Rishop, also known as Rishyap, is a small Lepcha village in West Bengal
, nestled amidst the Himalayas at an altitude of 2591 m above sea-level. The serene village offers a picturesque view of the snow-capped Kanchenjunga
, the 3rd largest mountain peak of the world. According to locals, Rishop is derived from the words Ri, meaning Mountain Peak and shop, which means old trees. Developed in 1998, Rishop is located above the Neora valley, the tourist village is situated close to Lava, a small village in Kalimpong
District. The Neora Valley National Park in Sikkim
and Tiffindara are the major tourist attractions in Rishop. There are trekking routes, through a pine forest and other trees like, orchids, birch and fir, that provides the tourists with a memorable, tranquil as well as adventurous experience. After nightfall, the twinkling lights of the nearby towns and villages offer an extravagant panorama.
The mountains of Pedong and Gangtok
, situated in the adjoining areas, also offer a spectacular view. Jalep La and Nathu La
can also be viewed from Rishop. The Lava monastery is at southeast of Rishop. The village does not have a proper road system, but there are adequate trekking routes to reach various destinations by foot. Maize
and Potato are cultivated in slopes by step farming. Lava is located 11 km away, where as, Lolaygaon is 16 km and Kalimpong is 35 km from the village of Rishop. The nearest Railway station is New Jailpaiguri and Bagdogra
is the nearest airport. An eco-tourism committee was set up here so that the village could be properly developed. Rishop after is growing steadily in terms of number of tourists and nature lovers.
In the recent years, a number of lodges have been set up at Rishop for providing accommodation to the tourists.
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