One of the most beautiful places in Sikkim, Yumthang Valley is among the most visited places in the North East India. Settled at an elevation of 3500m above sea level, the valley is blessed with many beautiful flowers, which gives it the name of Valley of Flowers.
The valley in Lachung district in North Sikkim is extremely picturesque. Green slopes covered with trees, snow covered mountains in the backdrop, yaks grazing, and a river flowing right through the valley, Yumthang a sight to cherish. Words don’t do justice to the serene ambiance and the fresh mountain air. The zero-line of the valley, the altitude above which there are no trees is blessed with snow most of the year which lures the snow lovers.
Yumthang is also known as the Valley of Flowers. Blessed with over 24 species of Rhododendrons, the low-growing Himalayan flowers. In spring (March- April), the Valley looks like a collage of different colors. The flowering of Rhododendrons is over by May end. During monsoons, (mid-June till September) the valley is covered with all kinds of tiny Himalayan flowers. The colorful blooms include the Primroses, Cinquefoils, Louseworts and Cobra-lilies. The view is fascinating.
Winters are equally incredible in Yumthang Valley. The entire area gets transformed into a winter wonderland. Skiing has recently been introduce in the valley, luring adventure enthusiasts’ from far and wide.
Best time to visit Yumthang Valley
The best time to visit Yumthang valley depends on the view you would like to enjoy. The summer month are form late March and lasts till June. March is the blooming period of the Rhododendrons. Monsoon brings another natural spectacle, the season of several colorful mountain flowers. However, if you want to enjoy snow and views of snow-capped mountains, then the time of November to February is an ideal time to visit.
How to Reach Yumthang Valley
Located in Lachung district in North Sikkim, Yumthang Valley can be only reached by road. Bagdogra airport, 221 km is the nearest air connection to reach the Yumthang Valley. The closest railway station is 216 km in the New Jalpaiguri station. You can get taxi, jeeps, and buses to reach this place. Gangtok is around 113 km far, well connected to Lachung with road transport facility.