Generally, once we visit a particular place, we don’t feel like visiting it again because it somewhat loses its charm. Another reason for not visiting it can be that we have already exhausted the possible options of exploring in that region. However, there is one state which is an exception to all this and that state happens to be Sikkim. This state has so many beautiful places that you feel like visiting it over and over again. Moreover, Sikkim’s culture and people are so wonderful that it makes you want to visit it again. In this article, I would be talking about Aritar which is a part of east Sikkim and known for its rich heritage and history. If you a person who likes to visit places which are famous for its raw natural beauty then Aritar is the perfect place for you.
Aritar – Why You Need To Visit This East Sikkim’s Gem
1. Background of Aritar
Aritar is one of the few places in India which boasts of exciting history. After the trade convention signed in the 1900s between India and Tibet; Aritar came into prominence. The British had started building new roads in the region so that their trade can be benefitted. The Tibetans understood the motive behind this and war had broken out due to this. The Tibetans even managed to occupy Lingtu. After this, Lord Younghusband proposed a treaty to get trading privileges in Tibet. Kalimpong, Pedong, Rhenock, Aritar and Gangtok were the places where the British could carry out their trade.
2. Culture and Activities
Aritar is a place which is known for its cultural heritage. If you visit this place during the beginning of May or end of April then you would be able to witness the Lampokhari Festival which is celebrated every year. The best part about this festival is that people from all around the world come to see this festival. Aritar is not just about sightseeing there are numerous activities like horse riding, archery, boating, treks in which you can indulge. Not just all this rock climbing and paragliding is also present for all those who like to try adventure sport. If you are coming to this place then you just cannot afford to miss out on the dry roasted meat served here along with the local beer. Trust me, the taste of these 2 things is unparallel and cannot be found elsewhere in the world.
3. How to reach?
Aritar is well connected by road, train and air. If you are planning to come here by road then the best option would be to reach any city in Sikkim (preferably Gangtok) it just a 3-hour drive from there. Don’t worry about the cab; there are plenty of cars available in the city for rent. If you are coming by train then you would need to come to Siliguri Railway Station (Jalpaiguri) it is the nearest railway station situated near to Aritar. If you are planning to come by flying then you would need to come to the Siliguri airport and from here you can rent a cab to Aritar.
4. Best time to visit
The best part about Aritar is that the weather remains static throughout the year. So, you have the flexibility to come here whenever you want and the experience would be amazing.
5. Places to visit
a) Lampokhari Lake
This is lake is also known as Aritar Lake among the locals of Aritar. It is the oldest natural lake in the state of Sikkim and also the only lake which provides boating facilities. The boating services have started a few years back when the lake was renovated. It is located at a height of 4500 feet. It is located near Rhenock and it is like a 2-3-hour drive from the city of Gangtok. The place is really peaceful and it’s natural that you feel like staying there for a night or two. If you get this feeling that you have an option of renting the lodges situated near the lake. There is a trekker’s hut which is available for rent. Mankhim Temple, Lingsay Monsatery and a British built bungalow are located nearby the lake and you should definitely visit all of them.
b) Aritar Gumpa
If you are visiting Aritar then you cannot miss out on this place. When you visit this monastery, you would come across manuscripts, murals, artefacts and several paintings. The gumpa falls on the way to Mankhim top and if you want to enjoy the view of the green mountains then you certainly need to visit this place. You would notice the traditional architecture when you visit this place – the work is really amazing and a treat for your eyes.
c) Kali Khola Falls
If you are taking the old silk route then you would be coming across Kali Khola falls. This fall is also known as Que Khola falls and lonely falls. It is famous for the amazing view it has to offer. Water falling from high hills on the rocks is really a magnificent sight. If you want to get clicked then you cannot think of a better place apart from Kali Khola falls. The crystal-clear water and the rugged rocks would surely cheer your spirits.
d) Nirmal Dham
If you plan on visiting the Rhenock Bazar then make sure you visit this Dham. It is located at a distance of 5 kilometres from the bazaar and is the home to Kopchey Baba (Nirmal Guruji). It is believed that this baba possesses magical powers which he used to heal ill people. Many tourists from across the country come to visit this Dham.
As I said at the beginning of this article that Sikkim is one of the few states in India which makes you visit it again and again. Aritar is one of the gems of this state and if you are looking for a relaxing and peaceful place then this is the place where you want to be. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and leave for Aritar right now!