Khecheopalri Lake, also known as the wish-fulfilling lake is sacred to the Lepchas, Buddhists, and Hindus. In spite of being covered with dense forest, legends had it that the birds don't let a single leaf settle on the lake. Locals relate this phenomenon with folklore and other legends.
Where Is It Located
Located at a distance of 31 km from Pelling in West Sikkim, the Khecheopalri Lake is a sacred place of worship for Buddhists as well as for the Hindus. Khecheopalri means 'heaven of Padmasambhava', an 8th century Buddhist Master; and the lake is believed to be a wish-fulfilling lake. 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. From an elevation, the lake appears to be in the shape of a foot. It is, therefore, believed to be a footprint of Lord Shiva by the Hindus and of the goddess Tara by the Buddhists.
There are also different stories related to the lake about Guru Padmasambhava and myths about the Buddhist goddess Tara. Khecheopalri Lake is therefore considered sacred and is a major pilgrim place for the Buddhists in Sikkim.
How to Reach
Khecheopalri Lake is 34 km from Pelling and 147 km from Gangtok. Taxis are available from these places to reach the lake. You have to get down at a point where a 5-hour trek begins.
Best time to Visit
The best time to visit the place is from February to March when the weather is pleasing.
Updated by: News Sources 2019-10-31 5:39 PM