Lachung Tourism

Lachung Tourism

Lachung Info

  • State: Sikkim
  • Famous for/as: Hill
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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Anu Roy

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  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 1 Review
  •  27 readers

"India's very own Switzerland" new review

  • 7.0 / 7
  • Posted 7 days ago
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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  •  3 helpful votes
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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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"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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Rakesh Patel

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  • Rakesh Patel
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  • Lives in Ahmedabad
  • 4 Reviews
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"Lachung is awesome"

  • 6.0 / 7
  • Posted Oct 29, 2013
October 2013 was my second visit of Sikkim as i have visited it in 2008 also. But in my first visit i have missed the place Lachung and Nathula pass. These all places i covered in this visit. Lachung is awesome.The natural beauty of Lachung is wonderful.
Zero point destination of
Lachung where you can feel that you are in heaven. Dark blue sky and pure water, you can find it every where.
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Atul Tulsian

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  • Atul Tulsian
  • Lives in Lucknow
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"Lachung 'A Journey to Jannat'"

  • Posted Jul 19, 2013
Lachung is a destination where one can take a ride with nature at its best, i have visited most of the hills in India and found Lachung ideal for regular travelers who wants to experience of adventure as roads are not smooth but as soon you progress your journey you feels that some extraordinary natural valley is approaching to embrace you.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Mostly prepaid packages are popular as journey to Lachung requires pre -planning due to certain permissions needed for journey and it is not a very ideal destinations for foodies and mostly it is arranged by the Hotel itself. Yumtang Valley is approx 2 hrs drive from Lachung and a place where nature at its best is 'not-to-be-missed' .Nothing much for shoppers there except some local shopping of Caps and Woolens.

Activities & things to do: Enjoy your Stay at a Valley approx 12000 ft from sea level and while going to Yumtang ,get down from vehicle and click some picture of your family .I will assure that you feel as if you are going to a 'Journey to Jannat' where amazing nature is waiting.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Your Cab person will ask you to go to Zero Point (place approx 2 hrs.from Yumtang) on an additional payment of about Rs.3000 per vehicle.My suggestion to persons who are traveling along with theirs kids below 12 years can avoid going to Zero Degree as it on a height where Oxygen is a problem and instead extend your stay at Yumtang Valley. Lachung is approx 110km from Gangtok and it is in North Sikkim and roads are not very smooth and will take approx 10hrs to reach there with one Lunch Break. Monsoon Period is not very popular for travel and elderly should be avoided.
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  • Posted Jun 20, 2013
Lovely landscape with limited resources peaple are coping up a story of survival. Survival for the deprived lot is the mantra of this terrain. Road infrastructure has to be improved to let them have the feeling they belong to our state.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: food was delicious and hygenically prepared

Activities & things to do: Nothing special except mountainering and local sight seeing

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Reaching here is the most difficult task in the world not less than Antartic excursion. So reach and stay safely
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"stay at gangtok"

  • Posted Jun 10, 2013
excellent hilly climate, adventurous landscape, thrilling terrain to travel, cannot be forgotten in my lifetime.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: nice food, picturesque sight seeing

Activities & things to do: take adequate clothing to protect from the biting cold

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: a must see location is Baba Mandir
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Nirali Shukla

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  • Lives in Ahmedabad
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  • Posted May 14, 2013
Yumthang velly view is not enough to see. You have seen nothing if you dont visit zero point. It is near to china border.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: You will love to eat maggie in the cold weather

Activities & things to do: Enjoy the snow

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Its very cold place so you better take care
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Lakshmi N

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"lachung the heaven"

  • Posted Feb 12, 2013
Very nice valley with different types of rodendum flowers and locations of the valley. nice place to see china border.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Very normal food.

Activities & things to do: nil

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: natural
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