Yumthang, situated at a height of 11800 feet is popularly known as 'Valley of
Flowers', Located at a distance of 148 kms from Gangtok, it is a paradise for
nature lovers with a fascinating blend of flora and fauna and breathtaking scenic
beauty. In spring season, wild flowers such as primulas and Rhododendrons bathe
the landscape in rich colours, making it a tourist hot spot. The Shingba Rhododendron
Sanctuary over here has 24 species of Rhododendron flowers which bloom from April
to May end.
hot spring located on the right side of Yumthang river is a popular tourist attraction.
In addition to a vast green meadow, lush green forest abounding in Pine and silver
fir trees throngs the place. While driving towards the valley, one can see cascading
waterfalls and streams.
Six kms away further North is Shiv Mandir. A drive or trek to this place can be
very refreshing and exhilerating. Situated further up at a distance of 16 kms, at
an altitude of about 16,000 feet is Yumesamdong. The rugged vegetation- free mountains,
especially in the months of November-December and February¬March over here present
a breathtaking scenario. The approach to Yumthang is from Lachung valley, situated
at a height of 8000 feet. It is at a distance of 120 kms from Gangtok. It has a
unique self-governing body called the Dzumsa, which substitutes the modern Gram
Panchyat. The village, spread out on the either side of Lachung Chu, has managed
to retain its unique culture and tradition.