North Sikkim

Explore North Sikkim: Lachung / Lachen / Yumthang  / Guru-Dongmar Lake


It is a villages situated at a height of 8000 ft. It provides excellent village tourism facilities with a unique local self-governing body called the DZUMSA which substitutes the Panchayat. Lachung has emerged as a tourist destination with the soaring popularity of Yumthang Valley which is just 25 kms from here. The village, spread out on either side of Lachung Chu, has managed to retain its unique culture and tradition. The Lachung Monastery on the slope opposite the highway is a focal point of all religious functions of the local inhabitants. To get a glimpse of the religious functions performed on auspicious occasions a visit to the Monastery should form part of the tour itinerary.



Yumthang, Valley of Flowers

Yumthang, at an elevation of 11,800 ft. and 140 kms from Gangtok is a paradise for nature lovers, with a marvelous blend of flora & fauna, hotsprings and breathtaking scenic grandeur. The valley is also the home of Shingbha Rhododendron Sanctuary having 24 species of Rhododendrons.


Lachen also having a Dzumsa is situated at an altitude of 27500 mtrs. It is about 5 and a half hours drive from Gangtok. The Lachen Monastery located on a top of the village commands a panoramic view of the surrounding hills and country side.



Thangu, situated at an altitude of 13,500 ft. is about two hours drive from Lachen. It is a small village where the visitors usually acclimatize before they proceed to Guru-Dongmar Lake, Muguthang or Cho Lhamu (Source of River Teesta).

Guru-Dongmar Lake (17,800 ft.)

It is considered as one of the sacred lakes of the State both by the Buddhists and the Hindus. The lake remains milky in color throughout the year and it is believed that Guru Padmasambhava blessed it while returning from Tibet. A portion of lake does not freeze even in extreme winter.


Guru Dongmar Lake
Guru-Dongmar Lake


Kabi Lungchok

This historical place is 17 kms from Gangtok on the North Sikkim Highway. This is where the historical Treaty of Blood Brotherhood between the Lepcha Chief Te- Kung-Tek and the Bhutia Chief Khey-Bum-Sa was signed ritually. The spot where the ceremony took place is marked by a memorial stone pilar amidst the cover of dense forest.


Seven Sisters Waterfalls

It is located 32 kms away from Gangtok on the National Highway leading to North Sikkim. To facilitate the tourists to savour the pristine beauty and to be with nature. One must see the picturesque beauty of nature.


Phensang Monastery

The place is situated on the gentle slope stretching from Kabi to Phodong with perhaps one of the best landscapes in the region. The Phensang Monastery, under the Nyingmapa Buddhist Order, was built in 1721 during the time of Jigmee Pawo. It was gutted by a fire in 1947 and rebuilt in 1948 through the efforts of the lamas. The annual festival of Chaam is performed on the 28th and 29th days of the tenth month of Lunar Calendar.


Phodong Monastery

It is one of the six major monasteries of Sikkim, belonging to the Kagyu order. It is located approximately 38 kms from Gangtok. Four kms beyond Phodong is the recently renovated Labrang Monastery, unique in its architectural design.

Sirijunga Yuma Mangheem - Mangshila

Constructed in 1983, its designs are similar to that of Sirijunga Yuma Mangheem – Martam (West Sikkim). During January, Maghey Sankranti is celebrated with enthusiasm and people of all communities from neighbourhood hamlets come and partake in the celebrations. In recent year the festivity has gained so much popularity that people travel for hours to witness the cultural extravaganza organized over.



The place offers one of the most spectacular and closest views of Mt. Khangchen-Dzonga and its ranges. The area also has a number of interesting short nature trails from one to three days along the higher ridges of the surrounding hills. One can also savour the most graceful peak in the world – Mt. Siniolchu.



Chungthang, located near the confluence of Lachen and Lachung Chu and the starting point of river Teesta, ahs emerged as a mjor sub-divisional town of North Sikkim. It is the nodal junction for the two historic passes, Lachen and lachung. The valley is believed to have been blessed by Guru Padmasambhava and one can visit the Holy Guru Lhedo to see his foot prints. It is rich in bio-diversity with a variety of orchids & plants. It is 95 kms from Gangtok, 23 kms from Lachung and 28 kms from Lichen. Magnificient Bema Water falls can be seen 15 kms away, on way to Lachung.



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