Lava – The Place

Lava is a small hamlet situated 34 kilometres (21 mi) east of the town of Kalimpong via Algarah in Darjeeling district of the state of West Bengal, India. Lava is situated at an altitude of 7,016 feet (2,138 m). It is one of the few places in West Bengal to receive snow in winter. It is the entry point to the 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 idyllic verdant forests are an ideal spot for picnicking, trekking and bird-watching and other peripatetic activities. The road is untouched by modern life and its inhabitants are still living as they have for centuries.Wild animals such as the Himalayan Black Bear and barking deer are found in profusion in these parts. A Buddhist monastery is present on one of the hills of Lava.This mature moist evergreen biotope covers an altitude range from 1600m to 2500m. The Paktham Forest on the road to the village of Lava from Algarah and the north western margin of the Neora Valley National Park form the core of this birding hotspot. The Lava area is the place to see Satyr Tragopan, Rusty-bellied Shortwing, Broad-billed Warbler, Blue-fronted Robin, Yellow-throated Fulvetta, Rufous-throated Wren Babbler, Grey-sided Laughingthrush, Scarlet Finch and many more rarities. Adjoining Loylegaon is also worth a visit for these and other great birds.
Lava is accessible from Kalimpong (35 km east) and from the Damdim Road which connects to Siliguri. Lava is best combined with a trip to the Duars, Sikkim or the Darjeeling area. The roads are good, particularly the Damdim Road.
October to April. Always expect some rain so keep some extra days in hand. Lava can be very cold in winter (min: 0o c)
Panoramic snow views: Mt Kanchenjunga, Mt Siniolchu, Jalep La Pass, and Rechila Pass. Best view points are Sherpa view point and Tiffin Dara

Nature Interpretation Centre: Operated by the Forest Department, focuses on flora, fauna and local people interacting with ecology to conserve soil and forests of the area.

Lava Jamgyong Kongtrul Monastery and Ngedon Chag-Chen Ling Retreat: Since 1987 on a hill, overlooking the snow-mountain range to the north, the Monastery is surrounded by ancient forests and enveloped in mists for most of the year. In this remote, secluded place, monks in the Monastery are intensively engaged in Buddhist studies. There is also a 3-year retreat centre, Ngedon Chag-Chen Ling, which follows the ancient contemplative tradition of the Shangpa Kagyu lineage.

Neora National Park: Lava is the gateway to the Neora National Park standing hidden in the mist & clouds almost throughout the year at a height of about 2350 mts (7755 ft). This National Park is at the junction of Sikkim, West Bengal and Bhutan. A short trek of 3 days will cover Rachela Danda (Tri-junction of West Bengal, Bhutan and Sikkim).

Hidden in mists and clouds, at an altitude of 2,350 Metres with Neora National Park at its backdrop, is a starting point for trekking to the Neora National Park , which is a storehouse of flora, wildlife and leads to the 3,152 metre high RacheLa tri-junction of Bhutan , Sikkim and West Bengal , with a panoramic view of the Chola Range .It is popular for nature exploration and bird watching.

Altitude: 2,350 Metres, this small village, on the old trade route to Bhutan, is surrounded by virgin pine forests.

Highest Hill: Rachela – 3152 mts.

Climate:
Summer: Mar to Jun – 10°C -20°C
Monsoons: Jul to Aug
Autumn & Winter: Sep to Feb: Subzero – 10°C

HOLIDAYHOMEINDIA in association with STATE BANK OF INDIA STAFF RECREATION CLUB, ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE, HOWRAH proudly announce the launch of our new Holiday Home at HOTEL CHOICE at LAVA, WEST BENGAL with 6 Rooms.The features of the holiday home are as under:

Holiday Home at Lava - Front View. The hotel is located at the heart of Lava on Lava Bazar with most of the rooms facing Neora Valley directly.
. Either Verandah View or direct view of the magnificent Neora Valley from the rooms
. Color TV in all the rooms.
. Wall to Wall Carpet in all the rooms of our Holiday Home.
. Attached Bath in all the rooms.
. In House Dining Hall with Restaurant facility in our Holiday Home.
. A paradise for Bird Watchers. Take a glimpse of elegant and beautiful Birds like Rufous Sibia, Green Backed Tit, Indian Robin, Blue Fronted Redstart amidst Neora Valley from the Holiday Home itself.
. The Rooms are equipped with Generator Facility
. Arrangement of Sight Seeing by 8 seater/4 seater vehicles can be done on request by the Hote at syndicate ratesl.

View of Neora Valley from one of the roomsTariff:

With our inaugural offer the tariff of each room for Indian Nationals is Rs.550/- and Rs. 600/– per day. Refundable Caution Money – Rs.100/- per room.

View of Neora Valley from one of the rooms

How to Book :

The Holiday Home can be booked directly either at State Bank of India Staff Recreation Club, State Bank of India, Administrative Office, Howrah, 106, Kiran Ch. Singh Road, Shibpore, Howrah – 2. (Opp. Aloka Cinema) Ph: 9433165328 or with Holidayhomeindia, call 9830947352, 8420424111, 9331035550, 9830788403.

Distant Booking can also be arranged in case you cannot turn up physically, after getting confirmation from us. You can deposit the total amount at
any State Bank of India Branch in account no. 31011854019 favouring SBI Staff Recreation Club, A.O. Howrah A/c – Holiday Home , Ganges Garden Complex Branch
or
at any branches of Axis Bank in C/A No. 436010200015996 favouring Holidayhomeindia in Barrackpore Branch .

View of Neora Valley from one of the roomsPlease note that only cheque deposits are accepted in case of Axis Bank and cash deposit can only be accepted at State Bank of India Branches. An additional charges of Rs.25/- is needed to be added (cash deposit charge levied by the Bank) alongwith courier charges of Rs.20/- to the total booking amount. In case of Cheque Deposits, only courier charges of Rs.20/- may be added.Bookings are subject to clearance of Cheque’s.

View of Neora Valley from one of the rooms* Please note that as in other holiday homes a service charge of Rs.25/- per day per room is to be paid to the Hotel directly.

Room Picture Dining Hall View of the Holiday Home from Neora Valley Side
One of the room one of the rooms Bathroom at one of the rooms
One of the Neora Valley facing rooms One of the room view One of the room view

By Road :
National Highway No.31 between Siliguri and Guwahati passes over Chalsa. From Chalsa to Lava have district road. Lava is adjoin town to the Neora Valley National Park. North Bengal State Transport Corporation Buses, Bhutan Govt. Buses, Mini Buses, Private Buses and Taxi are available from Siliguri to Lava via Kalimpong or via Gorubathan. Journey time from Siliguri to Lava is about 3 hours.

By Rail :
Nearest railway station to Lava is New Jalpaiguri. New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri Railway Station are main railway station in this area. After you arrive at New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri, you should follow the road journey to reach at Lava.

By Air :
Nearest airport is Bagdogra. It is a domestic airport under Indian Army. All major air services are available from all over India. Distance between Bagdogra and Siliguri is 13 km. You can find out various vehicles to come in Siliguri, and then follow the above road route.

Panoramic snow views: Mt Kanchenjunga, Mt Siniolchu, Jalep La Pass, and Rechila Pass. Best view points are Sherpa view point and Tiffin Dara

Nature Interpretation Centre: Operated by the Forest Department, focuses on flora, fauna and local people interacting with ecology to conserve soil and forests of the area.

Lava Jamgyong Kongtrul Monastery and Ngedon Chag-Chen Ling Retreat:
Since 1987 on a hill, overlooking the snow-mountain range to the north, the Monastery is surrounded by ancient forests and enveloped in mists for most of the year. In this remote, secluded place, monks in the Monastery are intensively engaged in Buddhist studies. There is also a 3-year retreat centre, Ngedon Chag-Chen Ling, which follows the ancient contemplative tradition of the Shangpa Kagyu lineage.

Neora National Park: Lava is the gateway to the Neora National Park standing hidden in the mist & clouds almost throughout the year at a height of about 2350 mts (7755 ft). This National Park is at the junction of Sikkim, West Bengal and Bhutan. A short trek of 3 days will cover Rachela Danda (Tri-junction of West Bengal, Bhutan and Sikkim).

List courtesy : – http://www.kolkatabirds.com

Arborophila torqueola Hill Partridge

Arborophila rufogularis Rufous-throated Partridge

Tragopan satyra Satyr Tragopan

Lophura leucomelanos Kalij Pheasant

Polyplectron bicalcaratum Grey Peacock-Pheasant

Anser indicus Bar-headed Goose

Aythya nyroca Ferruginous Pochard

Indicator xanthonotus Yellow-rumped Honeyguide

Jynx torquilla Eurasian Wryneck

Sasia ochracea White-browed Piculet

Blythipicus pyrrhotis Bay Woodpecker

Dendrocopos canicapillus Grey-capped Pygmy Woodpecker

Dendrocopos cathpharius Crimson-breasted Woodpecker

Dendrocopos darjellensis Darjeeling Woodpecker

Dendrocopos major Great Spotted Woodpecker

Picus chlorolophus Lesser Yellownape

Picus flavinucha Greater Yellownape

Picus canus Grey-headed Woodpecker

Chrysocolaptes lucidus Greater Flameback

Megalaima virens Great Barbet

Megalaima franklinii Golden-throated Barbet

Megalaima asiatica Blue-throated Barbet

Megalaima haemacephala Coppersmith Barbet

Buceros bicornis Great Hornbill

Upupa epops Common Hoopoe

Harpactes erythrocephalus Red-headed Trogon

Harpactes wardi Ward’s Trogon

Cuculus sparverioides Large Hawk Cuckoo

Cuculus fugax Hodgson’s Hawk Cuckoo

Cuculus micropterus Indian Cuckoo

Cuculus canorus Eurasian Cuckoo

Cuculus saturatus Oriental Cuckoo

Cuculus poliocephalus Lesser Cuckoo

Cacomantis sonneratii Banded Bay Cuckoo

Cacomantis passerinus Grey-bellied Cuckoo

Cacomantis merulinus Plaintive Cuckoo

Chrysococcyx maculatus Asian Emerald Cuckoo

Surniculus lugubris Drongo Cuckoo

Collocalia brevirostris Himalayan Swiftlet

Hirundapus caudacutus White-throated Needletail

Apus affinis House Swift

Apus pacificus Fork-tailed Swift

Phodilus badius Oriental Bay Owl

Otus spilocephalus Mountain Scops Owl

Otus bakkamoena Collared Scops Owl

Strix leptogrammica Brown Wood Owl

Glaucidium brodiei Collared Owlet

Glaucidium cuculoides Asian Barred Owlet

Ninox scutulata Brown Hawk-Owl

Caprimulgus macrurus Large-tailed Nightjar

Columba livia Rock Pigeon

Columba hodgsonii Speckled Wood Pigeon

Columba pulchricollis Ashy Wood Pigeon

Streptopelia orientalis Oriental Turtle Dove

Streptopelia chinensis Spotted Dove

Macropygia unchall Barred Cuckoo Dove

Chalcophaps indica Emerald Dove

Treron sphenura Wedge-tailed Green Pigeon

Rallina eurizonoides Slaty-legged Crake

Scolopax rusticola Eurasian Woodcock

Aviceda jerdoni Jerdon’s Baza

Milvus migrans Black Kite

Gyps himalayensis Himalayan Griffon

Spilornis cheela Crested Serpent Eagle

Ictinaetus malayensis Black Eagle

Circus melanoleucos Pied Harrier

Circus macrourus Pallid Harrier

Accipiter trivirgatus Crested Goshawk

Accipiter badius Shikra

Accipiter virgatus Besra

Accipiter nisus Eurasian Sparrowhawk

Accipiter gentilis Northern Goshawk

Pernis ptilorhyncus Oriental Honey-buzzard

Buteo buteo Common Buzzard

Buteo rufinus Long-legged Buzzard

Buteo hemilasius Upland Buzzard

Aquila nipalensis Steppe Eagle

Hieraaetus kienerii Rufous-bellied Eagle

Spizaetus nipalensis Mountain Hawk Eagle

Falco tinnunculus Common Kestrel

Falco subbuteo Eurasian Hobby

Falco peregrinus Peregrine Falcon

Serilophus lunatus Silver-breasted Broadbill

Psarisomus dalhousiae Long-tailed Broadbill

Chloropsis hardwickii Orange-bellied Leafbird

Lanius cristatus Brown Shrike

Lanius schach Long-tailed Shrike

Lanius tephronotus Grey-backed Shrike

Urocissa flavirostris Yellow-billed Blue Magpie

Cissa chinensis Common Green Magpie

Dendrocitta vagabunda Rufous Treepie

Dendrocitta formosae Grey Treepie

Nucifraga caryocatactes Spotted Nutcracker

Corvus splendens House Crow

Corvus macrorhynchos Large-billed Crow

Oriolus traillii Maroon Oriole

Coracina macei Large Cuckooshrike

Coracina melaschistos Black-winged Cuckooshrike

Pericrocotus roseus Rosy Minivet

Pericrocotus solaris Grey-chinned Minivet

Pericrocotus ethologus Long-tailed Minivet

Pericrocotus brevirostris Short-billed Minivet

Pericrocotus flammeus Scarlet Minivet

Rhipidura hypoxantha Yellow-bellied Fantail

Rhipidura albicollis White-throated Fantail

Dicrurus leucophaeus Ashy Drongo

Dicrurus aeneus Bronzed Drongo

Dicrurus hottentottus Spangled Drongo

Dicrurus paradiseus Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

Cinclus pallasii Brown Dipper

Monticola cinclorhynchus Blue-capped Rock Thrush

Monticola rufiventris Chestnut-bellied Rock Thrush

Monticola solitarius Blue Rock Thrush

Myophonus caeruleus Blue Whistling Thrush

Zoothera mollissima Plain-backed Thrush

Zoothera dixoni Long-tailed Thrush

Zoothera dauma Scaly Thrush

Zoothera monticola Long-billed Thrush

Zoothera marginata Dark-sided Thrush

Turdus unicolor Tickell’s Thrush

Turdus albocinctus White-collared Blackbird

Turdus boulboul Grey-winged Blackbird

Turdus rubrocanus Chestnut Thrush

Turdus obscurus Eyebrowed Thrush

Turdus ruficollis Dark-throated Thrush

Turdus naumanni Dusky Thrush

Brachypteryx stellata Gould’s Shortwing

Brachypteryx hyperythra Rusty-bellied Shortwing

Brachypteryx leucophrys Lesser Shortwing

Brachypteryx montana White-browed Shortwing

Muscicapa sibirica Dark-sided Flycatcher

Muscicapa ferruginea Ferruginous Flycatcher

Ficedula strophiata Rufous-gorgeted Flycatcher

Ficedula albicilla Red-throated Flycatcher

Ficedula monileger White-gorgeted Flycatcher

Ficedula hyperythra Snowy-browed Flycatcher

Ficedula westermanni Little Pied Flycatcher

Ficedula superciliaris Ultramarine Flycatcher

Ficedula tricolor Slaty-blue Flycatcher

Ficedula sapphira Sapphire Flycatcher

Eumyias thalassina Verditer Flycatcher

Niltava grandis Large Niltava

Niltava macgrigoriae Small Niltava

Niltava sundara Rufous-bellied Niltava

Cyornis poliogenys Pale-chinned Flycatcher

Cyornis unicolor Pale Blue-Flycatcher

Muscicapella hodgsoni Pygmy Blue Flycatcher

Culicicapa ceylonensis Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher

Luscinia brunnea Indian Blue Robin

Tarsiger cyanurus Orange-flanked Bush Robin

Tarsiger chrysaeus Golden Bush Robin

Tarsiger indicus White-browed Bush Robin

Tarsiger hyperythrus Rufous-breasted Bush Robin

Phoenicurus ochruros Black Redstart

Phoenicurus hodgsoni Hodgson’s Redstart

Phoenicurus frontalis Blue-fronted Redstart

Chaimarrornis leucocephalus White-capped Water Redstart

Rhyacornis fuliginosus Plumbeous Water Redstart

Hodgsonius phaenicuroides White-bellied Redstart

Cinclidium leucura White-tailed Robin

Cinclidium frontale Blue-fronted Robin

Enicurus scouleri Little Forktail

Enicurus schistaceus Slaty-backed Forktail

Enicurus maculatus Spotted Forktail

Cochoa purpurea Purple Cochoa

Saxicola ferrea Grey Bushchat

Sturnus malabaricus Chestnut-tailed Starling

Acridotheres tristis Common Myna

Gracula religiosa Common Hill Myna

Sitta castanea Chestnut-bellied Nuthatch

Sitta himalayensis White-tailed Nuthatch

Certhia familiaris Eurasian Treecreeper

Certhia nipalensis Rusty-flanked Treecreeper

Certhia discolor Brown-throated Treecreeper

Cephalopyrus flammiceps Fire-capped Tit

Parus rubidiventris Rufous-vented Tit

Parus ater Coal Tit

Parus dichrous Grey-crested Tit

Parus major Great Tit

Parus monticolus Green-backed Tit

Troglodytes troglodytes Winter Wren

Parus spilonotus Yellow-cheeked Tit

Sylviparus modestus Yellow-browed Tit

Aegithalos concinnus Black-throated Tit

Aegithalos iouschistos Rufous-fronted Tit

Hirundo rustica Barn Swallow

Delichon nipalensis Nepal House Martin

Pycnonotus striatus Striated Bulbul

Pycnonotus leucogenys Himalayan Bulbul

Hypsipetes mcclellandii Mountain Bulbul

Hypsipetes leucocephalus Black Bulbul

Prinia atrogularis Hill Prinia

Zosterops palpebrosus Oriental White-eye

Tesia castaneocoronata Chestnut-headed Tesia

Tesia cyaniventer Grey-bellied Tesia

Tesia olivea Slaty-bellied Tesia

Cettia fortipes Brownish-flanked Bush Warbler

Cettia flavolivacea Aberrant Bush-Warbler

Cettia acanthizoides Yellowish-bellied Bush Warbler

Cettia brunnifrons Grey-sided Bush Warbler

Bradypterus luteoventris Brown Bush Warbler

Bradypterus mandellii Russet Bush Warbler

Acrocephalus dumetorum Blyth’s Reed Warbler

Orthotomus cuculatus Mountain Tailorbird

Phylloscopus collybita Common Chiffchaff

Phylloscopus fuligiventer Smoky Warbler

Phylloscopus affinis Tickell’s Leaf Warbler

Phylloscopus pulcher Buff-barred Warbler

Phylloscopus maculipennis Ashy-throated Warbler

Phylloscopus chloronotus Lemon-rumped Warbler

Phylloscopus humei Hume’s Warbler

Phylloscopus inornatus Yellow-browed Warbler

Phylloscopus trochiloides Greenish Warbler

Phylloscopus magnirostris Large-billed Leaf Warbler

Phylloscopus coronatus Eastern Crowned Warbler

Phylloscopus reguloides Blyth’s Leaf Warbler

Seicercus burkii Golden-spectacled Warbler

Seicercus xanthoschistos Grey-hooded Warbler

Seicercus affinis White-spectacled Warbler

Seicercus whistleri Whistler’s Warbler

Seicercus poliogenys Grey-cheeked Warbler

Seicercus castaniceps Chestnut-crowned Warbler

Tickellia hodgsoni Broad-billed Warbler

Abroscopus albogularis Rufous-faced Warbler

Abroscopus schisticeps Black-faced Warbler

Regulus regulus Goldcrest

Garrulax albogularis White-throated Laughingthrush

Garrulax pectoralis Greater Necklaced Laughingthrush

Garrulax striatus Striated Laughingthrush

Garrulax rufogularis Rufous-chinned Laughingthrush

Garrulax ocellatus Spotted Laughingthrush

Garrulax caerulatus Grey-sided Laughingthrush

Garrulax lineatus Streaked Laughingthrush

Garrulax squamatus Blue-winged Laughingthrush

Garrulax subunicolor Scaly Laughingthrush

Garrulax affinis Black-faced Laughingthrush

Garrulax erythrocephalus Chestnut-crowned Laughingthrush

Liocichla phoenicea Red-faced Liocichla

Pomatorhinus erythrogenys Rusty-cheeked Scimitar Babbler

Pomatorhinus schisticeps White-browed Scimitar Babbler

Pomatorhinus ruficollis Streak-breasted Scimitar Babbler

Pomatorhinus ferruginosus Coral-billed Scimitar Babbler

Xiphirhynchus superciliaris Slender-billed Scimitar Babbler

Rimator malacoptilus Long-billed Wren Babbler

Pnoepyga albiventer Scaly-breasted Wren Babbler

Pnoepyga pusilla Pygmy Wren Babbler

Spelaeornis caudatus Rufous-throated Wren Babbler

Spelaeornis formosus Spotted Wren Babbler

Stachyris rufifrons Rufous-fronted Babbler

Stachyris ruficeps Rufous-capped Babbler

Stachyris chrysaea Golden Babbler

Stachyris nigriceps Grey-throated Babbler

Leiothrix argentauris Silver-eared Mesia

Leiothrix lutea Red-billed Leiothrix

Cutia nipalensis Cutia

Pteruthius rufiventer Black-headed Shrike Babbler

Pteruthius flaviscapis White-browed Shrike Babbler

Pteruthius xanthochlorus Green Shrike Babbler

Pteruthius melanotis Black-eared Shrike Babbler

Actinodura egertoni Rusty-fronted Barwing

Actinodura nipalensis Hoary-throated Barwing

Minla cyanouroptera Blue-winged Minla

Minla strigula Chestnut-tailed Minla

Minla ignotincta Red-tailed Minla

Alcippe chrysotis Golden-breasted Fulvetta

Alcippe cinerea Yellow-throated Fulvetta

Alcippe castaneceps Rufous-winged Fulvetta

Alcippe vinipectus White-browed Fulvetta

Alcippe nipalensis Nepal Fulvetta

Yuhina bakeri White-naped Yuhina

Yuhina flavicollis Whiskered Yuhina

Yuhina gularis Stripe-throated Yuhina

Yuhina occipitalis Rufous-vented Yuhina

Yuhina zantholeuca White-bellied Yuhina

Myzornis pyrrhoura Fire-tailed Myzornis

Heterophasia capistrata Rufous Sibia

Paradoxornis unicolor Brown Parrotbill

Paradoxornis nipalensis Black-throated Parrotbill

Dicaeum chrysorrheum Yellow-vented Flowerpecker

Dicaeum melanoxanthum Yellow-bellied Flowerpecker

Dicaeum concolor Plain Flowerpecker

Dicaeum ignipectus Fire-breasted Flowerpecker

Aethopyga gouldiae Mrs. Gould’s Sunbird

Aethopyga nipalensis Green-tailed Sunbird

Aethopyga saturata Black-throated Sunbird

Aethopyga ignicauda Fire-tailed Sunbird

Arachnothera longirostra Little Spiderhunter

Arachnothera magna Streaked Spiderhunter

Passer montanus Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Motacilla alba White Wagtail

Motacilla citreola Citrine Wagtail

Motacilla flava Yellow Wagtail

Motacilla cinerea Grey Wagtail

Anthus hodgsoni Olive-backed Pipit

Anthus roseatus Rosy Pipit

Prunella strophiata Rufous-breasted Accentor

Prunella immaculata Maroon-backed Accentor

Lonchura striata White-rumped Munia

Serinus tibetanus Tibetan Siskin

Carduelis spinoides Yellow-breasted Greenfinch

Leucosticte nemoricola Plain Mountain Finch

Loxia curvirostra Red Crossbill

Carpodacus nipalensis Dark-breasted Rosefinch

Carpodacus erythrinus Common Rosefinch

Carpodacus edwardsii Dark-rumped Rosefinch

Carpodacus rodopeplus Spot-winged Rosefinch

Carpodacus thura White-browed Rosefinch

Propyrrhula subhimachala Crimson-browed Finch

Haematospiza sipahi Scarlet Finch

Pyrrhula nipalensis Brown Bullfinch

Pyrrhula erythrocephala Red-headed Bullfinch

Mycerobas carnipes White-winged Grosbeak

Pyrrhoplectes epauletta Gold-naped Finch

Emberiza pusilla Little Bunting

Out of range records

Spelaeornis badeigularis Rusty-throated Wren Babbler

Dicaeum trigonostigma Orange-bellied Flowerpecker

Muscicapa ruficauda Rusty-tailed Flycatcher

Lava: Hidden in mists and clouds, at an altitude of 2,350 Metres with Neora National Park at its backdrop, is a starting point for trekking to the Neora National Park , which is a storehouse of flora, wildlife and leads to the 3,152 metre high RacheLa tri-junction of Bhutan , Sikkim and West Bengal , with a panoramic view of the Chola Range .It is popular for nature exploration and bird watching.

Altitude: 2,350 Metres, this small village, on the old trade route to Bhutan, is surrounded by virgin pine forests.

Highest Hill: Rachela – 3152 mts.

Climate:
Summer: Mar to Jun – 10°C -20°C
Monsoons: Jul to Aug
Autumn & Winter: Sep to Feb: Subzero – 10°C

Clothing: Tropical in Summer with a light sweater and rainwear. Woolens in Autumn and Heavy Woolens in the Winter.

Languages Spoken: Nepali, Hindi, Bengali, Tibetan & English.

Lava is situated in the foot-hill of the Himalayas. In winter, some time temperature comes below 0°C where in summer maximum temperature cross 20°C. Snowfall is common between November and February. Monsoon starts from May to middle of October. The average annual rainfall is 635cm.