Things to Do in Aritar - Itineraries

4 Days

HIDDEN TREASURE OF EAST SIKKIMJust when my travel hang-over was not settling anything for less, a...

Debjani Lahiri
7 Days
Silky Silk Route

Silk Route is an old route in Sikkim that connects Sikkim in India with China occupied Tibet. Sil...

Abhra Ghosh
4 Days
A love trip to Zuluk, Nathang through the zigzag roads!

The flight to Bagdogra took around a hour and our driver Palden Tamang was waiting to receive us ...

Anirban Roy
5 Days
Offbeat Sikkim
Offbeat Sikkim

"Sikkim" I believe,a place closer to Shangri La and a place always will be close to my ...

Sangita Mukherjee
4 Days
Weekend trek to Mulkarkha (wishing) lake – Sikkim

An ideal gateway in North Bengal for an extended weekend. you get to see Mt. Kanchenjunga, trek t...

Souvo Chowdhury
6 Days
Ride The Silk: Cycling To Nathula Along The Ancient Silk Route Of Sikkim 

What makes us realise our bucket list goals? Sometimes careful planning, and mostly the sudden ne...

Disha Kapkoti

Changey Waterfall
Kholakham, Lava, Darjeeling, West Bengal, Aritar 737133
Aritar Gumpa Monastery
East District, Aritar 737133
Aritar Lake also called Ghati-Tso is a recently created visitor destination, where, for the first time in the state, the boating service has been introduced. The traditional towns and religious communities, for example, Lingsay, Inn Chittiz situated close to the old silk course to Tibet are nearby attractions. Aritar lake is very well connected with the state capital, Gangtok, by street. The destination can be reached to by taxis and leased autos from Gangtok, which is arranged at a separation of 63 km. It takes around four hours to drive from Gangtok to Aritar Lake, which lies on the principle course connecting Pakyong or Rangpo. The nearest airplane terminal and Railway Station is arranged in Siliguri which is situated at around 123 km from Aritar Lake. Aritar Lake can be visited all round the year, aside from the pouring season, which is not suitable for outside activities. One must pay a visit to this lake during the month of September.
Phushrey Lake
Aritar, Aritar

Best time to visit - March,April,May,June,October,November,December
One would assume that Thimphu is still settling into its role as the capital of one of the happiest countries in the world, Bhutan. Simple at heart, grappling with growing commercialisation, Thimphu is bustling with energy and is the heart of the country. Thimphu is a delight to explore if history interests you and also if you want a break from the quiet and serenity of Bhutan. Brimming with cafes, nightclubs and restaurants, the city welcomes people from all over the world with open arms. While here, do check out Changangkha Lhakhang, one of the oldest temples in Bhutan, the National Folk Heritage Museum which offers a peek into the life of the Bhutanese people, especially the rural way of life. There are tons of parks, gardens and galleries in and around Thimpu and you cover most of these in a single day depending on your interests. The exhibits here range from archaic to contemporary and are definitely worth taking a look at.
Best time to visit - March,April,May
Bhutan has gradually become a popular tourist destination. And if you are visiting Bhutan, you can't possibly miss the lovely city of Paro. Considered to be one of the most beautiful valleys in Bhutan, it is definitely a must visit! A perfect mix of culture, beauty, nature and history, Paro offers you an experience unlike another. Do visit the unofficial Taktsang Monastery or Tiger's Nest, which is a delight for trekkers and explorers! Located on a hill, the trek to this monastery is something you'll always remember. Do carry water, wear proper shoes before you start your trek lest the number of halts increases your trek time. Another wonderful place to visit is the National Museum of Bhutan which is located in a former watch tower and hosts a collection of artefacts tracing the history of Bhutan. Among other places to visit, Rinpung Dzong and Drakhapo are definitely worth visiting. The Paro market is also a great place to explore and makes for a perfect location for an evening stroll. If you don't want to stay in the city, Paro is where you should head to. The lush valleys here are a delight to explore and the streams and meadows are nothing less than a postcard.
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,December
Kurseong, located about 30 km from Darjeeling, is for travellers who are looking to get away from the chaos of typical hill stations. With tea gardens as the region's landscape, Kurseong is as charming as it is lively and a perfect weekend destination if you are in West Bengal. There are a number of spots here that promise you an overwhelming view of the enveloping mountains – the most significant being the clear views of the mighty Kanchenjunga. Like any other hill station, Kurseong has its share of lovely touristy spots including Dow Hill, Eagle Craig and various tea estates including Makaibari Tea Estate (which is said to be the oldest tea estate in the region). If you are looking to explore the town completely, it's best to get in touch with some locals and discover hidden gems including trekking sites and birdwatching spots.
Best time to visit - March,April,May,June,July
The twin towns of Malda and English Bazaar make for an unusual holiday destination. Serving as a gateway to Bengal, one usually spots Malda on the way to Siliguri from Kolkata. Malda is a very small city, though the places surrounding it are considered to hold great architectural significance. Some of these destinations are also mentioned by the Archaeological Survey of India, including Gour, Farakka Barage and Jouhra Kali Bari. Gour, the erstwhile capital of Bengal is home to the original footprints of Lord Mohammad and it is very well preserved here. Adina is home to a beautiful mosque and if you have a few hours to spare, this small town deserves a visit. If you are a history buff, Malda will be a pleasure to discover, though you'll have to do a little research before setting out to explore.
Best time to visit - March,April,May,September,October
A thriving commercial centre and a gentle mix of various ethnicities, Phuentsholing is a beautiful small town located in southern Bhutan. This is the town where the gorgeous big Bhutan gate is located and also where you can get your visa to visit Bhutan. While you wait for the visa, you can visit the Zangtho Pelri Lhakhang, a small temple representing the heaven of Guru Rinpoche, located at the city centre. This temple houses statues of manifestations of Guru Rinpoche and paintings on Buddha's life and times. The Kharbandi Goemba situated in the city is a charming monastery illustrating the life of the Buddha. From the monastery garden, you can get a fascinating view of Phuentsholing town and its surrounding plains. The local landscape and markets are fun to explore and offer the first peak in Bhutanese life! Phuentsholing has a great food scene as well. Don't forget to try the delicious meat dumplings and the chicken corn soup at the Zen restaurant. Once you are done exploring the quaint towns and completing all government formalities, take a bus or cab forward to visit Paro or Thimphu.
Best time to visit - March,April,May
Lying on the India-Bhutan border, Jaigaon is not a tourist place, but is frequented by tourists on their way to Bhutan. The border area is the location of the majestic Bhutan gate, which brings you face to face with Bhutanese architecture. The gateway is covered in beautiful illustrations of dragons and has authentic Bhutanese artwork all over it. The town has many small and big hotels, where you can halt the night before moving on to get the visa at Phuentsholing, on the other side of the gate. The border area has some street side food stalls, which sell momos and chowmein. The Jaigaon region is quite small and can be easily covered on foot. This destination also houses the very unique Dalsinghpara Buddist church, which is an amazing amalgamation of Buddhist engineering and Christian spirit.

About Aritar

And, it so happened that I luckily got in touch with one of the resort owner in Aritar, who is also well known in Sikkimese traveler community. I contacted him, and found myself really lucky to be invited to stay at his beautiful property that he owns in Aritar, that too in just one day notice. As, it was festival time in Kolkata, so getting a booking anywhere in the neighboring state was nothing but a big luck.

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