Khecheopalri Lake


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Khecheopalri Lake Overview

Ranked 2 of 26 sightseeing in Pelling

Khecheopalri Lake is a sacred lake, located in the north-west direction of Pelling town. This lake is known by many names like the Wishing Lake, Kha-Chot-Palri and Sho Dzo Sho, which means Oh Lady, Sit Here. Considered holy by Buddhists as well as Hindus, this lake is thronged by devotees from around the world.  

The lake of Khecheopalri lies about 24 km from Pemayangtse Monastery. When seen from an elevated point, this lake looks like the foot mark of Lord Shiva. According to the legends, this lake is believed to be originated after the Nepali invasion in the medieval kingdom during the 17th century. The Nepali army destroyed the palace of Namgyals, which was situated near a lake at Rabdents.
According to folklore, one day the deity Goddess Tara Jestum Dolma appeared in front of a monk and asked him to fill a vessel from the lake and assured to guide him. Submissively the monk did what he was told and the guidance brought him to the Khecheopalri Hill. There he was told to pray and pour the water from the vessel in the shallow lake after which, the lake magically filled and today is known as the Khecheopalri Lake

Tourists interested in overnight stay near the lake can find various trekker's outlets and lodging facilities.. This lake is more popular among trekkers and adventure tourists. There is a walking track   from Pelling to this lake, which takes around 5 hours. The best time to visit this lake is in the month of February and March, as various festivals are held during these months.

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Smriti Das

Smriti Das4.3/5

375 reviews

A sacred lake

The Khecheopalri lake in West Sikkim is located at a distance of 31 km from Pelling. Its a sacred lake is worshiped by Hindus and Buddhists. According to mythology there is a common belief that Lord Shiva meditated in a cave above the lake. The serene lake looks like a shape of foot from a certain elevation, therefore it's believed that it would be a footprint of Lord Shiva. Entree fee was there to visit the lake and by walking a little distance from the entrance, we reached to the lake premises. We removed our shoes before walking on the wooden board which leads to the lake. Many prayer wheels were lined up along the board walk. The serene lake makes a peaceful environment with plentiful green surroundings.

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Shamita Nag

Shamita Nag5.0/5

16 reviews

Cleanliness is next to Godliness

The path leading to the lake was interspersed with litter bins and so it was so clean of the regular litter you see int he rest of India. This lake is considered holy and there are notices to that effect all over the place . .

Ankur P

Ankur P4.3/5

60 reviews

Peaceful place

This is a very spiritual place and is scared to Buddhists in Sikkim & around. The entrance (there's a ticket) is crowded with car parking, a few shops and shanty restaurants, but 50 meters further, the road leading to the lake itself starts and it is quiet and peaceful. The dirt road winds through dense foliage with colorful prayer flags hanging all around. After 5-10 minutes walk, you reach the lake itself where there's a small temple and a tiny shrine. The lake is not very big and is not spectacularly scenic as compared to other lakes in Sikkim, but the whole area oozes with serenity. You can walk around a small part of the lake and you also have the option of climbing the small hill behind it (half hour climb). There's a small wooden walkway with prayer wheels on both sides that leads into the lake where you can feed soya nuggets (bought near the entrance) to the hungry fishes. No one is allowed to put hands or feet into the lake Just near the entrance, they are also constructing a big monastery building, which should be open to public within an year or so.

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  • Peaceful place
  • Peaceful place
  • Peaceful place



5 reviews

Holy place

Good and perfect holy place. The passage to reach the place is most touching and exciting.. A lonely dog follows and shows the path to the traveller. Would suggest all to visit but request the govt or any private firm to open some good cafeteria outside so that food with good ambience and photography will boost the tourism all over the world..



10 reviews

Not a very great place

This is supposed to be a holy lake. The visit is not worth the effort. It is only a small one and not so great visiting spot.The myth is that any leaf that gets dropped into the lake by the surrounding forest trees is immediately picked up by some stray birts thereby maintaining the lake clean and hence its holiness.

Samapan Bandyopadhyay

Samapan Bandyopadhyay3.6/5

2 reviews

Khecheopalri lake - a place of peace

Towards the way of Yuksom, the Khecheopalri Lake is situated. From the gate, 5 minutes walk. Holy Lake, in a very silent place beside a Buddhist monastery. We framed a candle in the monastery. People ask for wishes there through prayer by binding clothes over there. Big big trees and hills in all side of the lake. The whole area looks like a place of god.

Avik _bongyatra

Avik _bongyatra3.6/5

34 reviews

Sacred Lake. "

Khecheopalri or rather a mountain of blissful heaven is a holy lake being nestled amidst the mountains, surrounded by forests. Both according to Hindu mythology and Buddhists, It's considered to be so pious that travellers as well as local people offer prayer at the lake and also feed fishes inside the lake. It is renowned among trekkers. The place is included as a part of West Sikkim Tour Packages.

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Swakhar Pachal

Swakhar Pachal3.6/5

105 reviews

A big and calm lake side of Pelling

It is a holy lake for buddhist, a tourist spot of Pelling. The lake is full with fishes and water birds. We visited this lake on the first day sightseeing during our trip to Pelling.
  • A big and calm lake side of Pelling
  • A big and calm lake side of Pelling
  • A big and calm lake side of Pelling
  • A big and calm lake side of Pelling

Sachin patharkar

Sachin patharkar5.0/5

8 reviews

A very spiritual and natural spot

It is an amazing place because of its peace, you can feel after visiting this place. I felt this place real spiritual and meditating. There is no activity or boat ride in the lake, or you will not find good food or any other services here. Even toilet facility is not up to mark. But don't bother about all these things if you are nature lover.

Sandeep kumar Roy

Sandeep kumar Roy3.6/5

43 reviews

Natural lake in Nature's wilderness

Good motorable road from Pelling town, From the car park, it is about 10 mins walk upto the lake. We were there at about 7 in the morning and it was so quiet and serene that we started whispering among ourselves. Lake is beautiful, surrounded by mountains and one wonders how a big waterbody was created at such an altitude. Water is generally clean but going into it for bath, boating or swimming etc is prohibited. Big fishes are breeding and they can be clearly seen if any feed for them is thrown in the water. One can spend some time here in Nature's tranquility, in utmost peace and unwind any mental tension.

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