Located in one of the most untouched parts of South Sikkim, Sumbuk is, for want of a more appropriate word, a birdwatcher’s paradise. Sumbuk is one of the most unexplored places of Sikkim with astounding flora and fauna. Divided into two parts based on altitude, Lower Sumbuk with an altitude of about 1,500 ft. is covered with temperate forests and is an ideal place for watching birds like peacocks and hornbills. Upper Sumbuk, located at an altitude of 7,000 ft, is characterized by endless stretches of pine forests and firs. Together, the lower and upper parts of Sumbuk make for a paradise like destination covered with pine forests, gladiola farms, and monasteries, over 200 varied species of birds, countless butterflies and the Greater Rangeet River.
The dense forests at the southern slope of Lower Sumbuk are one of the prime attractions here and are famous as a peacock breeding forest. Also, the banks of the Rangeet River along with the numerous Gladiola farms and few old temples make Sumbuk a must visit attraction for travelers looking to truly enjoy the untouched paradise of South Sikkim. Among the many temples, the Sumbuk Shivalaya Mandir dedicated to Lord Shiva takes the cherry as being one of the most popular places of worship by locals and mass prayers are often organized during the festive time. The Colombe Rocky Mountain also provides some of the most picturesque viewpoints overlooking parts of Sikkim and Bengal. But, the icing on the cake is taken by the region of Upper Sumbuk. It takes about an hour to reach Upper Sumbuk from Lower Sumbuk and here, you can find the Monogram village, also known as Phooldara (hill of flowers) with a huge variety of Rhododendrons, wild orchids, pines and wild strawberries blooming in different seasons of the year. A huge tract of pine forest known as Dhupi covers most of Upper Sumbuk and one can find numerous varieties of birds and butterflies here. Located just above Phooldara, there is a place called Tamley Chaur, from where you can enjoy a glorious view of the Himalayan ranges. The natural viewpoints of Upper Sumbuk offer panoramic views of Mt. Kanchenjunga, Darjeeling, Kalimpong and other parts of Bengal.
Birdwatching is one of the favorite activities of the people visiting Sumbuk. Also, the Rangeet River offers guests with opportunities for white water rafting. One can also enjoy guided jungle walks and catch a glimpse of the fauna teeming in the forests of Sumbuk. The best time to visit Sumbuk is actually a subjective matter, and it is beautiful all year round. From March to May, the weather is fresh and travelers can enjoy the blooming of the rhododendrons in Upper Sumbuk. In Sumbuk, the winters are mild as compared to the higher reaches of Sikkim and is a perfect location for birding enthusiasts as Sumbuk becomes a favorite location for various migratory birds during the winters.
So, if you are planning to spend a few days in a destination away from the maddening rush of tourists and away from the mechanistic city life, Sumbuk is the place to be and we at WeCare Holidays make it our priority to make your experience in Sumbuk a memorable one.