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Mankhim, situated at an altitude of 6500 ft. is one of the most unexplored hilltop settlements above the Dalapchand village of East Sikkim. Mankhim is a tranquil suburb considered as one of the most splendid places and located near to the well-known tourist attraction like Aritar. It has some breath-taking views of the Himalayan mountain ranges with the obvious sight of Mt. Kanchendzonga and the amazing valleys.
Mankhim is such a place which is gaining popularity among the tourist community as it has so many natural substances to offer. The hill top point is surrounded by the natural phenomenon which has such a powerful ahoy that ignoring it is not possible. The off-beat hill top point is nothing less than a paradise on the earth.
Sightseeing Places in and around Mankhim Hilltop
The Mankhim temple is the major tourist attraction of Mankhim due to its historical and religious connotations. The temple is situated at the top of the point near the Hattipailay village and being worshipped by the Khambu or Rai community. As Mankhim Hilltop itself is a viewpoint, the bird's eye view from the top of Mankhim to the mesmerizing Lampokhari Lake is such a splendid experience. The views of the snow-capped mountain peaks are just flagger blasting with the stunning outlook of the gigantic Mt. Kanchendzonga.
Aritar is a well-known tourist spot near the village and is popularly known for the Aritar Lake or Lampokhari Lake. The clean water, boating facility and the surrounding Pine forest attract tourists towards it. The nearby Aritar monastery with its various paintings of the Buddhism culture and a huge statue of Guru Padmasambhava is also a worth visiting sightseeing place.
Just about 11 k.m. from Mankhim, Changey waterfalls is just an amazing place for a morning visit. It is a hidden treasure of nature. With the cascading water, chirpings of birds and mystic forests surrounding the falls will be a dazzling vision.
Though Mankhim is situated in Sikkim it is adjacent with North Bengal's one of the most beloved hilltop station Kalimpong. One can easily acquire a day trip towards Pedong, Sillery Gaon, Reshikhola, Icchey Gaon, Zuluk etc. Each of the places possesses an assorted quality of natural phenomenon which will astonish the visitor. Having a trip towards these marvellous abodes will make your day well spent.
How to reach Mankhim Hilltop
To reach Mankhim one can hire a car direct from Siliguri where the nearest railway station NJP railway station and Bagdogra Airport is situated. The distance from NJP to Mankhim is 118 km. The way through Kalimpong is the shortest route from Siliguri which takes around 4 hours to reach Mankhim. Booking a car through the tour planner will be wise as it will be quite easy to access.
Where to stay in Mankhim
The fine green lush land consists of few homestays which offer a homely environment and the possible best way to facilitate tourists. With great hospitality and humbleness, the owners serve a luscious food according to the preferences. The homestays are abided by the elemental necessity which never disappoints. Most significantly from every home stay one can have the magnificent view of Mt. Kanchendzonga.
Best time to visit Mankhim Village
To get the fascinating view of the valleys and the gardens of Rhododendrons and Orchids the best time will be in summer. The forests and the green lush field of Mankhim seem like a colour riot. The Pine and Fir forest seems so beautiful that describing in words will not be enough.
To experience the bone-chilling cold wind and frosty pine forest along with the snow-capped mountain peaks and standing tall the Mt. Kanchendzonga, visiting Mankhim in winter will be an ideal plan. In winter Mankhim remains very calm and quiet and the sound of the northern wind freezes the soul.
Simply Mankhim can be visited throughout the year but avoiding monsoon will be good as monsoon here is not so pleasant for the travellers.