A paradise for bird lovers and adventure seeking tourists, Located an altitude of 1868M in the Kalimpong Hills of Darjeeling District, on the fringe of Neora Valley National Park, just 108 KM from Siliguri via Kalimpong amidst the clouds, surroundings and facing the Majestic Mount Kanchenjunga, the world's third highest peak, can be seen atop the lush green valleys. One can enjoy the beautiful range of snow peaks, the never ending green forest and variety of birds from this place. Enthusiasts can go for a walk on the jungle trail. The chance of coming across wildlife is quite high here. A trek of 5 KM will take to the beautiful Changey falls. It is only 8KM away from Lava & a village of 60 Nepali families belonging to the ‘Rai’ community.
The National Park with its dense forests is located on the tri-junction of Bhutan, Sikkim and West-Bengal. It extends from 30 m of altitude up to 3200 m on an area of only 88 square km. Though this sounds rather small, it has to be considered that due to the topographical features the surface of the Park is much larger. Neora Valley offers a unique eco-system consisting of tropical, sub-tropical, sub-temperate, and temperate vegetative systems. Rhododendron, sal, oak, bamboo, ferns etc. form the forest and a variety of orchids is found within. The National Park is home to many endangered species like the red panda, the musk deer, and the clouded leopard.
By Air : Bagdogra is the nearest Airport. One can also fly to Bagdogra and then take a car to Kolakham via Kalimpong or Dam Dim.
By Rail : Take a train to New Jalpaiguri station and then hire a car to Kolakham. It is almost 5 hrs journey from New Jalpaiguri.
You can visit nearby Lava, Lolegaon and Rishop from Kolakham. These hill stations are not very far from Kolakham and boast their exotic natural surroundings, offering spectacular viewof the Eastern Himalayan peaks. You can take a day trip to Lava Monastery, NeoraValley National Park, Changui Waterfalls, Charkol village, Tea gardens,Choudapheri or the Hanging Bridge at Loleygaon.