While visiting Sikkim you must see stunning views of Snow Mountains and river which is a small town and the hill station in the northeast Sikkim India. It is an elevation of about 9600 feet (2900m) and it is at the confluence of the Lachen and Lachung River both at the tributaries of the River Teesta. Lachung to Gangtok distance is at an altitude of 8610 ft and located about 118kms from Gangtok, although the distance looks easy but it takes 6 hours by car to reach Lachung from Gangtok, the road is very scenic and is often not in good condition and is a part of North Sikkim. Most of the visitors come and stay to visit Lachung to visit Yumthang valley and Lachung zero point, at the time you visit Gangtok or in the next day before you return back, you should not miss the opportunities of visiting Lachung which itself offers exploring the nearby areas.
Lachung and Its Best Time
The valley of flowers which is in the month April to May is a great time to go as the rhododendrons are full in bloom during this time at Lachung and in the Yumthang Valley. Another good time and its best time to visit Lachung is during Losar festival which is held in the months between February to March, when the local peoples are in their full traditional costumes, eat, drink and perform many cultural shows. In the beginning of December it is also the great time to see the monks performing mask dances at Lachung Monastery. Festivals and the snow covered are capped in this month which is bthe time to visit the place to capture the scenic beauty in the blanket of snow.
Where to Stay at Lachung or at Zero point
You will find several hotels in Lachung and there is no accommodations in Yumthang or in beyond places. Visitors find difficult to contact Lachung and Lachen over phone and make the reservation so it is best to go through one of many Sikkim Tourism registered tour operators from Gangtok who can make your booking and also arrange the necessary permits. The best of the lot Lachung hotels are:
- Yarlum Resort in Lachung which is a luxury hotel having 38 rooms and suites with the facilities for a proper accommodation facilities that are and could be provided in such a cold place.
- Snow Lion Mountain Resort is a budget hotel with its nice amenities and overlooks the mountains with its great views at Lachung village. Room heaters, bathrooms with 24 hours geysers with hot water, each floor with balconies and the rooms are all wood panelled with wooden floor, with low traditional seating and having a fire place. They over all services are nice with its food options.
- Le Coxy Hotel in Lachung is a no-frills service with simple one with home-like atmosphere and modern amenities.
Places in North Sikkim, Lachung Nature Lover Should Visit
1. Yumthang Valley Nature of Paradise
Yumthang valley boasts of its thick rhododendron picturesque place in North Sikkim with its forests and hot sulphur springs. It is a valley to 24 species which it rightly earns its name as ‘Valley of Flowers.’ The poassing of rivers Teesta through it makes the paradise of the valley a place for nature lovers.
2. Chopta Valley Vegetative Pasture Lands
It is a place which is out to do the other destinations in Sikkim. One should visit the place during the spring time when the entire valley becomes a riot of colours. The place is of green Sikkim starts to vanish at an altitude lake Gurudongmar, the valley beckons, different landscapes with its barren mountains and less vegetative pasture lands.
3. Lofty Mountains Lachen
At Lachen one can unexplored beauty that Sikkim is full of small settlement amidst Lofty Mountains that are often clad with snow and thick forests. It is a travellers dream comes true, for its Famed Gurudongmar Lake and Lhamu lakes. The word means ‘Big Pass’ where the town is the base for Chopta Valley.
4. Snow-Capped Peaks, Lachung Chu
A tiny hamlet in the lap of Lachung in its mighty Himalayas embosomed by snow-capped peaks, which is amazing waterfalls, sparkling streams along with apple, apricot and peach orchards make a marvellous tourist destinations.
5. Lachung Monastery
The beauty of apple orchards with an amazingly is one grand architectural pride of Lachung valley which is located at nearly 2750 m above the sea level, in the Lachung Monaster. A famous mask dance is organised every year in the Monastery.
6. Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary
The sanctuary has more than 24 species of rhododendron shrubs, which are vast in t ranges of flora which is found at the places which includes Poppies, Rhododendrons, Primulas, Saxifrages, Gentians, Iris and are much more.
7. Yumesadong (Zero Point)
It is the heaven which is personified place where you get the most fascinating view and people can enjoy snow capped Himalayan peaks. Beautiful flowers in this place. This is the place which is situated 15000 feet above the sea level.
8. Rong Lungten Lee
It is a heritage house which is similar to that of Namprikdang which is situated about 8kms from Mangan and is open for both foreign and domestic tourists to admire the ancient aritifacts of the Lepcha tribes.
9. Kabi Lungchok, Historical Significance
Historical significance, Kabi Lungchok is an interesting place to visit in North Sikkim which is situated 17 kms north to Gangtok, it is reckoned the place where the two important tribes of Sikkim i.e. Bhutan and Lepcha signed the ‘Treaty of Blood Brotherhood’.
10. Sirijunga Yuma Mangheem
A heritage house which was built in a similar design as that of Sirijunga Yuma Mangheem of Martam in West Sikkim. The pleasant amidst the serene nature, this place is worth paying visit the place if you are in North Sikkim.
11. Green Lake Trek is an Alpine Lake
The best camp of the Mount Kanchendzonga, is an alpine lake situated in the altitude of 5000m. The lake is located near Zemu glacier for an adventurous trek, the Green Lake passes in the trekking trail of which passes through thick Rhododendron, primulas and blue poppy forests. The beauty of this place has its breathtaking view of the Kanchendzonga, and they are some of the best places to visit in Lachung.