Lava is a small hamlet situated 34 kilometres 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. 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 verdant forests are a popular spot for picnicking, trekking and bird-watching. Lava has now become a
favorite tourist destination for people living on the coast of West Bengal, and tourism has become the source of living for the inhabitants.
Other places to visit near Lava
Airpot : Bagdogra (109 kms from Lava) is the major airport of the region. Regular flights connects Bagdogra to major airports in the country.
Rail Station : NJP (New Jalpaiguri) 108 kms from Lava is the major Rail Station.
Road : Siliguri 101 kms from Lava is the main junction and the largest town nearby the state.
Gangtok to Lava : 113 kms
Darjeeling to Lava : 101 kms
Kalimpong to Lava : 32 kms
Permit and Entry Rules
Indian & Foreigners: Indian & Foreigners tourists visiting Lava do not require any permit to enter the state.
Best time to Visit Lava
Best time to visit Lava is during the months of March, April, May, June, October, Nov. Most of the roads
remains closed during the month of July, August due to heavy rainfall and landslides. Also some of the tourists
don't prefer to visit Lava in the months of December, January and Febrary due to cold climates.