In the western part of Sikkim, the place called Khecheopalri Lake present a serene environment in between a thick forest. The distance between Geyzing and the lake is 30 Kms. One can visit the lake through the place called Pemayangtse. The unique feature about the lake is that, people following both Hindu faith as well as Buddhism, worship the lake. In order to visit this holy lake, pilgrims from all over the globe come here.
Hidden amidst dense woods of temperate climate vegetations and also bamboo plants, the Khecheopalri Lake is a holy place. One intriguing feature of the lake is that, there is no leaf on the surface of the lake, although the lake is located amidst dense forests. People believe that the local birds do not permit even a solitary leaf to remain on the surface of lake.
The name ‘Wishing Lake’ is given to the Khecheopalri Lake. A grandiose celebration is hosted in this place during the months of February and March. If one gets a glimpse of the lake from a higher altitude, then one can observe that from that point the lake takes the shape of the imprints of the foot of Lord Shiva.
The mythical story related to this lake is that this location used to be a grazing location in the previous times. One fine day, it was observed by the people, that conch shells were dropping on the ground. After that, the ground began to tremble intensely and then water came out of the ground. This is the story which is related to the origin of the Khecheopalri Lake.
HOW TO REACH KHECHEOPALRI
By Air: The nearest airport is located in Bagdogra.
By Rail: The best option for rail travel is to opt for the railway station in New Jalpaiguri.