“Would you like to get the stunning views of Mt.Kanchenjunga by standing at a distance? Then Mankhim is the exact place for you.”
Seeking into its religious past!!
Perched on a hilltop above the Dalapchand village is the famous destination of East Sikkim Aritar, Mankhim is the new travel destination.
It is also one of the rarest places where three mountains are visible from the same viewpoint making it an attractive place for travelers around the world. There is also a quaint temple which sits on the hilltop of Mankhim which creates a tranquil environment for the visitors.
So, let’s find out!!
Best time to Start Packing!!
Mankhim can be visited any time of the year. But the winters are the best for gazing at the sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjunga. The summers are also the best season for beating the heat of the plains and enjoy the serenity of Mankhim.
How to Reach?
You can hire a car and make a tour to Mankhim in Aritar, but the best way to reach is:
By Flight: You can fly to Bagdogra airport as it is the nearest airport to reach Mankhim.
- Distance: 115 kilometers
- Time: 4 hours and 42 minutes
By Train: You can get trains from NJP. It is the nearest railway station from Mankhim.
- Distance: 110 kilometers
- Time: 4 hours and 19 minutes
By Car: There are many cars available from Siliguri which will take you to Mankhim.
- Distance: 105 kilometers
- Time: 4 hours and 30 minutes
What can you see here?
Mankhim is a hilltop destination but it also has some other famous destinations for you to visit while on your trip.
The vast human foot-shaped lake is surrounded with an emerald green forest of pine and fir. The lake is an ideal location to enjoy boating and a cafeteria is also located beside the lake.
You can also visit the Aritar Monastery, which houses some of the remarkable murals, rare manuscripts, and Buddhist artifacts. The vintage art of the monastery makes it a perfect place to visit for art lovers.
A quaint temple which sits on the hilltop of Mankhim is the Mankhim Temple which is steeped in history. It belongs to the ancient Hindu cult known as Rai, which was believed to have originated in Maity village. The visitors can also get a spectacular view of Mt. Kanchenjunga.
Built in 1895 during the era of British rule, Dak Bungalow is also called Ari-Bangla. It is an age-old British Bungalow which was built under the supervision of James Claude and give an insight into the history of Mankhim.
Some more attractions!!
If you want to explore Mankhim in a day or two, then these are some of the attractions you must see.
• You can visit the nearby destinations of Reshikhola, Sillery Gaon and Pedong.
• You can also visit the famous Ramitey Viewpoint to view the 14 turns of River Teesta
• Also visit Kupup Lake, the world’s most significant golf course and Zuluk in East Sikkim
• You can also visit the ruins of Damsang Fort and the Cross Hill
Activities to keep yourself warm!!
• You can take a long nature walk from Mankhim to Lampokhri
• It is also a lovely place for bird watchers
• Trekking and rock climbing can also be done here
• Boating is also a favourite pastime to take a view of the lake
“Wait for a moment! Only sightseeing is not all to do her, staying is also necessary!”
Where to stay!!
There are few of the best hotels in Lachung which offers reliable lodging and diningfacilities. Along with basic facilities they offer picturesque views ofMt.Kanchenjunga from the hotel room itself. Hence it will surely give you acomfortable stay in Mankhim.
Lachung is rich in culture andheritage Ifyou want to explore the rich culture and heritage of Lachung then set yourselfready for an amazing experience here in Mankhim!