Aritar Lake 1/6 by Tripoto

Aritar Lake

Debjani Lahiri
After a peaceful relaxation there, I started to descend, my way back as it was already turning dark. Well, as luck would have it, that it started to pour incessantly and on the way I was left with a choice either to continue walking down alone while getting drenched or to wait and try my luck to get a lift back to my resort. While, I opted for the second option, I took this opportunity to take a shelter at one of the local shop and started interacting with them. They were so helpful to a stranger like me, that they made all the efforts in that short span of our interaction to arrange for a lift for me to go back. Rest of the day was well spent relaxing in the resort interacting with other fellow travelers and as well as with Karma and his family (the owner).
Sangita Mukherjee
Must Do in Aritar: Watch the sun rise over the Kangchendzonga.Do a trek short or long in and around.Try some momo and traditional local dishes. Aritar Lake Travel Tip: If you love hiking ,then a trek to Phushery Lake,Pangolakha and Rachela, the historic tri junction 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. How To Reach Aritar: Bagdogra is the nearest airport and New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station. From Siliguri it is almost 5-6 hours drive by hired cab or can be reached by four hours drive from Gangtok via Rangpo. Where to Stay In Aritar: If you need star category hotel,then this place is not for you.Couple of budget hotel is there .But I have seen some good home stay \farm house near the view point. Season to Visit: Avoid rainy season June to August,as these area is prone to landslide.Autumn and winter is best for Kangchendzonga View.