Sikkim is blessed with many natural hot springs. Most of them medicinal value. High in Sulphur content, the steaming waters are believed to have great therapeutic properties. The average temperature of the water in these hot springs are close to 50°C.
1.Reshi Hot Spring
Reshi Hot Spring is located about 25 km from Gyalshing, near Reshi, on the banks of the Rangeet River. The water of these springs are high in sulphur content and are believed to have special therapeutic powers for skin diseases. To enjoy the waters, there are accommodation in choices of trekkers’ huts for the convenience of the tourists. Close to springs is the Kah-do Sang phu, also known as the cave of the occult fairies which is considered blessed by the local people.
2. Borong and Ralong Hot Spring
Borong and Ralong Hot Springs are not only popular with locals but visitors from all over the region. These natural steaming saunas are said to have curative powers. These two springs are located at a distance of 7 km from each other. The springs Borong Springs can be reached after a 7 km drive from Ralong and then a 40 minutes’ walk downhill. The Ralong Springs can be reached after an hour long walk from Ralong monastery. For overnight stay, temporary huts are available but you have to carry your own bedding and cooking utensils.
3. Yumthang Hot Spring
The famous Yumthang Hot Spring is located some distance away from Yumthang village. To reach the hot spring, one has to walk for few minutes from the road of the village and cross the pedestrian bridge on the River Lachung. For the convenience of bathers, there is a hut with two pools which contains hot spring water. The hot water rich in sulphureted hydrogen gas from the spring is diverted to the pools.
4.Yumesamdong or Momay Samdong
A 25 kilometer drive up from Yumthang takes you to the Yume Samdong Hot Spring at the base of the Donkia-la Pass. They are reputed to be more than 10 hot springs pools closely. The remote and snow covered area almost all the year round brings few people and not massive tourist crowds.