Aritar is a small town in East Sikkim. The lush green valley, bounded by the Mt Kanchenjunga is nestled on the edge of the Himalaya. It is the best place to rejuvenate and revive yourself if you know to explore the hidden treasure of nature. Though it is an offbeat destination of Sikkim, still it is popular for the picturesque Aritar Lake or Lampokhari lake and the tranquility of Aritar Gumpa Monastery. The journey for the old silk route starts from here.
How to reach Aritar?
After having breakfast at the Rishi River cottage of Rishikhola, we went for Aritar. We reached Aritar by car from Rishikhola. You can also visit Aritar from Siliguri (New Jalpaiguri Railway Station) or Bagdogra airport by hiring a cab. It Charges 3000-3500 INR that is a bit costly for one, who travel solo.
Another way to come in Aritar is from Gangtok (3 hours) or Rongpo (2 hours) by sharing a taxi or hiring a cab. The charges are almost the same as hiring a cab. But, if you manage to get a seat in the sharing cab, the charges will be decreased double or triple times.
If you book a package for the silk route, you don’t have to think about all those things. The agency will look after all your travel hassles. It is good for the family trip. As Aritar is an offbeat location, it is quite difficult to cater (hiring and sharing) a cab for Aritar. Even if you manage to get a seat by a sharing taxi or hire a cab from Gangtok or Siliguri by any chance, you will face a problem in the time of return. Either you have to return on the same day with this car or you have to pay another 3500 buck for returning on the next day. I never suggest anybody visit this place for a few hours because it is not the place to see some visiting places and return to your pavilion.
If you really want to enjoy the East Sikkim trip or the old Silk route trip, you need to explore it. The treasure of natural beauty is still hidden. I mentioned in my first post of this old silk trip, that this trip is, basically, for the passionate traveler or the tourists who love to explore the beauty. If you do not stay there if you do not see the lifestyle and struggle of locals you cannot understand the flavor of the place. And at the end of the day, your conclusion will be like that, “There is nothing to see … a worthless trip.” So, I always suggest staying there for a night and completing the ancient old silk route trip within 3-4 days.
How to explore Aritar?
1. Ganesh Temple:
During our journey to Aritar from Rishikhola, we visited a wonderful Ganes temple at Rhenock. The serene view of the lush green forest and the cloud covered mountain, from the hill-top temple, is amazing. The architecture of the temple and the serenity of its surroundings is mind-blowing.