Gurudongmar Lake is one of the highest lakes in the world and in India, located at an altitude of 5,425 m (17,800 ft), in the Indian state of Sikkim. It is considered sacred by Buddhists, Sikhs and Hindus. The high altitude lake is located 190 kilometres (120 mi) away from Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim, and about 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) south of the Tibetan (Chinese) border, in the district of North Sikkim. The lake can be reached by road from Lachen via Thangu. The road from Thangu to Gurudongmar passes through rugged terrain with moraine, which has high alpine pastures covered with many rhododendron trees. The lake, fed by glaciers, is located to the north of the Kanchengunga range, connected with the Tibetan Plateau. It provides one of the source streams which joins the Tso Lahmu and then form the source of the Teesta River. The lake remains completely frozen in the winter months, from November to Mid-May. The area surrounding the lake, also known as Gurudongmar, is inhabited by Yaks, blue sheep and other wildlife of high altitude.
Sight Seeings In North Sikkim Tour
Confluence of Lachen Chu and Lachun Chu (River).
BhimNala falls water falls.
Sulphur Hot Spring.
Lachung Handicraft Center.
Singhik View Point.
Standard North Sikkim Tour Itinerary:Duration 04 Nights / 05 Days
Day 01: Siliguri/Bagdogra to Gangtok(5500 Ft /1677 Mts, 130 Kms / 04 to 05 Hrs): After leaving Siliguri we drive along the NH 31A through the Mahananda Wild Life Sanctuary, Sevok comes next with a gorgeous view of Tista river as it comes out from the deep gorge of the Himalayas and spreads itself in the vast plains on North Bengal. From Tista Bazaar follows the winding roads and a picturesque drive through Himalayan hills to Gangtok , the capital of Sikkim. Recommend to roam in MG road around the Mall to enjoy the typical Hill City life of Gangtok and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay in hotel.
Day 02: Gangtok to Lachen (120 kms./5 hrs./ Alt.- 8,500 ft.): After an early breakfast we will proceed to Lachen. The route meanders through small villages with valleys up to forest of Kabi Langchuk. Shinghik comes next with its promises of one of the most glorious views of Kunchanjungha. We will have our lunch on the way. Visit Chungthang the confluence of Lachen Chu and Lachun Chu (river) and VimNala falls water falls on your way to Lachen. Reach Lachung in the late afternoon. Lachen is also a base for the popular Green Lake trek.
Day 03: Excursion Gurudongmar- Lachen to Lachung (50 km/ 2 hrs): Early morning drive to Thangu Village (13450ft), a remote high altitude village of Tibetan Nomads and also proceed further to Chopta Valley (4000m / 13124ft) to get some breath taking view of alpine valley of frozen rivers. From Chopta Valley drive for another 30kms in 1.5hr to Gurudongmar Lake (17143ft) close to Tibet Border, the one of the highest and biggest fresh water lakes in Sikkim and back to Lachen for a late lunch. Check out from Lachen and drive further to Lachung via Chungthang. Check in at hotel. Check in at hotel and enjoy a comfortable overnight stay.
Day 04: Excursion to Yumthang - Gangtok (24 km./ Alt.- 11,800ft.) : Early morning drive to Yumthang Valley, an alpine flower valley in North Sikkim. Enjoy the scenic landscape and hot Spring and drive further for 30kms to Yumesamdong (4725m / 15503ft) or Zero Point close to Tibet Border, one of the highest motorable roads in Sikkim. Full day excursion to Yumthang Valley. The valley is covered with snow during January to March & with rhododendrons during April & May. Enroute visit Sulphur Hot Spring having medicinal values. Lunch at hotel in Lachung. After lunch visit Handicraft Centre & Lachung Monastery. Later drive back to Gangtok, In the evening arrive at Gangtok and check into the hotel. Overnight at hotel in Gangtok.
Day 05: Gangtok to Siliguri/Bagdogra (135 km. / 4.30 hrs.) : After breakfast drive back to Siliguri (NJP)/ Bagdogra (IXB) via same route for your onward journey with happy memories to cherish.
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The Yumthang Valley or Sikkim Valley of Flowers sanctuary, is a nature sanctuary with river, hot springs, yaks and grazing pasture on rolling meadows surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in the North Sikkim district of Sikkim state in India. It is at an elevation of 3,564 metres (11,693 ft) at a distance of 150 kilometres from the state capital Gangtok. It is home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, which has over twenty-four species of the rhododendron, the state flower. The flowering season is from late February and to mid June, when countless flowers bloom to carpet the valley in multicolored hues of rainbow. A tributary of the river Teesta flows past the valley and the town of Lachung, the nearest inhabited centre. Yumthang is closed between December and March due to heavy snowfall. There is also a hot spring in the valley. During the spring months, the area blooms with rhododendrons, primulas, poppies, iris and other flora. Skiing is conducted in the valley.
Lachung is a mountain village close to the Tibetan border, in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim. It's divided by the Lachung River. The village is home to the 19th-century Buddhist Lachung Monastery, surrounded by apple orchards. Nearby, the Yumthang Valley's Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary protects many species of rhododendron. The valley is also known for its waterfalls, pine forests and hot springs. Lachung Is 120 Kms from Gangtok Town.
Lachen is a town in North Sikkim district in the Indian state of Sikkim. It is located at an elevation of 2,750 metres. The town forms the base to the Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake. Lachen valley has almost everything a traveler could wish for: a land of fairs and festivals, snow-clad mountains, lakes, valley of flora, fauna and a vibrant local culture. Visits the Lachen monastery and the women's handicraft centre to view weaving of traditional blankets and carpets.
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Dzongu is a triangular region in North Sikkim. It borders the Kangchenjunga Biosphere Reserve. Dzongu is established as an official reserve for the Lepcha people the aborginal inhabitants of 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.
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