Lachung Tourism

Lachung Tourism

Lachung Info

  • 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.

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Lachung Traveller Reviews

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Mukunda Mishra

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  • Mukunda Mishra
  • Lives in Kolkata
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  • 1 Review
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1116 readers

"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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  •  5 helpful votes
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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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  • Ritesh Agarwal
  • Lives in Bardhaman
  • 17 Reviews
  •  6398 readers

"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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  • Chetan patel
  • 5 Reviews
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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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  • 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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Anu Roy

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  • Lives in Kolkata
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"India's very own Switzerland"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 21, 2015
North Sikkim and specifically Lachung are one of the last unspoilt tourist destinations left in India. Difficult access due to earthquake and landslide ravaged roads ensures fewer tourists, thereby preserving for a little more time the warm and simple nature of the people.
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Bashar Nawaz

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"A honeymoon destination"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Apr 30, 2015
Well it is a proper honeymoon destination. Very cold weather from November to March. The only way to visit Lachung is by road. Road condition is not good enough. You can hire a Tavera or Bolero from Gangtok to reach Lachung. It will took around six hours to reach Lachung.

Best places to visit in Lachung is Zero point and Yamthung Valley, covered with snow, If you are lucky enough then you could get a live snow fall, like us. Normally snowfall occurred in December to February, but some time it extend up to April.

Accommodation is not good in Lachung. All houses are built of wood and local foods are available here. Dont forget to take your necessary things.
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Rohit Singh

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  • Rohit Singh
  • Lives in Allahabad
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"Simply mesmerising..!!"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Mar 31, 2015
For all those who wants to get lost, there can't be a better place than Sikkim, plan trekking in your itinerary. Stay at local hotel than any other to enjoy the local food. Visit this place in the month of April to enjoy the valley of flowers at yumthang valley.
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Raj kumar Thawait

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  • Raj kumar Thawait
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  • Lives in Raipur
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"Very good to relax"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 21, 2014
Lachung, the ultimate village, just between natural surroundings and Yumthang valley in North Sikkim. On the way to Lachen specially Gurudongma lake, Lachung is a base station. I would like to suggest for this village not only for base station as well as for the destination. Make your trip for one more day specially to this naturally and traditionally rich area. In the height of valley you can see dense forests, high mountains, waterfalls, pleasant weather, and lot of things. This is the village to relax. Situated in the long way to Lachen the perfect destination for rest.
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