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Lachung Tourism

Perched at an altitude of around 8,858 ft, Lachung is a small hill town in North Sikkim. It is situated in a deep valley on the rugged bank of the Lachung River (a tributary of the Tista River) at the foothills of the Himalayas. Also referred to as Small Pass, it lies near the Tibetan border (China). Lachung is one of the notable attractions in North Sikkim - the Yumthang Valley and offers access to various other picturesque tourist spots in the region.

Lachung flaunts snow-capped mountain peaks, spectacular waterfalls, beautiful streams, and orchards of apples, peaches, & apricots. This town is about 116 km from the capital Gangtok and is a well-liked destination amongst those who love being amidst nature. Lachung is an outlandish location, unpolluted by nuances of modernization. Here, most houses are built from wood, enveloped by small kitchen gardens around twisty roads with small shops and stepped grassy fields.

Visitors can indulge in adventure sports for an adrenaline rush, like mountaineering, river rafting, paragliding, mountain biking, rock climbing, & more. In addition, many tourists visit Lachung to get a glimpse of this region's rich culture and traditions. The village is primarily inhabited by Lepchas and Bhutias, who are followers of Buddhism. Besides, the market of Lachung is brimming with handicrafts, including elegantly woven rugs & blankets, which makes it apt for a shopping expedition. Ideally, Lachung should be explored on foot. Visitors can stop by small eateries in huts to have some authentic Sikkimese food for a top-off experience.

Things to do in Lachung

1. Lachen, North-sikkim

Lachen, North-sikkim
Situated in the northern district of Sikkim, Lachen is one of the most beautiful towns an attractive tourist spot which is well known for its Lachung monastery. Its natural beauty and serene vegetatio (Read More)n are worth commending and it is believed to be one of the most noteworthy and popular places for Buddhist pilgrims and tourists. Lachen is a less-populated beautiful holiday destination, also famous as the gateway to the sacred Gurudongmar and Tso Lhamu lakes.

Time Required : 1 day

Entry Fee : No entry fee

2. Yumthang Valley, North-sikkim

Yumthang Valley, North-sikkim
The popular Yumthang Valley in North Sikkim is located 140 km north of Gangtok. Famous as the "Valley of flowers", this is a rare and exotic location with hot springs, rivers, yaks and lush green mead (Read More)ows. Situated at an elevation on 3564 metres, this stunning valley is a paradise for nature lovers as it houses the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary which has over 24 species of Rhododendron flowers (the state flower) blooming from late February to mid-June.

Time Required : More than 3 hrs

3. Lachung Monastery

Lachung Monastery
Lachung Monastery is a Buddhist monastery located  500 m away from Lachung Town-center. Surrounded by apple orchards, the monastery is set on the banks of the picturesque Lachung Chu river, at a (Read More)height of about 2,750 m in Sikkim. It is one of the oldest monasteries in North Sikkim and is a must-visit tourist destination in Lachung that also forms the base of the Green Lake trek.
Constructed in 1850 AD, the Lachung Monastery is also called Samten Cheoling Monastery. 

Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Entry Fee: Free
Tour Duration: 1 hrs

4. Zero Point

Zero Point
Zero Point is a prime tourist destination in Sikkim that is set at an altitude of 15,300 ft. It is the last civilian location before the Indo-China border, where visitors can enjoy the most splendid m (Read More)ountain views. Also known as Yume Samdong, the site of Zero Point is the meeting point of three rivers environed by snow-covered mountains. It is a majestic spectacle to witness. Zero Point is one of the most popular destinations to visit that is just 15 km from the Lachung Valley. It is the final civilization outpost near China's border and there is no road ahead. 

5. Bhim Nala Falls

Bhim Nala Falls
Around 13 km from Lachung, the Bhim Nala Falls is snuggled in the rustic Khedum village on the Chungthang - Lachung road. It takes pride in being one of the highest and most beautiful waterfalls in Si (Read More)kkim. This spot lies in an envelope of lush hills and offers an awe-inspiring blend of tranquility and thrill. Notably, the Bhim Nala Waterfalls is also popular as the Amitabh Bachchan falls amongst the local people because of its high elevation. The Bhim Nala Falls is at a distance of nearly 98 Km from the capital Gangtok, amidst a hamlet in the green mountains. 

Entry Fee:  INR 10 per person
Time Required: 30 mins - 1 hr

6. Mt Katao, North-sikkim

Mt Katao, North-sikkim
Nestled in the northern part of Sikkim, at a distance of 144 km from Gangtok and 28 km from Lachung, Mt Katao is one of the most stunning sights imaginable. Perfect for adventure lovers who like skiin (Read More)g, snow tubing, snowboarding, and grinding during the winter season, the surreal mountain provides a splendid view to its onlookers. However, to enter this area, a permit is required from the army since the place where Mt Katao is located at a military base.

Time Required : 2-3 hours
Admission: Free (Permit Required)

7. Seven Sisters Waterfalls

Seven Sisters Waterfalls
Seven Sisters Waterfall is a well-known tourist spot in Sikkim that is situated on the Gangtok- Lachung Highway, at a distance of around 32 km from Gangtok city. As the name, Seven Sister indicates th (Read More)at there are seven distinct waterfalls charmingly meet sideways on wide cliffs.  Seven Sisters waterfall is a beautiful natural wonder featuring seven cascading waterfalls arranged sideways on a rugged region. It is a must-see location around Gangtok on the way to North Sikkim, especially after the rains. The Seven Sisters Waterfall is named so because it looks like seven tiers or stages, one after the other, pouring down through its course. 

Time Required: >1 hr
Timings: Monday - Sunday: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

8. Thangu valley

Thangu valley
Thangu Valley, also known as Thangu-Chopta Valley, is a serene town nestled in Mangan District in Sikkim. It lies 30 km north of Lachen, on the route of Gurudongmar Lake and Chopta Lake at an altitude (Read More) of around 3950 m ( approximately 13000 ft). This valley embraces four rivers, namely Teesta, Thangu, Lassur, and Chopta Rivers. With a soothing atmosphere and admirable scenic beauty, this destination is a visual retreat. The Thangu valley mostly remains under the carpet of snow throughout the year because of its high altitude. It observes extreme cold weather during the winters, and even in June-July, the temperature remains between 4° C - 12° C during the day in Thangu valley. 

9. Lachung Market

Lachung Market
Nestled in North Sikkim, Lachung is a small yet fascinating town near the Tibetan border that is a splendid destination for spending your holidays. Other than sightseeing, shopping is also one of the (Read More)most attractive things to do in Lachung. Notably, elegant hand-woven rugs, blankets, & other authentic wares make this town perfect for shopping sprees. The Lachung Market is a small market in the village that features various shops selling a diverse range of Tibetan handicrafts, including beautifully hand-woven carpets, blankets, and rugs.

Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday: 6:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Must Know Before You Visit Lachung

  • No cars from other states are permitted to enter Lachung. Only registered vehicles from tour operators approved by North Sikkim Tourism are allowed.
  • Obtain information regarding the permits you have to take (if any). You  should keep all the necessary documents and passport-size photographs with you during your travel to get the permit.
  • Take due precautions visiting this destination in the monsoon as the area is prone to landslides due to heavy rains.
  • Many routes get closed due to heavy snowfall in the peak winter season.

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How to Reach Overview

Visitors mostly like to reach Lachung by road as it is a hill station, and the route offers scenic views. The Pakyong Airport near Gangtok is now the nearest airport to Lachung, serving as a less time-consuming alternative to Bagdogra Airport for travelers. You can take a local taxi or bus from this airport to Lachung.There is no railway station in Lachung till the present time.

How to reach Lachung by flight

Lachung does not have its airport, and the Bagdogra airport in Siliguri served as the nearest airport to Lachung until the inauguration of the Gangtok Airport in Sikkim. The Pakyong Airport near Gangtok is now the nearest airport to Lachung, serving as a less time-consuming alternative to Bagdogra Airport for travelers. It has regular flights to different destinations. You can take a local taxi or bus from this airport to Lachung.

How to reach Lachung by road

Visitors mostly like to reach Lachung by road as it is a hill station, and the route offers scenic views. Lachung embraces decent roadways connectivity with the nearby towns. It is easily accessible by road from Gangtok, which is set at a distance of around 116 km. You can take taxis by private agents, and it takes 4 to 5 hours from Gangtok to Lachung.

Gangtok to Lachung taxi fare: INR 5750/- onwards (one-way)

How to reach Lachung by train

There is no railway station in Lachung till the present time. The nearest railway station to this town is New Jalpaiguri train station, which is about 120 km from Gangtok. You can take direct public buses from New Jalpaiguri or Gangtok to reach Lachung.

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