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Dense Forests, Beautiful Sunsets & Rare Wildlife: This Small Hamlet In Kalimpong Is Where You Should Head Next

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What Makes It Awesome

Office routines, the noise and pollution in the city can be too much to take, which is why you should totally take a few days off and head to Rishyap, a small hamlet located in Kalimpong.

Nestled amidst lush green hills and valleys, Rishyap is the perfect place to go to if you're looking for an offbeat and untouched destination. Catch a glimpse of the majestic Kanchenjunga range from the top of the village or spot rare wildlife and plant species from Neora Valley National Park located at a distance of just 7 kms from Rishyap. The word literally means the Land of Lofty Mountains, Peaks and Old Aged Trees and that's exactly what you'll experience here. The village is surrounded by dense forests of pine, birch and fir trees, blooming rhododendrons and orchids and snow-capped mountain peaks. 

Your trip to Rishyap is incomplete if you don't visit Tiffindara – a 1.5 km narrow trek trail uphill through pine, birch and fir forests, colourful rhododendrons and chirping birds. The sunrise and sunset with panoramic views of the snow-covered Himalayas are breathtaking to say the least. If you're lucky enough to find clear skies, you'll get to see the rays of the sun turn the peaks gold as they fall upon them.

Don't forget to stop by the Changey Waterfall that falls from a height of about 4.5 kms. Visit the Shiva Buddha Temple, trek along the Neora Valley National Park up until Jorepokhri where you get to see twin lakes surrounded by forests and the mighty Kanchenjunga. Treat yourself to a full moon and a sky full of stars while relaxing at your lodge at night. Wake up at dawn to catch a glimpse of the sun rays lighting up the Kanchenjunga. It's peaceful and therapeutic!

Book a trip already! You won't regret it, trust us.


If you're heading to Rishyap from Lava, then we'd suggest you trek it out. It's an easy and scenic one surrounded by forests and orchids.