Photographer's Note

This picture is taken at the West Bengal Forest Development Corporation's Resort garden in Lava, which is a small hamlet situated 34 kilometres (21 mi) east of the town of Kalimpong via Algarah in Darjeeling district of the state of West Bengal, India. Situated at an altitude of 7,016 feet (2,138 m), it is one of the few places in West Bengal to receive snow in winter. It is the entry point to the Neora Valley National Park from Kalimpong. The route to Lava is scenic with the change in vegetation from tropical deciduous to the wet alpine trees of fir, pine and birch. The verdant forests are a popular spot for picnicking, trekking and bird-watching.

One can reach here via train or by air. Nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri and Bagdogra Airport is the closest. Its 3-4 hrs smooth car ride to reach the place via Kalimpong or Gorubathan from Siliguri.

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