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The Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary In Sikkim

The Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary
The Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary
The Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary is located in the northern Lachung Valley in Sikkim. It is bounded by the Yomthang Valley on the south. The valley has famed for its hot springs and meadows. The Rhododendron Sanctuary is situated on an altitude of 3048 to 4575 m and is about 137 Kms from Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim in northeast India.  This sanctuary spreads over an area of 43 Sq. Km and is well-known in the world for its abundance growth of Rhododendron trees and shrubs. Nearly 40 different species of Rhododendron have been recorded in the sanctuary. The breathtaking view of the lush green mountains with snow covered peaks is a treat to the eyes.

Flora and fauna:


Rich in its natural vegetation Singba sanctuary comprises of a huge variety of plants and trees. Although the major attraction of the sanctuary is the Rhododendron shrubs and trees but other species like the Saxifrages, Primulas, Potentillas, Poppies, Gentians , Aconites, and many more add up to the floral wealth of Singba.

The faunal richness of Singba includes the Serow, Common Hill Partridge, Goral, and Blood Phea. The sanctuary also sees some beautiful and extremely endangered species like the Spotted Linsang or Tiger-Civet. Yumthang Chu, in 1978 has introduced the Brown Trout, the exotic fish species. Since then they have been flourishing here.

Best time to visit:


The best time to explore the sanctuary is from November to mid June.

Accommodation:


Comfortable forest houses are available to experience the adventurous stay at the sanctuary. Many lodges and hotels can also be availed at Yomthang and Gangtok.

How to reach there:


The spot is easily approachable from the capital city Gangtok. It is accessible by road from Mangan too. A taxi or a jeep from Mangan can also be hired to reach the spot. A guide can be preferred for better information.