if any querry is there.Thanx a lot.

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      June 20, 2016 at 1:37 PM

      Sure. Let me know if you have any queries. I’ll be glad to help πŸ™‚

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  • PRIYAM
    June 20, 2016 at 7:10 PM

    Mr. Subrata – +919830190503,SILANT VALLY RESORT,BANGALI FOOD AVALIBLE,OR NOT,YOU GROUP STAY HERE ONLY FOR PREBOOKING,ITS TRUE

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  • PRIYAM
    June 20, 2016 at 8:06 PM

    SILANT VALLY RESORT,OWNER FULL NAME AND,MANAZER NAME,please tell me,WE HAVE BOOKING WITH THEM.

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      June 20, 2016 at 9:29 PM

      Hi Priyam, I’m only aware of Mr. Subrata’s number. He’s the manager and owner of the resort I believe.

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  • Promiti Ganguly
    July 2, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Hi .
    Krishnandu.it is very nice of you tohelp me with tour plan.I have chalked it as below
    1st day Kolkata to Njp
    2nd day Njp toKalimpong
    2days stay at Kalimpong
    4th day Kalimpong to Lolegaon
    2days stay at Lolegaon
    6th dayLolegaon to Rishop
    2days stay at Rishop
    8thday Rishop to Kolakham
    2days stay at Kolakham
    10th day back toNjp.Is the plan ok?Thanks in advance

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  • Promiti Ganguly
    July 13, 2016 at 8:49 PM

    Hi
    Krishnandu,Thank you so much for helping me .But now I need a little more help from you.I’ve sent you my tour plan ,but now I am little confused ,will you please plan my tour I’ve bought tickets from Sealdah to NJP for 22.10.2016.staying in Kalimpong for2days
    Now I want to visit Lollegaon charkhol Lava Rishop andKolalkham .Our return tkt.is on31st Oct.from NJP.I will be very thankful if you please chalk out aplan for us.Thanks in advance

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      July 13, 2016 at 9:09 PM

      Hello Maam, You may follow the below itinerary..

      22nd : Board Train from Sealdah
      23rd : Reach NJP in the Morning and Proceed to Kalimpong. O/N at Kalimpong.
      24th : Kalimpong Sightseeing. O/N at Kalimpong.
      25th : Kalimpong to Kolakham via Lava. O/N at Kolakham.
      26th : Day At Leisure. O/N at Kolakham.
      27th : Kolakham to Rishyap via Lava and Loleygaon. O/N at Rishyap.
      28th : Day at Leisure. O/N at Rishyap.
      29th : Rishyap to Charkhole.
      30th : Day at Leisure. O/N at Charkhole.
      31st : Charkhole to NJP.

      Hope that helps πŸ™‚

      Let me know if you have any doubts or need help with anything else πŸ™‚

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  • Promiti Ganguly
    July 13, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    Thanx Krishnandu,May I ask you one or two question.Can I get vehicle from each placefor the trip.Will it be pocket friendly?WII Charkhol be shorter from Kalimpong(somebody missguided me)Best hearty wishes for you and your family.

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      July 13, 2016 at 10:01 PM

      No, you won’t get cars from Rishyap and Kolakham. So the days you’ll be in Rishyap and Kolakham, you have to book the car earlier from Lava Car Syndicate while passing through Lava while going to these places. So, as you are going for a leisure trip, it’s not recommended to keep exclusive vehicle as most of the days you’ll be doing nothing but just spending the day in leisure.

      So there are two options for you…
      1. Either book a car preliminary for the days you plan to return from Kolakham and Rishyap from Lava Car Syndicate.
      2. If the above seems complicated to you, you may contact the hotel owner to arrange a car, but that will be enormous charge.

      Charkhole is around 15 KM from Loleygaon.

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  • Promiti Ganguly
    July 13, 2016 at 10:06 PM

    Thanx Krishnandu

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      July 13, 2016 at 10:07 PM

      You are welcome πŸ™‚

      Let me know if you have queries with anything else πŸ™‚

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  • Promiti Ganguly
    July 14, 2016 at 9:57 AM

    Dear
    Krishnandu.It’s a lovely plan But I wamt to stay in Lava forest for a couple of days.Can you manahe it in the plan.Sorry to disturb you again.Thanx

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      July 14, 2016 at 12:15 PM

      Hello Maam, It’s not about disturbing, I’m glad to help always πŸ™‚
      BTW by Lava Forest, I hope you mean Neora Valley Forest. In that case you are staying in Kolakham which is within Neora Valley base area.

      Hope that helps. Let me know if you wish to stay in Lava. I have just ommitted it as Lava is really overcrowded and lost its charm.

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  • Promiti Ganguly
    July 14, 2016 at 1:16 PM

    Thanx Krishnandu.
    Thanx a lot.

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      July 14, 2016 at 2:22 PM

      You are welcome πŸ™‚

      Let me know in case of any other confusion πŸ™‚

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  • Pradip
    August 3, 2016 at 12:18 PM

    Krishnendu You seem to be very much helping nd friendly otherwise no one gives such details of travel plan, vehicle, budget. I have an unusual plan of staying at Rishop for five days together and visiting Lava and Lolegaon in day time and back to Rishop every day. ATM is the only problem. Carrying Cash is difficult. Any suggestion.

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      August 3, 2016 at 1:25 PM

      Hi Pradip, Thanks for your kind words. I’m glad that you liked it!!

      Yes I’m a budget traveller and always love to plan my tour on my own as that helps me to keep the cost minimal.

      Anyway coming to your query, you don’t need to carry cash from here (in train). But withdraw all the cash you need for your entire trip while going to Rishyap i.e. from Malbazar or en-route. You need to get and carry your drinks from there too.

      You might buy those from Lava, but in Malbazar the charges will be less in counters.

      Those areas still operates in Cash so your plastic money won’t work there. Also in Lava there’s only one ATM at the moment which is always out of cash most of the time.

      So eveyone who goes there withdraws cash while proceeding towards Lava. So don’t worry of theft and all, as those kinds of things are not there up hills.

      We did the same too!! πŸ™‚

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  • Sayan Roy
    August 31, 2016 at 10:32 PM

    Hi Krishnendu, read your post, it was really informative and very well described.
    This December I am planning with my friends for this route for 6N/7D. Initially I have decided to stay at Kolakham 1 night, Rishop 1 night, Shivakhola 2 nights (which is another lesser known place but I am sure a traveler like you must aware of it). Can you please suggest me another place which can be done with these for rest 2 nights? Can Jhallong River Camp be done or it will be too off the track from above mentioned places?
    Looking forward to your reply.

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  • Krishnandu Sarkar
    August 31, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Hi Sayan, Thanks a lot and I’m glad that you liked it!!

    Yes I’m aware of Shivakhola River Camp. I even have contacts with Mr. Pradhan of Shivakhola, but due to my hectic IT Schedule, I’m yet to pay a visit there!!

    Well, Jhallong River Camp is presently undergoing renovation. Govt. is demolishing the tents (which I believe to be the original charm of Jhallong River Camp) and replacing the same with Cottages same as like Suntaleykhola River Camp.

    So I’m not sure whether the same would be completed by December, otherwise, Jhallong is not accepting any booking as of now due to the same. You may check Jholung River Camp Revisited and A Night At Jhallong River Camp

    Well, as you are already visiting Kholakham and Rishyap, I’d suggest you to stay one night at Charkhole and one night at Pedong instead. Tru Jelep La Village Resort in Pedong and in Charkhole try Blue Pine Retreat!!

    Enjoy the view if you choose to stay at above destinations!!

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    • Sayan Roy
      September 2, 2016 at 10:31 AM

      Thanks Krishnendu for your prompt reply.
      Please send name of the contact persons and contact numbers of the concerned persons for booking hotels and cars in Kolakham, Rishop, Charkhole, Pedong, Lolegaon.

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      • Sayan Roy
        September 2, 2016 at 10:32 AM

        And Shivakhola too.

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      • Krishnandu Sarkar
        September 3, 2016 at 10:29 AM

        Hi Sayan, Contacts for the abive location except Pedong and Charkhole are there given in the post above.

        Anyway here are they again for your reference.

        Contacts:
        Mr. Dipankar Roy (North East Travels)
        Email : northeasttravels2008@gmail.com
        Phone : +918972247306

        You may contact him for car.

        Silent Valley, Kolakham : Mr. Subrata – +919830190503 / +918981530735

        Himalayan Hut, Rishap (Rishyap) : Mr. Bimal Gurung – +919733093588

        Paras Konwar, Jelep La Village Resort, Pedong : 03552-281222 / +91 99-32-744403

        Blue Pine Retreat, Charkhole : Blue Pine Retreat

        Biplab, Shivakhola Adventure Camp : +91 97-33-454779

        Hope that helps πŸ™‚

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  • Sayan Roy
    September 2, 2016 at 11:14 AM

    And also Shivakhola.

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  • Rumi
    September 21, 2016 at 10:05 AM

    Hello krishnendu, it is really great to see your post. I am planning of honeymoon trip for my brother. He only chose the location as lava. However, following your advice I have booked the ticket up to NMZ. I think they should stay at Rishap and Charkhole. They will be visiting on 7-12 dec week. Any idea of how many days will justify the trip? what is your say.

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      September 21, 2016 at 12:06 PM

      Hi Rumi, Yes you have done the right thing by booking tickets upto NMZ instead of NJP.

      Yes, Rishop and Charkhole is great destination. Lava is overcrowded so I’d suggest to avoid staying at Lava and cover it as a sightseeing trip instead.

      Well mumber of days depends on what all they want to cover. You may also look at Kolakham and in that case they may stay one night at each destination or more if they want to spend quality time in the lap of nature by doing nothing but just relaxing.

      And if they have more time as you are planning for 7th Dec – 12th Dec then you can also include Darjeeling.

      Let me know if you have further queries πŸ™‚

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  • Saurav
    September 24, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    hallo krishnandu,
    it was great reading your tour details and plans… i have booked a holiday with my family (wife, son of 8 years and myself) at darjeeling and rishyap from 24th october to 1st november, including the train journey days… but unfortunately, got to see your wonderful tour plans and details after the hotel bookings are completed…

    we are going to rishyap on 28th october, afternoon from darjeeling and will be staying there upto 31st october afternoon.

    1. can you please suggest a tour plan for that 3 days…? we wish to visit pedong, kolakham (changey falls), lava, lolyegaon and trek at neora valley. are all these possible in 3 days…?
    2. probably, we require a exclusive cab for ourselves… can that be booked from darjeeling…? what could be the approximate fare for a 4 seater cab booked from darjeeling for a trip as mentioned above…?

    i will grateful if you can give some suggestions for the trip… also, can the cab bookings be done from calcutta…?

    wish you a happy travelling…..and happy blogging always….

    regards

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      September 24, 2016 at 1:47 PM

      Hi Saurav, Thanks a lot and I’m glad that you liked it πŸ™‚

      Yes 3 days are enough to explore all the destinations you mentioned. But the issue is, there’s pretty much nothing much to see on those destinations. The destinations are something to “feel the charm” in the lap of Mother Nature by staying there.

      But as you are done with the hotel bookings and have no way to change anything now, you can visit places according to below plan…

      28th : Reach Rishop and Sightseeing at Changey Falls
      29th : Trek to Neora Valley and Sightseeing at Lava (Nothing else other than Lava Monastery)
      30th : Loleygaon Canopy Walk and Roam around in Kolakham (Again nothing to see in Kolakham, except the enjoying the sunrise with 180 deg view of Mt. K in morning). Kolakham is one of the best place for Birding, if you are at all interested.
      31st : Trek to Tiffin Dara View Point.

      There’s nothing to see practically in Pedong and Charkhole, unless you stay there to enjoy the view. You’ll even pass through Pedong the day you go to Kolakham from Rishop.

      Yes keeping exclusive vehicle is a good idea in this region. You can hire it from Darjeeling / Lava (wherever you wish). Or even you can pre-book it to pick you up from Darjeeling from Mr. Dipankar (from whom I hired the car. Contact given above).

      Let me know if you have further queries πŸ™‚

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  • branko
    September 24, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    extremely helpful in all respects…

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  • Saurav
    September 26, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    Thank you very very much for your suggestions… We are, actually nature lovers and should have extended stays at that region and not at Darjeeling…. Anyways, we may try that some later time, with more suggestions from you….

    I will contact with Mr. Dipankar at the mobile number given earlier…..

    I may ask you for more suggestions, if required….

    Thank you very much for your kind help always….

    Wish you and your friends & family a very very happy durga puja ahead….

    Regards…..

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      September 26, 2016 at 8:54 PM

      Thank You πŸ™‚

      I’m glad that you liked it πŸ™‚

      Sure. Let me know in case of any more queries.

      Yes you may contact Dipankar and tell him my name, he knows me well πŸ™‚

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  • Saurav
    October 21, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Hallo Krishnandu…. Hope u had a great Durga puja…..

    I wrote to u earlier for some suggestions about the darjeeling-rishyap-kolakham trip (for last week of October) on 24th and 26th September for which I again thank you for your extremely valuable advices…. I have modified slightly our tour plan as per your suggestions…..

    Regarding hiring of exclusive cab for rishyap onwards trip, I tried to contact Mr. Dipankar Roy @ 8972247306 (as given by you earlier) many times in the last two days for which the number is not responding at all…

    1. Do you have any alternate mobile/phone number of Mr. Dipankar Roy….?

    2. Can you suggest any other person/syndicate from darjeeling where we can hire a exclusive cab….?

    I will be again very grateful to you for your advices….

    Regards

    Saurav

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      October 21, 2016 at 9:33 PM

      Hi Saurav, Last when I spoke to Mr. Dipankar last Tuesday, he had an accident, due to which he might be busy. You can drop him a mail at northeasttravels2008@gmail.com and try calling him at another alternate number +91-9474594446

      In the mean time, I’ll try to contact him and ask him to get in touch with you urgently. If that doesn’t works, I’ll pass on some more numbers of drivers and agencies whom I used before.

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      • Saurav
        October 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM

        Hallo Krishnandu,

        Thank you very very much again for your kind help….

        Had a contact with Mr. Dipankar Roy @ his alternate number and got his advice about cab bookings…

        Thank you very much always….

        Regards

        Saurav

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        • Krishnandu Sarkar
          October 22, 2016 at 12:24 PM

          Hi Saurav,
          That’s great!! You are welcome!! Have a nice holiday πŸ™‚

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  • Videsh
    November 3, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    hi, Krishnandu,
    How r u? Your post helped me lot about our last tour (lava rishop kolakham). Our next plan is old silk route (March last week, 2017) tour.
    Please help me for a tour plan for old silk route. We prefer 4N 5D Plan. We are 6 adult and one baby girl (4years 6 month). How much it approximate cost for total tour? Is there any place where we can get some snow in march?

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      November 3, 2016 at 8:56 PM

      Hi Videsh,
      I’m doing fine. I’m glad that my posts helped you πŸ™‚

      I just returned from Old Silk Route on October!! I’m working on the article, it’ll be ready to publish within a week or two πŸ™‚ So you can keep an eye on that πŸ™‚

      Or you may subscribe the blog posts below to get mail updates!!

      For 4N/5D you can follow..
      Day 1 : NJP – Sillery Gaon
      Day 2 : Sillery Gaon – Zuluk
      Day 3 : Zuluk – Gnathang
      Day 4 : Gnathang – Mankhim
      Day 5 : Mankhim – NJP

      Homestay rates are fixed here. It’s 800/- – 900/- per person per night including fooding and lodging. You’d need a exclusive vehicle at this region which would cost you around 3000/- – 3500/- per day.

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  • Videsh
    November 4, 2016 at 2:57 PM

    Thank u very much. I think i silently follow your footstep. Is Gnathang night stay with my daughter(4.5 year) be a problem for high altitude ? what will be better for one night Mankhim or Rishikhola? What will be better go with package or make booking myself?

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      November 4, 2016 at 4:57 PM

      Hi Videsh, Yes you may stay there but as a matter of precaution carry camphor and popcorn. In case of breathing issues, smell the camphor and eat some popcorn which will help to regain the oxygen level in body. It’s at 13,500 ft avobe sea level, this it should not cause much issue.

      I loved both Reshikhola and Mankhim, but I’d suggest Mankhim. Because to reach Reshikhola one have to walk around 1KM crossing the Reshi River and then through a forest to reach the homestays. So if that’s not a problem to you, you can choose Reshikhola.

      The post regarding Silk Route will be up within next 2 days. So I’ll ask you to wait a bit and go through the pictures and post of mine before you take the decission.

      Regarding package, I’d say if you can take the pain of calling everyone of them and setting up the tour then go ahead with it else make the bookings through Package.

      Just wait for 2 days you’ll get all the contact references I used while on my tour!!

      Let me know if you have further queries πŸ™‚

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      November 5, 2016 at 2:56 AM

      Hi Videsh, The Silk Route post is up πŸ™‚

      Here’s the link https://krishnandusarkar.com/trip-old-silk-route-zuluk-east-sikkim/

      You can take a look and comment if you have further queries πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Saurav
    November 26, 2016 at 11:45 AM

    hallo krishnandu…..

    i am saurav, back from a family trip to darjeeling-rishyap-kolakham-lava in the first week of november this year….

    my wife and myself must thank you from the bottom of our heart for your wonderful tour planning and constant help that is otherwise almost impossible to get nowadays…. probably one of the best trip we had with our 8 year old son….. we enjoyed a lot and fallen in love with the quiet calm nature of rishyap and kolakham, as we are nature lovers…. its a pity that we could’nt extend our stay there….nyways….. its because of your kind help and great tour planning and others, our trip was memorable and relished most…. thank you very much….

    i am sorry for my late response, as i was bit busy with my work…..

    we plan for the silk route trip or bhutan tour next year, 2017…. your posts will be our basic guide book….

    thank you always…. hope you are fine and doing well… keep touring….and blogging….

    regards

    saurav

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    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      November 26, 2016 at 2:26 PM

      Hi Saurav, Thanks a lot for sharing your experience after coming back.

      I must say that it’s readers like you who keep inspiring to keep on blogging πŸ™‚

      Thanks a lot again and I’m glad that it helped you planning a perfect trip πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Shubhi Jain
    December 8, 2016 at 3:24 PM

    So Pure and divine place. Waterfall is awesome!!

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      December 8, 2016 at 8:39 PM

      Thanks a lot πŸ™‚ I’m glad that you liked it πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • Anonymous
    December 20, 2016 at 10:17 PM

    4.5

    Reply
  • Samraggi Bose
    December 31, 2016 at 12:24 AM

    Hello Mr.Krishnendu,
    I have planned a trip to the following places.want your expert advice and suggestions regarding this.
    Day 1-NJP to Icchegaon,overnight at Icchegaon
    Day 2-Ichhegaon to Sillery gaon trekking,overnight at Icchegaon
    Day 3-start for Rishop,overnight at Rishop
    Day 4-Rishop to Loleygaon,stay at loleygaon
    Day 5-start for Lava,sight seeing n return to NJP

    I will be very thankful if you guide me whether this plan is alright?

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      December 31, 2016 at 10:36 AM

      Hi Samraggi, Yes the plan is perfectly fine. But can I suggest you some better offbeat places instead of crowdy Lava & Loleygaon?

      If yes, do consider staying at Charkhole instead of Loleygaon and Kolakham instead of Lava. They being nearby to each other, you can cover Lava & Loleygaon on the way πŸ™‚

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  • Soham
    January 6, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Hi Krishnendu,

    Hope you had a great winter vacation!
    We are planning for Lava Lolegaon Rishyap Tinchuley tour in April end. Kindly look at the itinerary. We are in a group of 9 friends.

    Day 1: New Mal to Kolakham
    Day 2: Kolakham to Rishyap via Lava (including Neora Valley zero point trek)
    Day 3: Rishyap-Lolegaon-Delo- Tinchuley
    Day 4: Tinchuley to NJP

    Kindly suggest if we can modify the itinerary. We have few queries.

    1) We have to visit Changey Falls in Day 1. Kindly let me know how we can reach Changey Falls. Do we have to trek from hotel or we have to hire separate cab to get there.?

    2) You visited Neora Valley zero point in Day 2. So my question is from where we have to start for Neora Valley Resort? Is it a trekkable route or we have to reach there by cab? Also let us know how much time it will take.

    3) What are the sight seeing places in Rishyap?

    I know that I have asked you many questions. But it will help me to plan the trip better.

    Reply
    • Krishnandu Sarkar
      January 6, 2017 at 11:47 AM

      Hi Soham,
      The itinerary is perfectly fine!!

      1. You can walk up to the point, but the distance is a bit long, so best is to hire a cab. Use the same cab who drop you at Kolakham unless you are hiring it exclusively for the whole trip. You can also ask the homestay / hotel to arrange a cab for Changey Falls from Syndicate.

      2. You need to hire a vehicle, first you need to go to Lava to get the permits and then you need to go to the point from where trek starts. The trek is about one hour.

      3. Nothing much, just enjoy the nature and the Mt. K view!! You can trek to Tiffindara to experience the sunrise / sunset!!

      Hope that helps!! Let me know if you have further queries πŸ™‚

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