India Lake

India Lake in Silk Route Sikkim - Tour & Travel Guide




4,000 Ft.


Hindi, Nepali


Indian & Chinese

The India Lake on the Silk Route is located near Laxman Chowk in Sikkim at a height of roughly 12500 feet, and its water is so dark that it was given the name Kalpokhari. In Sikkimese, Kal signifies black or Kaala, and Pokhari indicates pond or lake. Kalpokhari is located in a valley that is used for yak grazing. From a certain angle, this lake resembles India's political map, hence it's also known as India Lake. It is believed to be a sacred lake with sacred fish in its depths, according to legend. The neighboring valley of this lake has a vertical drop of thousands of feet from which clouds peep and eventually gradually engulf this lake.

How to Reach India Lake in Silk Route Sikkim

By Air: Even though Pakyong Airport is the nearest airport to the lake, Bagdogra Aiport is the only operational airport. From Bagdogra, you need to rent a car to reach India Lake.

By Train: NJP or the New Jalpaiguri Junction is the closest railway station. As it is well connected with all the major cities, you will not find it hard to board a train to this station. Once you reach here, a rented car is the only option to reach this lake.

By Road: From Siliguri or any other nearby cities such as Gangtok, you can quite comfortably reach the lake.

Best Time to Visit India Lake in Silk Route Sikkim

March to May which is the months of summer is considered to be the best time to visit India Lake in Sikkim. The pleasant weather, clear view of the Himalayan peaks, and tranquil atmosphere make these months an ideal time to visit this lake and its surroundings.