Lava, West Bengal
A clock n the main town square
|Elevation||2,200 m (7,200 ft)|
|• Official||Nepali, English|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
|Vehicle registration||WB-78, 79|
Lava is a small hamlet situated 30 kilometres (19 mi) east of the town of Kalimpong through Algarah in Kalimpong district of the state of West Bengal, India. Lava is situated at an altitude of 7,200 feet (2,195 m). It is one of the few places in West Bengal to receive snow in winter. It is the entry point to the Virgin Neora Valley National Park from Kalimpong. The route to Lava is scenic with the change in vegetation from tropical deciduous to the wet alpine trees of fir, pine and birch. The verdant forests are a popular spot for picnicking, trekking and bird-watching. Lava has gradually become a favorite tourist destination. Temperature decreases below Zero Degree in Winter and increases up to Maximum 30 Degree Celsius in Summer. It is situated on the Silk Route of ancient India- Tibet Trade Practice. Lava can be reach through Gorubathan from Damdim or Malbazar of Jalpaiguri District. Distance from Gorubathan is 50 kilometres. The Road is Wide, Smooth and full with Scenic Beauty in every turn. The new Road is Built by Border Roads Organisation (B.R.O.) of Defence Ministry of Government of India.
Wild animals such as the Himalayan black bear, Leopard, Wild Boar, Red Panda and barking deer are found in these parts. Some Royal Bengal Tiger was found and captured in Camera here in the Year 2015. A Buddhist Monastery is present on one of the hills of Lava. Notable sites include Changey Waterfalls, Rache-La, Kolakham and Lava Kagyu Thek Chen Ling Monastery.
Tourism in Lava
- "Tourism information about Lava village in West Bengal". Department of tourism - West Bengal. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
- "Population of Lava, West Bengal". Retrieved 22 April 2019.
- "Adventure treks lined up in north Bengal forests". The Telegraph India. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
- "Five Places To Go Birding In West Bengal This Winter". Outlook Traveller Magazine. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
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