It is a small Himalayan village in the district of Darjeeling, famous for the Sandakphu peak and Kalapokhri Lake. It falls in the trekking route to Sandakphu.
The lake of Kalapokhri is revered as a sacred lake, flowing at a height of 3170 meters. It is found on the route to Sandakphu peak of Singalila Range from Gairibas. The native people there believe it to be the home of the formidable Kalnaag or the huge slithering black snake.
Pokhri means Lake and Kal refers to the Kaalnaag and hence the name, Kalapokhri. The lake contains black water which is a rarity at a high elevation.