Aritar Sikkim

Aritar

Author: TG Contributor
Date: 2020-04-07

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Aritar is 63 km away from Gangtok. It takes approximately 3 hours to reach Lampokari Lake which is located at Aritar that is surrounded by flourishing vegetation. The lake has recently been provided with artificial embankment to make boating possible which is a first one for Sikkim. You can take short trek which will lead you to Mankhim Dara, where a temple is located that is dedicated to the ethnic Rai community. You can get a 360 degree view of the surrounding areas from Mankhim. The Aritar Gumpa belongs to the Karma Kagyu, ancestors of Tibetan Buddhism. It is also one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim. Lampokhari Tourism Festival is hosted by Aritar in the month of March/ April. You can opt for leisurely boating in the Lampokhari Lake, horse riding, long-established archery competition and short treks to nearby hilltops and viewpoints. For people that love adventures, they can go for rock climbing and paragliding, which will keep your adrenaline high. The festival provides visitors with ethnic cultural shows, flower exhibition and local ethnic cuisine to satisfy your pallet. The British Dark bungalow downhill from the lake is an indication of the British presence in Sikkim. Popularly known as Aritar Bungalow and built by James Claude, the first Political Officer of Sikkim during the British regime, it serves as a heritage guest house which is in good conditions.


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