ARITAR LAKE, East Sikkim
Aritar Lake also known as Lampokhri is 1120 feet long and 240 feet wide boot-shaped lake, and is one of the oldest natural lakes in Sikkim. A pathway has been recently constructed all around the lake for the tourists. You can also do boating in the Lampokhari lake. Located at an altitude of 4600 feet, Lampokhri lake also known as Aritar Lake is surrounded by verdant green pine forests.
A narrow jungle path connects the lake from the nearby mountain top called Mankhim. Although Mt. Kanchenjungha is not visible from Lampokhri or its adjacent village – Aritar, still Lampokhri holds its charm as an emerald green lake amidst an untouched pine forest. Children can feed the fish and swans of Lampokhri too. The jungle path that connects Mankhim to Lampokhri Lake is a very popular bird watching trail. This two-kilometer walk with viewpoints is an ideal place to rejuvenate with nature. There is a small temple dedicated to Guru Padmasambhava on the banks of Lampokhri Lake. Boating is also allowed in this lake.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
If you wish to explore this place, you don’t need to look for the best time to visit. However, September to May is considered as an ideal time as Sikkim receives continuos rainfall during monsoons.
HOW TO GET THERE
Airways: The nearest airport is in Bagdogra, West Bengal about 5 hrs drive from Gangtok. Sikkim also has got its first commercial airport at Pakyong, East Sikkim but weather hampers the operation of this airport most of the time. If you are lucky enough you can get a flight directly to Pakyong.
Railways: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) in West Bengal which is about 118 km from Gangtok and 109 km from Aritar. You can hire a taxi to reach Aritar directly from NJP which takes about 4 hours or alternatively head to Gangtok from NJP and then make a tour to Aritar the next day.
Roadways: Aritar is about 70 km from the capital Gangtok. You can book a taxis from Gangtok to Aritar which takes around 3 hours.