Lampokhari Lake: Green and serene

Author: Rashmi Adhikari
Date: 2019-01-09

The Lampokhari Lake also known as Aritar Lake lies in the East Sikkim district. It is a 4-hour drive from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Lampokhari Lake is all about natural beauty and is said to be one of the oldest lakes in Sikkim. Located at an altitude of 4600 feet above sea level, the Lake is picturesque and exudes serenity. At first glance, the emerald hue of the lake takes your breath away. Surrounding it is a lush green pine forest, which only heightens its beauty. There is also a beautiful pathway around the lake, which allows tourists to have a brief walk around it, soak in the mesmerizing surroundings, and take some Instagram-worthy pictures. A small shrine dedicated to Guru Padmasambha is situated beside the lake.

A main attraction for tourists here is the boating facility, a first in Sikkim. One can get lost in nature while moving around the tranquil waters. You get the feeling of floating in the lap of mother nature and finding peace and solace in the greenery the place holds in ample amount.

                                  

If you love adventure then you can hike up towards Mankhim. From there you get a breathtaking view of the villages, the lake can also be seen from up above. A temple dedicated to the ethnic Rai community is also visible. The best time to visit this lake is from March to May because during these months the weather is most favorable. However, if you want to see the Lampokhari Tourism Festival, which Aritar hosts annually, then you should be here during the end of March and early April. 

Overall, it is not just going to be a trip about experiencing natural beauty of a different kind but of a soothing and satisfying trip for your inner soul and the nature lover inside you. 

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