Lolegaon - History, Timings & Entry Fee


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Distance (From Kalimpong): 30 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): 4-6 Hours

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 30 km from Kalimpong and 50 km from Lava, Lolegaon is a small Lepcha village in Kalimpong district of West Bengal. Surrounded by dhupi and cypress forests, it is considered to be the tourism mascot of West Bengal and also one of the best places to visit near Kalimpong.

Nestled atop a flat hill on a forested ridge at an altitude of 5500 feet, Lolegaon or Loleygaon is a place of ethereal wilderness and tranquility. Basically a small Lepcha village also known as Kaffer, Lolegaon is a recent inclusion in tourism map of West Bengal for its magnificent view of Greater Himalayan snow ranges that spreads over the entire horizon. Viewing sunrise over the snow peaks from Jhandi Dara Viewpoint is perhaps the most treasured memory of being at Lolegaon. On a clear day all major peaks of Kanchenjunga massif can be seen from here. Even the glorious Mt Everest can be seen from Jhandi Dara.

Lolegaon is a fabulous destination for the lovers of wildlife. The age-old forest of towering pine, cypress and oaks with their mossy trunk is an ideal place for watching endangered Himalayan species such as black bear, mountain goats, numerous birds and different varieties of species. The Heritage Forest at Lolegaon is the place to feel the exquisite wealth that nature has showered here. The hanging foot bridge over the canopy of huge trees is a special attraction. Popularly known as 'The Canopy Walk' it offers an unforgettable experience, which allows you to get close to the trees.

Lolegaon also offers some exciting short treks in the remote Kalimpong hills of West Bengal. A day trek to Samthar or Relly in the unseen lower Himalayas can be a real opportunity to know the different aspects of lives in Indian countryside.

Canopy Walk: Rs. 25 per person