Lolegaon, West Bengal
A small offbeat destination in the northern part of West Bengal, 123 km from Siliguri, 24 km from Lava and 54 km from Kalimpong, Lolegaon lies at an altitude of 1850 m above sea level. Lolegaon is basically a tiny Lepcha village also known as Kafer. Located on top of a flat hill, Lolegaon is famous for its panoramic views of the Himalayas and ancient Buddhist monasteries, among other enthralling sights. Lolegaon is the nature's paradise with beautiful landscape comprising lush green forests, silent Ridges and serene valleys. Here one can see the peak of Mt. Kanchanjunga rise majestically in the morning across the Relly valley. Lolegaon can be accessed from Lava village through the serpentine forest road with ups and downs throughout the stretch. Enjoy the Bumpy Drive and Feel the Forest. Lolegaon offers small treks and trails. It is an ideal destination for unwinding & relaxation. Though a lot of hill stations are equally pretty and serene, yet Lolegaon is full of surprises with its wild and natural beauty.
The nearest Airport is the Bagdogra Airport. It is situated outside the town of Siliguri at a distance of 44 km from Lolegaon. Driving down to Lolegaon is not very difficult. The nearest town is Kalimpong, about 55 km away. Siliguri is about 4 hours’ drive covering 124 km to Lolegaon. The New Jalpaiguri is the closest railhead to Lolegaon.
The day temperature remains pleasant throughout the year in Lolegaon. The weather is pleasant in summer and cold in winter with heavy rainfall during monsoons. The summer season ranges between March and June. The temperature remains between 15° C and 25° C throughout the season. Monsoons arrive from July and lasts till August. Monsoon brings heavy rainfall, causing landslides, making road blockages. The autumn and winter season in Lolegaon is between September to February when the maximum temperature is 15° C and minimum is 7° C. The weather remains cool and pleasant and at times dropping down to 0° C. September to June is the best season to visit Lolegaon.
Here trekking is undoubtedly an attraction in itself as choices and variety of places within the hills is innumerable.Kunchendzong Mountain Ranges give an astounding view of a large variety of flora and fauna. Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuaryis famous for elephants. Other animals that one may find in this place are leopard, Indian Bison, wild boar, royal Bengal tiger and different species of reptiles etc. Kalimpong is a beautiful hill station with an awe inspiring and breath taking scenic beauty. It has number of monasteries, churches and amusement parks. Odlabari is few km away from Lolegaon with a large tea estate to be its main attraction. This is located between two rivers. A day trek to Samthar or Relly in the unnoticed lower Himalayas can be a genuine opportunity to identify the