Rishop

Why To Go

Rishyap or Rishop is a hamlet in the Kalimpong district in the state of West Bengal. Nestled in the serene Neora valley at a distance of 4 km uphill of Lava, has been discovered as a picturesque hill station very recently in 1998.

Situated at an altitude of 8500feet, is fast becoming as one of West Bengal’s most popular and romantic tourist destinations. It is a like a misty fairy land, veiled by mystique clouds, far from the madding crowd, with sky high pines and birds and crickets chirping in the woods  and colourful flowers everywhere, even in the creeks of the cemented walls, with gorgeous view of the mighty Kanchenjunga.

The amazing view of sunset complemented with the starry nights is a scenic beauty to behold. Stunning scenery, cool breeze and tranquility of the hills make the place magical for tourists. At Tiffindara, a sunrise-view spot, you will get breath taking views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Mt. Kharga along with other famous peaks.

Travel Tips

Rishop has an extremely pleasant and cool temperature throughout except winters when you may experience snowfall too. The monsoons should be avoided as most of the travelling involves hiking. The spring (March-April) and the autumn (October-November) are the best seasons to visit Rishop as the sky remains clear enabling amazing view of the Kanchenjunga and the other Himalayan ranges; and the weather also remains pleasant making the steep hikes enjoyable. These seasons are the bloom seasons. You get to see gorgeous roses and other pretty flowers. Carry warm clothes and avoid hikes if it rains.

Things To Do

Soak yourself in a sense of romantic solitude and silence by a quiet hike on the steep paths of the hill and the valley dotted with little pine wood huts which serve as home stays. The greenery and the colourful flowers, the clouds gushing in through the forests, aroma of pine wood mixed in fresh air and the view of Kanchenjunga is very soothing for the urbanized soul. There are 2 view points to visit: The very popular, Tiffin Dara and the ‘not so heard of’, Damsanguri, a hidden gem. Hike for 45minutes through an old jungle trail to Tiffin Dara view point (Altitude of more than 9000feet), a mountain top amidst jungle will make you spellbound with the view of the Himalayan ranges. The snow capped Kanchenjunga range, the Blue Mountains of Sikkim, Nathu-La and Jeep-La pass can all be seen on a clear day. During sunrise and sunset these ranges bathed in gold, red and purple hues look heavenly. The ruins of Damsanguri, at an altitude of 6800feet are not only intriguing structures against the mighty Kanchendzonga as the background but are also structures which witnessed a cycle of creation and destruction and therefore has a plethora of narratives from the pages of unknown or undiscovered history. It was a fort of the Lepcha King. It is also called the fort of the Rakshash King. The view point at British ruins of Rikkisum, Pedong Monastery, the oldest one of the region and the Cross Hill of the Evangelists are fascinating places for photography.

Getting Around

Rishop is a little hamlet to explore on foot. However, there are two hill tops for sightseeing which have to be reached by car. You can pre book the car or request the home stay where you are boarding, to arrange one for you.

How To Reach

FLIGHT

Bagdogra Airport at Siliguri is the nearest airport, which has well connectivity to major towns of India. Hire prepaid taxis to reach Rishop. Share taxis are not available. You may also travel to Lava and from theer you can go to Rishop, Lava is only 4 km from Rishop.

TRAIN

New Jalpaiguri (NJP) Station is the nearest station to Rishop. It has well connectivity to major stations of India. There is availability of numerous cars, shared shuttles and buses to reach Rishop. Rishop is well connected to various places in North Bengal, too.

ROAD

The Tenzing Norgay Central Bus Terminus on Hill Cart Road, Siliguri, and 6kms from NJP Station is the most important bus stand for North Bengal; from where you can reach Rishop in just two and a half hours. You may also hire private cars or taxis from Siliguri or nearby towns like Darjeeling, Kalimpong to reach Rishop.

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Surrounding Attractions

Lava, Neora Valley National Park and Lolegaon are beautiful hamlets to visit around and all are well connected from Rishop.
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