Kolakham- A Hamlet In The Mountains

Kolakham is a quaint small village at the Neora Valley and an ideal destination for nature lovers. Located at an elevation of 6200 feet, it is within the Kalimpong subdivision of the district of in West Bengal. This offbeat place in North Bengal is all about lush wide green valleys of the Neora forest and offers fantastic views of the Himalayan peaks such as the Pandim, Kabru Dome, Simolchu and of course the majestic Kanchenjunga. Kolakham is home to about 60 Nepali families of the “Rai” community. Their simple living in mountain lap may even make the tourist wish not to go back to the real never-ending work life of theirs.

This place passes through the Neora Valley National Park which is well known as the hub of a wide variety of endangered birds and animals such as the Musk deer, Clouded Leopard, and the Red Panda.

Kolakham – Top Attractions And Things To Do

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For those seeking a little bit of adventure, they may hike in the forest provided they are well prepared for meeting or coming in the path of wild animals. 

Chengey falls, is a popular destination in Kolakham. Only 6 kilometers from here, journey through the beautiful forest towards Chengey falls is another enjoyable aspect of falls visitation. Said to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the whole of Darjeeling, Chengey falls descends about 400 feet and presents a sight to be cherished forever. No motorable roadways reach Chengey falls. One needs to walk on foot from the road about 900 feet on a trail to reach the Chengey falls. 

Famous places such as Lava, Rishyap, Lolegaon, Pedong are just a few kilometers from Kolakham. These places are popular for spell-bounding sunrise and sunset viewpoints of Kanchenjunga and mind-blowing scenic views of the mountains. Most tourists stay in Kolakham and dedicate a day to cover these.

How to reach:

Kolakham may be reached from New Jalpaiguri station via roadways. One may hire a car or catch a shared ride from NJP station to Kolakham. It will be a journey of about 5 hours to cover a distance of 123 kilometers in meandering mountain roads with grand views all along the way. The nearest airport is Bagdogra. Cars from the airport can be rented to reach Kolakham.

When to visit:

The best time to visit Kolkakham is from October to Early December. However, springtime is also quite pleasant and attractive.

Where to stay:

Quite a number of hotels, eco huts, cottages, and homestays are available in and around Kolakham in a variety of budgets. 

Featured “Photo of Kangchenjunga, Himalayas” by A.Ostrovsky under CC BY-SA 2.0

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