Visit Aritar Lake
Aritar is a region in the East Sikkim district Sikkim under Rongli Sub-Division. It is very famous for its natural and landscaped beauty.
It is located on the edge of the Himalayas, and can be reached in about four hours' drive from Gangtok via either Pakyong or Rangpo.
Aritar Lake also known as Lampokhari is one of the oldest natural lake in Sikkim and recently artificially constructed to facilitate boating for the tourists.
At an altitude of 4600 ft it is the only lake with boating facility in Sikkim.
Places to visit nearby Aritar lake
with an elevation of 4600ft is one of the oldest natural lake in Sikkim and recently artificially constructed to facilitate boating for the tourists.
Dak Bungalow :
Famously known as Ari-Bangla, it is an old British-built dak bungalow built by Sir James Claude White in the year 1895.
At the same premises Sikkim’s first treasury was built as well as Sikkim Police was raised and the first outpost started functioning in the year 1897.
Aritar Gumpa :
A monastery of the Kagyuapa order, considered as one of the holiest and oldest in Sikkim.
The visitor’s can imbibe the tranquil air with splendour of monastic arts reflected in its traditional architecture, carved & painted murals and treasure of manuscripts and icons.
Love Dara :is a low hill picnic spot of Aritar.
Nirmal Dham :
This place situated about 5 kms from Rhenock Bazar, is an abode of 'Nirmal Guruji' or 'Kopchey Baba',
known for his miraculious healing power, which has attracted hundreds of devotees from all over India and
neighbouring countries like Nepal & Bhutan.
Aritar lake can be reach from Gangtok via Rhenock. You can also reach Aritar lake directly from NJP or Bagdogra via
Kalimpong or Rangpho.
Bagdogra Airport to Aritar lake : 113 kms
NJP Rail Station to Aritar lake : 110 kms.
Gangtok to Aritar : 80 kms
Kalimpong to Aritar : 65 kms
Rangpho to Aritar : 29 kms
Due to heavy tourist influx several small and medium hotels have come up in Aritar lake.
Natural lover tourist can find plently of recently developed Homestay in and around Aritar Lake.
Permit and Entry Rules
Indian : Indian tourists visiting Aritar Lake do not require any permit to enter the state.
Foreigner : Foreigners visiting sikkim are provided with only 15 days permit to visit Sikkim which can be extended for a
further period of 30 days in two spells of 15 days each. This permit can be easily be obtained through the check
post at Rangpho and Melli free of cost. This permits can also be obtained from Indian Embassy at
different places. International travellers need to carry original and copies of photograph and passport.
Best time to Visit Aritar lake
You can visit Aritar Lake through out the year.
Best time to visit Aritar Lake is during the months of March, April, May, June, October, Nov.
remains closed during the month of July, August due to heavy rainfall and landslides.