Khecheopalri Lake of Pelling is a sacred spot for Hindus and Buddhists. The name has been derived from Khecheopalri hill, where it is located. This lake is a part of the Buddhist pilgrimage circuit and is often considered a 'wish-fulfilling lake'. An interesting thing about this lake is that a bird comes and picks up whenever a leaf falls on the lake; hence, you might not find even a single leaf floating around. At a short distance from Khecheopalri Lake in Pelling lies the famous Khangchendzonga National Park, which is also one of the most popular tourist attractions in Pelling. Located at the height of 38,710ft, the Khecheopalri Lake is the highest lake in Sikkim.
The lake is associated with various legends in Sikkim. It is believed to be representing the thorax, which is one of the four plexus of the human body. There is another legend like the one which says that Guru Padmasambhava used to preach 64 yoginis here, or the one where Goddess Tara Jetsun Dolma lived and the lake is her footprint. Dupukney Cave near the lake receives a massive number of devotees on 'Nag Panchmi' day, as it is believed to be the former meditation spot of Lord Shiva.
There are a lot of festivals celebrated around Khecheopalri Lake spot, like the Maghe Purne (March/April) and Chho-Tsho (October). You can plan a visit to the lake with our Sikkim tour packages, which are customizable to suit the needs of every tourist. Contact our travel experts for information and to book a tour with us!
Best Time Khecheopalri Lake
The period of winter (October to February) is the best time of the year to visit the lake. During this period, you will have the best experience of the enthralling natural beauty of the lake and its nearby surroundings.
How to Reach Khecheopalri Lake
Being a popular tourist attraction in Pelling, Khecheopalri Lake can easily be reached by all three modes of transport.
By Air: The nearest to reach Khecheopalri Lake is Bagdogra airport. From the airport, you can book a taxi to reach the lake, which is located nearly 140 km away.
By Road: There are many interstate-tourist buses that will take you to the place, or you may drive if you have a cab booked. As an advantage, going by road will allow you to experience the beautiful countryside landscapes, villages, and farms.
- From Gangtok: 154 km via NH 10.
- From Siliguri: 155km via NH 10
From Darjeeling: 95km via Nayabazar Legship Reshi Road.
By Rail: The train route is also convenient to get to Khecheopalri Lake. The nearest railway station is the New Jalpaiguri railway station. From the station, you can hire a taxi or get on a local bus to reach the lake, which is about 138km away.