North Sikkim Travel Info

North Sikkim Overview

If you want to experience the thrill of traveling with picturesque and exotic natural snow capped mountains then North sikkim would be the best choice to go for...North sikkim has much to offer from beautiful lakes and valleys to its green and misty waterfalls. These natural marvels are bound to energize you.

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The History

The Northern part of Sikkim is the least populated area in India. But topographically it stands as the area with the largest land mass among all the other parts of Sikkim.

The landscape is mountainous with dense vegetation that rises to alpine heights before thinning into desert dust towards the northern tundra. The area also boasts a great number of beautiful waterfalls which makes the area much more beautiful.

North Sikkim Places to visit

Places to visit in North Sikkim

Due to the larger landmass and highly enriching ecological hotspots, there are a lot of beautiful places to visit. If you select our Sikkim tour package, we can assure that you will not miss out on anything.

Dzongu

Dzongu is a triangular region in North Sikkim which is 70 kms drive away from Capital city of Sikkim. It is bounded by the Teesta River in the south-east, Tholung Chu River in the north-east and by mighty mountains in the west. It borders the Kanchenjunga Biosphere Reserve.

Dzongu has been established as an official reserve for the Lepcha people, the aboriginal inhabitants of Sikkim. It is a protected area which needs permission from Sikkim Government to enter Dzongu. One can obtain permission from the Tourism office in Gangtok or one in Delhi. Tour operators can arrange the permits before reaching Sikkim. The Lepchas have strong ties with the nature and have lived here for centuries. An understanding of their culture, customs and language helps to foster an appreciation of the beautiful mountains, deep forests, and the emerald-colored Teesta River.

The region sees little tourist activity and hence seems almost untouched. It is sparsely populated and most of it is covered with dense vegetation. Rice fields and Cardamom plantations can be seen near the villages. This area is populated majorly by the Lepchas, who are also identified as the original inhabitants of Sikkim. Dzongu has an incomparable freshness and retains its uniqueness and an air of exclusivity. Dzongu is located bordering the Kanchendzonga Biosphere Reserve at a height between 3000 feet and 20,000 feet. The Lepcha Communities of Dzongu withhold their exclusivity and seclusion and live in relative isolation from the rest of the world. They follow their own traditional practices and traditional beliefs.

Home stay in Dzongu

Munlom Nature Resort

Munlom which means 'Blessing', is a nature based resort located in 'Gyathang', a village in lower Dzongu which lies at an altitude of 5100 ft. The property is constructed of materials all locally found resources with a minimal environmental footprint. Careful measures were taken to ensure utilization of local human resource and traditional building techniques many of which are largely being forgotten. This is a location far from the maddening crowd, where one can find you amidst the grandeur of nature

Mayal lyang home stay

Lingthem lyang home stay

Lingthem Lyang Home stay is situated in the Lingthem area of Upper Dzongu in Northern Sikkim. Dzongu is a place reserved for the Lepcha people, the original inhabitants of Sikkim. The Lingthem Lyang Home stay is surrounded by rice paddy fields and cardamom groves, guarded by the lofty Himalaya Mountains and rolling hills, and it is blessed with many beautiful cold streams gushing down as waterfalls. The colorful folklores of Dzongu have captivated the minds of readers, luring people to visit this land from far off places.

Leebek lee home stay

Yealbong lee home stay

Yealboog Lee Home stay in Dzongu is located at lower Lingthem Village, Dzongu which is around 12km away from the Mangan Town. The home stay is located in a really beautiful location as it is surrounded by large paddy fields and lush green mountains which make this home stay a really magical place. It is operated by the family member themselves and they are really warm people. The home stay provides an excellent accommodation and overwhelming experience. They even have organic farm in this home stay which allows them to serve lots of local dishes with homegrown vegetables.

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David Neel cave
David Neel cave

Alexandra David-Néel was a French writer, explorer, and Buddhist scholar. In 1924, at age 55, she was the first Western woman to enter the Tibetan city of Lhasa, when Tibet’s borders were closed to foreigners.

David-Néel started her trip on August 12, 1911. Her first destination was the Hindu holy city of Benares, India. She met numerous people, including the Maharajah of Sikkim, the Gomchen (Great Meditator) of Lachen, and the 13th Dalai Lama. She is best known for her daring journey to Lhasa over the Trans-Himalayas in midwinter 1924. She was a French opera singer who became an explorer, anarchist, spiritualist, and Buddhist, and who wrote over thirty books. She travelled extensively in India, China, and Tibet, and was even permitted to question the Dalai Lama about Buddhism. After her many years of stay in Tibet she came to Sikkim and visited Lachen and from there she went towards the cave which is near Lachen where she stayed in a cave and meditate for many years.

In May 1912, David-Néel went to Lachen and became a student of the Buddhist monk, Gomchen of Lachen. She spent two years living in an anchorite cave at 12,000 ft (3,600 m) practicing Tibetan yoga and meditation. Here she met a 14-year-old monk, Aphur Yongden, whom she later adopted.

Lake Gurudongmar
Lake Gurudongmar

Considered a sacred lake for Buddhism and Hinduism, Lake Gurudongmar is one of the most popular tourist attractions in northern Sikkim. Located at an altitude of 17,800 feet, the breathtaking beauty of this lake will leave you in awe of its surroundings. Attached to a popular local legend that Guru Padmasambhava touched the water of the lake and thus the lake does not freeze in winter, this lake is considered by the locals to have magical powers. Together with a temple, Gurudongmar lake forms a beautiful landscape where you can enjoy the snow-capped mountains and serenity in one place. A feast for the eyes, Lake Gurudongmar attracts dozens of tourists and is also the starting point for many Himalayan hikes.

Yumthang Valley
Yumthang Valley

Renowned for its stunning beauty, Yumthang Valley is a peaceful retreat for any nature lover in North Sikkim. The popular tourist spot boasts an abundance of flowers and distinct wildlife that will leave you mesmerized with its scenery. Where the trees disappear, the Yumthang valleys begin to fascinate you with their colorful landscape and fragrant atmosphere. Located 1180 feet above sea level, the Yumthang Valley is a stunning sight with endless flower beds. Offering an unforgettable experience, Yumthang Valley is a place where you can immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Besides visiting Yumthang, you must also visit Lachung Village to learn about the local culture while on vacation. Some of the most stunning views one can enjoy from the Yumthang Valley are the stunning peaks of the Panhunri and ShunduTsenpa mountain ranges, which provide an incredible backdrop to the flowing Teesta River.

Lachung
Lachung

Nestled in the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas, Lachung is one of the most beautiful places to visit in North Sikkim. With countless stunning mountains, stunning waterfalls and colorful orchards, Lachung should be on every visitor's travel list in North Sikkim. This place has something wonderful to offer, whether you are looking for romance, solitude or adventure amidst the beauty of nature. Surrounded by incredible beauty, Lachung promises to captivate you with lasting memories of this picturesque village, far from the hustle and bustle of the city. Attracting thousands of tourists, Lachung's exquisite beauty is the perfect start to a glorious stay in Sikkim. Location Lachung, North Sikkim.

Lachen
Lachen

Boasting an idyllic landscape of green grasslands, wooden huts and an undeniably romantic atmosphere, Lachen is a memorable North Sikkim getaway. With some notable attractions like Lachen Monastery, Blue Lake, Chopta Valley, etc., Lachen is a hot tourist attraction in North Sikkim. Lachen's mountain meadows and natural beauty fascinate tourists with its simple surroundings and offer a surreal getaway from the monotonous chores of life. A treat for nature lovers and bird watchers alike, Lachen is a peaceful village that you must visit to have a great time with your loved ones.

Yumesamdong
Yumesamdong

One of the most shimmering attractions in North Sikkim, Yume Samdong is located 15,300 feet above sea level. With a thrilling ride through winding roads and rough terrain, you can reach Yume Samdong within 1 hour from Yumthang. By applying for a special permit, you can go to Yume Samdong to admire the incredible view of the verdant valley filled with the scent of azaleas. Also known as Zero Point, Yume Samdong is a great place to visit during March and April.

Chopta Valley
Chopta Valley

Famous for its history and religiously significant sites, Chopta Valley is one of the best places to visit in North Sikkim. if you are looking for unexplored tourist attractions. This amazing place is relatively unspoiled and attracts all those who want adventure. The valley sits at an elevation of 13,200 feet and is popular for hosting a number of activities such as hiking, fishing, and water sports. Located in the Greater Himalayas, the Chopta Valley is famous for being home to many rare species of animals, plants and birds. The snow-white landscape on one side contrasts sharply with the green grasslands on the other side of the Chopta valley. The Chopta Valley is a great getaway for all nature and wildlife lovers and promises a great time for all tourists.

Thangu Valley
Thangu Valley

Get ready for an adventurous getaway by visiting the Thangu Valley when you vacation in North Sikkim. Located at an altitude of 13,000 feet, Thangu Valley is an ideal destination for thrill seekers to enjoy activities like hiking, rafting, and more. The Serenity Valley is known for its flowers that bloom during the summer months, unlike the snow that blankets the landscape in winter. Often used as a place to relax before embarking on another grueling hike, Thangu Valley is an idyllic retreat spot to spend time with loved ones.

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