Rishyap is a serene and small Himalayan hamlet, located in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal, India. A picturesque village away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Rishyap is a beautiful destination. Appreciate the peaceful aspect of nature? This hamlet, situated at an altitude of about 8500 ft, will surely make you fall in love with it.


Rishyap is also spelt as Rishop or Rishap. This Lepcha rural community lies at a distance of about 35 km from Kalimpong and 11 km from Lava. If you wish to experience the beauty of snow-capped mountains, the silence of tranquil landscape, the profoundness of deep forests of birch, pine and fir accompanied by the chirps of various birds, Rishyap should definitely be on your must-visit list.


We visited Rishyap last year during the summer holidays. It was a part of our itinerary when we went touring across Kalimpong, Lava, Loleygaon and finally, Rishyap. If you wish to visit Rishyap, you need to board a train to New Jalpaiguri Station (NJP) or take a flight to Bagdogra. Then, hire a car to take you to this pictorial location, which is at a distance of 110 km roughly. Be ready to shell out Rs 3500 approximately if you want a personal car. Roads are rough and as you reach close to Rishyap, the car ride can be quite uncomfortable. It must be noted that Rishyap hardly has any motorable road and you need to walk or trek around the place if you wish to explore it.


Rishyap is a relatively new and virgin tourist destination that offers a magnificent view of the Kanchenjunga range and other snow-capped peaks. Visiting this wonderful spot draped in forests of fir, pine, orchids, birch and rhododendrons gives you thrill and joy of being in close contact with the splendour of nature.


We stayed in Rishyap for 1 night 2 days. We had booked our accommodation from Kolkata; we put up in Pandim Cottage. It was a small wooden cottage. Our room was small with minimum furniture. A family of three took care of our requirements in the cottage.



Lovely flowers bloomed all around. Since there are no restaurants and shops available, we ate our lunch, snacks and dinner at our cottage. Hot Maggi, vegetable pakoras and tea would be served as breakfast and snacks. For lunch and dinner, we were allowed to choose either roti or rice. Apart from that, dal, alu bhaja (fried potatoes)and eggs were served. It was quite chilling though it was the month of May and a strong cold wind blew throughout the day. There was a constant interplay of clouds and sun. At sunset, the mountains were painted in an orange hue.


As evening descended, the temperature dropped. It was extremely cold. By 7 o’clock, the mountains, the peaks and the entire settlement were shrouded in darkness. It started raining heavily. The weather was stormy. A bulb was lit because there is hardly any provision for tube-lights. The pitter-patter sound intensified the uncanny feeling in the cottage.



Rishyap will always remain etched in our memories for its tranquillity, natural beauty and the feeling of eeriness associated with it as soon as the sun set.

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3 Responses

  1. Divya Thapa says:

    Wow! So serene. I like all of your travel post. Makes me want to just go away frm these bustling noises.

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