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How to Reach Lachen

Lachen is located in the northernmost territory of Sikkim and is easily accessible from major states of the country by different modes of transport. Blessed with many natural attractions, the region is one of the most popular tourist places. It is a quaint mountain town with breathtaking surroundings of Rhododendron and conifer forests and is inhabited by Lachenpas, a Sikkimese Bhutia community.

The village offers picturesque views of the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, glaciers, and rock cliffs. Owing to its popular tourism status, Lachen is well-connected to the other parts of India. Take a look at the comprehensive details of how to reach Lachen.

Here is the detailed information on how to go to Lachen.

Lachen By Flight

The nearest airport to Lachen is Bagdogra Airport. Therefore, you can board a flight to this airport located in the Siliguri region of West Bengal. Once you reach Bagdogra, you can travel via a helicopter flight to Gangtok for your further journey to Lachen.

You need an ILP or Inner Line Permit to visit Lachen. After getting the permit, you have to stay the night in Gangtok and the following day, you can leave for Lachen. Gangtok to Lachen distance is approx. 114 km and will take around 4.5 hours.

Lachen By Train 

One can travel to Lachen by train in Sikkim from the railway station of New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal. This railway station is the closest to Lachen and is very well-connected to Kolkata, Delhi, Guwahati, and other major cities of India.

The most convenient way to reach Lachen by train is to first come from the station to Gangtok and then, after a night halt, visit Lachen the next day. Also, Lachen is around 114 km from Gangtok, and one can easily get taxis and buses from here to the main parts of Sikkim.

Lachen By Road

As Lachen is situated amidst rough terrains and snow-capped mountains, traveling via road seems the best alternative. From Gangtok, you can get numerous taxis and buses to Lachen. Moreover, Gangtok is connected to major cities in Sikkim and others like Kolkata and Darjeeling.

You can plan a road trip to Lahen or take a bus or taxi from these cities and visit Gangtok. After staying the night here, leave for Lachen for an exciting holiday. The journey through the mountain roads will be one of the highlights of your trip.

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