Friday, March 27, 2009

Aritar: Sikkim's own water sport fascination

"Aritar is located in East Sikkim, Under Rongli sub division. Aritar is 3 to 4 hours drive from Gangtok and 2 hours drive from Rongpo. Aritar Lake (a.k.a Lampokhari) is a newly developed tourist destination, where, for the first time in Sikkim, the boating facilities have been introduced. There are newly constructed viewpoints, cafeteria, lodges etc for the tourists. Tourists can also choose to trek from Aritar to Rachela, which is about 6 hours route, from where in season tourists can see rhododendrons bloom everywhere. There are many other places of Interests other than just Aritar Lake, such as old British built banglow, Aritar Gumpa, Mankhim, Nirmal Dham etc."--

At Aritar Lake

Lampokhari : Initially 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.

At Mankim

Mangkhim, a Temple of the Rai sect of Hindu origin is located at a height of 6500 ft at Maity Village (Kheselakha) . Hattipailay is another virgin village where the visitors can see elephant foot prints on rock.