Mankhim is the hilltop adjacent to the popular destination of Aritar under Rongli subdivision, East Sikkim. Mankhim offers a panaromic view of Kanchanjungha and boot-shaped Lompokhri (Aritar Lake)at a time. If you want to spend some days in complete isolation and relaxationby bird watching at Love Dara pcnic spot, paddle boating in Lompokhri lake and nature walking by a long jungle path to Lompokhri lake only Mankhim is a great choice. From here Aritar town, rolling hills and the silk route upto Zuluk is visible. You can take a day-trip to Kupup lake, Zuluk and the world’s highest golf course from here. The Change water falls ( 50 mtrs ) is located near Mankhim. You can visit nearby Rishikhola, Silerigaon and Pedong of West Bengal. You can also visit the famous Ramitey view point for viewing the 14 turns of River Teesta with Mt. Kanchanjungha in the background. This tourist spot offers a tourist to take some most breathtaking sights.
How to Reach
Hire vehicles to come Mankhim. It takes 5 hrs. from Siliguri and 3 hrs. from Gangtok.
Places to Visit
This human boot-shaped lake with 350 m length and 75 m width surrounded by forest is ideal for paddle boating. On local Bhutia language it is called “ghalu Tso” (tso indicates lake). Travellers feel falling in ‘love at first sights’ by its azure calm serine water.
This is one of the oldest and holiest monasteries in Sikkim. It shows some magnificent works of vintage art which is attracted by the art lovers.
Actually “Mankhim” means temple in Nepali language. This place has a small temple on its top. It is a temple of Rai belongs to the medieval Hindu culture.
Evergreen nursery & raw grain sangrahalaya:
It is a nursery and museum with collections of horticultural plants.
You can trek upto Mulkarkha Lake. This lake is famous for holding the reflection of Mt. Kanchanjungha on its water.
It is built in 1895 by Sir James Cloid White. It is popularly called as Ari-Bangla. It is an old-aged British Bunglow.