An exclusive destination 70 kms away from Gangtok in North Sikkim is Dzongu, completely isolated from the outside world engrossed with their own faith and belief. It is bounded by the Teesta River in the south-east, Tholung Chu River in the north-east and by mighty Himalayas in the west. It borders the Kangchenjunga Biosphere Reserve. The authorised home for the Lepchas, the original inhabitants of Sikkim have been residing there for centuries. Moving 30kms ahead of the place would find seven waterfalls falling down cliffs amidst dense forest. You can go for village hikes, visit the rich cardamom fields or check out the cane bamboo bridge at Passingdon. Preferably 3 to 4 days itinerary would cover the entire area along with other notable sightseeing places near Dzongu like Keushong, Tholung Monastery (20kms away), Hee Gyathang, Lingthem (to have scenic view of Kanchenjunga and Dzongu), Traditional Lepcha House Museum, Tingvong & Kusong (traditional Lepcha villages). Winters are excellent, but very cold and month from March to April would surely give you the alluring experience of Sikkim. However accommodation is likely to cost you higher as the area is very remote. 

Gangtok is the approximately 70kms from Dzongu and is easily accessible by road. If you are travelling from Siliguri or Bagdogra, hire a taxi or a cab and take the route via Singtham to reach Dzongu in about 5 hours. One will require a special permit from Gangtok to visit Dzongu. Dzongu specialises in Homestays where one can experience the hospitality of the Lepcha people by living as a part of their family in their home.

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