Amidst the foggy slopes of Lava-Loleygaon,
the cozy bed of Neora Valley National Park
in North Bengal, an unexplored beauty lies
concealed with its vivacious natural boon that is named as KOLAKHAM. My two
days were the twenty years of my life since I have mustered my healing
memories. Among all those glimpses that inspire me to believe the proclamation
of many unexplored places of north Bengal that
together ornate the beauty of Himalayan foothills, Kolakham will axiomatically
be towering the names in the list.
The place has its all the
amalgamated features that together construct the pillars to behold the Green
Paradise. It’s a place that not only has the blessings of gloriously erect
Kanchanjunga, but also has a rare village that is completely has purely
vegetarian human inhabitation. The villagers with their divine lifestyle will
certainly impact any visitor stimulating the self motivation to go for a
vegetarian lifestyle.
Kolakham is few kilometers interior
to lava & loleygaon, one has to follow the rocky terrain with a vehicle
that leads to the core areas of Neora valley national park and the prime sight
seeing spot for the travelers who stay in the hotels in Lava – changey falls.
In the recent years predicting
the number of nature lovers admiring the village’s beauty, the village has found
a good scheme for sustainable livelihood by constructing nature resorts in
Kolakham to facilitate the accommodation for visitors. The nature resorts in
Kolakham are basically built under the concept of Homestay – an effective
category of eco-tourism. The Nepali tribes “Rai” contribute to the beauty of
this place. Nearly 60 houses in number the complete village follow the
stringent religious custom of Jasmani and Radha Swami who are purely
vegetarians. Unlike other unexplored villages of north Bengal or foothills of Himalayas, it precisely looks odd when you can’t find any
goats or hens grazing and perching in the green luscious fields of Cardamom in
the village.

The morning in the
homestays in Kolakham starts with the hypnotizing sight of Kanchanjunga melancholically
tuned with the music of chirping birds, one of the reasons which make it the
paradise for bird watchers. The sober and wise smile of the villagers will create
perfection in your mind regarding the chastity of Himalayas,
the chastened Himalayans.

It was a great opportunity for us to be a part of a team whose endeavors are to enhance the sustainable livelihood in the areas that are abode to the prime stake holders of environment

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