Top 8 Places to visit in North Sikkim

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Best things to do in North Sikkim and sightseeing in North Sikkim

A district of Sikkim with Magan as its headquarter and is one of the least populated districts in the country, a part of the Khangchendzonga National Park falls in this district and this district borders with Nepal.

Zero Point - Yumesamdong - North Sikkim

Yume Samdong is around 26 kilometers from Yumthang, another acclaimed spot in North Sikkim. Yume Samdong of North Sikkim is set at an elevation of 15,300 feet above sea level. Since the spot is in close vicinity to the border standing between India and China, a special license is required to visit Yume Samdong. The drive through the mountain amidst the unpleasant region of Sikkim is an breathtaking experience.The most imperative essence of the spot lies in the Azalea's scent. Azalea frames a major source of income to local people. They make the crude material out of which neighborhood people make incense sticks. Being set at high elevation, Yume Samdong in Sikkim remains snow loaded consistently. So it is advised to take preliminary measures before a trek to Yume Samdong is attempted. But for trekkers, the course from Yume Samdong to Yumthang is one of the most loved ones. It takes just about an hour drive to reach Yume Samdong from Yumthang. This drive is as sparkling as the spot itself.
Yumesamdong populary known as the zero point can be reached by car or bike by travelling a distance of around 66 kms from Lachung..It is the land of perennial snow and there is a lack of oxygen in this place due to the altitude.There are no places of accomodation for tourists here.So one has to plan the day accordingly if they are planning to visit this place..It would be good to visit this place before 12 pm as rain pours down and clouds start gathering all around this land so its difficult for drivers to come down to Lachung..
Somnath

576 Followers, 25 Reviews


A place at the end of yumthang valley, with below zero temperatures and lots of snow.
Shilpi A Bhabhra

143 Followers, 13 Reviews


Zero point is at an altitude of around 16000 feet and is the starting point of teesta river which is the lifeline of the entire sikkim region. Zero point is never covered in the package and it supossed to be paid to the driver direcly. We paid 2500 for the journey which is another 1 hour from yumthang. The entire place was covered with snow being in the snow belt. There was 10 feet of snow at a few places. We played with snow just like kids making snow balls and aiming at each other. Weather was pleasant and since it was not windy, we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly without feeling breathless even for a moment. Infact it was the hallmark of our trip . I still have the snap of snow flying out of my wife's hand and i trying acrobatically to save myself from her onslaught . The only difffernce was that this time it was volley of snow and not her fiery words , a welcome change.
Vivek

421 Followers, 19 Reviews


Best time to visit
Winter season
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Essence of Azalea, Trekking
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Gurudongmar Lake - North Sikkim

Gurudongmar Lake, also noted as Gurudogmar Lake, the lake is named after Guru Padmasambhava, otherwise called Guru Rinpoche, originator of Tibetan Buddhism who went to the lake in the eighth century. It is one of the most noteworthy lakes on the planet, situated at a height of 17,800 ft in the Indian state of Sikkim. The lake can be reached by street from Lachen via Thangu. As indicated by a legend, when Padmasambhava went to the lake he saw a favorable phenomenon in the lake and after that he thought of it as a decent augury to enter the territory of Sikkim, then known as Demojong. It is currently said that the lake provides a shelter to any pregnant lady offering prayers to God at the lake. The lake looks small at the spot where devotees offer love, yet the bigger piece of the lake is not visible because of uneven geography impeding the complete perspective at this area.
Gurudongmar Lake, located at an altitude of 17,600 feet above MSL, near the Indo-Chinese border in North Sikkim, is believed to be blessed by Guru Nanak himself and is also sacred for the Buddhists. The en-route landscapes are breathtaking and is mostly a cold desert.
Subhrajyoti Parida

108 Followers, 74 Reviews


The Jewel of Sikkim. Situated at an altitude of over 17000ft, this sacred lake is a treat for nature lovers. While cold deserts on one side and tall snow covered mountains on other, this lake is said to be blessed by Guru Padmasambhava in the 8th Century.
Hills and Valleys Tours & Adventures

201 Followers, 6 Reviews


And then the lake was visible like a blue speck in the vast mountainous terrain. What a sight! Since it was already noon and the sun was high up, the lake was shimmering as if countless diamonds were strewn across it. It was so pristine. Since it was not windy , i for the first time realized what a pin drop silence actually means. Also it was pleasantly sunny except that when i stepped on the marble floor of the temple, it was like walking on ice. I literally hopped across. Crispy cloudless blue sky , snow draped mountain on one side and desert on the other side, it was simply spectacular to say the least.. It felt as if i was on top of the world cradled in the arms of the ever blissful nature .
Vivek

421 Followers, 19 Reviews


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October to February
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Gurudongmar - North Sikkim

This lake is at a height of around 18000 ft above sea level and is also considered a holy lake by the Buddhists and Hindus alike. The scenic beauty feels like wonderland and the lake is milky in colour. Legends say that this lake used to be completely frozen most of the time of the year and so drinking water could not be taken from here. The local people once went and requested Saint Padmanava for some solution and he is said to have solved their problem. On his way back, Padmanabha touched a portion of the lake and sibce then the same portion does not freeze at any time of the year.
Next day morning, we quickly got ready as early as 5 o’clock, covered ourselves in multiple layers, put up all the clothes we had and set out for the lake. As the lake is situated on 18000 ft. altitude, it’s better to ride/drive slow and get acclimatized to avoid nausea, headache etc. After few kilometers from Lachen , there is a place which offers tasty maggi and tea. Here we also rented gum boots as our boots were wet. Though it was windy and cold but strong sun made the ride easier for us. After few more kilometers of riding, we reached the army check post where they again checked our permits. The ride after the check post can be confusing because we lost our way and reached at another Army post. This post was actually a no civilian zone and China border was just few meters from there. The army people were friendly and allowed us to click few pictures and we started back for Gurudongmar lake. And there we were at ‘Gurudongmar lake’. I was dumbstruck with the beauty of that place. The strong wind, snow covered mountains were on one side and deserted mountains on the other and in the middle reflecting beautiful sun rays was the blue clear water lake. It’s a must see if you are travelling to North Sikkim. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gurudongmar_Lake While coming back, the wind was much stronger so we had to hurry up.
Jyoti sharma

366 Followers, 46 Reviews


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Nathu La - North Sikkim

The Nathula merges the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass is situated, at 4,310 m above sea level, forms as a piece of a branch of the old Silk Road. Nathu signifies "listening ears" and La signifies "go" in Tibetan. On the Indian side, the pass is 54 km (34 mi) east of Gangtok, the capital of Indian state of Sikkim. Just natives of India can visit the pass, but only after successfull permit from the administration of Gangtok. Nathu La is one of the two open trading border posts in the middle of China and India.The others being Shipkila in Himachal Pradesh and Lipulekh in Nepal. Sealed by India after the 1962 Sino-Indian War, Nathu La was re-opened in 2006 after various trade understandings. The Chinese government is wanting to extend its rail administration to Yadong, barely a couple of kilometers from Nathu La.
Nathu La, the border crossing between India and China, is around 56km from Gangtok. Things to remember before visiting Nathu La. 1. It is open to Indian nationals on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sundays. 2. The visitors have to get the permit to visit the place by applying to the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department through a registered and recognized Travel Agency. 3. Foreign nationals are not allowed to visit Nathula. 4. Photography is strictly prohibited here. Even then, this spot is a must-see for those allowed to visit.
Richa Upreti Karan

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Nathula - North Sikkim

The Nathula merges the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass is situated, at 4,310 m above sea level, forms as a piece of a branch of the old Silk Road. Nathu signifies "listening ears" and La signifies "go" in Tibetan. On the Indian side, the pass is 54 km (34 mi) east of Gangtok, the capital of Indian state of Sikkim. Just natives of India can visit the pass, but only after successfull permit from the administration of Gangtok. Nathu La is one of the two open trading border posts in the middle of China and India.The others being Shipkila in Himachal Pradesh and Lipulekh in Nepal. Sealed by India after the 1962 Sino-Indian War, Nathu La was re-opened in 2006 after various trade understandings. The Chinese government is wanting to extend its rail administration to Yadong, barely a couple of kilometers from Nathu La.
Four hours away from Gangtok, lies the kingdom of snow i.e. the Nathula Border-the famous gateway on the silk route on the Indo-China Border. After a slow and steep drive through the mountains-which change their colour from a sumptuous green to a barren black to a snowy white, one reaches the Nathula border-along with many tourists who regularly throng this major attraction in Gangtok. On the to Nathula, lies the Tsomgo Lake- an un-rippled glass sheet in which the snowy mountains silently admire their own reflections. To beat the cold, duck into the café run by the army and treat yourself to coffee and chocolate. At Tsomgo, treat yourself to hot noodles at many of the small eateries dotting its banks.
Shweta Modgil

571 Followers, 17 Reviews


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Mayal Lang Homestay - North Sikkim

Sikkim is just a beautiful hidden jewel. This little kingdom became an Indian state in 1974 and largely remains a true wilderness area.....unexplored and small. Within this small kingdom i was surprised to find a reserve that protects one of the original tribes of Sikkim called the Lepcha's. This hidden area called dzongu is the bufferzone of the Kunchunjunga National Park, a designated world heritage site ! Anthropologists do not know where the Lepcha people originated. The Lepcha have no ancient story of migration; they believe they were born right there in their remote Himalayan valley, out of the elementsthe experience of the Mayal lang homestay is a truly journey into the seldom-glimpsed world of one of the most mysterious mountain cultures on earth - complete with close direct personal interaction of the host family. Staying with Lepcha families in their homes, guided by local shamans sharing stories and teaching us about the flora,fauna and legends, is an experience only Gyatso will share giving us an insight into the magnificent local mountain environment of Dzongu ! Dzongu is a piece of heaven … a reserve of the reserves for the indegeneous Lepcha Coomunity of Sikkim…a place where even the Sikkim people require a permit to enter. It’s a magical land consisting of great flora and fauna, immense natural beauty, waterfalls and some age old monasteries. This is topped up by the people of the area who are helpful and happy to have guests from all over the world. At Mayal Lang you could visit the following places by either a walk or hiring an in house cab. Hee Gyathang Village lies in Lower Dzongu and can be easily reached by jeep from Passingdang. Here, a small lake decorated with prayers flags is nestled between the trees and bushes. The Lepchas believe that the small silver fish in this lake were created from the lice of a goddess. It is said that a supernatural being fell in love with this divine princess. Their children and the subsequent generations are called the Heemo, a Lepcha clan which inhabits the village. Pentong is one of the last inhabited areas in Dzongu and is quite close to the snow peaks. You can trek there through dense forests and along spectacular cliffs. The area is in a relatively flat ground, some of which turns into lakes during the monsoons. Two hillocks here offer great viewpoints. They are called Tarbi and Tarbot by the locals and are considered the guards of Khanchendzonga. Tarbi is a local deity, whereas Tarbot is a demon. Both are considered powerful so the villagers give them offerings to keep them satisfied and calm. On the opposite side of the valley the Lepcha village, Sakyong can be seen. Anywhere you go in Dzongu, you'll never be too far from a waterfall. Dzongu is full of numerous big and small waterfalls cascading down the hills or falling off the sheer cliffs. Probably the best amongst them is Lingzya falls, on the way to Pentong. It is easily accessible by road and only about half hours drive from Passingdang. These falls forms a small pond at it's base, for which you have to get off the road and accross some vegetation. It forms an ideal, secluded picnic spot. While here, we suggest you shed your inhibitions and get into the water. Stand at the edge of the falling water and experience bliss as pure mountain water washes over you in great streams. Experience something unique here. Something which you may never be able to experience at any 'popular' tourist spot, anywhere. A Lepcha traditional house, which has been converted to a museum is located at Namprikdang. It is only a short drive from the Passingdang village, where our homestay is located. The construction of this house displays the ingenuity of an age old tradition of laying the super structure on open surface (over stone slabs) to counter the effects of powerful earthquakes. Another unique feature of a traditional Lepcha house is that no nails are used in this construction. The confluence of the Rongyung Chu, with the majestic Teesta is just a 5 minutes walk from there You can venture on a day-long trek through a beautiful riverbed to Tholung monastery. The monastery was founded in the late 18th century by Lhatsun Chenpo Lama to keep Buddhist manuscripts and sacred relics safe from the invading Gorkhas.Every three years, in spring, the Tholung treasures are opened up and shown to the pilgrims. From the monastery, you can see a waterfall, thundering through a deep gorge. Lepchas believe that the souls of departed pass through here on their way to the afterworld. In the surrounding hills there are caves in which Guru Rinpoche is said to have meditated and hidden treasures. Enjoy the serenity of the place and spend some time meditating. A traditional bamboo bridge from here takes you to a hot water spring. Spend some time soothing your tired limbs here. Activities: • Trek • Cross Cane Bridges • Eat Organic Food • Watch birds • Watch Butterflies • Fish • Watch Cultural Programs • Understand & experience Tips: Dzongu requires a special permit to enter which requires some processing time so let the hosts know early of your arrival. Foreigners as well as Indians would require to send a copy of their passport by email along with a photograph t process the permit. Gyatso has some amazing fruit orchards. Do not foreget to visit them but make sure you are wearing leech guard or big gum boots often worn by the Lepcha people. A Taxi to Dzongu can be hired from the Vajra Taxi Stand in Gangtok. You can ride upto Mangan in a shared Taxi or an exclusive vehicle and then take another Taxi to Passingdang Village in Dzongu. However, special permits issued by the Government of India are required for entry into the Dzongu Lepcha reserve.
Ankit Sood

175 Followers, 11 Reviews


Kanchenjunga South Peak - North Sikkim

Kangchenjunga is the third most elevated mountain in the world. It ascends with a rise of 8,586 m (28,169 ft) in an area of the Himalayas called Kangchenjunga Himal that is constrained in the west by the Tamur River and in the east by the Teesta River. The Kangchenjunga Himal is situated in eastern Nepal and Sikkim, India. The main peak of Kangchenjunga is the second most elevated mountain in Nepal after Mount Everest. Three of the five tops – Main, Central and South – are on the border between North Sikkim and Nepal. Two tops are in the Taplejung District, Nepal. Kangchenjunga Main is the most noteworthy mountain in India, and the easternmost of the mountains higher than 8,000 m (26,000 ft). It is called Five Treasures of Snow after its five high tops, and has dependably been loved by the general population of Darjeeling and Sikkim. It offers outstanding views to the visitors visiting this place.
If you love adventure and adventurous activities interest you, Kanchenjunga is the place for you. Climbing the world’s 3rd highest mountain will definitely interest you. Kanchenjunga which stands at an altitude of 8586 mts calls for technical expertise because the route to the peak is almost unknown. It was dangerous, but it was thrilling. Each expedition that we did, was altogether an entirely new experience. We experienced undiscovered dangers and unexpected pitfalls along with avalanches, falling rocks etc. Trekking at Kanchenjunga is definitely an Experience of a lifetime.
Rohan Pratap Dash

183 Followers, 7 Reviews


Best time to visit
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
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Sightseeing, Trekking
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Zero Point Yumesamdong - North Sikkim

As we moved towards the Zero Point at Yumesamdong (15,300 feet above MSL), the weather began becoming chilled. Finally when we reached the Zero Point, which is always covered with snow all round the year perennially, it was rather difficult to prevent ourselves to venture into those snowfields and play with the snow balls as long as possible. The mighty peaks covered with snow and the chilled water streams flowing down the mountains commanded breathtaking and unparallel views. Time came after 2 hours of our personal photoshoots and playing around in snow, to move on for the return journey to Gangtok.
Subhrajyoti Parida

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