Yumthang
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Brief

It is popularly known as "Valley of flowers". The flowering season is from late February and to mid June when countless flowers bloom to carpet the valley in multicoloured hues of rainbow. Located in the northern part of the state of Sikkim, Yumthang is a lush green grazing pasture in the laps of the Eastern Himalayas. The valley is one of the upcoming tourist spots in the state of Sikkim and is known for its greenery which is dotted with colourful flowers of various kinds. The valley is located at an altitude of around 3000 metres from the sea level. The little valley of Yumthang is also known for its rhododendron forests. In fact, there is a rhododendron sanctuary quite nearby. A tributary of the river Tista flows past the valley of Yumthang.

The Yumthang Valley or Sikkim Valley of Flowers sanctuary, is a nature sanctuary with river, hot springs, yaks and grazing pasture on rolling meadows surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in the North Sikkim district of Sikkim state in India.

Tourists come from all over the world to visit the town between October and May, mostly on their way to the Yumthang Valley and the Lachung Monastery.

Languages spoken here are Nepali, Lepcha and Bhutia.

 
Travel Tips

Make sure you plan your trip during the best time to visit Yumthang so that you have the most impeccable experience possible. However, if you want to enjoy a clear sky and brilliant view of snow-capped mountains, then the time of September - December would be an ideal time to visit this place.

Another good time to visit Yumthang is from February to March when the Losar festival is celebrated. Make sure you carry warm clohes as the weather can get really cold up there.

Dont forget to cary your essential toileteries and medicines especially the one for high altitude sickness.

Carry enough cash with you as ther are no ATMs in Yumthang.

Prefer staying for a night at Lachung and begin your journey to Yumthang only early in the morning, as the everning gets darker and foggier quite early at aroung 5:30p.m. there.

Make sure your shoes are sturdy enough.

If you are not too comfortable with the food in the hills, you can carry your own munchies  or find a decent restaurant in Sikkim.

The flowering plants are in full bloom then and the terrain looks exquisitely beautiful. It is not advisable to travel here in winter. 

The entire valley gets snow covered and the village is closed down.



When to visit

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • July
  • Aug
  • Sept
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec
sprinkles Very Cold
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  • Min
  • 15.0 mm
  • Heavy woollen
 
Things to do

The Yumthang Valley is best known for its natural beauty. The valley is popularly known as ‘the valley of flower’. Explore the Shinba Rhododendron Sanctuary. Visit the zero point. There are a large variety of flowering plants in the valley that adorn the landscape. The Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is one of the popular tourist spots. The sanctuary has 40 different varieties rhododendrons. However it is not only rhododendrons that are found here.

Since he valley is situated close to the China border, the whole area is under th control of the army.

The other trees that you can see in the sanctuary are Aconites, Saxifrages, Primulas, Potentillas, Poppies, and Gentians. There are also several species of animals and birds that can be found in the forest here. Some of the ones that you might come across are Goral,Tigers, Serow, Spotted Linsang, Hill Partridge, and Blood Pheasant.The valley is also a popular destination for skiing.

 
Getting Around

Cars are the best way to move around once you have reached Yumthang Valley.

Jeeps can be easily hired from the nearby towns. You can also get cars from the local car renting facilities.

In case of short distance travel, walking is the only way.

 
Places to Stay

If you are planning a trip to Yumthang, the best place to stay would be in the forest resort here. It is the only accommodation that is open all around the year. Otherwise, you can also opt for the paying guest situations that are offered by the villagers.

The only hotel in the region is the Yumthang Valley Resort and Cafeteria. The rent there is upwards of Rs.9000.

 
How to Reach

  • If you wish to travel by air, Gangtok airport is the nearest airport to Lachung. From there you can take taxi.
  • Lachung railway station is near to the city if your are planning to have a train journey. Upon reaching the station, you can take any of the public transports and make your way to Lachung before leaving gor Yumthang. You can book your tickets from sites like irctc.in, makemytrip.com, and yatra.com.
  • There are direct bus routes between Gangtok and Yumthang. You can get up on a taxi or a jeep from any of the nearby important towns which will take you directly to the hill station here. You can take a cab from Siliguri to Yumthang. The distance between Gangtok and Yumthang is about 150 km. The quickest route is to go to Gangtok and from there take a jeep to Lachung. From Lachung you can take a jeep to Yumthang after you have stayed there for the night.

 
Surrounding Attractions

The Yumthang Valley Shiv Mandir is one of the nearby spots of tourist attraction.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is located on the northern part of the valley.

The hot water springs here are also quite popular amongst tourists and are great spots if you are looking to have a picnic.

 
Important Numbers

Police: 100

Fire brigade: 101

Hospital: 102