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Introducing Aritar

Best time to visit : Summer months (March to May)
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Aritar, or Arhitar, is a newly found tourist destination in the state of Sikkim. The region perfectly represents Eastern India which is known for its unadulterated natural splendour. Nature lovers and honeymoon couples are fast being drawn towards the enchanting beauty of Aritar, showcased in the forms like pristine lakes, picturesque landscapes, eye-pleasing terraced fields, gushing rivers, scenic waterfalls, mesmerizing mountain views and lavish forest covers. The place is also gaining reputation among adventurers by offering many exciting sports and activities.


Aritar, located at the end of the Himalayan Range, is believed to be a part of the ancient Silk Route. However, the most recent history dates back to 1904, when the region was included among the destinations of Indo-Tibetan trade route during the British rule. It is the only place in Sikkim where boating in a lake can be enjoyed. Mountains covered in mist during daytime and amazingly silent night sky adorned with twinkling stars are the highlights of Aritar. The soothing weather makes it a pleasant destination round the year, though monsoons and winters receive heavy rain and snow respectively.

Hotels in Aritar offer good dining facilities, with focus on local cuisines as well as the international ones. Chittiz Restaurant and Bar is one of the most recommended ones. With growing tourist attendance, more options are expected to come up.

There are no big shopping places in Aritar. Small shops are available for buying items of routine use.

Nearby Places:
  • Reshi (about 18 km.): Resting on the banks of River Reshi, this fairytale tourist destination is ideal for camping, bonfires and striking natural beauty.
  • Pedong (about 44 km.): Well-known for tourist places like Silence Valley, Cross Hill, Sangchen Dorjee Monastery, Damsang Fort ruins and many exciting village walks.
  • Kalimpong (about 65 km.): A popular hill station, known for accommodating exotic flora and fauna (including red panda) and many old churches and temples.
  • Kupup (about 74 km.): A marvellous place, admirable for its gorgeous lake and a majestic valley. 
  • Lingtam (about 101 km.): Another destination of Silk Route, it is a peaceful place with characteristics like forests, rivers and mountains.
  • Gangtok (about 120 km.): Sikkim’s capital city, Gangtok is worth visiting to explore Himalayan Zoological Park, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Banjhakri Falls and many Buddhist monasteries and also for delightful shopping experience.

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