Rishyap- the Land of Lofty Mountains
Rishyap is a small tourist village in the hills of Kalimpong at an altitude of 8,100 feet. It is a hill station of immense beauty and a must visit for the tourists to rejuvenate. The mystic charm of staying in a village hill among the chirping birds and the majestic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga is the main reason behind the popularity of Rishyap.
How to reach Rishyap From New Jalpaiguri
You can travel directly from NJP to Rishyap by car with a distance of 3 hours 11 minutes with a distance of 101 kilometers but this journey will get fulfilled if you travel to Rishyap via Gangtok. You will get the view of picturesque landscapes, lush green hills and a stay at Gangtok for an hour or two will give you a beautiful experience.
So, if you travel from Gangtok you will get the best NJP to Gangtok car service by Disha Tours to make your journey affordable. After reaching, Gangtok to Rishyap distance is 85 kilometers which take 3 hours 36 minutes.
Sightseeing places in Rishyap
If you take car service from Rishyap it takes 1 kilometer approximately to reach Tiffindara viewpoint, which is situated at an elevation of 2,360 meters on the foothills of Rishyap.
Attractions in Tiffindara viewpoint
- The mesmerizing view of the sunrise
- The parts of Nathula and Jelep La are visible from here
- The beautiful view of Mt. Kanchenjunga in its full glory
With a distance of 5 kilometers in 25 minutes, you will reach Lava. It is one of the popular destinations situated at an elevation of 7,016 feet. Lava is known as the land of the presence of Gods which is actually a paradise on earth.
Attractions of Lava
- The Neora Valley National Park which is home to many animals
- Chhangey Falls
- Buddhist Monastery
- Kaju Thekcheling Institute
- Plant Nursery
- Glass House
Activity to do
You can also trek along the paths of forests but with permission from the forest authority.
As it takes too much time from Rishyap you can reach Kolakham via Lava taking 25 minutes with a distance of 5 kilometers. It is a beautiful land facing the mighty Mt. Kanchenjunga. It is perched at an altitude of 6,200 feet. The natural beauty of the Kolakham can be viewed best by taking strolls along the way.
Attractions in Kolakham
- The Neora Valley Park with many rare animals, King Cobra, and birds
- Filled with Rhododendrons and mountain streams
About 34 kilometers from Rishyap is a small village located at an elevation of 1,675 meters. Lolegaon is known mainly for forests, scenic beauty, sunrises, and sunsets.
Attractions in Lolegaon
- The Heritage Forest
- The Hanging Bridge
- Kaffer Village offers the snow-capped view of Mt. Kanchenjunga
- The Buddhist temple
- Jhandidara sunrise point
Located at a distance of 23 kilometers from Rishyap, Pedong can be a part of your tour. It is situated at an elevation of 1,240 meters offering a magnificent view of the Mt. Kanchenjunga. This place also offers a beautiful scenic beauty.
Attractions in Pedong
- A historical fort of Damsang Gadi
- The sunset point in Cross Hill
- Sangchen Dorjee Monastery
- You can drive downhill to the Bengal Sikkim Border to Rishi and spend some time at Rishikhola
Activities to do
You can also take part in the adventure activities like rock climbing, mountain biking, and archery to complete your trip.
Get Ready For A Wonderful Visit To Rishyap
Hills have a charm that cannot be denied by any individual. The uphill walk, sweet people of the hills, the quiet ambiance and the chill in the wind is a pleasure to the soul. Rishyap is a small village but it has all these features to make you travel to the beautiful place.