Dzongu is nestled in the bio-diversity hotspot of the Eastern Himalaya.
Nestled in the bio-diversity hotspot of the Eastern Himalaya, the small mountain Sikkim in northern-eastern India is an attractive destination for visitors who are drawn to the area’s exceptionally rich natural and cultural heritage. Not surprisingly tourism has become an important economic activity for Sikkimese people with most tourists focusing their visits to well-known places such as Pemayangtse, Tsomgo Lake, Lachung and trekking in West Sikkim. There are, however, other places such as Dzongu in North Sikkim where learning about the indigenous Lepcha communities and walking in tropical mountain forests with views of snow-capped peaks can be a memorable and unique experience.
The Lepchas are the only residents of Dzongu, and are considered the indigenous people of Sikkim. Of Buddhist culture but with their own variations in practice and beliefs, the Lepcha of Dzongu have generally lived in relative isolation, primarily dependent on subsistence agriculture and the cultivation of native cardamom. Unfortunately, over the past few years the price of cardamom has fallen drastically. As a result of reduced incomes, younger Lepchas have migrated to urban areas including the capital Gangtok, leaving an increasingly elderly population in Dzongu.
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