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Best Time: Mar-May Read More

Ideal duration: 1 day

Nearest Airport: Bagdogra Check Flights

"Waterfalls, Lakes, Temples and Monasteries"

Aritar Tourism

Known for its pristine beauty, temples and monasteries, Aritar is an important town in East. The entire region is surrounded by lush green forests and beautiful streams and is a delight for anyone who wants to spend time in a lesser known area.

While you are here, you get a chance to caress the untainted form of nature, the luxuriant greenery leaves your soul enchanted and the existence of the wild animals around leaves your soul enthralled.

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Adventurer's Delight

Aritar is just 4 hours drive from Gangtok, which is the busiest tourist town in Sikkim. Aritar is a right place if you want to enjoy adventure sports to keep your adrenaline rushing. The various adventure sports near Aritar are:
Mountain Biking: The route of this biking sport is full of surprising twists and turns. Perfect time to go for this sports is during the month of March to May and September to mid-November. The mountain biking route is through Aritar to Gangtok. The tourists are free to ride the bikes however they want.
Paragliding: If you want to experience how it feels to fly, then this sport is perfect for you. Paragliding can be done from a place called Baliman Dara and Bulbuley Dara, which is just a 3-hour drive from Aritar. In fact, there is a Paragliding festival which takes place in Gangtok's Khel Gaon during October and November months.
River Rafting: To increase the fizz of adrenaline inside you, river rafting is a good sport to try. You can go to banks of river Rangit and Teesta river where rafting takes place. This is considered as on of the finest river stretches of rafting. Here the rafting companies have both beginner and advanced levels for the tourists. For rafting charges, you can get assistance from the state tourism department.
Trekking: Sikkim being one of the popular stops for mountaineers is a hub for trekking, as many trekking routes are available. In Aritar, the most famous trek is Silk Route-Aritar-Gangtok. This trek is for 7-8 days and may cost you around INR 16,000 - 18,000.

Restaurants and Local Food in Aritar

Though the options for cuisine here are limited except small eating joints serving Indian and Tibetan cuisine., the area makes up for it by offering authentic preparations including the popular and common items of the state. Chang a locally prepared alcoholic beverage is available along with a modest variety of local delicacies.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1: Reach Aritar. You can start your trip by going to Aritar Gumpa Monastery which is one of the oldest in Sikkim. In the evening, you can go to the famous Lampokhari Lake.
Day 2: Start your day by going to Parbateshwar Shivalaya Mandir which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The footfall of this temple increases during the Hindu month of 'Savan'. Later on, you can go to Lungchok Valley, which is the starting points of many treks namely, Phushrey lake trek, Rachela, etc. It is advisable to take assistance from the mountaineering experts there as they know the routes quite well.

Day 3: You should drive to Baliman Dara which takes around 3 hrs from Aritar, to do paragliding.It is advisable o get pre-bookings done. In the evening, you can go and see Nirmal Dham. This temple has two beautiful waterfalls nearby-Lovely and Changey waterfalls.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

One of the leading hill stations in North Eastern Sikkim. A destination offering peace and tranquillity.

What's Not So Great?

Not easily accessible as it is a 4-hour drive from the nearest major city. Extremely cold during the winters.

For Whom?

Aritar is ideal for couples, because of its romantic surroundings as well as for adventure seekers. A perfect destination for those in search of nature and a quiet holiday. 

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How To Reach Aritar

Aritar lies in East Sikkim and can be reached in just 4 hours from Gangtok via either Pakyong or Rangpo. Bagdogra is the nearest airport and it takes roughly 4-5 hours of drive to reach Aritar from Bagdogra. New Jalpaiguri is the closest railhead and it also takes 4-5 hours to reach here.

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