Well, if you’re looking for a place to add to your list of “Places to Visit Before You Die“, then you should definitely give an outlook towards the outrageous valley of Yumthang.
In the lush green pastures of Sikkim lies The Yumthang Valley. Standing at a height of 3564 metres above sea level, The valley is popularly known as “The Valley of Flowers” and is a really serene place in the Lap of the Himalayas. The valley is evergreen throughout the year and is also home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, and has over twenty-four species of the rhododendron, the state flower.
The sector’s famous for it’s annual grazing season wherein thousands of farmers run a cycle of grazing the fields with their cattles. This not only enriches the valley with beautiful scenes but is scientifically supported as the grazing maintains the magnificence of the area.
One can live in the forest homes which are present all over the area. The region blooms with rhododendrons, primulas, poppies, iris and other flora. Tourists visit from far off places just to witness the enrichment of this exquisite valley. Another major attraction of this region is the sky scenarios which are a mixture of fog, sunlight and mist which combine to give away commendable scenery and it looks as if an artist has just finished an oil painting. The whole valley in itself is enriched with every wonder of the god’s green earth.
Travelling to Yumthang is not an easy job. Basic travel options are available only till Gangtok. From there, you’ll have to roll on your own towards Lachung valley which is the nearest inhabited area. From there, a walk through the foggy and deceptive pathways between the mountains leads you to this heavenly valley. After all, to see something heavenly, you’ll have to do something heavenly.
Your hard travel will definitely earn you memorable pieces of history and you’ll never regret visiting this Valley. One major fact about this place is that it is officially closed from December to March due to heavy snowfall. So, if you’re planning to go in winters, it may be the wrong choice for you.
Also, don’t forget to grab good cardigans as the cold can freeze you even in the blazing sun. Last of all, patience is the key to happiness in the valley. So, go have a big bite of this so called “Exquisite Valley of the Heavenly Flowers”.
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