How to get to Arita Lake
This lake is located near the Bengal-Sikkim border. When it comes to the direction of Pedong, the end of Bengal is at the cross of Reshikhola river in Reshi, Sikkim begins. Lake Arita is very close (only six kilometers). You can also reach here by taking the national highway to Rangpo via Rorathang and Rink. Located at an altitude of 4800 feet, this emerald colored lake is 1120 feet long and 240 feet wide. You can walk along the beautiful paved road around the lake. If you wish, you can rent a paddle boat and float in the lake. You can also take a tour of Arita’s cave located next to it. However, the locals know Arita Lake as Lampokhari.
Take another road from the lake and reach Mankhim on the hilltop adjacent to the lake. Located at an altitude of 6,500 feet, the entire Arita Lake can be seen from a great distance in ‘Birds Eye View’ from Mankhim. At the top of the hill is the temple of the Rai tribe. If the weather is good, you can see Kanchenjunga and other snow peaks.
Route: The distance from New Jalpaiguri Station to Arita Lake via Rangpo, Rorathang is 110 km. If you reserve the whole car, the rent will be 3000-3500 TK. Arita can reach Rangpo in a shared jeep or rent a car from there or reach in a shared jeep.
1. Mankhim’s ‘Kanchenjunga Mirror Homestay’ is in the best position. Kanchenjunga can also be seen from here. Arita’s lake can also be seen like a bird’s eye view.
Rent per capita 800-1200 TK per day (including food, accommodation). There are beds, three beds, cottages.
Contact: Lalit Rai: 9859-15047
2. Hotel Silk Route Station near Lake
Bedroom: 900-1200 TK
Trishyaghar: 1200-1500 TK
Four bedrooms: 1500-2000 TK
3. Hotel Aditya in the market area
Bedroom: 1000-1500 TK
Four bedrooms: 2000-2500 TK
Some important information:
1) You can contact Narayan Pradhan in Sikkim for booking hotel, homestay or car for travel anywhere in Sikkim. Phone: 8438-49001, 80313-06506
2) For any urgent information to visit Sikkim, contact: MK Pradhan (Joint Director, Sikkim Tourism, Gangtok), Mobile: 98320-65617, 81171-06071