Lungthung of Sikkim: #AtoZchallenge

Lungthung is a hilltop village on the Old Silk route of East Sikkim. It rests at an altitude of 12,500 feet on the Eastern range of Himalaya. The village, Lungthung is also popular in the name of Dhupidhara. It ‘s a significant travel destination in your Old Silk Route trip and it is only one hour away from another popular offbeat destination- Zuluk.  The valley offers an amazing view of Sunrise on Mt. Kanchenjunga and Winding (Zig-zag) roads of the old silk route. The tourists from the nearby places come to see this breathtaking beauty from the Thambi Viewpoint of Lungthung.

How to go to Lungthung?

Nearest railway station- New Jalpaiguri (NJP)

Nearest Airport- Bagdogra

Nearest Town- Rangoli

You have to hire a cab either from the NJP or from the Bagdogra.  But, the charges will be low, if you book a cab from Rongoli. You need to take permit to enter the old silk route from Rangoli. It takes one day.  You can visit this place with the awesome Old Silk Route packaged tour.

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Zuluk and the Old Silk route from Lungthung viewpoint.

 

Where to stay?

There are few homestays in Lungthung around the viewpoint. People mostly stay at Zuluk and come here to see the magnificent sunrise. It takes 1 hour and the cab driver charges 1000 buck for this 2 hours sunrise trip. I recommend staying at Lungthung instead of Zuluk.  You can also stay in both of the places. I think experiencing sunrise from the bed of your homestay instead of taking a trip in the minus temperature of the dawn is more relevant. Moreover, the wind flow on the hilltop is so high in the dawn that you cannot stand there for 5-10 minutes.  But, Lumthung is colder than Zuluk and it’s difficult to stay there without room heater even in summer season.

What to see in Lumthung?

Thambi Viewpoint:

It’s hard to stay in the coldest temperature of Lumthung. But, in return, what you get, you never forget in your lifetime. If weather permits you will get the best view of Mt. Kanchenjunga from here. It’ll seem that you can touch the Queen if you widen your hands. The breathtaking view of first light on the snow-covered pick of the Queen is the ultimate gain of your trip.

Mt. Kanchenjunga.

If you watch down from the top, you’ll see the paradise in the earth. The morning sun spreads its amazing light all over the valley.  From this Thambi Viewpoint, you can see the Zig-zag roads of the old silk route within the lush green Himalayan vegetation. If you come in the time of Snow, you will find the snow-covered winding roads. But, it’s hard to come in winter due to the excessive snow in the road.

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Zig-zag roads of the Old Silk Route from Thambi View POint

Laxmi Chowk:

From here you can get a panoramic view of Kalimpong, Lava, Pedong and so many beautiful places. It seems that you are at the top of World from where you can visit anything in this world.

Conclusion:

Lumthung is really paradise to me though I didn’t stay here. I stayed at Zuluk and came to Lungthung to visit the paradise.  After the trip, I realized that I committed a mistake of not spending a night at Lungthung.  As a result, I missed the sunrise. It was tough for me to come in the dawn with my 4 years old kid to visit the sunrise. So, I always suggest Lumthung for staying and visit Zuluk from Lumthung during your return.

 

This post is written in response to the Letter L for the #AtoZchallenge of 2018 organized by Blogging from A to Z Challenge(2018) and #BlogchatterA2Z challenge organized by The Blogchatter

My theme for this Challenge is The OFFBEAT DESTINATIONS OF INDIA.

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radhikasreflection
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Wow! The hills truly beckon Sayanti. Lovely place to visit 👍

Sayan Bhattacharya
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Sayan Bhattacharya

Fantastic post Sayanti.. enjoyed your description of Lumthung along with the photos. I had heard that it is a beautiful place and reading your post truly made me feel so. You have also provided details and tips on how to plan a trip there, via the Old Silk Route.. Thanks for the lovely read !!

shwetadave
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shwetadave

The old silk route road is so scenic and picturesque. Would love visiting this place for sure. Sooner than later. Someday. Pictures have been captured beautifully retaining the essence and beauty 🙂
Thanks for sharing.

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