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Lava is famous for its proximity to the Neora Valley National Park and the beautiful views of the Jelep La and Reche La passes. It is about 32 km east of Kalimpong. Oak and fir trees welcome the visitor at Lava. It is also known for its leaches, found in abundance here, especially during the rainy season. The small town can be reached either through Dooars through Kalimpong. Lava offers some nice walks for nature lovers.

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Changey Falls

The Changey Falls is one of the best places in Lava to experience un spoilt nature & enjoy a grand view of the Himalayan peaks. Its natural environment makes it a a perfect place for camping, bird watching, Sky watch & adventure activity. Extreme calmness with a three steps waterfall sound makes a wonderful mix of nature’s music. A 900 ft walking trail from the last motor able point.

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It is known for its beautiful landscape with green tea garden sceneries, hills and forests, which attract a lot of tourists. On a clear day, the snow-clad mountains of Bhutan are also visible from this place. It lies 18 km from the Neora Valley National Park. It is the home of more than 4000 people. Its climate is noted for fog and cool breezes and a high rainfall. It has lots of beautiful picnic spots and tourist places. Some of them are Lali Guras, Rocky Island and Suntaley Khola. Neora Valley National Park is in a distance of an hour from here. Here you can find the fusion of hills, plains, rivers, forest, tea-garden and villages.

Neora Valley National Park

Neora Valley National Park covers an area of 88 km2 (34 sq mi) with an elevation of 183–3,200 m (600–10,499 ft).[2] The highest point is Rachela Danda. The forest in Neora Valley has such luxurious growth that even sunlight finds it difficult to touch the ground. Much of the park is still inaccessible, making it an adventurous place for the nature lovers/trekkers who can take the challenge to explore the still-unknown terrain in the Kalimpong hills. Virgin natural forests, dense bamboo groves, colorful canopy of Rhododendron trees, lush green valley, meandering rivers and streams with snowcapped mountains in the backdrop form a picturesque landscape. 

Read Blog Post: Enjoy rich flora and fauna of Neora Valley National Park


Gorubathan has its own unique history. There was a Lepcha king namely Gaebbo Achyok who was born and brought up in Chyakhung Dara in Lungsysol, Gorubathan. There are ruins of a fort known built by King Gaeboo Achyok as Dalim Fort on the top of a hill at Dalim Busty. In earlier time the place got its name as Gorubathan by conjoining two Nepali words herds of cattle/Goru means- Ox, Bathan means -Herd) while the others believe that this place had been dominated by the Gurus (priests) with their deity and supernatural powers in earlier times and subsequently started calling Gorubathan. Gorubathan Tar, Chel Kola, Dalim Tar some of the places to visit in Gorubathan besides taking walks in the clean and clear mountain air.

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