29th June, 2016
At a height of 11800 feet ASL, there lies a grazing pasture on the foothills of the mighty Himalayas. During the summer, villagers take their cattle to these heights to graze. It is only during the spring months that the entire Valley turns into a most spectacular landscape. With rhododendrons, and primulas, and poppies, and iris blooming wild all over the valley, the place becomes so perfectly scenic you could shoot one of those Bollywoodish dream sequence music videos here.
Welcome to the Valley of Flowers. Located in the North Sikkim district of Sikkim, Yamthung Valley is more poplular as the ‘Valley of Flowers’ these days. It is the home to Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, and over 24 different species of Rhododendron flower have been discovered so far. With a tributary of the Teesta river flowing beautifully past the valley, Yumthang turns into a heaven on earth during the spring season. The valley sways like a ballerina duing the spring season with magnificent flowers adorning the entire area.
Recently skiing has been introduced by the government to lure adventure seekers. So yes, in case you ever had a dream of skiing down the snow-capped mountains like James Bond. Yes, that is happening too. Cannonball down the snow-capped ski trails, and feel the adrenaline pumping.
And there is more. there is also this hot water spring near the Yumthang river. So in case, you had a hectic work schedule and want to calm your nerves, I think the spring is a must try.
Other inteesting places you could go exploring are Lachung Monastery, Yumthang, Yumesamdong or Zero Point, Katao, Gurudongmar Lake, Thangu, Chopta Valley, and Phodong Monastery.
How to reach Yamthung: One may travel from Gangtok to Lachung by renting a vehicle and stay overnight. A trip to the Valley takes around two hours from Lachung, which is about 125 km from Gangtok.
Accomodations: Lachung is the nearest village where accommodation is available. A forest rest house is the only permanent residence in the valley. There is government restriction on movement of tourists in North Sikkim as the area boarders Chinese Tibet. Hence, a hotel is booked only as part of a package tour.
Best Time to Visit: Due to heavy snowfall, the facilites remain closed between December and March. So the best time to visit Yamthung Valley is between April to June.
So what are you waiting for? Plan a trip already. Come, discover the Paradise Unexplored in action.Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Share on Whatsapp