Rishi or Rishi Khola (রেশীখোলা/ঋষিখোলা) - Most beautiful, picturize last border village lies between Indian state of Sikkim and West Bengal. West Bengal situated on a side of the Rishi River and Sikkim is on another side of the river. Rishi can be reached from Kalimpong, there is a small village ‘Algarah’, on the way to Lava (Labha) from Kalimpong. The straight road goes to Lava and another way goes to Rishi through Pedong, also Rishi can be reached from Kalimpong via Rhenak. The distance would be around 37 K.M. and it’s a nice journey of more than one and half (1.1/2) hrs. Rishi village situated on 101 K.M. away from Siliguri town and it’s a more than 3.1/2 hrs. of journey through Sevoke, Kalijhora, Rambi, Kalimpong, Lava and Pedong . Distance from Gangtok town is only 90 K.M from Rishi.
Rishi Eco Tourism Resort situated on the bank of Rishi river, distance from Pedong only 13 K.M. This resort is a best accommodation in Rishi or Rishikhola. The main attraction of this this nature camp is Trout fish cultivation. Tariff starts Rs.900/ per head per day for double bedded rooms and Rs.900/ per head per day for triple occupancy.
Reshi Retreat and Farm House provides 4 cottages and 2 rooms with attached bath ant toilets. They provide home cocked foods and BARBECUE can be arranged on demand. Tariff starts Rs.1,200/ per head per person.
Reshi River Resort another good accommodation option in ReshiKhola, their tariff starts Rs.1200 onwards.
Nearest airport is Bagdogra, in West Bengal near Siliguri. Nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri or NJP, daily trains from NJP to all major city of India is available.
Book a car from NJP or from Siliguri to Rishi via Rhenak of Sikkim, Also you can reach from Kalimpong via Pedong. Shared jeeps are also available from Kalimpong to Rhenak. Keep 2 copies of your photo, your address proof and identity card (Passport, voter’s id etc.) for Baba Mandir and Changu lake visit over the road of Silk Route for entry permit.
Summer is good time to visit Rishi and sightseeing around Rishikhola, Rhododendrons are starts blossoming everywhere, the mountains are become colorful in the month of April, May to mid of June. Avoid rainy season for this area. Winter is chill and snowfall is common here.