Sikkim is the kind of place where you set out with a particular destination in mind, but you land up visiting multiple destinations along the way. Bakthang Waterfall is on the way to the famous Tashi View Point and though the latter attracts tourists by the thousands, the former is as arresting.
Bakthang Waterfall is not vertically impressive. However, its broad horizontal flow is what makes it extremely beautiful. Fed by the Ratey Chu river that originates at a staggering 12,500 feet, this waterfall is the perfect stop whether you’re traveling alone or with the family.
In the Sikkimese language, ‘bak’ means jungle and ‘thang’ signifies meadow. As the water gushes down from above, you will be taken in by the rocks covered in creepers that bulge out from underneath. The water forms a shallow pool at the bottom. It is the perfect location to rest, click a couple of photographs and have a cup of tea at the cafeteria.
When to reach
As any local cab driver will tell you, the best time to visit Bakthang Waterfall is during the monsoon or right after the rainy season i.e between August to September. That is when the waterfall is at its mightiest and cascades down from above creating a cool mist around the area.
Make sure you land up as the day brightens to get the best out of Bakthang Waterfall.
How to reach
If you have a couple of hours to kill in Gangtok, take a local cab via Indira Bypass Road and NH10 to Bakthang Falls at Swastik, near the army cantonment camp. The tourist spot is merely 7 km away and it shouldn’t take you more than 25 minutes to get there.