Khecheopalri Lake

By Rashi Madane

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The Khecheopalri Lake – Nature in all its glory

Ever had that dream where you are walking along the banks of a mystical lake, surrounded by lush green trees and the magnificent rays of the sun cast a serene glow over the crystal-clear waters? The sound of numerous birds chirping merrily take you to another world, and you feel distant from the daily chaos faced in a hectic urban life.

If you crave this kind of salvation which is indeed a herculean task to seek, we have the perfect avenue which will convert your blissful dream to sweet reality, The Khecheopalri Lake of Gangtok.

A gateway to wish-fulfillment

Nestled in the dense forest cover surrounding the sacred Khecheopalri hill, is a lake which is nearly 3500 years old and has a renowned status in local folklore. It has gained immense popularity as a wish-fulfillment lake, as Lord Shiva is believed to have meditated in the Dupukney Cave overlooking the lake. Trupti, an avid traveler and adventurer says, “The local community of the village believes that all wishes made are fulfilled here.” So why not try and you might get lucky?

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The legend of wish-fulfillment is the distinguishing feature of the Khecheopalri Lake.
Being a spiritual sanctuary for the Buddhists and Hindus alike, the wooden jetty leading to the banks of the lake is adorned with prayer wheels and the Tibetan prayer flags hoisted all along the perimeter only add to the charm.

The lake gifted with a rich ecosystem

The most peculiar feature of the Khecheopalri Lake is the crystal-clear surface of water. This feat is attributed to the rich avifauna of the lake which never let any dirt or impurity surface the water and pick it up as soon as anything falls on it. And true to its essence, you would never find even a single leaf floating on the surface. Consequently, it goes without saying that this lake is a birdwatchers’ paradise with species ranging from local to exotic Himalayan birds as well. It has a rich intertwined vegetation of broad-leaved trees and bamboo clusters deeming it fit to be called a heavenly abode. Apart from the aerial diversity, the lake also boasts of rich marine life inhabiting the pristine waters.

Explore the unexplored

Being one of the less-explored gems of Gangtok, this offbeat destination has a lot to offer. The best time to visit is October-February, owing to the optimum weather conditions. Simple hikes around the lake also amount to immense pleasure with spectacular views of the sunrise and sunset. Who wouldn’t love to trod over the hills, earning a magnificent view of the pristine lake of Khecheopalri, just the way Kapil Rawat, an adventurous traveller all the way from Delhi, beautifully captures in this photograph.

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Enjoy a spectacular view of the bountiful natural beauty of Gangtok, by hiking around the Khecheopalri Lake.

Another interesting fact about the lake is that it looks like a foot mark of Lord Shiva from an elevated point. So, if you are a nature enthusiast and possess a keen interest in the cultural and religious fabric of Sikkim, make sure to include Khecheopalri lake in your travel plans. A leisurely 1 hour scenic drive from The Elgin Mount Pandim, this destination promises a memorable experience which will leave you spellbound! 

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