Aritar Tourism

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1Phushrey Lake: To view red pandas by the Phushrey Lake
Phushrey Lake: To view red pandas by the Phushrey Lake

HolidayIQ reviewer Sumit Sen says,"This lake is amidst the forests. On reaching this spot you will get beautiful imageries in the crystal clear water and you can experience the live red panda here along with the colorful butterflies fluttering above the lake. Phushrey Lake is situated a few kilometers from Aritar, amidst the forests. There is an old log, reflecting its beautiful image in the water of the lake. Tourists can also spot red panda and there are various species of butterflies and wild orchids around the lake."

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Reviews (5)

Smriti Das

Smriti Das4.3/5

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Popular for natural and landscaped beauty

Heard that Silk Route is a beautiful destination in East Sikkim. So planned for a week trip in East Himalayan range in the month of November, 2018. Availed a package tour through"Dolphin Travels". Journey started from 25th November from NJP to Aritar and Aritar was the first sightseeing point in our package trip. From NJP station, we boarded in a Jeep(Scorpio) at 11 am. Journey by road was awesome. Took 5 hrs to reach Aritar. Aritar is located on the edge of the Himalayas in East Sikkim at an elevation of 1, 498 m. It has awesome natural and panoramic landscaped. There are a few popular places to visit in Aritar I. E. Lampokhri lake, Mankhim hilltop, Rumtek Monastery, Nathang valley etc.

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Smriti Das

Smriti Das5.0/5

251 reviews

Beautiful scenic place

Aritar is a region in the East Sikkim famous for its panoramic landscaped views. Visited the place in the month of November, 2018. We reached Aritar by road. Lampokhri lake is the iconic landmark of Aritar. There are some places to visit in Aritar. We stayed at Aritar lake home stay for two days. The location of the home stay is beautiful and I must recommend others to stay there.

Recommended Duration in Aritar

Number of days to spend in Aritar as recommended by our travellers.

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Aritar Overview

Aritar is a small place situated in the Rongli Sub-Division of East Sikkim. It is situated at the footsteps of the Himalayan Mountain Range and is an ideal daytrip destination from Gangtok.

Aritar came into the limelight in 1904, when the Indo-Tibet Convention was signed. This convention was signed under the leadership of Lord Younghusband, who helped in establishing the trade mart at Yatung on the Tibetan side.

In 1886, the Tibetan military annexed Lingtu in the state of Sikkim, which lies near Jelepla Pass. In the same year, the Tibetans also attacked Gnathang which is located just below Jelepla Pass, but were defeated by the British. The Tibetans were further pushed back in September 1886 by the British from Lingtu. In 1904, Lord Younghusband went on an expedition to Lhasa through Jelepla Pass and defeated the Tibetan army.

After the defeat of the Tibetan army, a treaty was signed by Lord Younghusband which focused on securing the privileges related to monopoly-trading for British. This particular trade route starts from Kalimpong in Pedong, which comes under Darjeeling District. It extends up to Nathula Pass covering places like Rhenock, Jaluk and Aritar.

A police outpost was also established during the launch of this trade route by Sir James Claude White, who was the first British political officer of Sikkim. In due course of time, a rest house was also constructed near this police outpost, offering accommodation for night halts. Aritar is commercially more significant than Gangtok and still features various cemeteries of British officers.

This beautiful region is replete with lush green vegetation, dense forests, lakes and rivers. Aritar Lake and Lampokhari Lake are the two main lakes situated at this place that are suitable for picnics and boating. The popular Lampokhari Tourism Festival, which starts during the last week of March and continues till early April, attracts tourists from near and far. During the festival, tourists can attend a flower exhibition and traditional cultural show as well as taste the local cuisine.

Aritar is easily accessible from the state capital, Gangtok, by road. The destination can be reached by taxis and rented cars from Gangtok, which is situated at a distance of 63 km. It takes around four hours to drive from Gangtok to Aritar, which lies on the main route connecting Pakyong or Rangpo.

The closest airport and railhead is situated in Siliguri which is located at around 123 km from Aritar. Aritar can be visited all round the year, except for the rainy season, which is not suitable for outdoor activities.

Photos of Aritar

Kali Khola Falls, Aritar

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Smriti Das

Kali Khola Falls, Aritar
Kali Khola Falls, Aritar

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Smriti Das

Kali Khola Falls, Aritar
Kali Khola Falls, Aritar

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Smriti Das

Kali Khola Falls, Aritar
Kali Khola Falls, Aritar

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Smriti Das

Kali Khola Falls, Aritar

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