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Situated atop the hill of Kolakham Village is Neora Valley Jungle Camp, abode of nature lovers. Kolakham is a less trodden hamlet and located on the periphery of Neora Valley National Park. It is famous for offering the panoramic vista of snow capped Himalayan Range. Perched at an altitude of 6200ft, Neora Valley Jungle Camp is the best place to escape the scorching summer heat of plain region. Neora Valley Jungle Camp is also known as Kolakham Eco Hut. Located 8km from Neora Valley National Park, Neora Valley Jungle Camp showcases the flawless blend between nature and modern society. Overlooking the mighty Himalayan Range, Neora Valley Jungle Camp with its ethnic lifestyle and serene ambiance has enthralled the minds of many travelers. There are 3 cottages (one honeymoon suite and two four-bedded rooms) in Neora Valley Jungle Camp.
Formed in 1986 is Neora Valley National Park, land of the elegant Red Panda. Sprawled over an area of 89km, Neora Valley National Park is blessed with verdant ecology which ranges from subtropical forest to alpine forestry. It is one of the last virgin lands to be found in the Eastern Himalayan. Dotted with dense forest of rhododendron, bamboo, fern, and sal Neora Valley National Park is the known for housing a vast collection of exquisite wildlife in Dooars. Along with housing animals like wild boar, barking deer, sloth bear and civet, there has been report about spotting rare endangered animals like clouded leopard. The thick wooded forest of Neora has attracted adventurers and wildlife explorer from far and wide. And with its growing popularity locals has opted for eco-tourism. There are many places to stay in Neora Valley National Park, but Neora Valley Jungle Camp maintained by Help Tourism is the most preferred place to stay.
Neora Valley NP is dotted with astounding trails making trekking a favored tourist activity. Neora Valley Trek attracts adventurer and trekkers from far and wide. Village walk is another favored activity for the tourist staying in Neora Valley Jungle Camp. The trekking trails towards Neora Valley NP are also ideal for bird watching and butterflying.
Apart from acting as base for travelers who want to explore the dense forest of Neora Valley NP, there are many places to visit while staying in Neora Valley Jungle Camp.
Located 5km from Kolakham is Lava an offbeat destination in Kalimpong District. Perched at an elevation of 7700ft Lava is one of the few places in this region which receive snowfall during winter season. Located in the periphery of Neora Valley, Lava is famous for being the gateway towards Neora Valley National Park. Located atop a hill is the prime attraction of Lava, the Lava Monastery. The tranquil ambiance and pictorial view from Lava Monastery has made it a famous sightseeing place of Kolakham. In Lava visitors can also find a Nature Interpretation Centre where all the records are kept about the flora and fauna of Neora Valley NP.
Situated 2km from Kolakham is Rishop another offbeat destination of North Bengal. Rishop is a quaint mountain hamlet which caught the attention of traveler with its mesmerizing vista of Mt Kanchenjunga. There is a sunrise point called Jhandi Dara in Rishop which offers the panoramic vista of snow clad Himalayas and Mahananda River Valley. Witnessing the sunrise over Mt Kanchenjunga from Rishop is one the must do things while staying in Neora Valley Jungle Camp.
The closest railway station of Kolakham is NJP. The distance between Kolakham and NJP is 108km and the closest airport of Kolakham is in Bagdogra. The distance between Kolakham and Bagdogra is 115km. Visitors can easily reach Kolakham by hiring a taxi from the respective junction. Or they can also take shared taxi till Kalimpong as the distance between Kalimpong and Kolakham is only 36km. Then from Kalimpong visitors can hire a taxi to reach Neora Valley Jungle Camp.