Kolakham

Kolakham is an ideal destination for tourists nursing an adventurous bent of mind. Nestled beside the Neora Valley National Park around 108 km from Siliguri, this charming location offers majestic views of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Located just 8 kilometers from Lava the village of Kolakham is perched on a hill 6100 feet high overlooking the mighty Eastern Himalayas. Wildlife is in abundance here and you can take nature walks and short treks all around Kolakham. All attractions around Lava can also be reached from Kolakham like Changer Waterfalls, Lava Monastery, Loleygaon, Rishop and Charkol. From Kolakham, you can get a view of Mt. Kanchenjungha with its allies like Mt. Pandim, Mt. Kabru and others touching the sky. Kolakham is a tiny village amidst the abundance of nature with a panoramic view of the Eastern Himalayas upto the Nathu La Pass. Kolakham offers an array of activities like rock climbing, trekking and rope traversing to make your stay more interesting. You can also enjoy village walks or nature trails along the picturesque landscape of the region. Experience an exciting jungle camp at Neora Valley national Park, which boasts of its amazing biodiversity of endangered species of plants, animals and birds. You can also explore the forests surrounding Kolakham and hike over the rocks to savor the view of a splendid waterfall. Only 8 kms away from Lava Kolakham is a village of 60 Nepali families belonging to the ‘Rai’ community. They are vegan and far removed from brouhaha of bustling tourist towns of Lava and Lolegaon. In Kolakham, lovely children play in the courtyard amidst marigold, dahlia, chrysanthemum and zinnia

Season

One can pay a visit to Kolakham throughout the year, except the monsoons.  However, the best season to visit is March and April that is known as the orchid season.  November to February is quite cold but one can experience the glimpse of mighty Kanchenjhengha during most of the days of these months., and Lava normally receives snowfall in January.  May and October are comfortable. The best time to enjoy Lava & Kolakham is during the off-season of November to April, when tourists are few and the solitude of these Himalayan retreats can be best enjoyed.

How to reach

By Air – Bagdogra is the nearest airport situated in Jalpaiguri district, West Bengal which is about 121 km away from Kolakham. Bagdogra Airport  is 13 kms from Siliguri and Kolakham is 108kms from Siliguri. There are regular flights of Indian, Kingfisher, Spice jet, Go Air, Druk airways and Jet Airways from Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati. Tourists can avail vehicles from the Prepaid Booth from the airport to reach Siliguri from where they can hire Jeeps to reach Kolakham.

By Road – Private hired vehicles are available from Siliguri and NJP  to reach Kolakham via Lava which takes about 4 hrs from Siliguri. Private & hired Vehicles are available from all the taxi stand, airport, railway station etc. It takes about 3 hours from New Mal Junction  Railway Station to reach Kolkakham.

By Rail – New Jalpaiguri Railway Station is the major railway station well connected with Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Guwahati. Nearest railway station from Kolkakham is  New Mal Junction which which takes about 3 hours to reach there. Kolakham is accessible from the major rail stations at Siliguri, Jalpaiguri, New Jalpaiguri, New Mal Junction, Alipurduar, Cooch Behar from where tourists can rent private jeeps or car by road  to reach Kolakham via Lava.

Distances of Important Places –

Kolakham  to  Bagdogra (Airport)

130 km.

Kolakham  to  New Jalpaiguri (Railway Station)

117 km.

Kolakham  to  Kalimpong

42 km.

Kolakham  to  Loleygaon

32 km.

Kolakham  to Rishyap

19 km.

Kolakham to  Lava

08 km.

Kolakham to Changey Falls

04 km.

Nearby Places

You can visit nearby Lava, Lolegaon and Rishop from Kolakham. These hill stations are not very far from Kolakham and boast their exotic natural surrounding, offering spectacular view of the Eastern Himalayan peaks. You can take a day trip to Lava Monastery, Changer Waterfalls, Charkol village, Tea gardens, Choudapheri or the Hanging Bridge at Loleygaon.

Travellers can enjoy the view of snow covered mountains from the village. The mountain ranges that are visible from Kolakham are Kokthang, Mt. Kharg, Kabroo, Talung, Khang-Chen-D-Zongha, Rathung, Simvo, Narsingh, Siniolchu and Pandim. Change Falls  is just 4 kms away from Kolkham and can be reached through Jeep / Trekking. The breathtaking view of Mt. Kanchanjungha is really superb.

Lava Jamgyong Kongtrul Monastery and Ngedon Chang-Chen Ling Retreat are other tourist spots around Kolakham. Neora Valley Nature Interpretation Centre lies on the Neora National Park, showcasing the photographs, animals, models and stuffed birds. Lolegaon is a Lepcha village, situated nearby Lava and from this site travellers can experience the best sights of the Himalayan ranges.

Jhandi Dara in Lolegaon is a wooded hilltop from where tourists can enjoy the clear view of both Kanchenjunga as well as Mt. Everest. Pedong is another village that can be visited by travellers who are looking to explore the calm and peace environment. Travellers can also tour Lava village for trekking, climbing and hiking.