The Sikkim State Government has now opened the famous Yumthang Valley in Lachung Village to tourists. The move comes after a week when the state eased travel restrictions at several other tourist destinations, such as Nathula, Lake Tsomgo and Baba Mandir.
Welcoming the decision, Lachung Dzumsa, a local body that oversees tourism activities in the village in north Sikkim, said it will ensure that COVID-related guidelines are strictly followed.
According to reports, tourists started visiting the famous East Sikkim destinations of Baba Mandir and Tsomgo Lake as soon as they were also opened to visitors last week. Reports indicate that in the coming days, the state government will also make the decision to open another favorite destination for tourists, namely Lake Gurudongmar in the village of Lachen in northern Sikkim. Referring to this, a know-how official said that Gurudongmar Lake will only be opened after holding a meeting with relevant officials.
Sikkim closed its popular tourist destinations from March of this year, after the country began to see an increase in COVID-19 cases. As previously reported, the administration started welcoming tourists from July with fully vaccinated certificates and allowed host families and hotels to operate at 50% capacity.
It would appear that people vaccinated with single injections are required to produce a negative RT-PCR test report which should not be older than 72 hours before arrival, while those who are fully vaccinated are allowed to enter the hospital. ‘State without any restrictions.