Altitute : 2,951 metres (9,682 ft)
Location : Kalimpong subdivision of Darjeeling District, West Bengal
Nearest Town :Kalimpong
Nearest City : Darjeeling, Siliguri, Jalpaiguri
Distance: 109 km (via Kalimpong) or 125 km (via Gorubathan) from Shiliguri
Best Season : October to April
Rishyap also known Rishop / Risop, is a small village in Dooars, situated on 2951 meter above sea level. It is just 9 Km road distance from Lava, but if you are adventures then you can start a 3 km pleasure trek from Lava to Rishyap / Risop. It is totally out of city crowds and you can enjoy picturesque views of snow-capped mountains. From the near by “Tiffin Dar” is famous for excellent view of mount Kanchenjungha.
Here, the sun, clouds, hills and forests, altogether gives a magical view to all of its visitors. At night the sky seems to come closer. Under the sky the twinkling lights of Gangtok and Pedong are similar to the twinkling stars above. Nathu La and Lalep La are also partially visible from Rishop. All roads in Rishop / Risop are not accessible with motor vehicles, so it is better to visit with walk.
Rishyap / Rishop is situated in the foot-hill of the Himalayas. In winter, some time temperature comes below 0°C where in summer maximum temperature cross 20°C. Snowfall is common between November and February. Monsoon starts from May to middle of October. The average annual rainfall is 635cm.
Rishyap / Rishop is popular to visitors for its scenic beauty, as wel as enjoyable to spend time in walking around the forest along with the village road. Rishop is famous for its mountains view. Moon night Kanchenjungha is just extraordinary for visitors. If you are lucky, and if sky is clear, then you are in for the most memorable visual of your life! You can also do trekking in Rishyap / Risop. You can enjoy through trekking route which is a deep silent forest of pine, birch, fir & orchids with some soothing path following the chirps.
Places around Rishyap : Lava is one of the beautiful & peaceful tourist spot. Altitude of this place is 2,138 meter. There also some interesting places for visit-Monastery, forest museum, lake, glass house. It is just 9 km road distance and 3 kilometer treking distance from Rishyap / Rishop. Lava situated on the way to Rishyap / Rishop from Siliguri.
Lolay Gaon, another beautiful tourist spot is located just 34 kilometers away. Kalimpong , situated just 35 kilometers away from Rishyap / Rishop . Tiffindara 360-degree viewpoint (for Kanchenjungha mountain peaks).
By Road : National Highway No.31 between Siliguri and Guwahati passes over Chalsa. From Chalsa to Rishyap / Rishop via Lava have district road. Lava is adjoin town to the Neora Valley National Park. North Bengal State Transport Corporation Buses, Bhutan Govt. Buses, Mini Buses, Private Buses and Taxi are available from Siliguri to Lava via Kalimpong or via Gorubathan. Journey time from Siliguri to Rishyap / Rishop is about 3 hours.
By Rail : Nearest railway station to Rishyap / Rishop is New Jalpaiguri. New Jalpaiguri and Siliguri Railway Station are main railway station in this area. After you arrive at New Jalpaiguri or Siliguri, you should follow the road journey to reach at Rishyap / Rishop.
By Air : Nearest airport is Bagdogra. It is a domestic airport under Indian Army. All major air services are available from all over India. Distance between Bagdogra and Siliguri is 13 km. You can find out various vehicles to come in Siliguri, and then follow the above road route.
You can find out forest departments cottages at Lava and Rishyap / Rishop. Food and lodging are available here. There have another tourist cottages at Chhadapheri named Red Panda Camp situated just near the entrance to Neora Valley National Park. Some private hotel and lodge are also available at Lava and Rishyap / Rishop. In season period you can run out of rooms if you just land up there without booking - as number of lodges are limited.
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Reservation Authorities :
(General & Special Division)
W.B.F.D.C. Ltd., Kalimpong
Phone : (03552) 255783, 255780
M-4 Building, Pradhan Nagar
Hill Cart Road, Siliguri - 734403
Phone : (0353) 2511979 / 4, 2432561
Fax : (0353) 2511979, 2432561
6-A Raja Subodh Mullick Square
Arya Mansion, 7th Floor, Kol–700013