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North Sikkim Yumthang Valley Lachen Lachung Gurudongmar Lake Dzongu Zero Point
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The Yumthang Valley or Sikkim Valley of Flowers is Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary with river, hot spring, yaks and grazing pasture on flowery meadows surrounded by the Himalayan mountains. It's altitude is 11,693 ft above and 150 kilometres from Gangtok. During late February and to mid June rhododendron & orchid flowers bloom which appears as a carpet on the valley. A tributary of the river Teesta all long the the valley and road to Lachung, the nearest town. Yumthang is closed between December and March due to heavy snowfall. There is a hot spring in the Yumthang valley. Skiing is conducted in the valley during November to December when the snowfall is not extreme.
Attractions & Places
Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lake in India, at an altitude of 16,900 ft. It is considered sacred by Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus. The lake is named after Guru Padmasambhava. The lake is located 190 kilometres from Gangtok, and about 5 kilometres south of the China border. The nearest town to stay is Lachen. The lake can be reached by road from Lachen via Thangu. The road from Thangu to Gurudongmar passes through rugged terrain with high alpine vegetation covered with rhododendron trees. While Indian tourists are allowed to visit the lake, foreigners need a special permit. A legend related to the frozen condition of the lake is linked to the visit of Guru Padmasambhava to the lake, on his way back from Tibet. As the lake remained frozen most of the year & drinking water was short in nearby area, the people of the area appealed to Padmasambhva to help them. The Guru placed his hands on a small part of the lake area, which stopped freezing during winter, facilitating drinking water to the people.
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North Sikkim is best known for the high altitude snow peaked mountains, alpine & tundra vegetation and higher up for the barren landscapes. Yumthang Valley, Gurudongmar Lake, Zero Point are the popular tourist attractions. North Sikkim landscape matches that of Ladakh and often referred to Ladakh of East. Yumthang valley in very unique due its orchid that bloom during the spring & summer season making it one of the most popular place for tourist. On the way you come across so many waterfalls that you it becomes normal sight within few kms. of your journey. North Sikkim also has some popular trek routes of which the Green Lake Trek is the most popular. Dzongu a small village has become popular in recent times due to promotion of village tourism with exposure of Lepcha culture. North Sikkim tourism attract lot of tourists during the March- June, September- December tourist season. Winters & Monsoon are strictly avoidable. To visit North Sikkim one need to obtain inner line permits, non Indians are only permitted till Lachung but with local guides. Also North Sikkim is cut from the other parts state most of the time due to landslides and no permits are issued in anticipation of bad weather other than 3-4 months in a year. It is wise to plan a tour to North Sikkim with a tour operator with local knowledge of these factors and keeping in mind of the uncertainty. In cases where such thing occur you can of course take a detour to east, south or west Sikkim.
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Dzongu, a reserved area of the Lepchas, the original inhabitants of Sikkim. The Lepcha Communities in Dzongu lives in relative isolation from the modern outside world with their own traditional practice and beliefs. The village is 30 minutes ahead of the Seven Sisters waterfall. Dzongu is surrounded with panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and is rich in flora and fauna. Dzongu is being promoted as a village tourism destination and offer homestay accommodation. You can stay with local families and experience the Lepcha lifestyle and cultural traditions amidst luxuriant landscape and spectacular mountain scenery. You can go for village hikes, visit the rich cardamom fields or check out the cane bamboo bridge at Passingdon. In the evening a special cultural programme can be arranged on demand.
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Sight Seeings In North Sikkim
The following are the notable sightseeing places of North Sikkim. Gurudongmar Lake, Yumthang Valley, Zero Point, Kala patthar, Tso Lhamo Lake, Shingba Rhodendron Sanctuary, Chopta Valley, Seven Sister Waterfalls(a seven stage waterfalls not to be mixed up with one that is in Meghalya), Bhim Nala Falls, Naga Falls, Cafe 15000(Cafe' 15000 The Highest Cafe In The World is run by the Army Wives Welfare Association), Chungthang for the confluence of two rivers. Monasteries of Lachen & Lachung are also popular visiting Place.
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