Lachung Tourism

Lachung Tourism

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  • State: Sikkim
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • District: North Sikkim
Lachung is a town located in the state of Sikkim. It falls under the north Sikkim district and is not very far from the China border. At an altitude of about 3,000 m above sea level, Lachung is located at the confluence of River Lachen and River Lachung, which are tributaries of the Teesta River. A forward base has been set up in this town by the Indian Army to guard and protect the borders.

History of Lachung

The term Lachung means ‘small mountain’. It is at a distance of about 125 km from Gangtok, the capital city of Sikkim. In the book ‘The Himalayan Journal’, British explorer and writer, Joseph Dalton Hooker, has defined this place as the ‘most picturesque village of Sikkim’.

Before 1950, when Tibet was not taken over, Lachung was a major trading post between Tibet and Sikkim. After it was closed down, the town continued to remain intact. The Indian Government opened it again and since then it has emerged as a major tourist hub in Sikkim.

People & Culture of Lachung

People living in Lachung are commonly known as the Lachungpas. Lachung is mainly inhabited by Lepcha and Tibetan people. The most common languages spoken here include Lepcha, Bhutia and Nepali. 

Things to do in Lachung

The main attractions of Lachung tourism include the Lachung Monastery, which is also known as the Lachung Gompa, and the Yumthang Valley, which is about 25 km from the town. 

The Lachung Monastery is a very old monastery, built in the year 1880. This place houses several murals, along with two wheels. Mount Katao, which is at a distance of about 30 km from this place, is also a popular tourist destination near Lachung. There are several Lachung holiday packages that can be availed to explore the destination. 

The Yumthang Valley is a meadowland set amidst the Himalayan Mountains, at an altitude of about 3,575 m. This place is also famous for the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, which has more than 24 species of rhododendron, the State Flower.

Travelling to Lachung

Lachung is reachable by road from within the state. To reach Lachung, the nearest railhead is at New Jalpaiguri (140 km) in West Bengal and the nearest airport is Bagdogra, again in West Bengal. From the train station and the airport, buses and cars are available.

Regular train services are available from Howrah, Sealdah, Jhajha, New Delhi, Chennai and others. However, tickets need to be reserved in advance. 

During the winter season, the town remains covered with snow most of the time. The summer months from March to June are the best time to visit Lachung with a mild and pleasant climate. The temperature in the summer months ranges from 10⁰ Celsius to 28⁰ Celsius while in the winter season it can go as low as -5⁰ Celsius. Since winters are very cold, adequate protection in terms of clothing should be taken if visiting during this time. 

Accommodation options in Lachung

Hotels in Lachung range from budget hotels and resorts.  A few of these hotels also offer transfers for sightseeing and pick-up from railway and bus stations.

Lachung is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Gangtok and Kalimpong.

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Mohammed Adam s

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  • Mohammed Adam s
  • Lives in Pondicherry
  • 5 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  64 readers

"Feel the Nature at Lachung - Snow hills"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Lachung... A best place a travellers must visit atleast once in his lifetime... Place that surrounded with Snow capped mountain makes to feel the Wonders the God's creation is... Best place to stay that you can enjoy Katao and Zeropoint the same day... Best time to visit is March and April so that you can enjoy the valley views...
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Ashish Jain

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  • Ashish Jain
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  • Lives in Indore
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"Heaven on earth for snow lovers"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 7, 2017
Lachung is the base village to visit the yomthang vellay. It is around 124 km from Gangtok situated in North sikkim. Visit that vellay requirs permit and at least two days trip. Taxi drivers arrange complete package for you it includes lunch, dinner on 1st day and breakfast and lunch on second day. Food quality is not good so also carry your own arrangements as substitute.
Yes You will find snow at around 4-5km above the Lachung. And it is just like heaven. Cold snow but no wind hence you can enjoy a lot here. If you compare it with rohtang pass at manual it is more beautiful.
After visiting that place I can say you visit is incomplete if escaped the north sikkim.
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Anirban bhattacharya

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"Untouched beauty created by god when almighty had time in hand"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 13, 2016
I must say that if my gal did not insisted I would not have been to this place to stay.
We stayed in hotelbTenzing retreat.
The beauty you see only you can share, I it is like remote but worth taking the pain to visit. No man can deny the charm of those snow clad mountains, every step you take you see hills are waiting for you with stunning view. People say that if there is any heaven it is Kashmir, I must say you go there & then decide if Lachung is any less beautiful than Kashmir,
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Surajit Ghosh

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  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 4, 2016
Zero point is amazing with snow. There are huge snow in mountain. But very cold about 2c. If you tour with child then keep korpur tab because there oxygen level is very low for that may be breathing problem. There are many types of stall where available hot drinks cofee magi and other snacks. The view of snow is very beautiful
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Mukunda Mishra

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  • Mukunda Mishra
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"The land of roaring falls and whispering forests and silent mountains"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 28, 2016
If you wish to feel your heart with fresh breeze, ear with the babbling noise with the River La Chung Chu, eyes with the heavenly beauty of mountains around you and heart with the eternal joy. Then Lachung is the best for you, provided that you have to go there being prepared with enjoying the nature closely with available very basic amenities and services. Lachung is not a tourist hub. It is a small village surrounded by Sikkim Himalayan Mountainn ridges beside the Lachung Chu (means 'river') which is the upper contributing stream of the Teesta. A six to seven hours driving from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim will reach you this mountainous village. The journey is not comfortable enough, as the road is severely broken; because the entire area is highly landslide prone zone. But, believe me, you will forget all the painful journey when you see the roaring falls (more than 50 throughout the way) with milky water dashing beside the road. And, the most surprise one, if you reach Lachung in the evening (as I experienced during my first visit there). You cannot differentiate it from a small hamlet in the plains with nebulous street light, kerosene lamps, small huts etc. You will must go for a sound sleep due to the lag of the entire journey. But you will be amazed in the morning, that you are in a home-stay which is surrounded by the high mountain peaks with glittering silver like peaks at the directions. Home-stays are the best options for staying at Lachung. There are several homestays there and you can choose any of them. No previous booking required. The extra benefit of residing at the homestays, you will get a flavour of the lives of the people residing there. From here, the must go is the popular Yumthang Valley. Visit Lachung during January to mid-March for snow, April-May for beautiful flowers and rest of the year for enjoying the falls at its full swing.
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Vijeet Shaw

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  • Vijeet Shaw
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Awesome place to be"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 28, 2016
We bunch of friends visited Lachung during the Christmas which was off-season but we had a great time there. The flowers in the Yumthang Valley bloom in the months of April and May but if you want solidarity then December and January is the time, though it gets quite cold. Visiting Zero point and Katao must be in your itinerary and don't forget to take a walk in the evening on the outskirts of the village. Perfect place to have a Bonfire with your friends and family. Don't miss the food from Army Canteen.
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Ritesh Agarwal

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  • Lives in Bardhaman
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"Overall a nice experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 28, 2016
It is situated at a high altitude, so it experiences winter through out the year more or less. One have to stay a night for visiting the zero point the next day. It is also a small village but larger than Lachen and has more hotels to stay than Lachen. During winters it experiences up-to, 15 degree Celsius.
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Srinivasa Divakaruni

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  • Srinivasa Divakaruni
  • Lives in Eluru
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"Best place to go!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 28, 2015
Visited this north Sikkim town in Jan 2006 with family during our trip to Sikkim and Darjeeling. Stayed in Lachung for one night. It was very cold and the town had snow fall that night. Next day visited Khatau and Yumthang Valley. The entire way was covered with thick snow. Seen rhododendron sanctuaries. Amazing places. Returned to Gangtok by night.
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Chetan patel

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"Excellent & a nice place!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 14, 2015
In my whole tour this place is my best one. Because in whole Sikkim tour I see fresh snow. This place is cover two sightseeing yumthang velly and yumsongdong this is also known as zero point. On the way we are see the snow fall. This is call zero point because of no way further then.
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Amit Ghosh

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"The peaceful place-Lachung"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Nov 25, 2015
As you are travelling up to North Sikkim, Settle in this valley for a day or two as it forms a base. But you should say to experience the beauty of the place. Be mesmerized by the coldness of the valley, with the climate and everything. The stays at the local hotel makes you acquainted with the local food which is an addition to it. The snow covered mountains and conifers keeps you in a trance.
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