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Nested in the northern part of Sikkim, Yumthang Valley is also nicknamed as the 'valley of flowers' (not to be confused with the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand). It is perched at a dizzying altitude of 3,500 meters, and unmistakably one of the most scenic places to visit in Lachung.
True to its assigned nickname, Yumthang valley fosters countless floral species which criss-cross all across its lush green carpet. The valley also houses the beautiful Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, hosting over 24 different species of rhododendrons! The verdant pasture that is Yumthang valley is lapped by mighty mountains on either side, and the freezing river Teesta forms a crystal ribbon through the forested beauty of the valley.
Location: North Sikkim District, Gangtok, Sikkim 737120
Distance from Lachung Bus Stand: 25 km
From gushing waterfalls to sprawling forests, from solitary monasteries to austere mountains, Gangtok offers a range of awe-inspiring things to do for visitors
Another one of the most beautiful tourist places in Lachung, the stunning Chopta valley is wrapped up in North Sikkim. Sitting about 2 hours away from Lachung, and beautifully en route Gurudongmar Lake, Chopta valley reigns at a staggering 4,000 meters above sea level.
During summers, the entire valley is bathed in a stunning medley of colours due to the presence of beautiful alpine flowers that it is home to. Winters turn the entire place into a picturesque wonderland, layered by a thick carpet of snow.
The tree line begins to fade from here, and the dominion of shrubs is evident. Beyond the valley, the land becomes completely devoid of vegetation, and the lofty mountains begin to rise. The aroma of the flowers merges will the cool breeze from the mountains to render you truly speechless.
Location: North Sikkim District, Sikkim
Distance from Lachung Bus Stand: 30 km
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Yumesamdong, otherwise known as Zero Point, is one of the most frequented tourist's places in Lachung. It is located about 15 km away from Yumthang and sits at a mind-numbing altitude of 4,724 meters. Zero point marks the edge of civilization, and the road comes to a dead end here.
The vicuna China border is just beyond Zero points, though no tourists are allowed there. Despite the treacherous roads, Yumesamdong brings you exceptional rewards! Treat your eyes to the confluence of three magnificent rivers, flanked on either side by enormous, snow-clad peaks.
While yaks often graze here, the land is nearly competent devoid of vegetation. The place sits beneath thick, powdery snow, and brings extremely cold weather conditions. But there’s a great respite in the form of Hot Springs by the river Sebu Chhu!
Location: Sikkim 737120
Distance from Lachung Bus Stand: Approx. 50 km
Seated at a distance of about 13 km from Lachung, in the rustic hamlet of Khedum, experience a spellbinding blend of serenity and thrill at the Bhim Nala Falls! It has the privilege of being amongst the highest waterfalls in Sikkim.
Owing to its staggering height, the cascading waterfall seems like a three-step waterfall, the roaring of which can be felt even from afar. Housed in an envelope of verdant hills, the plummeting falls roar in a soothing lullaby to enchant you. Enjoy the moment by sipping hot tea, while the roaring falls lull your senses.
Fun fact - Bhim Nala Falls is also known as Amitabh Bachchan Falls amongst the locals!
Location: Chungthang, Lachung, Sikkim 737120
Distance from Lachung Bus Stand: Approx. 15 km
About 21 km away from Bhim Nala Falls, the Naga Falls sits somewhere along the Gangtok - Chungthang road and is easily one of the most spectacular places to visit in Lachung. Another one of the tallest waterfalls in Sikkim, this multi-tiered cascade is veered a little ways off the beaten tracks and offers wonderful solitude and respite from the most popular sites in Lachung.
Early morning or evening spent here, amidst the wooded hills, listening to a beautiful medley of sounds that blend in with the tumultuous roar of the falls is an experience that lingers in the heart. Surrounded by the panorama of lofty mountain peaks, Naga Falls is an unmissable place to visit during your Sikkim trip.
Location: North Sikkim District, Sikkim 737116
Distance from Lachung Bus Stand: 35 km
Sitting at a distance of about 100 km from Gangtok, Chungthang is a beautiful little town that falls en route Yumthang, by the conflux of the rivers Lachen and Lachung. Chungthang is also the birthplace for the river Teesta. The town brims with legends and tales of old, and there is also a stone with the imprinted footprints of Guru Padmasambhava.
The town also houses a little rock here, from where mineral water flows ceaselessly. Chungthang is a place where you’ll have to travel through to reach the higher alpine regions of Lachen and Lachung. Steeped in fascinating mythology, the town offers beautiful 180-degree views of the neighboring snow-capped peaks.
Location: Chungthang Tehsil, North Sikkim District, Sikkim 737120
Distance from Lachung Bus Stand: Approx. 23 km
Nestled at an altitude of 2,750 meters, Lachen in North Sikkim is the base of Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar lake. Sitting about 27 km away from Chungthang, Lachen village is cradled by a beautiful mountain valley. ‘Lachen’ literally translates to mean ‘big pass’, and affords unmatched views of the mountain slopes that seem to seat the village in an embracing sprawl.
Lachen is one of the more shaded, unexplored parts of Sikkim, and reward you with unmatched mountain views, serenity, and peace. Housing, not more than 200 houses, the village is ideal for backpackers and adventurers looking to explore offbeat destinations. The village is also home to the Lachenpas, a Sikkimese community. Amongst the most offbeat places to visit in Lachung, Lachen warrants to be on the top of your Sikkim itinerary.
Location: North Sikkim District, Sikkim
Distance from Lachung Bus Stand: Approx. 47 km
Cradled by beautiful apple orchards of the Lachen Valley, Lachung Monastery is an ancient Buddhist monastery. Crafted with brilliant architecture, the monastery is perched atop 2,750 meters, near the confluence of the rivers Lachen and Lachung, two of the several tributaries of the Teesta river.
The gompa is also the base for the Green Lake trek. The edifice was installed in 1806 by the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism and harbors a majestic statue of Guru Padmasambhava. A prayer wheel stands guard near the entrance of the monastery, leading visitors to the resident Handloom and Handicraft Centre. The Lachung Monastery is one of the most tranquil places to visit in Lachung.
Location: Lachung, Sikkim 737120
Timings: 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM every day.
Entry charges: Free
Distance from Lachung Bus Stand: Approx. 20 km
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Traveller Tales From Sikkim
20 November 2018
About the operators: Thrillophilia ties up with trek operators for this amazing trek. The team that carries the group is well trained, well versed and allows the trekkers to focus on their trekking. To...
20 November 2018
"The beauty of this trek is all about the landscape. You start of the trek from dense forest with fresh streams and then to Rhododendron trees when you gain altitude , later which you would come across...
16 October 2015
Trekking in the state of Sikkim is very different and a unique experience that you would not gain from trekking in any other part of India. The Indian Himalayas trek in Sikkim is awesome and a must tak...
01 July 2015
Located in the state of Sikkim, this Goecha La trek is my dream and desire come true. This trek is a treat to all the adventure lovers who are in our country or visit our country. This place is nestled...
14 September 2015
I am madly and deeply in love with Sikkim. I can't believe a place like this can be so beautiful and still people are unaware about it. Walking through narrow pathways and tiny hamlets on the way make ...
03 June 2015
Trekking through the entire Goechala trek route was not so easy...but then that was the real fun of trekking. Every single move on the trek got us closer to the charm of the snow-capped peaks. The ever...
17 November 2013
The trek might sound easy, but it is really not for the amateur trekkers. Guys, make sure you know enough about the Himalayan terrains and all the quotients related to height. Also, the vendor you go a...
12 April 2015
Definitely not for the light hearts. Make sure you have enough experience of trekking before you indulge in the Goechala trek. From around 5000 ft. it will take you to a greater height of around 16,000...
16 September 2013
Awesome experience.my dream came true after this amazing trekking expedition. I must tell you the entire area so calm, it was nice waking up in the morning and heading towards the mountains.
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Sikkim is an amazing destination. It offers natural picturesque sights and superb trekking prospects to travellers who are on a solo trip or are with group of people. Some of the popular trekking tours in Sikkim are-
The newness in breeze and stillness in the backwoods that the trekker experiences when he is trekking in this state will be cherished all his life. Whether you want to have adventure or enjoy nature, you will experience the best in Sikkim.
The Sikkim Mountain biking tours are extremely eco friendly and exhilarating way of discovering the actual beauty of Sikkim. There are different bike tour in Sikkim that starts from Bagdogra-Gangtok - Phedang - Singhik - Chungthang - Lachung - Yumthang - Lachen - Thangu. Travelling for these long miles on your bike especially on the mountains will make your journey very taxing and audacious.
The eye-catching landscapes, gorgeous countryside and rough country side offer a bold challenges to the mountain bikers who are keen to know about the distinctive culture and traditions of the people residing in the villages of Sikkim. If you wish to enjoy the scenic countryside, then Sikkim Mountain biking vacation is what you need. Some of the sought after mountain biking tours in Sikkim are:
· Temi Tea Garden - Ravangla (28 Kilometres
· Martam - Temi Tea Garden (34 Kilometres
· Ravangla - Tashiding (40 Kilometre
If you live in campsites in Sikkim and enjoy this experience to the fullest you can go to Goecha la Trekking in Sikkim. It takes you on a satisfying and prosperous journey that helps you in capturing the Himalayan outline like no others. With a large number of short days campsites Sikkim currently has become a popular vacation place for trekkers. The most famous campsites in Sikkim are-
When in Sikkim you can enjoy some of the famous wildlife safari tours and bird watching tours.
Himalayan Zoological Park: This place is barely 8 km from Gangtok and is scattered in 205 hectares and if put in a nutshell it is an amazing Himalayan Zoological Park . It houses some of the most endangered species red panda, bear, barking deer, spotted deer and bear.
Sikkim Bird Watching Tour is also an experience in itself. Some of the famous Bird watching tours and Wildlife life safaris are in-
Darjeeling - Kalimpong - Lava - Neora Valley National Park- Rangeet Valley - Damthang Forests - Ravangla - Pelling - Khicheparli Lake - Yuksom.
A huge number of Hindu Shrines and Buddhist monasteries are present in Gangtok, where you can acquire inner peace. Some of spiritual places that are frequently visited in Sikkim are:
One of finest adventure in Sikkim are its cycling tours. The rugged and spectacular environment of Sikkim Himalayas provides sure shot and thrilling biking trails for the adventure seekers as majority of the roads in Sikkim are flexible cycling tours. The loveliness of the rural area, flora and fauna and way of life of the Sikkimese population can be experienced in the best possible way on a cycle tour only. Cycle tours are simply an awesome and ultimate adventure and pleasurable way to travel around North Sikkim. From ride that takes 3 to 4 days to reach Lachung wrapping up a distance of approximately 115 km and climbing an altitude of 5500 ft from Gangtok to 9600 ft to Lachung, it is a perfect way to discover North Sikkim.
Sikkim offers a wide array of walking tours to travellers. You can choose a tour in accordance to level of difficulty you want.
From moderate rides all the way through remarkable mountain countryside to thundering fast-moving water which only the most skilled rafter can steer, Teesta river rafting is the most adrenaline pumping stimulating adventure ever. Winding down the uneven and rocky mountain river is an ideal way to take pleasure and have an adventurous experience. Several white sandy beaches are present here that offers good campsites. An expedition downwards the river also permits you to enjoy the beauty of the rural area. Both experienced and novice adventurers can seek out the help of the Department of travel and tourism agents for all the arrangements related to safe and secured river rafting trips. Prices are affordable and include life jackets, helmets, food, equipment, a professional guide and accommodation.
To make Sikkim a wonderful discovery, some of the must see destinations in Sikkim are-
Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Garden
Sikkim with spectacular natural beauty and magical landscapes makes it an ideal honeymoon destination. It is a perfect gift placed in the middle of the Himalayas and proves to be a paradise for the honeymooners. The Sikkim honeymoon package ensures that you can be with your loved one in the surreal and mysterious ambiance and visit some of the amazing destinations in Sikkim. The special honeymoon tour in Sikkim are-
You can also get your Honeymoon Tour customized as per your liking, preference and the time you want to spend in Sikkim.
Sikkim is a evolving rapidly and few of its towns like Gangtok, the capital city Namchi and Jorethang are coming up at a very sturdy pace. A large number of people are fascinated by the business opportunities offered here and slowly adopting the cosmopolitan character. Sikkim is chiefly a Buddhist state but a secular state at the same time. You will come across churches, gurdwaras, mosques, monasteries, and temples and everything is very peaceful over here. The culture of Sikkim is beautiful and the unusual harmony prevails here. The chief communities here are the Bhutias, the Lepchas, and the Nepalese and inter-racial marriages take place among the three. Folk dances and songs are deep-rooted and integral part of Sikkimese culture. Majority of the dances are associated to the incredible beauty of the natural environs, which indicates the harvest season and some others are being performed for wealth.
Monasteries are an integral part of Sikkim and any tourist who visits these places feel the peace and get connected to the all-powerful in Sikkim, as the holy words mix with the buzzing prayer wheels. The devoted monks wearing red robes are chanting the revered hymns and the pounding of the trumpets and drums make the calm lights of the flamboyant lamps sparkle before the royal statues of Guru Padmasambhava at its elated monasteries. In Sikkim there are approximately 205 monasteries but some of the chief monasteries are-
Paragliding in Sikkim is an important sport in Sikkim and offers an amazing experience which you will cherish all your life. Sikkim is gradually emerging as an admired paragliding destination in the country. Number of tourists and adventure seekers from all over the world visit Sikkim for paragliding and hang gliding. It houses some outstanding launching ridges and spots for the best paragliding and Hang gliding experience in India. Hang gliding is quite similar to Paragliding. There is a difference in the equipment but the two activities offer parallel pleasures.
Special Fly Packages include-
Rock Climbing is an exhilarating sport but involves risk, lot of thrill and gives you a feeling of thrill when you are right on top of the cliff. It is extremely taxing and requires lot of stamina, expertise and nerves of steel that assists you in reading the walls with which you can select the best path to climb. Some of the best rock climbing tours are-
Some of the mountain tours in Sikkim which you will treasure all your life are-
Travelling around Sikkim is great fun but to add to this thrill you can also enjoy some of the famous helicopter tours which are-
Some of famous caves that one must explore when on a tour to Sikkim are-
Cave of great happiness or The West De-chhen phu can be reached with a little difficulty and is situated near Dzongri. It can only be reached during the autumn when snow is not there.
Shopping is an important part of every trip or in other words you can say the trip wont be complete without shopping. The local handicrafts in Sikkim are a must buy and can picked up from any Cottage Industry in Gangtok and even the Dalai Lama Fund shop in the Hotel Tibet. Other than the handicrafts you can also buy thankas, canvas wall hangings, prayer wheels, rugs, Tibetan carpets and jewellery and gift as souvenirs for your near and dear ones. The unique dragon set would be an ideal pick from the state of Sikkim. You can also buy famous tea and cardamoms from Sikkim. The Old Market, New Market are few of the chief shopping regions in Gangtok.
Gastronomical journey to Sikkim is truly amazing and introduces us to the traditions and culture of the state, their popular drink, food, dining and cooking methodology
Some of the must-try traditional and local food cuisines are-
Fairs and festivals exhibit the culture and traditions of the country. Sikkim too celebrates many fairs and festivals with lot of pomp and show. Buddhist culture is dominant in Sikkim and majority of the festivals are linked to Buddhist customs and traditions. Despite the religious festivals, Sikkim tourism department organizes different fairs all round the year to promote the culture and customs of the state. These festivals help the tourists to get a glance of the lifestyle of Sikkimese. Here are the chief festivals that you can participate in when you travel to Sikkim.
Goecha La Trek is a captivating sight of North East. It is a lovely destination in the centre of Sikkim. With extraordinary peaks and gurgling streams winding through length and breadth of meadows, this pass is a beautiful trekking destination for tourists and trekkers alike. This thrilling takes you through the beauty of Sachen and moves ahead towards Tsokha, Dzongri and Bhakim. The perplexing Dzongri offers a breathtaking view of Kanchenjunga and Pandim Peaks. It is situated at the height of 16000 ft and you can take pleasure in the romantic and enchanting walk through these lush green forests. It is thought to be one of the most romantic trekking destination and you will come across amazing mountains, friendly people and their unique culture.Goecha La Trek is difficult but can be made easy if you hold your nerves and are well equipped with a medical kit that can be accessed all through your trek. Carry the medicines you might require, insect repellents, etc. All defensive measures should be taken to guarantee your safety and other general medical information about altitude sickness.