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

Travel Tips

The best time to travel to Yumthang Valley is during the summer season. 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

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Things to do

The Yumthang Valley is best known for its natural beauty. The valley is popularly known as ‘the valley of flower’. 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. 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 prefer to travel by plane, the nearest airport is at Bagdogra. From there, you can either take a taxi or a bus to cover the remaining portion of the journey. Cars for hire are easily available just outside the airport. The distance between Bagdogra and Yumthang is around 175 km.
  • The nearest important railway station is at Jalpaiguri. The rail station at Jalpaiguri is connected to the stations in Delhi and Kolkata, and via them to the other stations across the country. The fare for interstate travel will be between Rs.1600 and Rs.3000 depending on the class you choose to travel in. If you are travelling within the state, the fare will be somewhere between Rs.150 and Rs.300. 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