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Santosh K ghosh

Santosh K ghosh5.0/5

4 reviews

Amazing beauty surrounded with hills, lake and flowers

Silk Route! Memory that will last forever. It was a homework of around 8 months. From February 2015 I was planning to visit North Bengal during Durga Puja vacation, initially my target was Lava & Lolegaon. Later on I start planning for Silk route, another hotspot in my all-time favourite Sikkim. I have taken rate from so many travel agents in Kolkata as well as contact home-stays and driver of Sikkim directly. But I decided only after getting my reservation confirmed I will booked the trip. 120 days before I booked ticket in Uttar Banga experience with WL 31.

It was a trip with my family that is me, my wife, my son, my brother, his wife and his daughter. Once my reservation done, I was finalized my destination points but unfortunately since it was a Puja times got very difficult in choosing places as per my choice. So I have to leave everything on Travelled. Yes, Travel fund was our agents and an experienced tour operator of silk route.

I must take name of another guy, Mr. Abhijit Gupta(Traveldias) who helped me a lot in planning my travel with his best possible suggestion. 30 days before my reservation was in WL25. Luckily I got reservation in one Premium train (Bangalore Kamakhya Suvidha Special), with 4 times higher rate. So, I have to start my journey 1 day before as per this new train schedule.

The Tour begins:

17th October 2015 : Our train schedule arrival time at Howrah was 6:30 pm, it was came 2 hours late and start from Howrah at 9:00 pm. Long waiting for our train at Howrah station.

18th October 2015: The train reached NJP at 7:00 am. Train entering NJP station. Since we reached a day before we have booked another hotel Baidyanath near NJP station. We spent entire day in Siliguri at our Did's house and watch movie Rajkahini at INOX.

19th October 2015 : Our driver Mr. Sandeep came for pick-up at 8:30 am and we start for Ichey gaon our 1st destination.

Start for Ichey gaon via Kalimpong we reached Ichey gaon around 12:30. A small village surrounded by hills and jungle. Amazing views and peace. We stay at Marygold homestay of Mr. Laxman. He and his family offered a great hospitality. Far away from the crowed and pollution of the city we find a real relief and peace here. After lunch we walk around the place. Mr. Laxman and his team welcome us at Marigold homestay, Ichey gaon. Beautiful homestay of Mr. Laxman at Ichey gaon. Free from noise, pollution, neat and clean. Beauty of Ichey gaon, Sunset at Ichey gaon, Night at Icheygaon.

20th October 2015 : A new driver Mr, Pappu with his Bolero came to pick-up for Lungthung. Mr. Laxman's family gives us pop-corn, squash, Akhrot as a gift. We start at 8:30 am and reached Rongli at 11:00 am it tooks around 1 hour for inner line permit, we reached Lungthung (11400 ft) at 3 pm. It was a heavy cold. The home-stays are very ordinary. At evening we sleep early but all of us falls sick with head ache due to lack of oxygen. My son feel chest pain.

Sunrise at Lungthung, Kanchenjungha from Lungthung. Our friend. Driver Mr Pappu. Our homestay at Lungthung. Very ordinary. Spectacular Zig-zag!

21st October 2015 : I wake up at morning 4:00 am, and though my health not permit, still me only ready to go for sunrise. At 6:30 am I get back from sunrise point and found everyone with poor health condition. So considering the health issue we have to dropped the plan for Gnathang valley, Kupup etc. So we move down to Padamchen, our next destination. Got another good hospitality from Eco nest home stay near the monastery. Padamchen is also a small village offered a great scenic village. After lunch move around the place.

22nd October 2015 : Early in the morning we visit Monastery at Padamchen to saw the prayer. After breakfast we start at 9:10 am for Aritar and reached at 12. On the way we saw Keukhola falls. We stay at Silk route homestay, great one surrounded with flowers and trees, neat and clean. After a tea we go for boating at aritar lake and after that trek to Makhim. It tooks around 45 minute to reach the top. In the evening the homestay arrange for camp-fire. Keukhola falls, Camp-fire at Homestay in Aritar.

23rd October 2015 : Our driver pappu has to leave with other passenger again towards Gnathang, so another driver was arranged by Travelfunda with scorpio. We start leaving for NJP at 11:00 am and reached siliguri at 2:30 PM. After lunch we do some shopping from famous Hong Kong market and reached NJP station by 5:30 PM, our return train Padatik express start right time at 9:00 pm and next morning we reached in time (6:40am) Sealdah. Back to home with some sadness that our trip ends but enriched with a memory that will last forever.

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  • Amazing beauty surrounded with hills, lake and flowers
  • Amazing beauty surrounded with hills, lake and flowers
  • Amazing beauty surrounded with hills, lake and flowers
  • Amazing beauty surrounded with hills, lake and flowers

Jayeeta Sengupta

Jayeeta Sengupta4.3/5

6 reviews


It's a very beautiful little place though its far from NJP, and the roads are pretty bad, owing to the roads being broadened but worth it all at the end.
The Lampokhari Resort there is very nice. Acco was very comfortableBfriendly staff and and over all really nice experience

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Adventure lovers can do paragliding, trekking and apparently river rafting too. beautiful scenery food wad very nice, homely cuisine shopping was just at the small local market.

Activities & things to do: Adventure sports, boating on the lake, trkking, just laze around and enjoy nature!
River Rishi can also be visited..there's a small bridge you can cross, and sit on the banks real nice!. Locals do bit of fishing too.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Jeep from NJP. Its a bumpy ride though. Traffic can exist coz of the road widening.

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  • scenic view on the way
  • Boating by the lake
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  • View of Muscat

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

Aritar, sikkim

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Pallab Ghosh

Visit to Aritar
Aritar, sikkim

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Pallab Ghosh

Visit to Aritar
Aritar, sikkim

Photo by

Pallab Ghosh

Visit to Aritar
Aritar, sikkim

Photo by

Pallab Ghosh

Visit to Aritar

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