Aritar jungle retreat, a retreat built within nature to get rejuvenated.
Aritar is a place, familiar with every traveller looking for a peaceful sanctuary to spend their short span of holidays amidst mountains, rivers, forests, fountains. But what if you get to explore one offbeat location as scenic as Sikkim, yet less crowded? Dare to take that path less travelled and return with an experience to be remembered forever? Let the bond happen exclusively with nature, leaving all your mundane duties aside for some time. Rishikhola, situated at 2000 ft stands tall as a boundary between West Bengal and Sikkim. This scenic hamlet provides the food for your soul with its extravagant flora and fauna.
Accommodation: The property has complete eco cottages which can shelter approximately 22-25 people. The property claims to be couple friendly and allows no pet. There is an occupancy of 4 people maximum per cottage. If any couple is in need of an entire cottage, then they need to bear at least cost of three persons.
Check In: 12:00pm
Check Out: 11:00am
Rishikhola boasts of perfect bird watching spots proving to be a paradise for all bird watchers. One can spot various Himalayan birds like Himalayan Bulbul, Green Magpie, Great Barbet etc.
The property provides a perfect holiday gateway for those adventure seeking persons as well. Indulge in treks or explore the riverside activities, a one minute walk from the property.
For the mental recreation, the place has facilities of the volleyball court and other outdoor games.
If you are a person fond of fishing, this is your place to be as the river Rishi has an abundant variety of fish.
After daylong outdoor activities, indulge in some barbecue session and rejuvenate your body and mind with some magical moments of a campfire.
Aritar, 14 kms from Rishikhola boasts of Lampokhari Lake, a boot-shaped formation. You can enjoy boating here as well.
A day-long trip allows you to visit some famous nearby destinations like Kupup lake, Baba Mandir, Jelep La pass and changing lake.
Visit the famous Silk route and have the scenic experience of Sikkimese natural beauty.
From Rishikhola, one can easily visit Kalimpong which is 36 kms away and enjoy various popular hotspots like Pedong Monastery, Ramitey, Rikisum etc.
Best time to visit
Beauty such as of Rishikhola knows no time bondage, the beauty prevails throughout the year but summers and winters are considered the best time and especially April & May for bird watching. One can find the entire valley blooming with its best glory.
How to Reach
This place can be visited by Railways, Airways and Roadways.
By Air – The newest Airport Pakyong is the nearest which is only 39.2 Kms far and takes 2 hours by cab.
By Railways – The nearest railhead is NJP, which is 105 kms from Rishikhola and takes about 4 hours by road.
By Roadway – Private Cabs can be hired from Siliguri, which takes 3.5 hours to complete the journey of 101 kms. However, from Kalimpong, local taxis are available till Pedong and from Pedong to Rishikhola, the distance is 15 kms.
The charge per person – INR 1150/- per head per day (All Meals Included)
Couple booking the entire cottage charge – INR 1150×3 = INR 3450
Children aged 1 to 8 years – 50% of the total charge.
Children aged above 8 years- Full charge.
The property organises pick up and drop facility.
Charge per vehicle from NJP to Rishikhola- INR 3500
The sightseeing can be organised as per your schedule (if any), and that is to be finalized directly with the person in charge, prior to your travels.
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