Rishikhola, Kalimpong

Rishikhola

Located at the border of West Bengal and Sikkim along the bank of river Reshi is a quaint riverside village called Rishikhola. Khola in the local language means stream and Rishikhola the place derives its name from the stream itself. At an altitude of 2,000ft and 37km away from the bubbling town Kalimpong, Rishikhola has lured the heart of many nature lovers through its serene ambiance and awe-inspiring pictorial sights. This calm and quiet place is an ideal destination to stay away from the city's madding crowd where visitors can enjoy nature at its pristine form.

Surrounded by lush green forest and lofty mountains Rishikhola is a perfect stopover for tourists intending to visit the legendary silk route which use to be the trade route between India and Tibet. Travellers can indulge in luxury of bathing in the crystal clear river water of Reshi while relishing in the beauty of their surroundings. And camping along the river bank of Rishikhola has hyped the interest of many adventurers. There are many activities in Rishikhola which the visitors can par take in like short forest trek, rock climbing, angling and many more while visiting Rishikhola. The atmosphere of Rishikhola creates an ideal environment for housing the migratory birds of the Himalayan region. With a wonderful natural surroundings of lush green huge trees, numerous Himalayan and sub Himalayan bird species like the Crimson Sunbird, the famous Himalayan Bulbul, Green Magpie, Scarlet Minivet, the beautiful Racket tailed Drongo, the mighty Crested Serpent Eagle, the Great Barbet, the Blue throated Barbet, the Oriental White Eye, Verditer Flycatcher, Fire Tailed Sunbird, the magnificent Red Billed Leothrix, Red tailed Minla makes Rishikhola a birding paradise for all the passionate bird watchers. April, May is considered the best time to spot maximum numbers of migratory birds in Rishikhola.

Camping along the bank of roaring river Reshi while listening to the soothing sound of exotic Himalayan birds and engulfing in the fresh cool breeze at Rishikhola is an ideal way to admire the wonders of nature. Rishikhola is an ideal place to rejuvenate tired souls and get a break from the tedious city life while relishing the beauty of pristine nature.

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