Lachung at an elevation of 9600ft is a quaint hamlet and hill station near the Indo-Tibet border of the northeast district in Sikkim. It is located at a distance of 125km from the capital town Gangtok. Enclosed by snow capped mountain peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling streams and apple orchards Lachung has been entitled as the “most picturesque village of Sikkim” by Joseph Dalton Hooker in his definitive, The Himalayan Journal (1855). Lachung is a favored tourist of North Sikkim due to its proximity with places like Yumthang, Katao, and Yumesamdong area of North Sikkim. In the native language the word Lachung means “small pass”.
Home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary with over twenty-four species of the rhododendron sprawled along the confluence of Lachung and Lachen River, Lachung is the last hamlet of the north Sikkim making it the gateway towards Yumthang Valley or the Valley of Flowers. Yumthang valley with its astounding Himalayan flora species has hyped the interest of nature lovers traveling to North Sikkim making it one of the favored places to visit in Lachung.Rhododendron and primulas bloom covering the whole area in a surreal shade. It also offers the astounding view of a stunning array of peaks with Pauhunri and Shundu Tsenpa. Yumesamdong at an altitude of 15300ft close to China border is another favored destination around Lachung. Yumesamdong also known as Zero Point is the land of perennial snow and is well known among the yak herders and trekkers for its hot springs which are scattered in the valley providing an unexpected opportunity to feel the warmth of the water even in freezing temperature. Rich in sulphur these springs are believed to have miraculous healing power. For recreational sports like snowboarding and skiing, Katao, 25km from Lachung is an ideal place. Lachung is also the base camp for Rhododendron Valley Trek which starts from Yumthang Valley and ends at Lachen Valley. But despite throwing its doors open to tourists Lachung still retains its distinctive culture and tradition, including the unique system of self governance called the Dzumsa. Apart from being the gateway towards some pictorial destinations, Lachung has a charm of its own which has bewitched the mind of visitors and ensnared their heart. Established in the nineteenth century, Lachung Monastery is a Nyingma Buddhist Gompa. Dedicated to Buddha and Guru Rimpoche, this monastery situated amidst apple orchards holds a colorful masked dance every year during winter. The quaint and peaceful monastery is built beautifully and is famous for its annual festival which is observed by monks dancing in colorful costumes and elaborate masks. It is also a perfect destination to submerge oneself in the quaint and tranquil ambiance while witnessing the astounding view of the snow peak mountain range of Himalayas.
If you are looking a retreat on the mountainous valley of Sikkim region to experience the true beauty of Himalayas, Lachung the last hamlet on the northern district of Sikkim is an ideal destination for you. Situated amidst the apple orchards along the meandering river streams, Lachung has become the safe haven for all the nature lover and base for adventurer trekking towards the valley of flower through the lush forest of rhododendron trees. The beauty of this picturesque hamlet Lachung cannot be described in words but can only be experienced.
Every season has its own charm to relish in Lachung but the best time to visit Lachung is during winter season when visitors can witness the mask dance festival and snow covered valley and in summer season when blooming rhododendron covers the entire valley in the beautiful shade of red.
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