Rishikhola is a small settlement located on the bordering area between of West Bengal and Sikkim. Rishikhola is at elevation of about 2000 feet above sea level. Rishi River flows through this area and hence the name derived Rishikhola. Rishi – Name of the river and Khola – River or Stream. Rishikhola makes an open border for the tourists and the locals. Rishikhola can an ideal gateway for the tourists those who love to be within the lap of nature in absolute peace and tranquility. Like all other rivulets crisscrossing the sub – Himalayan range, the Rishi River also known as Rishi Khola coasts is strewn with rocks and boulders with stream water gushing around them. The river valley is surrounded by forests which are home to numerous birds and occasional bigger visitors like bears. An ideal place for bird watchers, as Rishikhola is home several Himalayan birds those inhabit the region, to name but a few are Himalayan Bulbul, Verditer Flycatcher, Puff-Throated Babbler, Sultan Tit, Grey Treepie, Black Bulbul, Green Magpie, Great Himalayan Barbet, Satyr Tragopan, Warblers, Plumbeous Water Redstart and many more. Not only confined to several species of birds, Rishikhola is also home to numerous species of butterflies. Rishikhola is a spot where one can relax in moonlight with a Bar-B-Cue just at riverbed, here one can hear the clear rumbling sounds of Rishi River as it passes through these boulders in a crisscrossed way. Or tourist may indulge themselves in the luxury of bathing in the crystal clear water of Rishi River. Or one may go for fishing Trout in the river. Rishikhola is also an ideal picnic spot, located at the sub division of Kalimpong town. As Rishikhola is surrounded by dense forest all over, one can go short village trek with a local guide. This place can an alternate option for those who visits Old Silk Route as because, Rishikhola is well connected with the major tourists destinations like, Pedong, Sillerygaon, Aritar, Mankhim, Zuluk, Ramdhura, Kalimpong, Lava. Also for landscape photographers Rishikhola is an ideal option. Some basic homestays with nice modern facilities have come up along the Rishi Khola.
Distance of other tourist destinations from Rishikhola:
Rishikhola is at distance of about 36 km from Kalimpong town. Rishikhola is around 18 km from Sillerygaon and 5 from Aritar. Near Rishikhola there is another place of tourist interest is ‘Singtum – Tar’ and it is located within 90 km from the nearest rail-head NJP railway station. From Singtum – Tar’ around 22 km is Aritar.
How to reach: From NJP railway station or Bagdogra Airport several cars available those reaches upto Kalimpong or Lava. From both Kalimpong and Lava cars are available those drop you at Rishikhola. Please be noted that as Rishikhola is a border between West Bengal and Sikkim, therefore few homestays are available on both the sides of the stream, but from both sides the view and the beauty is same.
Best time to visit: Rishikhola can visit throughout the year, but it is better to avoid the monsoon as this time of the year the river gets filled up. In the winter the river gets dried up and one can enjoy to the fullest.
PRAKRITI ECO RETREAT
Prakriti Eco Retreat at Rishikhola is located just on the banks of Rishi River. While staying at Prakriti Eco Retreat tourists can enjoy flowing Rishi River along with the dense wilderness that surrounds the whole and the mesmerizing beauty of the hills to the distant. Through out the day several Himalayan birds visits the periphery of Prakriti Eco Retreat to welcome the tourists with their cacophony. Enthusiasts can take a long walk along the jungle trail at the the backdrop of Prakriti Eco Retreat or get involved in angling fish in the flowing water of Rishi River. Prakriti Eco Retreat has its own area which is quite big and accommodates picnic groups along with group tourists. Foods served are all organic and home made. On request Prakriti Eco Retreat also serves local foods.
Wooden furnished rooms with attached bathrooms and western toilets.
Each rooms can accommodate around 04 to 05 people at a time.
Arrangement of short treks and hiking on request.
Pick up and drop facility on request (paid service)
Bonfire and Bar-B-Cue on request (paid service)
Per day per person @ 950/- (includes both food and lodging) on 04 to 05 sharing basis.
Per day person @ 1050/- (includes both food and lodging) on double and triple sharing basis.
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