A Trip to Yumthang – The Valley Of Beautiful Flowers in Sikkim

A Trip to Yumthang – The Valley Of Beautiful Flowers in Sikkim

Yumthang The Valley Of Beautiful Flowers in Sikkim
Yumthang valley is one of the most beautiful valleys in Sikkim which has been compared by travelers to being as beautiful as some of the valleys in Switzerland.
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The wild growth of beautiful flowers and the snow-covered valleys of Yumthang make it an ideal summer destination in Sikkim.

Sikkim is beautiful and has beautiful sightseeing places that come with holiday packages but the high altitude North Sikkim has some exotic locations, which provide best summer experience and lets you forget the difficulties of the heat that you have to face during these peak summer months.

Locating Yumthang Valley Sikkim

The valley of flowers, Yumthang is located in North Sikkim and is perched at a height of 11,800 ft. It basically falls on the way to Zero Point, which is almost 25 km from the valley. It takes around 1.5 hours to reach Zero Point.

It must be noted that visiting Yumthang valley and Zero Point requires PAP (protected area permit) from any of the Sikkim government registered travel agency in Siliguri, and the foreigners may not be allowed to travel alone here and must be in a group to be permitted to visit this part of Sikkim.

The distance from the capital of Gangtok to Yumthang valley is about 128 km and takes around 5 hours of beautiful road journey to finally reach this valley. You could also book Sikkim Darjeeling tour packages from one of the registered travel agents in Gangtok or from Eastern India Holidays, so that you may receive your permit with ease and also avail a good follow up the trip to Darjeeling after you are done seeing the beauty inside Sikkim.

Gangtok to Yumthang Valley Sikkim
Gangtok to Yumthang Valley Sikkim. Route Map by Car. Image Courtesy Google Map https://goo.gl/maps/QPLsEG7u44r

Zero Point is just 25 km away but its altitude is around 15300 ft which makes it hard for tourist with breathing illness. The name Zero Point indicates the end of passenger road beyond this point as the point ends here and the other side of the land belongs to China. The place is snow-capped throughout the year and provides a good place to spend some time in a cold and it provides a unique adventure to tourists.

Best Time to visit Yumthang Valley

The best time to visit the valley depends upon your requirement from the valley. The valley remains closed between December and March due to heavy snowfall. The two best time of the year to visit Yumthang valley are:

  • April – June: If you wish to see the flowers in full bloom, it is an ideal time for that.
  • October – November: If you wish to see the clear blue sky and clear view of the surrounding peaks, this is the ideal time for that.

Yumthang Valley in May

Huge number of tourist’s head to Yumthang to have an escape from the summer heat and also to watch the valley filled with fully bloomed rhododendrons flowers. The climate during May ranges from 7 degrees to 20 degree Celsius. The climate is pleasant and extremely favorable for any type of tourist.

Types of flora and fauna in Yumthang

The valley really stands out to its reputation during the month of June, when the flowers in the valley are visible and the whole valley is colored with different flowers creating a perfect landscape which is not easy to find anywhere else. The most popular flowers that grow here are Rhododendrons, Poppies, Iris, Primroses, Cobra lilies etc. The popular sanctuary here is the Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary is located here, which in itself has around 24 specimens of Rhododendrons.

Some Facts about Yumthang Valley

  • The Yumthang valley stands at an altitude of 11,800 ft.
  • It is around 125 km from Gangtok and a road trip takes around 5 hours to reach there.
  • This valley is commonly known as the Valley of Flowers.
  • The flowers are best seen during the month of May end and June first.
  • The valley itself has 24 species of Rhododendrons which also happens to be the state flower of Sikkim.
  • Due to close proximity to the China Border, tourist requires Protected Area Permit to enter the valley and beyond.
  • Foreigner is only allowed in Yumthang in a group of at least 2 or more person.

What Can you Carry with Yourself at Yumthang Valley?

The valley can be snow filled during the winter months so snow boots, warm clothes, leather jackets, woolen socks and few other items are necessary while you are on a trip to the valley of Yumthang.

It is really hard to believe that nature could create a place as beautiful as the Yumthang valley but we also do not realize that we are gifted with beauty but most of us do not make an effort to keep it intact. Development has been an important factor in the degradation in the quality of beautiful tourist places but Yumthang provides an excellent example for other Indian states to conserve nature and to ascertain sustainability to its development process without causing adverse effects to its surrounding.

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