Located on the edge of Himalayas in the East Sikkim at an altitude of 1498mt is a quaint village called Aritar. Aritar is known for its rich history and beautiful landscape. With a picturesque portrayal of serene lakes, lush forests and hills with thick paddy fields Aritar is making its way towards being one of the most favored destinations on travelers’ list. The mesmerizing view of the majestic snow capped Mt Khangchendzongha adds up to the charm of the naturally blessed Aritar.
Isolated from the rest of the state, on the far eastern border of Sikkim and bounded by Mt. Khangchendzongha, Aritar has hyped the interest of the travelers who wants to explore the raw beauty of eastern Sikkim. Surrounded by lush green forest, snow covered mountains, stepped farmlands and waterfalls Aritar has wooed the mind of many visitors who loves to relish in the beauty of nature. Apart from witnessing an amazing view of Mt Kanchenjunga from the hill top of Aritar and being mesmerized by the mystical emerald green color Lampokhari Lake, visitor can explore around Aritar since its offers its visitor with some nature trails through the thick forest of pine and oak towards some of the pictorial sights. Aritar houses many decade old structures like one of the oldest monasteries of Sikkim region, Aritar Gumpha which belongs to the Kagyuapa order of Tibetan Buddhism. The monastery is known for its beautiful architecture and collection of artifacts, murals and other paintings. It also contains various ancient manuscripts. Dak Bungalow popularly known as Ari-Bangla it is an old British built bungalow built by Sir James Claude White (first political officer of Sikkim during British rule in India) in the year 1895. At the same premises Sikkim’s first treasury was built as well as Sikkim Police was raised and the first outpost started functioning in the year 1897. Every season has its own charm to relish in Aritar but to get see the prime view of Mt Kanchenjunga covered in snow from Aritar is during winter.
With the touch of history and endowed with the surreal natural and manmade beauty, Aritar has become the paradise of nature lover and historian. Tucked on the far edge of eastern Sikkim, Aritar with its serene ambiance has become the gateway for the travelers from the tedious city life amidst the mountain where the nature can be found in its pristine form.