Aritar, nestled on the foothills of Himalayas at an elevation of 4915ft in the eastern district of Sikkim is a picturesque hamlet. Located at a distance of 63km from Gangtok, Aritar is situated along the way to the historical Silk Route. Overlooking the daunting hills amidst the lush green forest and meandering river stream, Aritar is known for its pictorial landscape. Under the Rongli sub division of East Sikkim, Aritar is a new found offbeat destination spiking the interest of tourist traveling to Sikkim with its bewitching charisma.
Isolated from the rest of the state, on the far eastern border of Sikkim and bounded by the Mt Kanchenjunga, Aritar has become the ideal getaway destination for the travelers who are looking forward to spend some time away from the hassle of city life. Endowed with lush green forests, sweeping hills of paddy fields and placid lakes hidden inside deep forests makes it a perfect destination for those in search of nature trails and a serene holiday. The breathtaking view of Khangchendzongha is an added charm of visiting Aritar. There are many places to visit in Aritar with the astounding sights, Lampokhari being one of them. Lampokhari Lake also known as Aritar Lake at an altitude of 4600ft is one of the oldest natural lakes of Sikkim. The boot-shaped emerald green color Lampokhari Lake is the only lake where travelers can relish the facility of boating in Aritar while adoring the beauty of surrounding greenery. A short trek through the lush forested area leads tourist to Mankhim Dara where a temple dedicated to the ethnic Rai community is located. The short trek towards Mankhim rewards tourist with the panoramic view of the lofty mountainous valley of Sikkim. At an altitude of 4600ft is one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim, Aritar Gumpa the perfect epitome of the finest yet traditional architecture. The monastery belongs to the Kagyuapa order of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery houses some of the most best craved architecture, painted murals, artifacts, ancient manuscripts, and monastic arts. Aritar Gumpa is famous for its beautifully carved traditional architecture. Dak Bungalow popularly known as Ari-Bangla is another famous sightseeing spot of Aritar. Aritar Dak Bungalow is an old British bungalow built by Sir James Claude White (first political officer of Sikkim during British rule in India) 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 has something to offer for each of its visitor and for the adventurer they can partake in recreational sports like paragliding and rock climbing while visiting Aritar.
Blessed with ample of natural beauty, the most breathtaking sight of Mt Kanchenjunga, and trekking routes through deciduous forest leading towards some pictorial destination Aritar has become one of the favored tourist destination of Sikkim.
The best time to relish the surreal beauty and enthralling view of snow capped mountain in Aritar is considered to be during summer season (mid March to May) when the weather is pleasant and sky is clear. It is best to avoid rainy season since the road becomes more prone to landslide.
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