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Lava is a small hamlet situated 34 kilometres (21 mi) east of the town of Kalimpong near Algarah in Kalimpong 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.[1] 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.

Lava, Kalimpong
A clock n the main town square
A clock n the main town square
Lava, Kalimpong is located in West Bengal
Lava, Kalimpong
Lava, Kalimpong
Location of Lava in West Bengal
Lava, Kalimpong is located in India
Lava, Kalimpong
Lava, Kalimpong
Lava, Kalimpong (India)
Coordinates: 27°05′10″N 88°39′38″E / 27.08611°N 88.66056°E / 27.08611; 88.66056Coordinates: 27°05′10″N 88°39′38″E / 27.08611°N 88.66056°E / 27.08611; 88.66056
StateWest Bengal
2,200 m (7,200 ft)
 • Total1,836
 • OfficialNepali, English
Time zoneUTC+5:30 (IST)
734 314
Telephone code03552
Vehicle registrationWB-78, 79

Wild animals such as the Himalayan black bear and barking deer are found in these parts. A Buddhist monastery is present on one of the hills of Lava. Notable sites include Changey Waterfalls and Lava Jamgyong Kongtrul Monastery.



As per 2011 India census, the total population of Lava is 1,836: 945 males and 891 females.[2]

Tourism in LavaEdit

One of favoured destinations from Lava is Neora Valley National Park.[3] Lava and surrounding area is also a popular destination for bird watchers and butterflies.[4]



  1. ^ "Tourism information about Lava village in West Bengal". Department of tourism - West Bengal. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Population of Lava, West Bengal". Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Adventure treks lined up in north Bengal forests". The Telegraph India. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Five Places To Go Birding In West Bengal This Winter". Outlook Traveller Magazine. Retrieved 22 April 2019.

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