Aritar

Aritar is approximately 63 km from Gangtok and takes approximately 3 hours to reach.  The Lampokari Lake at Aritar is surrounded by lush greenery. This water body has been recently provided with artificial embankment to facilitate boating, a first for Sikkim. A short trek leads you to Mankhim Dara, where a temple dedicated to the ethnic Rai community is located. Mankhim offers a 360 degree view of the surrounding areas. The Aritar Gumpa is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim belonging to the Karma Kagyu lineage order of Tibetan Buddhism.

Aritar hosts the Lampokhari Tourism Festival in the month of March/ April. There is leisurely boating in the Lampokhari Lake, horse riding around the Lake, traditional archery competition and short treks to nearby hilltops and viewpoints. For the more adventurous, there is rock climbing and paragliding, which is guaranteed to keep your adrenaline rushing. The festival offers visitors traditional cultural shows, flower exhibition and local ethnic cuisine to tickle your taste buds. The British Dark bungalow downhill from the lake is a quite testimony 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 today and is maintained and managed by STDC (Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation). STDC can be contacted if booking is required.

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