Yumthang – Valley of Flowers
One of the top ten valleys of India, Yumthang Valley in Sikkim makes its visitors experience a most heartening exploration of nature. Yumthang is one of the most picturesque places in the whole of Sikkim and has even been compared to the beautiful valleys of Switzerland.
Keep your eyes peeled for flower, because that’s what you can expect here. The expanse of greenery here has been described as soothing and enchanting. A single visit there can leave a visitor in a dreamy state for weeks.
Yumthang Valley is a beautiful valley situated in north Sikkim. It sits at an elevation of 3,500 metres above sea-level; it is naturally home to many beautiful Himalayan flowers. The valley is a grazing pasture surrounded by the Himalayan mountains in the North Sikkim district of Sikkim, India at a distance of 150 kilometres from the state capital of Gangtok. It is home to Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, which has over twenty-four species of the rhododendron, the state flower.
Take in the lovely green slopes covered with trees, get a glimpse of some of the yaks grazing the flower-spangled grassy plains below, and of river Teesta flowing right through the valley. Yumthang Valley is unique in that it also happens to be situated at what is known as the the ‘tree-line’, the altitude above which there are no trees. Aside from the trees and rhododendrons, the valley also abounds in tiny, low-growing Himalayan flowers. With over 24 species of rhododendrons, one can only imagine how they magnificently paint the valley red in spring. What’s interesting is that there are different species of rhododendron that cover different large stretches of the valley. During spring, the valley looks like a melange of little forests of different colors. The flowering of rhododendrons is over by the end of May. At this time, the valley starts to bloom with Himalayan flowers like primroses, cinquefoils, louseworts and Cobra-lilies. Keen viewers appreciate this and go on to write stories about their time in paradise 🙂