Rishop is a tourist village located in the midst of Lava and Lolegaon. Once upon a time this used to be a poor village with few homes where you had to trek from Lava to reach. Now it has turned into a great destination for tourists with vehicular roads and small resorts for tourists.
The serene and calm environment bundled with the surrounding areas of Lava, Lolegaon, and Pedong in close proximity make Rishop popular to tourists.
To get here, you can take one of the following alternatives given below:
- By Train: The NJP Railway Station in Siliguri connects the city to several cities across India. If you are journeying from Kolkata, then get in the Darjeeling mail which arrives at 10:00 pm in Kolkata. Once you reach NJP Station, take a taxi ride to Rishop as described below.
- By Jeep/Taxi: Get in a taxi going towards Darjeeling. At Darjeeling, change taxis and get a jeep going towards Sandakphu. After arriving at Sandakphu you have to trek through the Singalia range of mountains to reach Rimbik.
- By Plane: Bagdogra airport located at Siliguri is has several planes available offered by many airlines. Some of them are:
Air India and Jet Airways has flights from Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata to Bagdogra available, Go Air has daily flights to and from Delhi and Spice Jet operates flights from Kolkata and Delhi.
Once you reach Bagdogra airport, you can take a taxi ride as described above.
Things to see in Rishop
Tiffindara View Point: Tiffindara view point is situated in less than 2 km from Rishop. The sunrise view form this point is one of the main tourist attraction in this place. The parts of Nathula pass and Jelepala pass connecting India with Tibet are clearly visible from here. On a clear day, the snow-capped Kanchanjunga mountain range in its full glory is truly a sight to behold.
Lava: Lava is situated just 9 km away from Rishop. You can also take the trekking route of 5 km to Lava and visit the Jamgyong Kongtrul Monastery.
Kolakham: Kolakham is a new destination hill station just across the hill from Rishop. Although the distance between Kolakham and Rishop is less than 3 km, as the road connecting Rishop with Kolakham travel through Lava, the total distance increases to 21 km. Kolakham is adjacent to the Neora National Valley Park and the famous Changey falls is situated just 5 km away from here.
Lolegaon: Lolegaon is a scenic village situated just 34 km from Rishop, taking about a dayâ€™s journey to reach. In Lolegaon you can take a walk among the Heritage Forest with its legendary Canopy Walk or you could go to Jhandidara and admire the beautiful sunrise at this point.
Pedong: Pedong situated at just 23 km distance from Rishop offers many adventurous activities such as mountain climbing, rock climbing, archery, mountain biking etc. Or you may drive further downhill to Rishikhola stream which separates West Bengal and Sikkim.
Things to do in Rishop
Go Adventure Sporting: Pedong which is a mere 23 km distance from Rishop offer many adventurous activities to its visitors such as mountain biking, rock climbing, archery, mountain climbing etc. It is a great place to visit any time during your stay.
Accommodations in Rishop
Rishop has a few basic and budget accommodations available for tourists.