In the previous decade, the northeast state of India has emerged as a popular top tourist destination. Sikkim is one such hidden jewel of India, with natural beauty that can wonderfully refresh you. Its popularity among tourists is also due to the reason that you can go here whenever you want. Even though Sikkim is a high-altitude state, the weather remains quite pleasant the whole year. If you are visiting Sikkim anytime soon, Lachung is a must-visit place.
Lachung is a small hill station at the Indo-Tibetan border at the height of 2400 meters. Over the years, Lachung has hosted many tourists from every corner of India and has been added to the list of must-visit destinations in Sikkim. Be it a honeymoon tour or family vacation.
If you are planning a vacation in the upcoming summer holidays then go ahead and plan it. The best time to visit Lachung is from June to October as the temperature remains between 10°c to 16°c.
List of Top 10 Tourist Places in & around Lachung
- Yumthang Valley
- Lachung Monastery
- Chopta Valley
- Zero Point
- Bhim Nala Falls
- Seven Sisters Waterfalls
- Green Lake
- Tangu Valley
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At a height of 2,750 meters in Sikkim’s north district, Lachen is one of the must-visit tourist destinations located in Lachung. The name Lachen means “Big Pass”. Lachen serves as the base for the two other best places to visit in Lachung ie; Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar Lake. Lachen is a little settlement amid mighty mountains with a snowclad mountain as a backdrop. The town is being promoted as a tourist destination by the Sikkimese Government.
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The Yumthang Valley is the top tourist attraction in Lachung which is located at a height of 3500 meters above sea level. This valley is also popularly known as the ‘Valley of Flowers’ in the North-East. The beauty of the valley manifolds with the Teesta River flowing through its difficult terrain. One can also take a halt at a famous hot spring which is about 1km from Yumthang Valley. While passing through the roads of the valley you will come across beautiful Shingba Rhododendron trees. If you can squeeze in some times, then do pay a visit to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary which has 24 different varieties of Rhododendron in it.
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Sikkim is known for its tranquility and peaceful monasteries. One such must-visit destination in Lachung is the Lachung Monastery. Lachung Monastery is located on the Lachung river bank and offers scenic views of the Lachung. This place holds religious significance for the Buddhist community and that’s why it is among the must-visit Lachung Tourist Places. In 1806, the Nyingmapa school of Buddhism established Lachung Monastery and upon your arrival, you will see a statue of Guru Padmasambhava there. In the background of Lachung Monastery, you will witness a captivating view of apple orchards.
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The Chopta Valley is another beautiful tourist place near Lachung. Tourists may confuse it with Chopta Village in Uttarakhand. Chopta Valley is a top sightseeing place in Lachung for all adventure junkies. Mesmerizing and stunning views of the Chopta Valley make it one of the best tourist places in Lachung. This valley is about a 2-hour drive from Lachung and attracts tourists from all over the country throughout the year. In summers, the valley remains colorful with the alpine flowers and in winters with snow-clad alpine trees.
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If you’re thinking about a travel plan for Lachung, you must include the Zero Point in your trip to Sikkim. The Zero Point, also known as Yumesamdong, is another spot to visit in Lachung but for that, you need to be ready with your permit. Zero Point remains covered with snow throughout the year offering a straight out of wallpaper view of snow-clad mountains. At zero point you can see areas of China and mark the end of civilization.
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Bhim Nala Falls
The Bhim Nala is another best tourist place in Lachung and is located in the picturesque village of Khedum. This location is a thing of enthralling beauty, mystically combining peace and adrenaline. The Bhim Nala Falls, on the other hand, is one of the highlights of the Sikkim holiday as it is the highest waterfall. The waterfall, which is situated at a considerable height, creates a fascinating plunging vista that is accompanied by the relaxing sound of the waters cascading from that height. The Bhim Nala Falls, with its enticing ambience, is one of the best places to explore in Lachung.
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Mt. Katao is one of the offbeat tourist places in Lachung and located 26 km from Lachung offering scenic views throughout your drive. The temperature at Mt. Katao is quite pleasant and not too cold as compared to Zero point. Mt. Katao is an ideal place to visit in Lachung if you want to satiate your adrenaline rush. However, you would require a permit from the Indian Army to visit Mt. Katao. The mountain range offers breathtaking views of alpine forests of rhododendrons, poppies, and primulas.
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Seven Sisters Waterfalls
Seven Sisters Waterfalls is one of India’s popular waterfalls and also one of the top places to see in Lachung. Located on the Gangtok – Lachung highway, seven sister waterfalls are a harmonious array of seven different cascading falls. The best time to visit the seven sisters’ waterfalls is during the monsoons when the waters come raging down. Tumbling down from atop a lush green, wooded hill, the surrounding beauty of the waterfall enhances the beauty of it all.
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Located at the foothills of Kanchenjunga, Green Lake is another lake in Lachung, which will utterly evoke your senses and rejuvenate every cell of your body. This lake is also a trek and is located close to the Zemu ice sheet. On following a trekking trail of Green Lake, you will pass through varieties of plants such as Rhododendron, primulas and blue poppy woods. From Green Lake, you can also see Kanchenjunga, Mt. Everest, and other peaks. Green Lake also serves as the base camp for Mt. Everest. Don’t miss out on panoramic views of the mighty Himalayas from this lake.
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Thangu Valley is a quaint village and the last local settlement in the far North region of Sikkim. Thangu Valley is about 25 km from Lachen and a perfect place for trekkers. The lush green meadows of the valley are just not captivating but so mesmerizing that you will lose a piece of your heart to it. Being a base for the Adventure seekers who plan to go to Kala-Pathar and Chopta Valley, Thangu must be added to your Sikkim Itinerary. This trek is about 03 hrs. of trekking in the region and offers an adequate amount of adrenaline drift to adventure junkies.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Which is the best time to visit Lachung?
The months of October to June is the best time to visit Lachung. The temperature ranges from 10°c to 16°c. In the months of October to February you will also enjoy amazing snowfall. The weather remains pleasing for snow adventure activities and sightseeing.
Are there any adventure activities for tourist in Lachung?
If you are an adventure lover then Lachung is one of the best destinations to visits for holidays. There are many exciting activities to do in Lachung for adventure lovers such as Yumthang Valley Trek, visit to exotic Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, day trekking at Zero Point, enjoying the beauty of Bhim Naga Falls, Mt Katao Trek, spiritual bliss at the top of mountain – Lachung Monastery and the best from the rest beauty of Gurudongmar lake. You will fall in love with the charm of this place.
What are the offbeat places to visit near Lachung?
Some of the best offbeat places to visit near Lachung are –
- Tangu Valley
- Green Lake
- Bhim Nala Falls
- Mt Katao
- Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary
- Hey Bermiok
When does one can enjoy snowfall in Lachung Sikkim?
You will behold the glittery snowfall in Lachung from the months of October to February. The temperature goes up to -5°c.
How are the accommodation facilities for tourist in Lachung?
In an awesome mountain village like Lachung you will get some of the most beautiful and well-maintained accommodation facilities to enjoy your Sikkim Holidays. Whether it’s a 5-star, guest house budget or luxury resort, Lachung offers best quality accommodation options to the tourists. Some of them are located in a very scenic location. You will get accommodation according to your budget.
Which is the nearest airport & railway station to Lachung?
- Nearest Airport to Lachung- Bagdogra Airport
- Nearest Railway Station to Lachung- New Jalpaiguri Railway Station