Timings: Open from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM Everyday Major Airports: Bagdogra Airport Best time: October to May (Read More)
The Khecheopalri Lake
If you want to experience tranquillity and serenity in its most purest form, then Khecheopalri Lake is your perfect destination. The Lake is known to be an intrinsic part of the Demazong revered valley of rice. Locally known as the Sho Dzo Sho Lake meaning On Lady, Sit Here; the modern name of this lake came from the surrounding Khecheopalri hill which is also considered to be a consecrated hill. This heaven of Padmasambhava is located at a distance of 147 km from the Khecheopalri village. Known to fulfil wishes of their devotee, the lake is considered to be holy by both Buddhist and Hindu devotees and is worshipped by thousands of followers from around the globe. According to historical references, it is said that the lake originated after the Nepali invasion of the medieval kingdoms during the 17th century. The Nepali army ruined the palace of the Namgyal.
Another folklore associated with the lake is once the deity Goddess Tara Jetsun Dolma rested in front of a monk and asked him to fill a vessel from the lake. The goddess instructed that she will guide him to the lake. When the monk forwarded the request made by the goddess he reached the Khecheopalri Hill. There he prayed and poured the water from the vessel in a shallow lake and magically the shallow lake turned into a big one which is known as Khecheopalri Lake today. The lake is an integral part of the Buddhist monasteries. An interesting fact about the lake is that the leaves are not allowed to fall into the lake as the birds make sure to pick them up as soon as the drop on its surface. The lake is conserved due to the rich biodiversity it holds making the lake an important one from ecotourism and pilgrimage aspects. The sacredness and purity if the lake is preserved till date.
The place is open from 6:00 AM in the morning to 6:00 p.m. every day.
There is no entry fee charged to enter the lake.
How To Reach
The nearest railway station to the city is the New Jalpaiguri Railway Station in West Bengal situated at a distance of 170 km and takes around 5 hours and 37 minutes to reach the lake. The nearest airport is the Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri in Darjeeling.