KALIMPONG, LAVA, RISHOP, SILLERY GAON, PEDONG
Kalimpong, Kalimpong is an east Indian hill town in the Himalayan foothills of West Bengal. Perched on a ridge above the Teesta River, it’s home to colonial-era buildings like MacFarlane Memorial Church, named after a Scottish missionary. South, the hilltop Durpin Monastery, or Zang Dhok Palri Phodang, contains sacred Buddhist scriptures. Deolo Park has landscaped gardens and offers views of the town and surrounding hills.
Lava, Lava is a town in the Kalimpong II CD block in the Kalimpong subdivision of the Kalimpong district in the Indian state of West Bengal. As it lies in the high altitude, so it is also visible from high altitude towns and villages of East Sikkim, high areas of Bhutan and also from Pakyong Airport.
Rishop, Rishyap is a village in the Kalimpong II CD block in the Kalimpong subdivision of the Kalimpong district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Rishyap is also spelt as Rishop. Rishyap was developed as a tourist destination recently in 1998. There are many myths and legends associated with the name Rishyap – Ri stands for mountain peak (some say it is lofty) and shop means age-old trees in Tibetan.
Sillery Gaon, Sillery Gaon is a village in the Kalimpong II CD block in the Kalimpong Sadar subdivision of the Kalimpong district in the state of West Bengal, India.
Pedong, Pedong is a town in the Kalimpong II CD block in the Kalimpong subdivision of the Kalimpong district in the Indian state of West Bengal. Pedong lies on the National Highways and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited All Weathered National Highway-717A connecting Bagrakote to Gangtok.
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DAY 01 – IXB/NJP TO KALIMPONG
On arrival at Bagdogra Airport , our representative will warmly welcome you on arrival and assist you to the vehicle for the further journey to Kalimong. There after you will depart towards your dream destinations. Throughout your journey, you can enjoy the versatility in climate. Pleasant weather will win your heart completely. On the way, you will pass through beautiful natural heritage and more of all this journey offers magnificent views of the mountains, valleys and village life, the forest, waterfalls and hills. Also the magnificient river teesta and on the way heritage bridge The Coronation Bridge which connects doars with westbengal region.
Overnight stay at Kalimpong.
DAY 02 – KALIMPONG SIGHTSEEING
After Breakfast begin your day with Kalimpong Excursion.
Points to be covered :-
Cactus Nursery - The land of the largest number of commercial flower nurseries Kalimpong nurseries specialize in cultivation of exotic beautiful flowers and export these flowers to different parts of the country.There are numerous nurseries across the town so you can enjoy some sweet time there.One of such nurseries is Pine View Nursery which is famous for exotic cactus.
Deolo - Deolo Hills are located at an elevation of around 2000 m and thus, provide a great panoramic view of Kalimpong. There are also proper view points which are located at the ridge edges for the best view of the sunset and sunrise.
Durpin Gompa (Jang Dong Palriffo Brang Gompa) - Consecrated by Dalai Lama in 1976 Jang Dong Palriffo Brang Gompa is also known as Durpin Monastery. The monastery serves as a sample of Buddhist construction style with beautiful paintings on the walls and the sacred Kunguyar serve as an important feature of this monastery.
Golf Course – On the way to Durpin Gompa you will get to see a spectacular view of Kalimpong golf course situated at the top of the mountain .
Morgan House - Located in the verdant greens of Kalimpong, Morgan House is a mansion built by Mr. and Mrs. Morgan in the 1930s. It is an archetypal example of colonial architecture in Kalimpong. What makes visiting this gorgeous piece of construction even better is that it is surrounded by legends of it being Haunted! It has been converted into a lodge for tourists and is under the administration of the West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation. Located near the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station, this destination lies right in the lap of nature and is easily accessible as well. The undulating hillocks, colorful sunsets, and a the charm of an old colonial town surround you as you make Morgan House your home.
Thongsa Gompa - The oldest Bhutanese Monastery established in 1692, Thongsa Gompa, is also known as Bhutanese Monastery. The monastery is a perfect place for meditation.
Himalayan Handmade Paper Industry - Himalayan Handmade Paper Industry is a small scale industry cum workshop where you can visit to watch the entire process of creating paper from pulp, more so recycling it. The recycled paper is then used for block- printing the Buddhist scriptures. It is also used as notebooks for kids and handmade greeting cards.
Tharpa Choeling Monastery - Founded in 1912 Tharpa Choeling Monastery is situated at the Tirpai Hills in Kalimpong and is one of the oldest gompas here. The monastery is famous for housing several ancient scriptures and other literary works.
St.Theresa Catholic Church - Built by local craftsmen the church resembles a Bhutanese Gompa(monastery) and it is built in Tibetan architectural design. While the walls are enriched with paintings and inscriptions from the Bible the doors of the church have carvings which resemble tashi tagye (the 8 auspicious symbols of the Himalayan Buddhism).
One can also view scenic Himalayan ranges from the church.
Overnight stay at Kalimpong.
DAY 03 – KALIMPONG TO LAVA VIA LOLEGAON
After Breakfast transfer from kalimpong to lava and on the way LOLEYGAON/ kaffer excursion.
Canopy Walk - The most beautiful forest in Lolegaon, Canopy walk comprises hanging bridges, suspended from one tree to another. The hanging bridges made from planks of wood are located high enough to afford you the luxury of viewing the wild, pristine forests in all their glory.
Lolegaon View point - The Lolegaon Viewpoint is located high up in the town. The place offers a panoramic view of the Neora Valley National Park and the stunning snow capped Himalayas, painted in the background.
Lolegaon Eco park - The park is located in the main city, very close to the bus stand. With a backdrop of hills and pleasant weather at almost all times, this park is sure to calm your nerves.
The place has ample sitting areas, benches and pathways. The park is quiet well maintained.
After Sightseeing transfer to lava.
Overnight stay at Lava.
DAY 04 – EXCURSION OF LAVA AND RISHYAP AND THEN OVERNIGHT STAY AT RISHOP
After Breakfast start your lava and rishyop excursion and then transfer to rishyop.
Lava Monastery - At a distance of 500 m from Lava Jeep Stand, Kagyu Thekchen Ling Monastery is a Buddhist monastery situated in the picturesque Himalayan hamlet of Lava in West Bengal. Popularly called as Lava Monastery, it is one of the top places to visit in Lava.
Kagyu Thekchen Ling monastery was built in 1987 by the third Kongtrul Rinpoche, Karma Lodro Chokyi Senge, when the Buddhist community living here offered him three acres of land for the local community of Lava. Though the monastery started off with a mere handful of monks, over time, the numbers kept increasing and today, it houses over 110 monks. Today, the fourth Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche studies and trains here. One can see the monks are occupied in rigorous study of Buddhist literatures and meditation
Built in Tibetan style of architecture, the monastery has various prayer halls, lawns, sitting areas and a huge Buddha statue
Nature Interpretation Center - At a distance of 1 km from the Lava Jeep Stand, Nature Interpretation Centre is a museum situated on Rishi Road in Lava town of West Bengal. Situated at the entrance of the Neora Valley National Park, it is one of the best places to experience Lava Tourism.
Maintained by the forest department, Nature Interpretation Center is a beautiful place for nature lovers where one can get the comprehensive information particularly about the wildlife of Neora Valley and Lava region. The museum is famous for its dioramas which are displayed in the form of models, photographs, stuffed birds and animals. It also has a good display of orchids and other flowers.
Timings: 8 AM - 12 PM & 1 PM - 4 PM, Closed on Thursdays
Tiffin Dara View Point - Rishop - At a distance of 2 km from Rishop and 4 km from Lava, Tiffin Dara is a viewpoint situated at Rishop near Lava in Kalimpong district of West Bengal. It is one of the vantage points in Lava and among the most visited tourist spots in Lava.
At an altitude of around 2,360 meters, Tiffin Dara viewpoint is famous for stunning sunrise & sunset. The view point offers 360 degree views of Kanchenjunga range, the blue mountains of Sikkim, Nathu-La and Jelep-La pass on a clear day.
The place can be approached by a 4 km walk uphill from Lava through the deep silent forest of Pines, Rhododendrons and Orchids. The trek takes about 45 minutes each way through a steep jungle trail. One can also reach Tiffin Dara by a 2 km uphill walk from Rishyap. It's a narrow jungle trail and should be avoided during rainy days.
Timings: 6 AM - 5 PM
Shiva Buddha Temple - This is quite an amazing place. Gradually you climb the red stairs you find Shiva and Buddha idols side by side.
Shiva Buddha temple is situated downhill 2km from rishop .Rishyap to shiva Buddha temple of seole takes around 10 mins downhill.
Overnight stay at Rishop.
DAY 05 – FULL DAY EXCURIONS OF SILERY GAON
After breakfast start from Rishop to sillery gaon and on the way Sight seeing .
Enclosed by the verdant forest and meandering river stream there are many nature bound sightseeing spots in sillery gaon. Visitors need to trek through the thick wooded forest to reach those pictorial spots for sillery gaon. There is also an ancient fort called Damsang at 4km walking distance from sillery gaon. Built in 1690 by the lepcha ruler at the present day only the ruins of the damsang fort can be seen. At 3km walking distance also uncover the beauty of mountains and valleys by reaching RAMITEY VIEW POINT.
Overnight stay at Sillery Gaon.
DAY 06 – TRANSFER FROM SILLERY GAON TO PEDON VIA OLD SILK ROUTE
After breakfast, Start early morning from Siliery Gaon VIA old silkm route and on the way sightseeing.The Indian portion of the route is open for travelers to come and witness. From ‘Rongli’ on the borders of Sikkim and West Bengal, up till ‘Nathu La’, the region is spectacular and remarkably thrilling, besides all the history that it was once a part of. This region is slowly getting the place it deserves on the otherwise flamboyant tourism scene of Sikkim. However, it is thankfully still an ‘off-beat’ destination owing to the absence of any major towns enroute. The road condition is top notch, being maintained by the BRO as a strategically important way for the army vehicles keeping the supply line green to the forward bases at the international border with China. The trail elevates from about 5000ft at Rongli to 14500ft at Nathu La over a span of 70 odd KMs, passing through lush greenery at its beginning, to glacial lakes and icy mountain passes higher up. Ambling by mountain streams, military camps, small mountain villages, waterfalls and viewpoints, the landscapes this route offers are ecstatic to say the least.
Points to be covered :-
Silent Valley - At a distance of 2 km from Damsang Fort and 5 km from Pedong Bus Stand, Silent Valley is a vast green meadow located in the resort town of Pedong in Kalimpong district of West Bengal. It is one of the beautiful spots in Pedong.
Surrounded by tall pine trees, the Silent Valley is a vast tract of green pasture where one can enjoy the silence of the woods, disturbed only by the chirping of birds. It is a perfect picnic and a camping spot in Pedong. During monsoon, the place is a revelation with the formation of a verdant lake named Siyal Pokhari with greenery all around.
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM
Sangchen Dorjee Monastery - At a distance of 2 km from Pedong Bus Stand, Sangchen Dorjee Monastery is a Bhutanese monastery located in the resort town of Pedong in West Bengal. Popularly known as Pedong Monastery, it is one of the oldest monasteries in Kalimpong district and among the popular Pedong Tourist Places.
Established around the early 1700 AD, Sangchen Dorjee Monastery was built during the Bhutanese rule. This Monastery provides an insight into the history and culture of Pedong and its surrounding areas. The valuables of Damsang Fort were placed in this monastery after the fort was destroyed in 1864 CE during the Anglo-Bhutanese war.
The architecture of the Pedong Monastery is really appreciable. It has fresco paintings on the inner walls of the main chamber depicting Tantric Buddhism. Another major attraction of the monastery is the mummified body of the last Shabdrung Rinpoche, most revered Bhutanese priest. This place has become an important pilgrimage for the Bhutanese and other followers.
Cross Hill - At a distance of 1.5 km from Pedong, Cross Hill is picturesque place located in Pedong town of West Bengal. Situated off the Reshi road, it is one of the beautiful places to visit in Pedong and among the famous places of Pilgrimage in Pedong.
Cross Hill is named so because of the holy cross that adorns the hill which was frequently visited by the Christian Community. In 1882, a French missionary Father Augustine Desgodins erected the cross here on his way to Tibet through Nathula Pass to preach Christianity. Many missionaries who went to Tibet around that time did not return. In their memories, Desgodins placed the cross here with the hope that one day they would return from Tibet. Later, a statue of Jesus Christ also has been erected on the cross. Father Desgodins also established the first Catholic mission in Pedong and a chapel. The Chapel still stands and the mission is still active here.
This place gained tourist significance due to the clear view of Kanchenjunga that it allows. From here one can get a glimpse of Tibet and the People's Republic of Chinese border. It is also acts as a perfect sunset point.
Timings: 6 AM - 5 PM
Overnight stay at Pedong
DAY 07 –TRANSFER FROM PEDONG TO BAGDOGRA AIRPORT/NJP RAILWAY STATION
After Breakfast transfer to BAGDOGRA AIRPORT/NJP RAILWAY STATION enjoying the scenic beauty of mountains, valleys and river .