Chungthang

GLORY OF SIKKIM'S PATRON SAINT AND A VALLEY OF FLOWERS

CHUNGTHANG

A small town on way to Yumthang in Sikkim, stands at the confluence of the rivers Lachen Chu and Lachung Chu. The North Sikkim highway bifurcates from here with one road leading to Lachen and the other to Lachung. Chungthang Valley is believed to be a holy place which has been blessed by Guru Padmasambhava, the patron saint of Sikkim. There is a rock here which to this day bears the hand and footprints of Saint Padmasambhava. From a small opening in the rock there is continuous flow of mineral water. There is a small patch of land here from which grows paddy every year. The nature defying miracle is believed to be the blessing of Guru Padmasambhava who sprinkled a handful of grain on the spot that has sprouted paddy ever since. Chungthang is a good place to halt before one takes off for the more alpine regions of Lachen, Lachung and the Yumthang Valley. Chungthang is mired in myths and legends, one such being that this is the place from where the word 'Demazong' [the hidden valley of rice, as Sikkim is known] first originated.

MAJOR ATTRACTIONS

The town is well-known for legends and fables associated with Guru Padmasambhava, the patron saint of Sikkim. Both tourists and locals pay homage to the Holy Rock that bears the hands and footprints of the saint. Gurudongmar Lake is believed to have the power of granting children to childless couples. Nature lovers must visit the valley of flowers known by the name of Yumthang Valley.

HOW TO GET HERE?

AIR

The nearest airport to Chungthang is the Bagdogra Airport. It is about 121 km away from the place.

RAIL

The New Jalpaiguri is the nearest railway station to Chungthang as well as most of the other destinations of Sikkim.

ROAD

Chungthang is close by Mangan. It is 30 km away from Mangan from where Chungthang can be easily reached by buses or taxis that play on a regular basis

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