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    Aritar

    Aritar is located in east Sikkim and is marvellously steeped in the enigma of history and beauty of nature’s bounty. Apart from the gift of spectacular views of towering Khangchendzonga Aritar soothes nerves with the enchantment of lush green forests, rolling hills covered with the greenery of paddy fields and placid mesmerizing lakes nestled by the mystery of deep woods. Aritar has the combination of serene nature trails and unmatched tranquillity that makes it a perfect destination for a coveted mountain vacation.

    The Lampokari Lake is a visual delight where you find the calm sparkling waters of the lake surrounded by lush greenery. The lake dates back to being one of the oldest in Sikkim. This lake has now been commercialised by building an artificial embankment that facilitates boating. A short trek from the lake side leads you to the unique temple of Mankhim Dara. This temple has been dedicated to the ethnic Rai community. Mankhim is located amidst surreal beauty and offers a 360-degree view of the surrounding pristine splendour of mountains, meadows and valleys. The Aritar Gumpa belonging to the Karma Kagyu lineage is noted for being one of the oldest monasteries in Sikkim. Aritar attracts further crowd when it hosts the Lampokhari Tourism Festival annually. This festival was held sometime in the end of March and early April. The festival celebrations and highlights comprise leisurely boating expeditions in the Lampokhari Lake, adventurous horse riding around the Lake area, traditional and thrilling archery competitions and short delightful treks to nearby hilltops and viewpoints. Aritar also offers the adventures of rock climbing and paragliding that will send all hearts racing and guarantees that your Sikkim tour shall be filled with adrenaline rush. Traditional celebrations during the festivities include cultural extravaganza, stunning flower exhibitions and delightful local ethnic culinary exhibitions to keep your taste buds titillating.

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