Lava to Darjeeling travel options

#1 Jul 16th, 2013, 16:48
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Hi,

I will be traveling from Lava to Darjeeling in October, 2013. Can you provide me any travel contacts who can provide me the drop from Lava to Darjeeling? What would be the approximate fare for this range? I am also wondering if I could make a visit to Kalimpong on the way, but won't mind if that would not be possible.

Also, do I need to hire a car in Lava for any sightseeing purpose? I am looking forward to a leisure trip, and have booked 2 days of stay in in Lava.

Thanks in advance.
#2 Jul 17th, 2013, 23:06
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Hi Rahul!

In Lava you don't need to book any car for sightseeing in Lava; Lava Monestry, Meuseum, Orchid House are on walking distance from Lava Hotel area. If you are interested for Rishap, you can walk 4 KM to Rishap and can enjoy the 180 degree mountain view from there. If you want to make a day trip to Loleygaon, then you have to hire a car.

You can hire a car from Lava to Kalimpong then another car from Kalimpang to Darjeeling, it will cost much less than a direct car from Lava to Darjeeling.
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Thanks much, Sumit. Three more questions -
1. I heard there have been some destruction in Loleygaon, so would it be worth traveling to Loleygaon since I am practically staying only one full day in Lava?
2. Any idea how much it could cost from Lava to Kalimpong, and if there is any shortage of transportation in Lava to reach Kalimpong?
3. Any idea which would be better option to get down from Darjeeling to Siliguri out of the following -
a. From Darjeeling to Kurseong through toy train, and then hire a cab from Kurseong to Siliguri? If this is not a good option, then we will opt for the joy ride in Darjeeling to get a feel of the toy train.
b. From darjeeling, hire a cab and come down through Pashupati & Mirik to Siliguri?

Regards,
Rahul.
#4 Jul 22nd, 2013, 16:39
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Dear Rahul

For time constraint you can drop Loleygaon; otherwise the road condition in October will be OK, I think.

Generally Lava to Kalimpong, cars will cost about 500 to 800, but due to shortage of vehicles it can cost upto 1000. But I suggest to burgain. Otherwise one/two buses ply from Lava to Kalimpong/Siliguri via Kalimpong.

For your third qustion, I must say that Toy Train service from Darjeeling to Siliguri is very uncertain and time consuming; so it would be better if you opt for a joy ride in Darjeeling and after completing your tour come to Siliguri by a hired cab via Pasupati and Mirik, moreover Jorpokhri & Lepchajagat.

After all I will give you a contact number of a reliable driver in Darjeeling, he will help you.
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#5 Jul 22nd, 2013, 18:03
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Originally Posted by Sumu View Post ..... I must say that Toy Train service from Darjeeling to Siliguri is very uncertain and time consuming; so it would be better if you opt for a joy ride in Darjeeling........
Toy Train service between Darjeeling and NJP is not functional as of now. There is no uncertainty, the service has remained non-functional for quite some time now. Joy Ride means a round trip from Darjeeling to Ghoom & back on the same day.

However, the toy train does run between Kurseong and Darjeeling and vice verse. If you want to have a "feel" of toy train journey, you can travel (on your way back to Siliguri/NJP) from Darjeeling to Kurseong by Toy Train and then take a Cab or regular bus or Shared Taxi to reach Siliguri.

There are two daily trains from Darjeeling to Kurseong, one at 10.15 hours and the other at 16.00 hours and appox. journey time is 3 hours.

Hope, this helps.
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Thanks much for the replies. It helps.

Sumit - Could you please post the driver's name/number that you mentioned in your message?

Thanks again.
#7 Jul 24th, 2013, 14:50
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Hi Rahul!

Very useful information got from Mr Asish, this is important for me too.

Surely I will give you the number of the Driver. Actually I am out of station now, so I dont have the number at the moment. I will give it to you next week. Please stay connected.

All the best.
Bye..................
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Hi Rahul,

Bus service is also available between Loleygaon to Kalimpong via Lava
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Is this bus service available now, as I heard that Loleygaon is inaccessible for last few days. When was this photo taken???
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Originally Posted by Sumu View Post Is this bus service available now, as I heard that Loleygaon is inaccessible for last few days. When was this photo taken???
I am not aware of the current situation. The photo was taken at the Lava Bus Stand in Dec 2011. My wife at the bus stand -
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#11 Jul 29th, 2013, 01:55
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Nice photo!!!

I went Lava in November 2005 with my friend Manas. Bus service was very uncertain there. Anyway, I am relishing the memories of our Lava-Loleygaon-Rishap trip. And all the best for Rahul for Lava trip.

Bye................
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Thanks everyone for your valuable responses. Special thanks to Sumit for your wishes. With the current political situation in darjeeling, I am not sure whether we would be able to make the trip or not. Will keep tracking. Thanks again.

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