Khecheopalri Lake: Santified Lake In Sikkim

Monalisa Gogoi-


Kecheopalri or (wishing lake) This religious place is believed to fulfill one’s wishes. The legend has it, if someone prays and sprinkles the water on oneself, his wishes are likely to come true. It is also said that no leaves can be seen afloat the lake despite being located amidst dense forest as the birds remove the fallen leaves from the water. Similarly, many legends revolves around the lake. It is the Tibbetan myth doing rounds in these parts of Sikkim, that this lake is blessed and if you pray for something good to happen, standing by the brink of this lake, it comes true.

The lake is evry astonishing and filled with a lot of fish. Through the mountainous terrain and forest road, but it is totally worth it. There will be many picture perfect moments to capture in your camera. This lake is a travellers’ delight. Khecheopalri means ‘heaven of Padmasambhava’, an 8th century Buddhist Master; and the lake is believed. The serene lake has references in Buddhist and Hindu mythologies. A common belief that goes around it is that Lord Shiva meditated in a cave above the lake.

How to reach:

Reaching by Bus
Siliguri Bus Stand is the nearest major bus station, with buses to other cities. Yuksom Bus Stand is a local bus stop with limited bus frequency.

Reaching by Road
From Siliguri to Khecheopalri Lake, the distance is 152 kms and takes about 5 hrs on road.
From Guwahati to Khecheopalri Lake, the distance is 579 kms and takes about 14 hrs on road.

Reaching by Train
New Jalpaiguri Railway Station (NJP) is the nearest major railway station.
Darjeeling Railway Station (DJ) is a local train station nearby, with limited railway connectivity.

Reaching by Air
Bagdogra Airport (IXB) is the nearest major international airport.
Pakyong Airport (PYG) is a small airport with limited flight routes.