North Sikkim Tour is the most beautiful excursion of Nature, especially, the exploration of the eastern mountain of the Great Himalayan Range. North Sikkim hugs the Himalayan Mountains closely and is different from any other place in India. One of the most breathtaking landscapes in India, the region of the Northern part of the Sikkim state is the marvel of Nature of the Earth. The northern zone of Sikkim is the coldest, prettiest and has a wild celestial beauty that few can resist. The pristine view of the white snowy mountain tops, vivacious waterfalls, bustling rivers, majestic lakes and the vivid flora and fauna have the capacity to spellbind its visitors with its spectacular Natural untouched beauty.
Lachung : A serene little hamlet nestling on the banks of the Lachung River, Lachung is the best possible destination for those who really love nature. Incidentally the name Lachung means small pass. It is close to the Tibet border and offer to the guest scenic views, a melting pot of culture, ubiquitous handicrafts and wonderful natural flora. Lachung is famous for its fruit production…apples, peaches and apricots are found in abundance there.
The Lachung Gompa is one of the primary attractions of this small hamlet. This ancient monastery was built in 1880 and it lies amidst a luscious apple orchard. You can easily recognize the monastery as it has two identical metal dragons and huge prayer wheels. Try walking through the village to the monastery… it’s a short walk and you get to see many sights on the way. You can either opt for the main Katao road that leads up to the signed gateway of the monastery or you can take the longer and prettier route that forks left after the bridge.
Yumthang Valley: A lovely little place in North Sikkim, the valley of Yumthang is well known for its hot sulphurous springs and valley of beautiful rhodenderons. Home to 24 different species of these beautiful flowers Yumthang is also called the Valley of Flowers of North Sikkim. North East India’s loveliest river Teesta flows right through the Yumthang Valley making it a place like the paradise.
The lovely Singhba Rhodenderon sanctuary that contains more than 24 species of rhodenderons is a part of Yumthang valley. Total area of this sanctuary is more than 43 sq. km. it’s possible to take day trips in the sanctuary between 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with the help of a local trained guide.
A small tributary of Teesta flows besides Yumthang valley and there is a hot spring with alleged medicinal properties in that area. Enroute to Yumthang valley you will see lots of natural streams along with some excellent views of peaks of Pauhunri and Shundi. Go to a little more north and found another good tourist attraction is Yumesamdong or Zero Point that’s full of fascinating views of the Himalayas with Tungabhadra Shiva temple.Phuni Valley: One of the loveliest and yet relatively unexplored skiing destinations in Northern India, Phuni is just 20 km away from Lachung. In fact you can use Lachung as a base for exploring Phuni though it deserves a special individual mention. The snow that covers Phuni all winter, lovely gentle slopes and an altitude of 11,500 feet makes it an attractive destination for ski lovers across the globe. The SMA (Sikkim mountaineering association) organizes Ice Skiing Festivals at Phuni every March for 15 days to popularize this sport among tourists.Lachen: Lachen means Big Pass with full of beautiful scenic sights. Lachen has not yet become as big a tourist destination like Lachung so there is an untouched beauty about the place. In summers the annual Yak race takes place here and that’s an ideal time to visit. The Lachen Gompa presides over this small hamlet and luscious forests form the canopy. Snow clad peaks are easily visible here and in the spring many varieties of flowers dot the place.Gurudongmar Lake: Gurudongmar is considered to be one of the highest altitude sweet water lakes in the world. The lake is known after Guru Padmasambhava who had paid a visit here in the 8th century. The revered Guru Nanak had also visited and blessed this lake in the 15th century. This lake treated a holy lake. The Gurundongmar Lake is sustained by glaciers, this lake also source point of the famous Teesta River. The surrounding area is known as Gurudongmar and is populated by blue sheep, yaks and other species of wildlife.Below 10 years child and above 60 years persons can’t go to Gurudongmar Lake. They can take rest at the place on route of Gurudongmar Lake named Cafeteria 15000 (just 15 km before of Gurudongmar Lake) and known as World Highest Cafeteria.Chopta Valley: Chopta Valley is not green like most other parts of Sikkim. it has rather a barren and austere landscape that seems exotic. In the spring however the valley transforms itself and becomes a riot of colours. Chopta valley is used a lot as the base for the extreme high altitude trek. Chopta Valley comes on the way from Lachen to Gurudongmar Lake. One can see a 360 degree view of the Himalayan ranges from here. Rare endemic species of flora and fauna are found in Chopta Valley. The colourful monals, flycatchers, whistling thrush, warblers are just some of the beautiful birds found in this region.