It’s a cold day. The snow has already settled on the hilltops and the Himalayas are as usual standing grander than ever draped in a frosty white coat of ice. The only time they take on a different appearance is during sunrise when golden rays set the pinnacles ablaze. Tashi Viewpoint, which is a 10-min drive from MG Marg in Gangtok, is a great place to witness this spectacle. Trust me on this one, I’ve seen it after driving up to the viewpoint at 4:30 in the morning, and it’s just breathtaking. 

Although the temperature outside is hovering close to 4 degrees Celcius, with the piercing cold penetrating through 4 layers of my clothing, it’s a great day though for the yaks. They love the cold and snow, and they would prefer doing nothing more than being lazy and the younger ones playful. Talk about being playful, I should know best after my ordeal riding on one. More on that later.


So it’s been on my wish list to take a yak ride in Sikkim, and the only places to do yak safaris are at Tsomgo Lake in East Sikkim and Yumthang Valley in North Sikkim. 

You can see yaks grazing literally everywhere in north Sikkim and they can be found living at altitudes of upto 20,000 feet. The wild yaks generally have dark blackish to brown coats whereas the domesticated yaks have patches of brown. Read more…


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