A Himalayan wonderland, Sikkim is bordered by Nepal, Bhutan and China and is regarded as the Himalayan Shangri Las. It is placed below the presence of Mt. Khangchendzonga, in the Eastern Himalayas and is spread in an area of nearly 7096 sq. Km. Sikkim has a rich heritage of flora and fauna making it a haven for adventure enthusiasts and naturalists. Sikkim has a rich diversity of various bird species and offers a good list of sighting for an avid bird watcher. The tourists visiting Sikkim can have a complete enjoyment in terms of climate, adventure, religious tours and incomparable natural beauty. The climate ranges from subtropical to high alpine. Sikkim is a popular tourist destination, owing to its culture, landscape and biodiversity. Sikkim's capital and largest city is Gangtok.
Is one of the oldest natural lakes in Sikkim and recently it was artificially constructed to facilitate boating for the tourists. It is the only lake with boating facility in Sikkim. It is 350 mtr. long and 75 mtr. wide and looks like a human foot. Aritar is one of the beautiful villages situated on the Himalayas at an altitude of 4600 ft (1400m) under Rongli sub division of East Sikkim. Blessed with beauty and bounty of forests, lake, waterfalls and mountains, it is truly a nature lover's paradise. With great landscape, lush green valleys, misty woods, racing rivers and enchanting waterfalls, any visitor to this bewitching place goes back with evergreen memories. Aritar is easily accessible from Gangtok and takes approximately 3-4 hours to reach. Aritar lies in the famous old Silk Route and therefore many known historical places can be covered during your tour to Aritar like, Zuluk, Padamchen, Lungthung.
It is hosted annually at Aritar around the time of Ramnawami. Tourists are treated to 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.Visitors can enjoy traditional cultural shows, flower exhibition and indulge themselves to local ethnic cuisine, local beer and wine and lots of cultural songs and dances.
Is one of the oldest natural lakes in Sikkim and recently it was artificially constructed to facilitate boating for the tourists. It is the only lake with boating facility in Sikkim. It is 350 mtr. long and 75 mtr. wide and looks like a human foot.
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 splendor of monastic arts reflected in its traditional architecture, carved & painted murals and treasure of manuscripts and icons. The traditional architecture carved and painted murals, rare manuscript and artefacts kept in the monastery are worth seeing.
This Hindu temple is most revered where thousands of devotees throng for the blessing and participate during the month of “SAWAN” to offer water and sip the sacred water from a sacred vessel.
Popularly known as Ari-Bangla, it is an old British-built dak 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.
This is a hill-top near Aritar lake from where we get to see a nice view of the lake. “Mangkhim”, a Temple of the Rai of Nepali origin is located at a height of 6500 ft at “Maity Village” (Kheselakha) . Here the Rai community assembles twice every year for the celebration of Sakew, a day fixed for worship (usually falling in the months of April or May). In the Nepali language this worship is called Ubhowli. Mankhim offers a panoramic view of Mt. Kanchenjungha and the emerald green Lampokhri Lake at the same time. Hattipailay is another virgin village where the visitors can see elephant footprints on rock.
Located at Rhenock Bazar, the nursery and museum has collections of drift wood and botanical and myraid varieties of horticultural plants and orchids etc.
A trek to Phushery Lake, Pangolakha and Rachela, the historic trijunction border of Sikkim, West Bengal and Bhutan, is quite thrilling experience. You may have chance to see Red panda, Peasant, Rare Species of butterflies, Wild orchids and other exotic flora and fauna.
A very popular picnic spot and view point.
It is situated 5 km from Rhenock Bazar. Nirmal Guruji who is also known as Kopchey Baba, has his ashram being visited by hundreds of devotees from India and abroad.
100 m in height (Rorathang-Rongli road).
50 m in height, the Changey Waterfal is located near the famous Lampokhari Lake.
Trekking destination (Lokdara, Chujachen).