North Sikkim Tour is popular due to barren landscape that matches Ladakh and also called Ladakh of East. High altitude snow peaked mountains, alpine & tundra vegetations in the lower altitude is a delight for tourists. Yumthang Valley, Gurudongmar Lake, Zero Point are most visited as snow is available most of the year.
North Sikkim Tour Packages are the most availed trips due to high altitude snow peaked mountains, alpine & tundra vegetation and the barren landscapes higher up. Yumthang Valley, Gurudongmar Lake, Zero Point, Dzongu(a hamlet of the indigenous Lepcha community), Cafe 15000(highest Cafeteria of the world) are some of the popular tourist attractions. Yumthang valley which is covered by snow most of the year, is unique for orchids that bloom during the spring & summer season making it the most visited place of North Sikkim Tour Packages. There are numerous waterfalls all along the route from Gangtok, Seven Sisters Falls, Bhim Nala falls are some worth mentioning.
For adventure seekers, North Sikkim has some popular trek routes, Green Lake Trek being the most popular.
North Sikkim attracts huge number of tourists during the March- June season, however October to December you can visit Lachung & Lachen but places like Zero point, Gurudongmar lake, etc. may be out of bounds due to heavy snowfall. Winters & Monsoon are strictly avoidable to undertake a North Sikkim Tour Packages.
To visit North Sikkim one needs to apply for inner line permits, tourists other than Indians are only permitted till Lachung with local guides. North Sikkim roads are cut from Gangtok during monsoon due to landslides and no permits are issued in anticipation of bad weather. It is wise to consult a tour operators with up to date knowledge of the situation and if necessary take alternate tours 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. 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 Padmasambhava 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. Cafe 15000 is the world highest cafeteria and is on the way. It is run by Army Wives Welfare Association.
The Yumthang Valley also called Sikkim Valley of Flowers is the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary with rivers, hot springs, yaks, and flowery meadows surrounded by the Himalayan mountains. It's altitude is 11,693 ft above and
about 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 flows all long the the valley and road to Lachung, the nearest town where tourist put up for the night. 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.
Dzongu, is a reserved zone for the Lepcha community, the original inhabitants of Sikkim. The Lepchas lives relatively isolated from the modern outside world, are nature worshiper and have their own unique culture, traditional practice and beliefs. The village is 30 minutes ahead of the Seven Sisters waterfall. Dzongu is surrounded with panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjunga (which they regard as their supreme God) and is rich in flora and fauna. Dzongu is now being promoted as a village tourism destination, which was out of bounds for tourists until recently, and offers homestay accommodation. You can stay with local families and experience the Lepcha lifestyle and cultural traditions amidst luxuriant landscape and spectacular mountain scenery. Special cultural program demonstrating their lifestyle can be arranged on demand. 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.
What is the best time to visit North Sikkim?
The best time to visit North Sikkim are the months of April, May & June & October to December. The temperature is cool throughout the year with a maximum of 20 degree Celsius. The weather in North Sikkim is very cold in winters and you see heavy snowfall during the months of December to April. It experiences mild to heavy rainfall during the months of July and September and strictly avoidable.
How long does it take to visit North Sikkim?
Mostly tourist go for a 2 Nights 3 Days tour packages from Gangtok with 1 Night stay at Lachung and 1 Night stay at Lachen. You can extend your stay by 1 more days stay with 1 Night at Dzongu.
How much will it cost for a trip to North Sikkim?
North Sikkim Tour Packages for 2 Night 3 Days ex Gangtok are available starting from Rs 3500/- onwards to 4500/- for shared packages depending upon the season of travel. For reserved tour it will cost you anything between 35000/- to 50000/- depending upon your choice of hotel for a group of 8 person.
Which are the best places to visit in North Sikkim?
Gurudongmar Lake: A sacred lake for Buddhists and Hindus alike, this lake is one of the most famous places to visit in North Sikkim. The lake lies at an elevation of 17,800 feet. Yumthang Valley: Covered with the sheets of snow, the Yumthang Valley is a go to spot for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts. Lachung: Offering uninterrupted sceneries of the Himalayas, the quaint valley of Lachung is a very famous picnic and camping spot. People usually come here to camp along the stream of the river. Seven Sisters Waterfall: As the name suggests, this waterfall is a combination of seven different streams of water which further make a giant pool on the rocks. Lachung Monastery: One of the most beautiful places to visit in North Sikkim, this monastery boasts of having a pure aura and very peaceful atmosphere. Bhim Nala Falls: This gushing waterfall is known for its humongous height and the fast stream of water which creates a milky formation below it.
Why it is called Zero Point in Sikkim?
Zero Point Sikkim (Yumesamdong) is situated at an elevation of 15,300 ft. in the North District of Sikkim, India. This place is called Zero Point because there is no motorable road after this place and the visitors are not permitted to go beyond this point due to its proximity to the Chinese border.
Can one directly go to Lachung & Lachen from Siliguri/NJP?
Yes one can directly go but it takes 9 to 10 hours journey and you get to Mangan Police Station before 2 pm to get your permits.