Lachung - A Complete Travel Guide to the Hidden Gem of Sikkim
Lachung is a hidden gem of Sikkim situated about 118 km from Gangtok, the state’s capital, and a major tourist destination. Located at an altitude of about 8,858 feet, the picturesque mountain village is one of those unexplored places in Sikkim that are a nature lover’s paradise. From birdwatching and wildlife photography to trekking and stalking the meandering rivers, there are many things to do in Lachung for tourists.
If you are planning to visit Lachung, here is a complete guide that will help you plan your trip. The guide includes valuable information about
The brilliant architecture of the ancient Lachung monastery against the backdrop of the majestic mountain peaks looks stunning. The apple orchard surrounding the monastery adds to its tranquil charm.
One of the most popular tourist places in Sikkim, the Yumthang valley is filled with fully bloomed rhododendrons during summer. However, the valley remains closed to tourists during winter due to heavy snowfall.
The famed Zero point is another spot to cover while you visit Yumthung. It's one of the unique places to visit in Sikkim, as you can see three rivers emerging out of the mountains.
The beautiful Thangu lake is one of those offbeat places of Sikkim where you can see the beauty of the barren mountainous landscape. The place is strategically sensitive due to its proximity to the Indo-China border.
The mere sight of green lake can instantly uplift your mood and senses. The lakeside provides an uninterrupted view of Kanchenjunga, Everest, and other renowned peaks.
Bhim Nala Falls in Khedar village near Lachung is Sikkim’s tallest waterfall. The wooden bridge connecting two sides of the falls can give you plenty of click-worthy moments with your loved ones. You can also have some light snacks with tea at one of the few roadside stalls here.
Located 26 km from Lachung, Mount Katao is another offbeat destination that you can consider visiting. However, you need a permit from the Indian Army as the place is located extremely close to the Indo-China border. The awe-inspiring alpine forests against the backdrop of clouds playing hide and seek through the mountain peaks is a sight to remember.
This otherworldly natural wonder lies on the way to Lachung from Gangtok. It’s one of those rare places where you can watch the water tumbling down from a lush green hill through seven different cascading falls.
* Permit required - 1. Issued by police check post for Domestic tourists, 2. Issued by Tourism Department and police check post for foreigners.
** Permit required for trekking - Issued by the Tourism department after a permit from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India.
Both summer and winter seasons are good for exploring Lachung. Avoid the monsoon season, as incessant rainfall can hinder your sightseeing itinerary. Besides, many areas, including the road to Lachung, can be prone to landslides during the monsoon.
It’s the peak tourist season as the Rhododendrons bloom during this time, painting the entire region into varying shades of red. Moreover, the weather remains pleasant and ideal for exploring nearby places.
With the temperature frequently touching -3~-5°C, weather in Lachung can be extremely cold in the winter season. However, this can be the best time to visit Lachung if you like the snow.
Snowfall is common during this season, covering the entire region in a white blanket of snow. Moreover, you can avoid the peak tourist rush of summer and marvel at the beauty of this small place.
First, arrive at Gangtok and check into Le Vintuna Gangtok Resort, one of the best resorts in Gangtok offered by Club Mahindra. Take a day's rest or consider exploring Gangtok for 2-3 days. You can reach Lachung from Gangtok through a 5-hour drive via Singtam - Chungthang Road.
You can hire a cab or take a shared taxi from Gangtok to reach Lachung. The entire route is dotted with scenic locations that can instantly cheer you up and make you forget your worries. While hotels are available, many tourists prefer homestays while visiting Lachung to experience local culture and life in this remote place.
Once a vital trading outpost between India and Tibet, Lachung today has emerged as a refreshing holiday destination amidst the lap of the Himalayas. Visit this dreamy hamlet with your family for an exhilarating experience and return fully rejuvenated with an enriched soul.