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Tourist Places To Visit In Yumthang Valley
Situated at an altitude of over 3500 m, Yumthang Valley is a picturesque landscape of colorful meadows and snowy hills in the northern district of Sikkim. Located around 140 km away from the capital of Gangtok, it is a world away from the commercial aspects of city life and the perfect place to enjoy a little retreat in the burrows of Mother Nature.
The flowers and blooms of the valley form one of the chief attractions for the tourists who visit Yumthang, with a fascinating blend of flora and fauna that call this region home. With the village of Lachung close by, Yumthang is also easily within reach of lodging options and makes for a great day trip location. Here is an account of the different places to visit when you are in Yumthang Valley.
Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary
Undoubtedly the highlight of Yumthang Valley, Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary was established in 1984 and is currently home to an impressive 24 species of Rhododendron. During flowering season, the entire valley appears to explode in a colorful patchwork of sheer beauty that emphasizes the main attraction of Yumthang Valley.
Rare birds like the Ibis Bill, Himalayan Monal and Wood Snipe, along with a number of other species can also be observed during peak flowering season, which will prove to be a highlight for bird watchers as well. Native species like the Musk Deer and the Red Panda are also occasionally seen roaming in the wilderness.
Zero Point (Yume Samdong)
The Zero Point region, locally known as Yume Samdong, is situated 13 km away from Yumthang Valley; around an hour’s drive away. It is located at an altitude of 4500 m and begins where the road ends; with breathtaking views of the snow clad hillside and the confluence of the three rivers that flow in the region. It is one of the best places to experience in Yumthang, especially in winters.
The route to Zero Point can be considered just as scenic as the end point; with each turn in the route and rise in altitude, the surroundings gradually move from green meadows to snowy hills. Zero Point also has little stalls that sell tea and Maggi, which will seem like the perfect complements to the chilly atmosphere and the spectacular views.
Sikkim is a predominantly Buddhist state with numerous monasteries spread over all regions. The Lachung monastery might appear not unlike other monasteries, but the views offered outside the monument compensate thoroughly. The insides of the structure also house ancient statues and wall murals; additionally, the annual mask dance that takes place in the winter forms a major highlight of the monastery.
Yumthang Hot Spring
The Yumthang Hot Spring is located a little distance away from the valley, one of the numerous famous springs in Sikkim. Within walking distance from the valley is an iron bridge that has been constructed over the Lachung River that needs to be crossed to reach the area of the spring.
The high sulfur content in spring water is believed to have healing and medicinal properties; for visitors who are interested in bathing in this natural water, the spring has been routed into tanks of two huts, one for men and the other for women.