Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary



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Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Gangtok Overview

Nestled in the exquisite Yumthang Valley in North Sikkim, the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is known for the exquisite rhododendrons found here. Sprawling over an area of 43 square kilometres and comprising of several species of rhododendrons, the sanctuary is situated at an elevation of 3,048 to 4,575 meters. The azaleas bloom to their full capacity and turn the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary into a riot of colours from April to July thereby making it the best time to visit the place. The sanctuary gets its picturesque look from the Yumthang Chhu meandering through it.

In addition to the 40 different species of Rhododendrons which make the park appear colourful during the spring season, other trees present here include Saxifrages, Aconites, Potentillas, Aconites, and Gentias. Since Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is situated close to the Tibetan Plateau, it also experiences long winter seasons. Though the cool breeze starts from November, January is the coldest month. Also, the beauty of the valley increases by ten times due to heavy snowfall. Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is a beautiful place to spend time amidst the picturesque location and natural beauty all around. The adventure lovers can also have their share of fun by trekking through the Yumthang Valley. 

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The perfect time to visit the sanctuary is during April and May since one gets to enjoy the beauty of the blooming flowers. Since the roads become inaccessible and travelling becomes very difficult due to heavy rainfall, tourists are advised not to visit the sanctuary during August and September.

The Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is situated near Lachung in the Yumthang Valley in North Sikkim. It takes nearly 7 hours drive to reach the sanctuary from Gangtok. You can also hire a taxi from Yumthang to Gangtok. Another perfect way to explore this place is by trekking from the Yumthang Valley.

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