Things to Do in Dzongu.
Some of the activities you can take part in Dzongu are:
Beautiful river spots in Rungyoung Chu, River Teesta and Rung Kyoung offer great fishing opportunities. You can fish for katla, mahaseer, trout and other kinds of fish here.
Butterfly watching is a major activity here. There are more than 27 species of butterflies which flutter around the banks of Rongyung Chu and other hotspots for butterfly watching are Lingdong and Namprikdang villages.
Bird watching is another preferred activity in Dzongu…there are more than 200 species of birds here. The 540 sq. km Dzongu hills have snow clad peaks, alpine lakes, meadows, glaciers and moraines and this invites birds of varying species to come and dwell here. The lower half of dzongu has forests with beautiful biodiversity…the lack of human population and absence of vehicular traffic has further contributed to the birding experience.
Medicinal Plant Tours
The Lepcha tribe possesses unusual knowledge about medicinal plants and healing shrubs and they make potions which can chase away the most stubborn of diseases. The traditional style of medicine called Bongthing requires intensive knowledge of plants and the Lepchas nowadays offer tours to tourists which sensitise them to different species of plants and especially the members of the Zingiberaceae family. Partaking in such tours can be an interesting experience.
The varied terrain of Dzongu valley, verdant greenery, zero pollution and the as yet unspoilt nature of the valley makes it perfect for treks. Whatever homestay you choose to stay in… the Lepchas are sure to guide you about treks…there are routes of varying levels of difficulty.
Best Time to Visit
Late spring and summer time (i.e. March-end, April and May) is the best time to visit Dzongu. The temperature remains moderate & pleasant and the sun usually shines brightly. You can see the entire range of the mountains & the Himalayan snow peaks clearly, and hear as well see plenty of birds. However in May there is a possibility of occasional showers.
June until September is the monsoon season and this time should be avoided because there are good chances of landslides in and around Dzongu. Note that landslides in Dzongu are common especially in monsoon. Also during this time due to cloudy and foggy weather the birds fall silent. Treks and other activities becomes difficult to partake… there is also a problem of leeches during this time.
Winter time between December to January is again a great time to visit Dzongu as you get clear views of the snow peaks. But you need to bear the extreme cold and go prepared with heavy woolens. In fact the local villagers would often advise that just heavy woolens are not good enough to fight the chill in winter, one also needs to preferably consume some alcohol to keep oneself warm … there are plenty of inexpensive local brews available at Dzongu.