About Lachung

Country: India | State: Sikkim

Ideal Trip Duration: 1-2 Days

Nearest City to Lachung: Guwahati (609 Kms), Kolkata (634 Kms)

Best Time to Visit Lachung: October to June

Peak Season: March to May

At a distance of 47 km from Lachen, 112 km from Ravangla, 116 km from Gangtok, 146 km from Kalimpong, 200 km from Pelling, 609 km from Guwahati and 634 km from Kolkata, Lachung is a small hill station located in North Sikkim district of Indian state of Sikkim. Situated near the border with Tibet, it is one of the beautiful places to visit in Sikkim and among the picturesque hill stations in India.

At an altitude of 9,600 feet, Lachung is located at the confluence of River Lachen and River Lachung, the tributaries of Teesta River. The word Lachung means 'small pass'. The Indian Army has a forward base in the town. According to history, Lachung was a trading post between Sikkim and Tibet before the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1950, after which it was closed down. The town's economy has been boosted by tourism in recent years as the region has been opened up by the Indian government. The town is majorly inhabited by Lepchas and Bhutias who are prime followers of Buddhism.

With its stunning fruit orchards, sparkling streams and gushing rivers flowing against the mesmerizing backdrop of snow-capped Himalayas, Lachung has been described as the 'most picturesque village of Sikkim' by British explorer Joseph Dalton Hooker in his definitive, The Himalayan Journal (1855). Lachung Monastery, Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, Yume Samdong (Zero Point), Yumthang Valley, Bhim Nala Falls and Naga Falls are the top places to visit in Lachung. Also, it acts as the base camp for Rhododendron Valley Trek which starts from Yumthang Valley and ends at Lachen Valley.

Lossong is one of the most famous and the major festival, also called as the New Year of the Bhutia people. This festival is celebrated in the month of January every year with great enthusiasm. Saga Dawa is another festival celebrated by the people of Lachung.

Bagdogra International Airport is the nearest airport, which is about 197 km from Lachung. It has direct flights from Kolkata, Mumbai and New Delhi. The Bagdogra Airport also has regular helicopter rides scheduled to Gangtok. New Jalpaiguri is the nearest rail head which is about 191 km from Lachung. It is well connected by trains with Patna, New Delhi, Mumbai, Guwahati, Howrah, Bangalore, Dibrugarh, Puri, Gaya, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata, Amritsar, Chennai, Chandigarh, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Cochin and Agartala. Gangtok SNT Bus Station is the nearest bus station and has well connected buses from Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Siliguri. One can opt for public buses or hire a private taxi to reach Lachung from Gangtok, New Jalpaiguri and Ravangla. Only vehicles from tour operators who are registered with Sikkim tourism are allowed.

Accommodation in Lachung is not a problem as it has several hotels. This scenic village is blessed with a plenty of mid-range and budget hotels, tourist lodges, guesthouses and homestays which provide a comfortable stay with all basic amenities like clean rooms, warm bed linens, heaters and hygienically prepared food.

October to June is the best time to visit Lachung as the weather is pleasant and is suitable for sightseeing. Lachung experiences mild summers with winters being very cold and monsoon receiving heavy rainfalls. Better to avoid visiting Lachung in the monsoon season.

As the international border with China nearby, the whole area is under army control. Visitors require Protected Area Permits to visit Lachung/ Yumthang/ Zero Point. It can be made at Gangtok Tourism Office, District Administrative Center at Mangan, or at Chungthang Sub-Divisional Magistrate's Office. Visitors need to get it done through a registered tour operator of Sikkim and can be done one day before. Foreigners need to be in a group of two or more in order to visit Lachung/Yumthang.

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Other Info
Internet Availability: Poor
STD Code: 03592
Languages Spoken: Nepali, English, Hindi, Bhutia or Sikkimese, and
Major Festivals: Losoong & Saga Dawa
Foreign nationals require Restricted Area Permit (RAP) or Inner Line Permit (ILP) to visit any part of Sikkim including Gangtok.

How to Reach Lachung

By Air

Nearest Airport: Siliguri - Bagdogra Airport (197 Kms)

By Train

Nearest Train Station: New Jalpaiguri Junction, Siliguri (191 Kms)

By Bus

Nearest Bus Station: Lachung Bus Stand (0 Kms)

Top 10 Places to Visit in Lachung

#1 of 8 Places to Visit in Lachung

At a distance of 25 km from Yumthung Valley and 51 km from Lachung, Zero point is a valley on Lachung River near Lachung in North Sikkim. Situated above Yumthang Valley, it is one of the picturesque places to visit in Lachung and among the best places to experience Sikkim Tourism.

Situated at an altitude of 15,300 feet, Zero point is the land of perennial snow and also the starting point of Teesta river. The place is also known as Yumesamdong and it will take around 1.5 hour drive to reach here from Yumthang. The name of this place is Zero Point because this is the last motorable road and civilians are not allowed to drive any further from this point. The landscape completely covered with snow offering a majestic view contrasting with the patchy blue sky in between the fresh icy breeze.

The place Zero Point remains under the cover of snow most of the year so it is a delight for snow lovers. One can spot Yak and Blue Sheep which is extremely rare grazing on the pasture. Apart .....

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#2 of 8 Places to Visit in Lachung

At a distance of 26 km from Lachung, Yumthang Valley is a picturesque valley situated near Lachung, Sikkim. Popularly known as 'Valley of Flowers', it is one of the top places to experience Sikkim Tourism and among the most popular places to visit in Lachung.

Situated at an altitude of 3,500 meters, Yumthang is a distinct place where the tree line ends. Yumthang Valley is extremely picturesque with green slopes covered with trees, hot spring, yaks grazing in the flower-spangled grassy plains below and a river flowing right through the valley. The Yumthang Valley is a paradise for nature lovers with a spectacular blend of flora and fauna and splendid picturesque beauty. The Yumthang Chu River flows through the Yumthang Valley and the entire valley witness long winters as it is close to Tibetan Plateau. Unique wildflowers such as primulas and Rhododendrons cover the entire valley in rich colours every spring, making it a great tourist attraction.

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#3 of 8 Places to Visit in Lachung

At a distance of 13 km from Lachung, Bhim Nala Falls is a gorgeous waterfalls situated at Khedum village near Lachung in North Sikkim. This is one of the tallest waterfalls in Sikkim and among the popular places to visit in Lachung.

Located on Chungthang - Lachung road, Bhim Nala Waterfalls is also called Amitabh Bachchan falls due to its height. The water is falling from very high mountain and it looks like a three stage waterfall. The sound of water dropping can hear from far off. There is a tea shop and a small view point just opposite the falls which offers a beautiful view of the falls.

Entry Fee: Rs.10 per person

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#4 of 8 Places to Visit in Lachung

At a distance of 34 km from Lachung and 82 km from Gangtok, Naga Falls is another beautiful waterfall situated near Lachung in North Sikkim. Situated on Gangtok-Chungthang road, it is one of the waterfalls in Sikkim and among the must visit places in Lachung.

Naga falls is one of the longest and the scenic waterfalls with very clean and ice-cold water. It is a multi-tiered waterfall. The main fall is quite far from the main road so one needs to trek on a rocky path to get the view. The place offer panoramic view of snow-caped mountains all around. During monsoons the flow of water becomes extremely heavy and even dangerous.

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#5 of 8 Places to Visit in Lachung

At a distance of 500 m from Lachung Town Center, Lachung Monastery is a Buddhist monastery situated on the banks of Lachung River in Lachung, Sikkim. It is one of the old monasteries in North Sikkim and among the must visit Lachung Tourist Places.

Also known as Samten Cheoling Monastery, Lachung Monastery was built in the year 1850 AD. Earlier, the monastery belonging to Bon worshippers and was converted into Buddhist Monastery by the locals to strengthen the Buddhist faith in the region. It follows the Nyingmapa Sect of Buddhism. In 1930 a statue of Buddha, a statue of a Guru, a statue of Chenrezig made of Copper along with Kangyur and Tengyur Texts were brought from Tibet as basic religious treasure for this Gompa. It was renovated and remodeled by the Lamas in 1983 AD.

Lachung Gompa is small but colourful monastery. It is a two-storey affair with twin metal dragons above the porch, which contains a pair of extra-heavy prayer wheels. The monastery functions all major ceremonies .....

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#6 of 8 Places to Visit in Lachung

At a distance of 47 km from Lachung, 121 km from Gangtok, 151 km from Kalimpong, 613 km from Guwahati and 744 km from Kolkata, Lachen is a small quiet hill town located in the North Sikkim district of Indian state of Sikkim. Situated near the Indo-Tibetan Border, it is one of the enchanting places to visit in Sikkim.

The literal meaning of Lachen is 'Big Pass' and the town is being promoted as a tourist destination by the Sikkim Government. Situated at an altitude of 8838 feet, Lachen stands on a grassy and bushy flat land separated by deep gorges of river Lachen-Chu. The village comprises of nearly 250 houses, earlier inhabited only in winters by the owners who spent the summers on the alpine pastures along the Tibet border tending to their herd of yaks. Lachen has its own system of rules and regulations known as Dzumsa and the heads of Dzumsa are known as Pipon and Gyenbos.

Offering panoramic vistas of the stunning landscape and .....

Distance (From Lachung): 47 Kms
Trip Duration (From Lachung - Including Travel): Full Day

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#7 of 8 Places to Visit in Lachung

At a distance of 78 km from Kalimpong, 96 km from Darjeeling, 115 km from Pelling, 117 km from Siliguri, 403 km from Darbhanga, 496 km from Muzzafarpur, 543 km from Guwahati, and 670 km from Kolkata, Gangtok is a fascinating hill town and the capital of north-eastern state of Sikkim, India. Known for its cleanliness and breathtaking beauty, it is one of the popular places to visit in Sikkim and is one of the popular attraction not to miss in your honeymoon trip.

Situated at an altitude of 5410 feet, Gangtok is the largest city and the main business and tourist hub of Sikkim. The name meaning hill-top, Gangtok is known for its scenic beauty and striking views of Mount Kanchenjunga, the third highest mountain in the world. It is also known as the land of monasteries, as it has maximum number of monasteries in the world. Located right in the middle of the Himalayan range and having mild .....

Distance (From Lachung): 116 Kms
Trip Duration (From Lachung - Including Travel): 1-2 Days

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#8 of 8 Places to Visit in Lachung

At a distance of 45 km from Darjeeling, 49 km from Kalimpong, 65 km from Pelling, 81 km from Gangtok, 88 km from Siliguri, 512 km from Guwahati and 641 km from Kolkata, Namchi is a small town and also the district headquarters of South Sikkim district in the Indian state of Sikkim. Also known as Namtse, it is one of the fast developing tourist destinations in Sikkim and among the popular places to experience Sikkim Tourism.

Literally means ' Top of the Sky', Namchi is situated at an altitude of 5,500 feet and is known for its Buddhist Monasteries and scenic locales. As per the historical facts, once Sikkim was under the reign of the Chogyals. Legends say that one of the Sikkimese princesses, Pende Ongmoo deceived a Sikkimese Chogyal. When people of Sikkim got to know about this, they killed the Sikkimese princess, Pende Ongmoo. The place where the Pend Ongmoo was killed is believed to be the present day Namchi.

Often known as the .....

Distance (From Lachung): 144 Kms
Trip Duration (From Lachung - Including Travel): Full Day

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