The Yumthang Valley or the Valley of Flowers is a paradise for nature lovers with a spectacular blend of flora and fauna and breathtaking picturesque beauty. Every spring, the unique wildflowers such as primulas and Rhododendrons cover the entire valley in rich colours. It’s the great attraction of this valley. The beautiful valley, surrounded by snow clad mountains, is tucked away by 132 Km from the capital city of Sikkim. Yumthang is Standing at a height of 3564 metres (11800 ft) above the sea level with a close proximity of Tibet.
How to go to Yumthang?
Yumthang was the part of our the North Sikkim trip. We started it from Gangtok. We booked a travel agency for this trip. In Gangtok, you can find a lot of travel agents who organise such trip in three days. First, we went to Lachen from Gangtok, After spending a night at Lachen, we moved to Lachung. From Lachung we visited the Yumthang Valley, Zero points and returned to Gangtok at night. We came to Gangtok from NJP station by a sharing cab. Hence, you have to come to Gangtok first, to go to Yumthang.
Nearest Railway Station- New Jalpaiguri (NJP)
Nearest Airport- Bagdogra.
Where to stay?
There is no place to stay at Yumthang Valley. You need to stay at Lachung to visit this valley. There are few homestays at Lachung. It’s really difficult to book those through online as the location is unreachable for telecommunications. So, it’s better to book those through your tour operator or the driver of the cab for your North Sikkim tour.
What to see in Yumthang Valley?
This a rare and exotic valley where the tree line ends. The valley is evergreen throughout the year and is also the home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, and has over twenty-four species of the rhododendron. We found it on the way to Yumthang from Lachung. There was a riot of colours in the Rhododendron sanctuary. As we went to this valley at the mid of the May, we found this full bloomed flowers in the valley. The flowers start to bloom from the April and spread its full colour from May to June.
A tributary of the river Teesta flows past the valley and the Himalayan ranges surround the valley. The site offers enchanting views of the Mighty Himalayas and all flower lovers can see the Sikkim Blushwort flower here.The entire weather during April-June is very soothing and pleasant and offers spectacular and hypnotizing views of Mother Nature. The lovely vibrant colours of red, pink, purple, white against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains and gushing waterfalls were just unforgettable.
If you want to enjoy the snow, you should go on February to March. Make sure you are visiting the valley in the early morning because the snow disappears as the intensity of the sunlight increases. But, I recommend May-June, when the flowers bloom fully and make the valley more vibrant.
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