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Kolakham A must visit Offbeat Holiday Destination in North Bengal

Ritam Dutta
09 Sep 2016
Read Time : 10 mins
Kolakham  A must visit Offbeat Holiday Destination in North Bengal

Guys today I am here to share my awesome experience of one of my thrilling offbeat holiday destination in monsoon. The place is Kolakham. Yes this place is yet to be explored by most of us. Travelers from other part of India are familiar with the beauty of North Bengal. But when you want to find any offbeat place to enjoy your leisure time then you must visit the lonely village situated in the lap of mountains and jungle of Neora Valley National Park. Its flora and fauna will mesmerize you and the silence will float you to your ultimate dreams.

We four person along with our driver started our journey to visit Kolakham as per plan. It was during July-August month. We wanted to feel the lush greenery and roar of waterfalls at the up hills. Although the best time to visit Kolakham is during October-November time.

We started from Siliguri and reached Lava via Gorubathan. Siliguri to Lava is 102 Km. It took 4 hours approx. to reach Lava. Due to heavy monsoon many areas of roads are damaged and there were also few landslides. The Chel River was flowing with full flow and the scenery was foggy like heaven.

When we reached at Lava, we parked our car at Lava bus stand and were waiting for the jeep driver to pick us up from Lava to Kolakham. Although the road distance is only 5 to 6 Km. but it takes 1 hour to reach our destination. Since the road is very narrow and sticky with mud and bolder during monsoon, the Kolakham Home stay owner send his personal jeep to pick us.

We stayed at a beautiful wooden cottage – named Silent Valley Home Stay, situated at edge of mountains of Neora Valley. We booked the balcony type deluxe double bed rooms for excellent view of world’s third highest peak – Mt. Kanchenjunga. Besides this you can feel the silence of the Neora valley and village life.

During monsoons the sound of Chel river reverberates through the mountains. We stayed at night there after wonderful dinner.
Next morning we lazily had a walk through the village. The fog was so dense that we couldn’t trace anything more than of 15 meter distance. Then we booked a jeep to go to the most thrilling Changey Falls of Kolakham. During monsoon the falls were the ultimate adventure to us.

Next day we had a jungle safari of Neora Valley National Park in search of red panda and black bear. Our luck betrayed us but the smoky narrow path of the jungle will make you thrilled.


Kolakham stay details:
Silent Valley Home stay room rent (double bed room) – 1300 Rs. per night
(three bed room) – 1600 Rs. per night
Meal (B/L/D) – 450 Rs. per head
Sightseeing – i) Changey Falls and night stay at the Organic Village of Kolakham ii) Neora Valley National Park Jingle Safari and night stay at tent.
Dormitory rooms are also available as per demand.

Authored By Ritam Dutta

Ritam Dutta is an official partner of "Day On My Plate". He is an entrepreneur in mind and passionate blogger by heart. Moreover, he is also an academician, author, public speaker, investor, and internet personality.

 

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