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Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Yumthang

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The Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is a nature park in North Sikkim which is located at an altitude between 3048m and 4575m in the Yumthang Valley. The park has about 49 various species of the state flower Rhododendron and many varieties of ground flora like Poppies, Saxifrages, Potentillas, Aconites, Primulas and Gentians.

You can also find a few endangered species of animals like the tiger-civet here. It is a beautiful sight when the Rhododendrons are in full bloom, covering and colouring the 33 hectare park that starts from Chamzomei to the Lava Pass. During this season the whole area looks as beautiful as Switzerland. The sanctuary is also home to the blood pheasant - the state bird of Sikkim. The best season to visit the sanctuary is during the months of April and May. The sanctuary is near to Yumthang Hot Springs, which is also a place of interest in Sikkim.

 

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