Situated in the Indian State of Sikkim, Yakten is a tiny village known for its serenity. Surrounded by lush alpine forest, a magnificent vista of the Himalayan Range in the backdrop, Yakten proves to be an ideal shelter for the nature-loving or even adventure-seeking tourists. Just about 35 km away from the heart of Sikkim, Gangtok, let us describe why you should add this village in your next holiday checklist.
There is an ancient pine forest in the backdrop of the village. You will get a magnificent view of the surroundings as well as the scenic view of Kanchenjunga peak. Butterflies, birds and rare orchids are in abundance at the village. There are many cultivation fields but most of the village is covered with green lush vegetation. Moreover, many rare orchids can be seen in full bloom. The iconic Jhandi Dara View Point is just 7 km away. From here you will have a thrilling view of the snow-peaked Mount Kanchenjunga.
Just 10 kilometres uphill drive from Pakyong, the newly made airport of Sikkim, Yakten is a paradise for the nature lover, bird enthusiasts as well as for trekkers. Situated at an elevation of 5300 feet, there are some of the bird watching trails which pass through the lush alpine forest. Apart from the countless Himalayan birds, you will get to see several orchids and butterflies.
Have a stroll around the village while watching the blooming flowers garden, vegetable fields, cabbage cultivating in front of almost each and every household. Trek to the iconic "Jhandi Dara" and "Budaang Gadi" to observe the ancient ruins of the fort and a panoramic view of the Mount Kanchenjunga.
Yakten can be reached easily from Gangtok, Siliguri, NJP as well as Bagdogra. The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri at a distance of around 140 km and the nearest airport is Bagdogra at a distance of 145 km. Take a hired car from NJP or Siliguri via Gangtok to finally reach the hamlet. However, Pakyong airport in Gangtok is now operational to board a flight from any major cities.
Yakten in South Sikkim can be visited at any time of the year. As surrounded by the luxuriant forest of Himalaya, the weather of the village stays alluring most of the time. In the summer the sun comes in the full glory providing to offer a thrrling view of the surrounding mountain range. However, monsoon is not a preferable time because of the muddy inaccessible roads.
Homestays are the only available option to stay in the village. Governemnt owned homestays or resorts, as well as private homestays, can be seen all through the village. However, all these homestays offer most of the modern amenities such as attached Western Bathrooms, hot water, electricity, etc. By having a Sikkim tour package from any renowned tour operator, you can get rid of the hassle of arranging them for you all alone.
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