Places covered:-Gangtok, Lachen, Lachung, Yumthang Valley
Being a piece of paradise for nature and adventure enthusiasts, the unspoiled glamour of North Sikkim is blessed with the snow-capped lofty mountains, silvery yet sparkling waterfalls, vivid and somber greenery, winding hillside trails decorated with the ample colorful rhododendrons, orchids, and wildflowers that invariably nod their heads by the chilly winds. The scenic and quaint green valleys and the panoramic villages of North Sikkim hemmed by the snowy peaks and mountainous trees altogether hold a bewitching and thrilling charisma within.
Covering the prominent tourist destinations around North Sikkim, we at Daily Tour and Travel have chalked out a detailed itinerary as a part of our North Sikkim tour that will give you the stunning opportunity to explore the pristine beauty at its best.
Begin wonderful journey by making a grand entry to the heart of Sikkim, Gangtok that is nearly 135 kilometers away from Bagdogra airport / New Jalpaiguri Railway Station / Tenzing Norgay Bus Stop. Nestled on the lap of the majestic Himalayas at the height of 1670 m from the sea level, this mesmerizing hill station exhibits a perfect soulful and picturesque beauty. Upon reaching the capital, check in to the hotel and take some rest.
During the evening you can stroll around the M.G. Road or the Mall area and other local shopping zones. Once you return back to the hotel you can enjoy some fun activities with your friends and family before retiring for the day.
Welcome the first morning at Gangtok with an early morning delicious breakfast at the hotel, start your first excursion towards the two major tourist spots in North Sikkim. Considered as a sacred lake, Tsomgo is an oval-shaped glacial lake located 40 km away from Gangtok. Covered with snow almost throughout the year, Tsomgo lake is home to numerous migratory birds, Brahmini ducks and also it boasts a divine beauty being surrounded by the snowy and rocky mountains all over. The divine ambiance is enhanced by a Lord Shiva temple on the bank of the lake.
After exploring Tsomgo you can head towards Baba Mandir which lies at a distance of 30 minutes drive from the holy lake. The temple is built upon the Samadhi of Baba Harbhajan Singh who was an Indian Army soldier and sacrificed his life near Nathula Pass. It is believed that he is still on his duty as a soldier and guides and saves the lives of the soldiers posted nearby. He is worshipped as a saint for the local people as well as for the soldiers.
After taking blessings from Baba Mandir, you can drive up towards Nathula Pass. Located at a distance of 20 kilometers from the shrine, Nathula Pass is notable as the entry of the Republic of China and the surrounding enticing snowy beauty. Head back to the hotel and enjoy the lazy evening by strolling around the mall or enjoying family time at the hotel.
Soon after breakfast, your journey towards Lachen will begin. A 5 to 6 hours drive from Gangtok will directly take you to the land of Lachen. This entire 135 kilometers long drive is divided into two – after 96 kilometers you can stop at a place called Chungthang for lunch and then again start the beautiful journey through the winding mountain roads.
The tranquil city of Lachen is encircled by the snowy mountain peaks and breathtaking scenic beauty. Among the major tourist attractions, there are Thangu, Chopta Valley and Shingbha wildlife sanctuary. Upon reaching the town, check in to the hotel and after taking some rest set out to explore the peaceful surroundings, the Lepcha village, and the soulful local people.
Start your fourth day of North Sikkim trip with a delightful breakfast and head for sightseeing around Lachen. A 4 hours drive will take you to the auspicious lake of Gurudongmar located at a distance of 55 kilometers from Lachen and at an altitude of 11800 feet from the sea level. Although from December to April, the lake water gets frozen because of the chilled atmosphere, a section of water however remains normal all through the year.
While returning to the hotel for lunch, en route you can enjoy the heart-warming beauty of the cold desert region of Tibet/ China, the rhododendron forest of Chopta valley and also the fascinating Thangu. Post lunch, your drive towards Lachung, another major destination of North Sikkim will kick off. This 2 hours drive offers the enchanting view of the misty rhododendron forests and winding trails.
Once you reach Lachung, take some rest in the hotel and then step out to explore the Lachung Monastery where the chilly wind flutters the flags, brings some peace to your mind and rejuvenate your soul with utmost spiritual beauty. Return to the hotel to take ample rest for the next day excursions.
Before you say goodbye to this dreamland of North Sikkim, drive to the Yumthang valley, located at a distance of one hour drive from Lachung. The charming Yumthang valley is dotted with awe-inspiring mountain peaks covered in glittering snow. During the springtime, Yumthang valley boasts its divine elegance through blooming rhododendrons, Primulate, and other wild Alpine flowers all around.
Return to the hotel with the cherishing fresh memories from the enchanting valley and enjoy the last lunch before you head off towards Gangtok for the overnight stay.
It is, therefore, the time to say a final goodbye to the snowy mountain peaks and the lavish unspoiled green valleys of North Sikkim and pack your backpacks and return to the land of towering office buildings and noisy vehicles
However, we at Daily Tour and Travel can even customize the North Sikkim tour package for you to satisfy your wanderlust and we also ensure to give you the ultimate adventurous experience that will not only make your trip even more thrilling but also will fill your soul and mind with some enticing memories from the unexplored corners of North Sikkim.
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