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North Sikkim Tour is best known for the high altitude snow peaked mountains, alpine & tundra vegetation and higher up for the barren landscapes. Yumthang Valley, Gurudongmar Lake, Zero Point are the popular tourist attractions. North Sikkim landscape matches that of Ladakh and often referred to Ladakh of East. Yumthang valley in very unique due its orchid that bloom during the spring & summer season making it one of the most popular place for tourist. On the way you come across so many waterfalls that you it becomes normal sight within few kms. of your journey. North Sikkim also has some popular trek routes of which the Green Lake Trek is the most popular. Dzongu a small village has become popular in recent times due to promotion of village tourism with exposure of Lepcha culture. North Sikkim tourism attract lot of tourists during the March- June, September- December tourist season. Winters & Monsoon are strictly avoidable to undertake a North Sikkim Tour Packages. To visit North Sikkim one need to obtain inner line permits, non Indians are only permitted till Lachung but with local guides. Also North Sikkim is cut from the other parts state most of the time due to landslides and no permits are issued in anticipation of bad weather other than 3-4 months in a year. It is wise to plan a tour to North Sikkim with a tour operator with local knowledge of these factors and keeping in mind of the uncertainty. In cases where such thing occur you can of course take a detour to east, south or west Sikkim.
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Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lake in India, at an altitude of 16,900 ft. It is considered sacred by Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus and most sought after destination in North Sikkim Tour Packages. The lake is named after Guru Padmasambhava. The lake is located 190 kilometers from Gangtok, and about 5 kilometers south of the China border. The nearest town to stay is Lachen. The lake can be reached by road from Lachen via Thangu. The road from Thangu to Gurudongmar passes through rugged terrain with high alpine vegetation covered with rhododendron trees. While Indian tourists are allowed to visit the lake, foreigners need a special permit. A legend related to the frozen condition of the lake is linked to the visit of Guru Padmasambhava to the lake, on his way back from Tibet. As the lake remained frozen most of the year & drinking water was short in nearby area, the people of the area appealed to Padmasambhva to help them. The Guru placed his hands on a small part of the lake area, which stopped freezing during winter, facilitating drinking water to the people. Gurudongmar Lake is now the most visited in North Sikkim Tour.
The Yumthang Valley or Sikkim Valley of Flowers is Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary with river, hot spring, yaks and grazing pasture on flowery meadows surrounded by the Himalayan mountains. It's altitude is 11,693 ft above and 150 kilometers from Gangtok. During late February and to mid June rhododendron & orchid flowers bloom which appears as a carpet on the valley. A tributary of the river Teesta all long the the valley and road to Lachung, the nearest town. Yumthang is closed between December and March due to heavy snowfall. There is a hot spring in the Yumthang valley. Skiing is conducted in the valley during November to December when the snowfall is not extreme. Yumthang Valley is the most popular tourist destination for people going for North Sikkim Tour Packages. It was the earliest destination to attract tourists in North Sikkim.
Dzongu, a reserved area of the Lepchas, the original inhabitants of Sikkim. The Lepcha Communities in Dzongu lives in relative isolation from the modern outside world with their own traditional practice and beliefs. The village is 30 minutes ahead of the Seven Sisters waterfall. Dzongu is surrounded with panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjunga and is rich in flora and fauna. Dzongu is being promoted as a village tourism destination and offer homestay accommodation. You can stay with local families and experience the Lepcha lifestyle and cultural traditions amidst luxuriant landscape and spectacular mountain scenery. You can go for village hikes, visit the rich cardamom fields or check out the cane bamboo bridge at Passingdon. In the evening a special cultural program can be arranged on demand. Though this is rarely visited but now with govt. support Dzongu is slowly gaining popularity among tourist going for North Sikkim Tour Packages.
Day 01: Arrival NJP Railway Station/Bagdogra Airport to Gangtok (125 Km):
Upon arrival at NJP railway station/ IXB airport meet and greet by our office executive and transfer to Gangtok in a comfortable vehicle. On reaching Gangtok check-in formalities at the hotel and take your refreshment. You can spend rest of the day at leisure or you may go for local sightseeing. Let the excitement grow up for the next day tour. Overnight stay in Gangtok.
Day 02: Drive to Lachen from Gangtok (118 Kilometer/6 Hours of rive):
Begin your next day with early morning breakfast in hotel. Complete the check out formalities as drive to Lachen awaits. Lachen is a small hamlet in Sikkim nestled between the foothills of Himalayas. This beautiful journey passes through amazing seven sisters waterfall. Lunch will be offered at a local restaurant on the way itself. Check-in at the hotel after you reach Lachen late in the afternoon. The evening is free. Overnight stay in Lachen.
Day 03: Excursion to Gurudongmar Lake and Drive to Lachung (44 Kms):
Start your day with the healthy breakfast at the hotel and get ready for next drive through snowcapped mountains and enjoy some stunning scenery as you arrive at the Gurudongmar Lake – the most sacred lake in North Sikkim. Please note that only Indian nationals are allowed to visit this place. Remember the lake is situated at the highest altitude (11,800 Feet) and this may cause breathing problem, so be prepare and do not exert and take it easy. Come back to hotel, after taking refreshment check out from the hotel on time and leave for Lachung. Overnight stay in Lachung.
Day 04: Sight Seeing at Yumthang Valley & Drive to Gangtok (118 Kms)
Start your day with the healthy breakfast in hotel and get ready for next scheduled drive towards Yumthang Valley situated at nearly at nearly 11,800 feet. Yumthang is a valley surrounded by towering snow covered mountains. The ethereal beauty is grace for all visitors. After your visit is concluded, return to your Lachung hotel for Lunch. Post lunch you will be driven back to Gangtok. You reach you hotel in the evening.
Day 05: Gangtok – New Jalpaiguri Railway Station / IXB airport (125 kms)
After breakfast check out from hotel on time & transfer to NJP (New Jalpaiguri Junction) Railway station / IXB (Bagdogra) Airport for your onward journey. With that we end your short North Sikkim Tour.
The following are the notable sightseeing places of North Sikkim Tour Packages. Gurudongmar Lake, Yumthang Valley, Zero Point, Kala patthar, Tso Lhamo Lake, Shingba Rhodendron Sanctuary, Chopta Valley, Seven Sister Waterfalls(a seven stage waterfalls not to be mixed up with one that is in Meghalya), Bhim Nala Falls, Naga Falls, Cafe 15000(Cafe' 15000 The Highest Cafe In The World is run by the Army Wives Welfare Association), Chungthang for the confluence of two rivers. Monasteries of Lachen & Lachung are also popular visiting Place.
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