Gangtok is a popular hilly destination for intrepid traveller, nature lovers, trekkers and honeymooners. Residing in the lap of great Himalayan mountain range in north -east of Indian state of Sikkim, this serene picturesque beautiful town will definitely add some zeal and oxygen in your life if you want to take a break from the hustle-bustle of the city life.
Mount Kanchenjunga is visible for every corner of the city. This town is infused with several monasteries, Chorten, Stupas, Statues and Religious establishment that caters a strong Buddhism and Hinduism culture respectively and the places and activities are - Enchey Monastery, Rumtek Monastery, Do-Drul Chorten, Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, Ganesh Tok, Hanuman Tok, Himalayan Zoological Park, Jawaharlal Nehru Botanical Gardens, Mahatma Gandhi Marg, Banjhakhir water fall, Gangtok Cable Car ride, Tsomgo Lake Tour, Baba Mandir Tour.
Gurudongmar Lake (17,100 ft / 5,210 m) in North Sikkim (Lachen) is a place visited by travellers, nature lovers and trekkers due to the natural beauty of the lake and the surrounding areas and one of the source streams of the Teesta River. The lake is located at the Indo-Tibet border in North Sikkim. Due to the sheer height of the mountains the monsoon clouds cannot cross them and get trapped on the mountain as snow. The whole lake is created from melt water as it almost never rains here. There is no grass or other vegetation and it is like a desert at the roof of the world enough to spellbound any traveller.
Gurudongmar Lake is at the height of 17,000 ft and is one of the highest lakes in the world. A small Gurudwara is made and maintained by army near the lake. You will notice few small tea stalls greeting you where you get snacks and drinks. You need to walk slowly with increase breathing. When you reach the lake you will be amazed with its natural beauty. The complete lake appears bluish in color and combination of water and snow covered mountains and the sky is so pleasant that it’s difficult to describe it in words.
According to the legend, Guru Nanak had visited here and blessed this lake whereas as per Buddhist, their Guru Padmasambhava has blessed this lake. This is a sacred lake and it is said that during winter season also, when everything is covered with snow, this lake gets frozen except one portion which never freezes because of blessings from Guru.
Due to the extremely inhospitable terrain and the difficulties, access is strictly controlled at the Army checkpost. Due to the altitude, there is a scarcity of oxygen. Visitors are advised to carry medicines and to descend quickly in case of acute or persistent discomfort.
Yumthang Valley is popularly known as the Valley of Flowers Located at a distance of 148 kms from Gangtok and at a height of 11800 feet. Every year thousands of tourists across the world throng in this paradise due to its breathtaking scenic beauty it offers. Yumthang is very popular among foreign travellers for Camping, Trekking, Snowboarding, Skiing and Ice Skating. In summer, wild flowers such as Primulas and Rhododendrons drench the landscape in rich colours, making it a tourist hot spot. A number of hot springs are scattered in Yumthang valley providing an unexpected opportunity to feel the warmth of the water even in freezing temperature. Rich in sulphur these springs are believed to have miraculous healing power and very useful for skin care. So pack your bag and getaway for this mesmerising destination called Darjeeling which will make you spellbound throughout the trip which is exclusively designed and developed by Your Travel Advisor !