Located at an altitude of about 5500 feet, Chungthang Valley is located at the confluence of two rivers – Lachen Chu and Lachung Chu, both are tributaries of the River Teesta. Chungthang is encircled by the sky-touching mountains. Chungthang valley, wholly immersed in natural beauty, is considered to be a holy place blessed by Guru Padmasambhava, the patron saint of Sikkim.
There is a rock here which to this day bears the hand and footprints of Guru Padmasambhava. From a small opening in the rock there is continuous flow of mineral rich water. There is a small patch of land here where paddy grows every year. The nature defying miracle is believed to be the blessing of Guru Padmasambhava who sprinkled a handful of grain on the spot, which has sprouted paddy ever since. Chungthang is a nice place, which is inhabited mostly by the Lepchas. This small hamlet has a rich variety of flora, including rare orchids. The beauty of this place allures people to take a halt before moving towards Lachung or Lachen.
Attractions of Chungthang Valley, North Sikkim
Chungthang is a good place to halt before one takes off for the more alpine regions of Lachen, Lachung and the Yumthang Valley. From Gangtok, Chungthang is less than 100 kms but takes 4 hours or more due to the rough terrain. Government has been building a dam over River Teesta just below the confluence. Once completed, a 60 meter high dam is expected to come up under the Teesta III hydro electric project.
Things to do at Chungthang Valley, North Sikkim
Here, you can enjoy a lovely picnic. The place covered with natural beauty and wonderful birds and flowers will take you to a land of forgetfulness. Take snaps of your near and dear ones with the natural surrounding at its background.
Best time to visit Chungthang Valley, North Sikkim
Although North Sikkim is chilling but Chungthang enjoys a cozy weather throughout the year. Chungthang receives heavy rainfall throughout the year. Though Chungthang can be visited throughout the year it is better to avoid the monsoons.
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