Chungthang, North Sikkim
Chungthang is a small town located in the North Sikkim, about 80 km from Sikkim's capital, Gangtok. Present on the way to Yumthang, Chungthang Valley can be found present at the union of the rivers Lachung chu and Lachen chu. And this little town in Sikkim is considered quite sacred and blessed by the famous patron saint of Sikkim – Guru Padmasambhava. The town of Chungthan is all of rich biodiversity and includes a wide range of interesting flora and fauna.
Chungthang town of Sikkim has a very interesting history. Believed to be blessed by Guru Padmasambhava, it is considered sacred and has various interesting myths and legends attached to its history. Says a tale, the famous Buddhist saint Guru Padmasambhava visited Chungthang and seated himself on a rock upon which one can find his footprints even to this day.
Also, there is a small opening in the same rock from where water keeps flowing continuously. What's more, Chungthang also has a piece of land on which paddy is grown. And it is believed to be a miracle for paddy supposedly does not grow in climatic conditions as at Chungthang.
And there is yet another interesting legend because of which Chungthang is further considered sacred. Guru Nanak Dev is also believed to have stopped over at Chungthang during his trip to Tibet and China. And the name Chungthang is believed to have been derived from the Punjabi word 'Chunga Sthan' which means 'A good place', which is believed to have been conferred on Chungthang by Guru Nanak ji himself.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Anytime of the year except the rainy season would be best time to visit this place. March to June is definitely the best time to indulge in exciting things like sightseeing, trekking and several other outdoor activities. However if you want to experience the chills of winter then anytime between October to March is the best time.
HOW TO GET THERE
Airways: The nearest airport is in Bagdogra, West Bengal about 5 hrs drive from Gangtok, and about 173 km from Chungthang. Sikkim also has got its first commercial airport at Pakyong, East Sikkim but weather hampers the operation of this airport most of the time. If you are lucky enough you can get a flight directly to Pakyong.
Railways: The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) in West Bengal which is about 169 km from Chungthang.
Roadways: Chungthang is about 80 km from Gangtok, the capital city. You can book a taxi from Gangtok to reach the place.