Yumthang is Sikkim’s very own Valley of Flowers. At an altitude of 3500 m, the valley is breathtakingly beautiful during spring when the Rhododendrons go on a blossoming spree and you can see a hundred variety of orchids, chimals and blue poppies. There are yaks grazing lazily and towering peaks and the landscape, I dare say is a little like the Lord of the Rings movies.
How to Reach?
Yumthang can only be accessed by road after you reach Gangtok. The nearest village of Lachung is located roughly 110 km from the valley and takes around two hours to get to Yumthang, with well-connected options of taxis and buses available. The road travel a little arduous however is a treat because of the beautiful picturesque route full of streams and waterfalls. The pretty Teesta River flows by the roadside, and the mountains look as magnificent as ever. Add some amazing company and this is the recipe of a perfect road trip.
The closest railhead is the Darjeeling Railway Station. It connects to most major cities in India, and is located around 98 km from Gangtok. Another popular station is New Jaipalguri Railway Station, which is located around 190 km from the capital, and is accessible through buses and taxis.
The closest airport from Yumthang Valley is the Pakyong Airport near Gangtok. The airport however has a limited number of flights connecting only a few cities. For better connectivity, you can fly into Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri. The airport is located around 120 km from Gangtok and is easily accessible via cabs and buses.