North Sikkim Places Of Interest

   
The Sikkimese Often Contend That North Sikkim Is As Beautiful As Switzerland. You May Hear It When You Get There, Or See It Repeatedly Mentioned In Various Brochures And Guide Books. Why? Several Decades Earlier, A European Guest Of Our Late King Had Passed A Remark To That Order, And Now The Legend Lives. True To This Erstwhile Visitor's Remark, Many Others After Him Have Also Reiterated The Fact That North Sikkim Is Indeed Truly Beautiful.
Places Of Visit Covered While Travelling Only To North Sikkim Lachung Yumthang Valley

 

Tashi View Point

Sunrise Point From Here You Could Have A View Of Khangchendzonga And Other Peaks Of The Himalaya. One Can Have An Experience Of The Changes Of Colour Of Snow Of Mountain There.

 

Phensang Monastery

Is Situated On The Gentle Slope Stretching From Kabi To Phudong With Perhaps One To The Landscapes In The Region. The Phensang Monastery Under The Nyingmapa Buddhist Order Was Build In 1721 During The Time Of Jigme Pawo The Annual Festival Of Chaam Is Performed On The 28th And 29th Days Of The Tenth Month Of Tibetan Colander.

 

Phudung Monastery

Phudong Monastery Belonging To Kargyupa Sect(Karmapa), Is Situated About A Kilometer Uphill By A Jeep Able Road That Bifurcates From The North Sikkim Highway A Little Bit Ahead Of Phudong Towards Mangan. The Monastery Was Built By The Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal Somewhere In The First Quarter Of The Eighteenth Century.

 

Labrang Monastery

Another Kilometer Uphill From The Phudong Monastery On The Same Jeeepable Road Is The Labrang Monastery Which Was Built About One Hundred Years Later Then Phudong Monastery But Belongs To The Nyingmapa Sect.

 

Mangan 

A District Headquarters Of The Unexplored North Can Be Considered As A Gateway For The Tourists. The Northern Most Edges Of This District Merge Into The Tibetan Plateau Which Ends Its Uniqueness To This Sparsely Populated Region. In This Area One Can Spot The Tibetan Wild Ass, Locally Known As Kyang.

 

Singhik View Point 

Singhik Is Situated Four Kilometers Away From Mangan Towards The North. The View Point Lies Just On The Road Side From Where Is Seen A Very Picturesque View Of Mount Sinolchu .Right Downwards From The Viewpoint Is Seen The Confluence Of River Teesta And River Kanaka. Other Sorrounding Places Too Look Very Beautiful From The Viewpoint. A Nice And Clean Guesthouse, Suitable For A Night Halt Is Also Available Near By.

 

Chungthang

The North Sikkim Highway Bifurcates Here To Take Different Routes For Lachen And Lachung.. Chunghthang Is 30 Kilometers Away From Mangan Further North. It Is Around 95 Kilometers Away From Gangtok & 23 Kms From Lachung 29 Kms From Lachen And It Is Predominately A Lepcha Region. It Is A Small Town Surrounded By High Mountains That Seem To Be Almost Touching The Sky.

 

 

Lachung

It Is A Bhutia Village With A Unique Local Self-Governing Body Called The Zumsa Has Emerged As A Tourist Destination With The Soaring Popularity Of Yumthang Valley Which Has Just 24kms From Lachung. The Village Spread Out On Either Side Of Lachung Chu, Has Managed To Retain Its Unique Culture And Tradition. The Lachung Monastery On The Slope Opposite To The Highway Is The Focal Point Of All Religious Function Of The Local Inhabitants.

 

Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary 

The Sanctuary Is Bounded On Its Southern Periphery By The Yakchey La And On The Northern Periphery By The Yumthang Valley Known For Its Alpine Meadow And Hot Springs. 
The Picturesque Yumthang Chhu (River) Flows Through The Sanctuary, Which Is Known For Its Unique Abundance Of Rhododendron Trees And Shrubs, 40 Species/Varieties Of Which Are Recorded From Sikkim Alone.

 

Hot Spring

The Natural Hot Springs Known As Tsa-Chu In The Local Language On The Left Bank Of Lachung Chu Is A Popular Spot For Its Curative Properties And Healing Power In Yumthang.

 

Yumthang

The Rightfully Called The Valley Of Flowers As In Flowering Season There Blossoms Vivid Colours Of Variety Of Rhododendrons, Chimals And Blue Poppies. Yumthang Is Located On A Flat Valley And Is Near The Tree Line, The Surrounding Mountains Seems To Kiss The Heavens. The Journey From Lachung To Yumthang Has A Very Picturesque Landscape And Is Lined With Rhododendrons.
Yumthang Valley Is A Mesmerizing Scene With Yaks Grazing On Flower - Carpeted Meadows Against A Backdrop Of Towering Peaks. It Has Breathtaking Views Where One Can Become A Part Of A Timeless Scene Without Any Kind Of Intrusion

 

Domang

14 Kms Ahead Of Lachung At An Altitude of 10164 Ft Lies Domang Valley The Drive All The Way With Running Streams And Amidst The Silver Fir Is Truly A Travelers Delight.

 

Yumeysamdong

23 Kms Ahead Of Yumthang At An Altitude Of 15300 Ft Where The Sweet Fragrance Of Ezilia (Used As Incense) Permeates The Air.

 

Katau

Katau Is A Very Beautiful Place With The Panoramic View Of Snow Capped Peaks Of Himalaya. This Place Is Very Close To China Border.


Places Of Visit While Covered Travelling Only To North Sikkim Lachen Chopta Thangu Valley

 

Tashi View Point

Sunrise Point From Here You Could Have A View Of Khangchendzonga And Other Peaks Of The Himalaya. One Can Have An Experience Of The Changes Of Colour Of Snow Of Mountain There.

 

Phensang Monastery

Is Situated On The Gentle Slope Stretching From Kabi To Phudong With Perhaps One To The Landscapes In The Region. The Phensang Monastery Under The Nyingmapa Buddhist Order Was Build In 1721 During The Time Of Jigme Pawo The Annual Festival Of Chaam Is Performed On The 28th And 29th Days Of The Tenth Month Of Tibetan Colander.

 

Phudung Monastery

Phudong Monastery Belonging To Kargyupa Sect(Karmapa), Is Situated About A Kilometer Uphill By A Jeep Able Road That Bifurcates From The North Sikkim Highway A Little Bit Ahead Of Phudong Towards Mangan. The Monastery Was Built By The Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal Somewhere In The First Quarter Of The Eighteenth Century.

 

Labrang Monastery

Another Kilometer Uphill From The Phudong Monastery On The Same Jeeepable Road Is The Labrang Monastery Which Was Built About One Hundred Years Later Then Phudong Monastery But Belongs To The Nyingmapa Sect.

 

Mangan 

A District Headquarters Of The Unexplored North Can Be Considered As A Gateway For The Tourists. The Northern Most Edges Of This District Merge Into The Tibetan Plateau Which Ends Its Uniqueness To This Sparsely Populated Region. In This Area One Can Spot The Tibetan Wild Ass, Locally Known As Kyang.

 

Singhik View Point 

Singhik Is Situated Four Kilometers Away From Mangan Towards The North. The View Point Lies Just On The Road Side From Where Is Seen A Very Picturesque View Of Mount Sinolchu .Right Downwards From The Viewpoint Is Seen The Confluence Of River Teesta And River Kanaka. Other Sorrounding Places Too Look Very Beautiful From The Viewpoint. A Nice And Clean Guesthouse, Suitable For A Night Halt Is Also Available Near By.

 

Chungthang

The North Sikkim Highway Bifurcates Here To Take Different Routes For Lachen And Lachung.. Chunghthang Is 30 Kilometers Away From Mangan Further North. It Is Around 95 Kilometers Away From Gangtok & 23 Kms From Lachung 29 Kms From Lachen And It Is Predominately A Lepcha Region. It Is A Small Town Surrounded By High Mountains That Seem To Be Almost Touching The Sky.

 

Lachen 

Lachung‘s Sister Village, Lachen Is Only A Recent Host To Tourists. Situated At An Altitude Of 9000 Ft. And A Good Six Hours Drive From Gangtok Along The North Sikkim Highway, Lachen Stand On A Grassy And Bush Flat From The Periphery Of Which Rise The Pine Clad Mountains With There Snowy Peaks And Black Cliffs.

 

Thangu Valley

The Route Continues From Lachen To Gradual Ascend Of 28 Kms Through The Mountain Ridge Leads To Thangu At An Altitude Of 13100 Feet. Its Alpine Meadows Are Dotted With Wooden Houses And Army Camps. The Calm Water Of Teesta Flowing Through The Valley Presents A Fantastic Contrast. It Also Serves As A Base Camp For Trekkers To Muguthang And Lashar Valley

 

Chopta Valley

Just A 10 Minutes Drive From Thangu Valley At An Altitude Of 13200 Feet. Which Offers The Wonders Of River Meandering And Its Here Where You Can Actually Walk Over The Frozen River During Winter

 

Deothang / Alexzendra David Neel Cave

This Beautiful Valley Situated Between Kalep Village, Near Thangu Is A Two Hour Walk From Kalep. On Top Of The Mountain There Are Two Caves Which Have Been Used By Monks For Meditation Purpose Since Centuries. Just Below This Cave There Is Another Cave Where The Famous French Explorer And Spiritualist Alexandra David-Neel Meditated Under The Guidance Of Gumchen Aphur Yogden, From 1914 To 1916.

 

Gurudongmar Lake

At An Altitude Of 17,100 Feet Close To The Tibet Border Lays Gurudongmar - One Of The Most Sacred And Pristine Lakes In Sikkim. Vast Plateau That Crosses The Indo-Tibet Border, Green Grassy Field Criss-Crossed By Thousands Of Snaky Glacier Fed Streams With Perennial Snow Covered Slops That Rises From It Mark The Landscape Of The Region. It Is Considered As One Of The Sacred Lakes Both By The Hindus And The Buddhist. (Not Covered In Main Package Add On Extra Ex Chopta Thangu Valley At Optional Cost) (Subject To Health, Road Conditions, Permit Availability Only) ** NRI's & Foreign Nationals Not Permissible

 

Tsho Lhamu Lake

(Restricted Areas Permission Not Granted)
Further Ahead 9 Kms Of Gurudongmar Lake Is Tso Lhamu Lake At An Altitude Of 16730 Ft Is On The Plateau That Project Into Sikkim. The Teesta River Takes Birth From This Moderately Sized Lake. The Water In This Lake Flirts With Ice Before Getting Frozen In Winter. The Beauty Of The Tso Lhamu Lake Doubles By The Reflection Of The Surrounding Mountains.

Places Of Visit While Travelling Only To North Sikkim Lachung Yumthang Valley & Lachen Chopta Thangu Valley

 

Tashi View Point

Sunrise Point From Here You Could Have A View Of Khangchendzonga And Other Peaks Of The Himalaya. One Can Have An Experience Of The Changes Of Colour Of Snow Of Mountain There.

 

Phensang Monastery

Is Situated On The Gentle Slope Stretching From Kabi To Phudong With Perhaps One To The Landscapes In The Region. The Phensang Monastery Under The Nyingmapa Buddhist Order Was Build In 1721 During The Time Of Jigme Pawo The Annual Festival Of Chaam Is Performed On The 28th And 29th Days Of The Tenth Month Of Tibetan Colander.

 

Phudung Monastery

Phudong Monastery Belonging To Kargyupa Sect(Karmapa), Is Situated About A Kilometer Uphill By A Jeep Able Road That Bifurcates From The North Sikkim Highway A Little Bit Ahead Of Phudong Towards Mangan. The Monastery Was Built By The Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal Somewhere In The First Quarter Of The Eighteenth Century.

 

Labrang Monastery

Another Kilometer Uphill From The Phudong Monastery On The Same Jeeepable Road Is The Labrang Monastery Which Was Built About One Hundred Years Later Then Phudong Monastery But Belongs To The Nyingmapa Sect.

 

Mangan 

A District Headquarters Of The Unexplored North Can Be Considered As A Gateway For The Tourists. The Northern Most Edges Of This District Merge Into The Tibetan Plateau Which Ends Its Uniqueness To This Sparsely Populated Region. In This Area One Can Spot The Tibetan Wild Ass, Locally Known As Kyang.

 

Singhik View Point 

Singhik Is Situated Four Kilometers Away From Mangan Towards The North. The View Point Lies Just On The Road Side From Where Is Seen A Very Picturesque View Of Mount Sinolchu .Right Downwards From The Viewpoint Is Seen The Confluence Of River Teesta And River Kanaka. Other Sorrounding Places Too Look Very Beautiful From The Viewpoint. A Nice And Clean Guesthouse, Suitable For A Night Halt Is Also Available Near By.

 

Chungthang

The North Sikkim Highway Bifurcates Here To Take Different Routes For Lachen And Lachung.. Chunghthang Is 30 Kilometers Away From Mangan Further North. It Is Around 95 Kilometers Away From Gangtok & 23 Kms From Lachung 29 Kms From Lachen And It Is Predominately A Lepcha Region. It Is A Small Town Surrounded By High Mountains That Seem To Be Almost Touching The Sky.

 

F.Y.I. The Places Of Visit Mentioned Above Are Common To All The Travelers Visiting North Sikkim Till Chungthang And From This Destination The Route Is Diverted Accordingly For Lachung & Lachen Separately The Places Covered Is Mentioned Below Accordingly.

 

Places Of Visit For Visitors To Lachen

 

Lachen 
Lachung‘s Sister Village, Lachen Is Only A Recent Host To Tourists. Situated At An Altitude Of 9000 Ft. And A Good Six Hours Drive From Gangtok Along The North Sikkim Highway, Lachen Stand On A Grassy And Bush Flat From The Periphery Of Which Rise The Pine Clad Mountains With There Snowy Peaks And Black Cliffs.
Thangu Valley
The Route Continues From Lachen To Gradual Ascend Of 28 Kms Through The Mountain Ridge Leads To Thangu At An Altitude Of 13100 Feet. Its Alpine Meadows Are Dotted With Wooden Houses And Army Camps. The Calm Water Of Teesta Flowing Through The Valley Presents A Fantastic Contrast. It Also Serves As A Base Camp For Trekkers To Muguthang And Lashar Valley

Chopta Valley
Just A 10 Minutes Drive From Thangu Valley At An Altitude Of 13200 Feet. Which Offers The Wonders Of River Meandering And Its Here Where You Can Actually Walk Over The Frozen River During Winter
Deothang / Alexzendra David Neel Cave
This Beautiful Valley Situated Between Kalep Village, Near Thangu Is A Two Hour Walk From Kalep. On Top Of The Mountain There Are Two Caves Which Have Been Used By Monks For Meditation Purpose Since Centuries. Just Below This Cave There Is Another Cave Where The Famous French Explorer And Spiritualist Alexandra David-Neel Meditated Under The Guidance Of Gumchen Aphur Yogden, From 1914 To 1916. (Terms & Conditions Applied)


Gurudongmar Lake
At An Altitude Of 17,100 Feet
Close To The Tibet Border Lays Gurudongmar - One Of The Most Sacred And Pristine Lakes In Sikkim. Vast Plateau That Crosses The Indo-Tibet Border, Green Grassy Field Criss-Crossed By Thousands Of Snaky Glacier Fed Streams With Perennial Snow Covered Slops That Rises From It Mark The Landscape Of The Region. It Is Considered As One Of The Sacred Lakes Both By The Hindus And The Buddhist.
(Not Covered In Main Package Add On Extra Ex Chopta Thangu Valley At Optional Cost)
(Subject To Health, Road Conditions, Permit Availability Only)
** NRI’s & Foreign Nationals Not Permissible

Tsho Lhamu Lake     (Restricted Areas Permission Not Granted)
Further Ahead 9 Kms Of Gurudongmar Lake Is Tso Lhamu Lake At An Altitude Of 16730 Ft Is On The Plateau That Project Into Sikkim. The Teesta River Takes Birth From This Moderately Sized Lake. The Water In This Lake Flirts With Ice Before Getting Frozen In Winter. The Beauty Of The Tso Lhamu Lake Doubles By The Reflection Of The Surrounding Mountains.

 

Places Of Visit For Visitors To Lachung

 

Lachung
It Is A Bhutia Village With A Unique Local Self-Governing Body Called The Zumsa Has Emerged As A Tourist Destination With The Soaring Popularity Of Yumthang Valley Which Has Just 24kms From Lachung. The Village Spread Out On Either Side Of Lachung Chu, Has Managed To Retain Its Unique Culture And Tradition. The Lachung Monastery On The Slope Opposite To The Highway Is The Focal Point Of All Religious Function Of The Local Inhabitants.


Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary 
The Sanctuary Is Bounded On Its Southern Periphery By The Yakchey La And On The Northern Periphery By The Yumthang Valley Known For Its Alpine Meadow And Hot Springs. 
The Picturesque Yumthang Chhu (River) Flows Through The Sanctuary, Which Is Known For Its Unique Abundance Of Rhododendron Trees And Shrubs, 40 Species/Varieties Of Which Are Recorded From Sikkim Alone.


Hot Spring
The Natural Hot Springs Known As Tsa-Chu In The Local Language On The Left Bank Of Lachung Chu Is A Popular Spot For Its Curative Properties And Healing Power In Yumthang. (Not Covered In One Night Package )


Yumthang
The Rightfully Called The Valley Of Flowers As In Flowering Season There Blossoms Vivid Colours Of Variety Of Rhododendrons, Chimals And Blue Poppies. Yumthang Is Located On A Flat Valley And Is Near The Tree Line, The Surrounding Mountains Seems To Kiss The Heavens. The Journey From Lachung To Yumthang Has A Very Picturesque Landscape And Is Lined With Rhododendrons.
Yumthang Valley Is A Mesmerizing Scene With Yaks Grazing On Flower - Carpeted Meadows Against A Backdrop Of Towering Peaks. It Has Breathtaking Views Where One Can Become A Part Of A Timeless Scene Without Any Kind Of Intrusion

Domang
14 Kms Ahead Of Lachung At An Altitude of 10164 Ft Lies Domang Valley The Drive All The Way With Running Streams And Amidst The Silver Fir Is Truly A Travelers Delight. (Not Covered In Main Package Enroute Diversion At Optional Cost) (Subject To Availability Permit Only)


Yumeysamdong
23 Kms Ahead Of Yumthang At An Altitude Of 15300 Ft Where The Sweet Fragrance Of Ezilia (Used As Incense) Permeates The Air. (Not Covered In Main Package Add On Extra Ex Yumthang Valley)

Katau
Katau Is A Very Beautiful Place With The Panoramic View Of Snow Capped Peaks Of Himalaya. This Place Is Very Close To China Border. (Not Covered In Main Package Enroute Diversion At Optional Cost)
Not Covered In Main Package Enroute Diversion At Optional Cost) (Subject To Availability Permit Only)


Common Places Of Visit Enroute For Visitors To North Sikkim Lachung & Lachen.

 

Tashi View Point
Sunrise Point From Here You Could Have A View Of Khangchendzonga And Other Peaks Of The Himalaya. One Can Have An Experience Of The Changes Of Colour Of Snow Of Mountain There.


Phensang Monastery
Is Situated On The Gentle Slope Stretching From Kabi To Phudong With Perhaps One To The Landscapes In The Region. The Phensang Monastery Under The Nyingmapa Buddhist Order Was Build In 1721 During The Time Of Jigme Pawo The Annual Festival Of Chaam Is Performed On The 28th And 29th Days Of The Tenth Month Of Tibetan Colander.


Phudung Monastery
Phudong Monastery Belonging To Kargyupa Sect(Karmapa), Is Situated About A Kilometer Uphill By A Jeep Able Road That Bifurcates From The North Sikkim Highway A Little Bit Ahead Of Phudong Towards Mangan. The Monastery Was Built By The Chogyal Gyurmed Namgyal Somewhere In The First Quarter Of The Eighteenth Century. (Not Covered In Main Package Enroute Diversion At Optional Cost)


Labrang Monastery
Another Kilometer Uphill From The Phudong Monastery On The Same Jeeepable Road Is The Labrang Monastery Which Was Built About One Hundred Years Later Then Phudong Monastery But Belongs To The Nyingmapa Sect. (Not Covered In Main Package Enroute Diversion At Optional Cost)


Mangan 
A District Headquarters Of The Unexplored North Can Be Considered As A Gateway For The Tourists. The Northern Most Edges Of This District Merge Into The Tibetan Plateau Which Ends Its Uniqueness To This Sparsely Populated Region. In This Area One Can Spot The Tibetan Wild Ass, Locally Known As Kyang.


Singhik View Point 
Singhik Is Situated Four Kilometers Away From Mangan Towards The North. The View Point Lies Just On The Road Side From Where Is Seen A Very Picturesque View Of Mount Sinolchu .Right Downwards From The Viewpoint Is Seen The Confluence Of River Teesta And River Kanaka. Other Sorrounding Places Too Look Very Beautiful From The Viewpoint. A Nice And Clean Guesthouse, Suitable For A Night Halt Is Also Available Near By.

 

Chungthang
The North Sikkim Highway Bifurcates Here To Take Different Routes For Lachen And Lachung.. Chunghthang Is 30 Kilometers Away From Mangan Further North. It Is Around 95 Kilometers Away From Gangtok & 23 Kms From Lachung 29 Kms From Lachen And It Is Predominately A Lepcha Region. It Is A Small Town Surrounded By High Mountains That Seem To Be Almost Touching The Sky.

F.Y.I. The Places Of Visit Mentioned Above Are Common To All The Travelers Visiting North Sikkim Till Chungthang And From This Destination The Route Is Diverted Accordingly For Lachung & Lachen Separately.