Place of Interest in North Sikkim


  • Lachung
  • Yumthang Valley and Yumesamdong Valley
  • Lachen
  • Gurudongmar Lake

Lachung

113kms away from Gangtok is the picturesque ethnic mountain village of Lachung, at a height of 8610ft, embraced by snow capped mountain peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling streams and apple orchards is the perfect holiday destination.

Sprawled across the banks of the Lachung Chu [river] which slices the village in two, Lachung is famous for its apples, peaches and apricots. At Lachung you can visit the Lachung Gompa, built around 1880, the monastery is situated amidst apple orchards across the river from the town centre.

You can also visit the Shingba Rhododendron sanctuary through which flows the Yumthang Chu.

Yumthang Valley and Yumesamdong Valley

Further up from Lachung is the Yumthang valley, situated at a height of 11800 feet, popularly known as 'Valley of Flowers'. Located at a distance of 150kms from Gangtok, it is a paradise for nature lovers with a fascinating blend of flora and fauna and breathtaking scenic beauty.

It is closed between December and March due to heavy snowfall. Yumesamdong is a valley on the Lachung River about 15Kms ahead of Yumthang. The place is close to Chinese border. Yumesamdong is an hour's drive beyond Yumthang through the rugged mountain road (15300ft), an area where the sweet fragrance of Azalea permeates the air.

It is also referred as Zero point where the road ends. From here one can see the view of majestic Dongkha la or Donkia Pass.

Lachen

At an altitude of 8500 ft Lachen is alluring in its simplicity. Not yet as big a tourist destination as Lachung, it retains a freshness which is very appealing.

Lachen is the starting point for some of the most interesting treks in North Sikkim as well as the gateway to the holy Guru Dongmar and Tso Lhamu lakes

Gurudongmar Lake

Situated at a height of 17,800 feet, it is considered one the most sacred lakes by the Buddhists and Hindus alike. The beautiful and awe inspiring lake (190kms from Gangtok) remains milky in colour throughout the year.

According to a legend, since the lake used to remain frozen most of the year, it was not possible to use its water for drinking purposes. When the Guru Padmasambhava passed by, while returning from Tibet, the local residents are reported to have approached him for providing source of water. The Guru obliged.

A portion of the lake touched by him does not freeze in extreme winter. Since then the water of the lake is considered sacred, visitors carry the 'blessed' water in bottles.