Rishop (Rishyap): Altitude, Snowfall and Sightseeing

View of Kangchenjunga from Rishop / Rishyap


Rishop is a small village in the Kalimpong District. It is one of the most popular offbeat destinations of North Bengal. Surrounded by the forests, lofty hills, and chirping birds, Rishop is a place for nature lovers. This place offers a majestic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga. There are many trekking routes in the nearby forests which are worth exploring. Tourists can also explore Sikkim, Bhutan, and Nepal Mountains including jelep la. The famous Chinese border of Nathula, which has been opened up for trade, is also visible from Rishop.


Several species of birds are found here. Neora Valley National park is 4.3 km away from Lava. It is known as the place of Red Panda. You can spot many wild species here like Himalayan Tahr, Black bear, Sambar, barking deer, tiger, leopard, Chinese marmorata pangolin, Malayalam giant squirrel, wild boar, wild dog, clouded leopard. Many species of birds are also spotted here like Whistling Thrush, Golden-headed Black Finch, pheasants, cuckoos, minivets, flycatchers, sunbirds many more.    

Through the path towards Rishyap
Through the path towards Rishyap


Avegare altitude of Rishop is 2591 meters (8500 feet).


Beautiful morning at Rishyap
Beautiful morning at Rishyap

The best time to visit Rishop is Summertime between mid-April to July. During this time the temperature remains mild, the sky remains clear and you get a majestic view of the mountains. Rhododendrons and orchids also bloom during this time. Autumn is also a great time to visit Rishop but flowers are not visible at this time but the view of snow peaks is splendid. Tourists should avoid the rainy season from July to August due to landslides.


Transport TypeNearby OptionDistance

Railway station

New Jalpaiguri (NJP)
New Mal Jn
Siliguri Junction

105 km
104 km
Airports Bagdogra116 km
Highways NH-12

Most of the trains stop at New Mal Jn which is 63 km away. In the case of the trains which do not stop at stations, NJP railway station is 105 km away from Rishop. Bagdogra airport 116 Km away from Rishop. Plenty of cars are available from Siliguri to reach Rishop. There are also cars available from New mal. The cars will cost you around Rs.2000 to Rs.3000.


Rishop is known for its pristine beauty. It is set in the backdrop of snow-capped Himalayan mountains and forests. This place is an ideal tourist spot for nature lovers. They can experience the charm of staying in a hill village with a splendid view of Mt. Kanchenjunga.

Tiffindara is situated less than a km from Rishop. This place offers an excellent view of the Himalayas. It also offers a majestic view of Kanchenjunga. There are many trekking routes in the forests that tourists can explore. Rishop is a place blessed with natural beauty. Tourists visit this place to spend some quality time in nature. They can also visit the nearest destination that includes Lava, Lolegaon, and Kolakham.

View of kanchenjunga from Rishyap
View of kanchenjunga from Rishyap

Kolakham (13 km away):

This is a small village in the Kalimpong district. Kolakham offers a panoramic view of the snow-capped Himalayan Range. Click on the heading above to know more.

Lava (19 km away):

It is a small village renowned for its natural beauty. Click on the heading above to know more.

Lolegaon (51 km away):

This beautiful Hamlet is especially known for its natural beauty and the panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjunga. Click on the heading above to know more.

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