Lachung is a charming hamlet known for its stunning fruit orchids, sparkling streams, and gushing blue rivers flowing against the mesmerizing backdrop of snow-capped Himalayas. It is perched at an elevation of 8,600 feet above sea level and is a must-visit on your Sikkim tour. Because of its breathtaking beauty, Lachung is also named amongst the most beautiful villages of northeast India. It is a breath of fresh air and is a paradise for soul seekers. On your Lachung tour, indulge in the adventure as it has a lot to offer for your adrenaline cravings. ‘Zero Point’ is a popular trekking destination that will offer you some breathtaking vistas of nature. If you want to take it up a notch then Mt.Katao is the perfect place to enjoy snowboarding, skiing, and snow-tubing. However, you need permission from the Indian Army to visit Mt.Katao and your visit depends upon the weather conditions as well.
Mainly visited for the serenity and adventure, there are many tourists who visit to get a peek into the rich culture and traditions of this region. Lachung is majorly inhabited by Lepchas and Bhutias who are prime followers of Buddhism and even today, practise their religion with great respect. So, if you want to know more about Lachung, how to reach, the best time to visit, where to eat and stay, and some useful travel tips, here is our comprehensively curated Lachung travel guide.
Why visit Lachung?
If you want to spend time and relax amidst nature and get away from the city bustle, Lachung is an ideal choice for you. Located in Sikkim, it is a paradise for nature and adventure lovers. You get to breathe fresh air, treat your eyes to the most beautiful landscapes, and spend quality time with your loved ones. Whether you are a honeymoon couple, a family, an adventurer, or a solo traveller, you will find something to do in Lachung as per your interest.
If you are into culture and traditions, then visit Lachung and learn about their customs, history, and rich heritage. You can interact with the locals and learn their way of living.
How to reach Lachung
Lachung can be reached by air, rail, and road. To reach Lachung by air, take a flight to Bagdogra Airport in Siliguri as it is the nearest and is connected by the rest of the country by domestic airlines. Direct flights are available from Delhi, Kolkata, and Guwahati. The nearest railway station to Lachung is New Jalpaiguri. It is connected by several trains and receives major trains from West Bengal and Guwahati. You can take private cabs or public buses to reach Lachung from New Jalpaiguri. By road, you can reach Lachung by taking state-run or private buses. Direct buses are available from Gangtok and New Jalpaiguri too.
How to get around Lachung
Lachung is not easily accessible by any public transport, so you can take taxis by private agents. However, the most convenient way to move around Lachung is on foot. Walking around the town will refresh your mind and fill your lungs with fresh air.
Best time to visit Lachung
The summer season in Lachung begins in March and remains till May. During this time, the temperature is moderate and ranges from 10°C to 28°C. Also, you can see rhododendron flowers. Monsoons start in July and end in September. Lachung receives heavy rainfall, which can be a spoilsport with sightseeing plans. If you love snow, then winter i.e. October to February is the best time to visit Lachung. The temperature fluctuates between 10°C and -5°C and receives heavy snowfall with fog. The view of mountains covered in now offers the most breathtaking view.
Places to visit in Lachung
Being a picturesque location, there are several beautiful places to see and explore on your Lachung trip. Located close to the Tibet border, this place is surrounded by the best of nature. So, if you plan a trip to Sikkim, here are some of the best places to visit in Lachung -
- Yumthang Valley
- Zero Point
- Chungthang Valley
- Thangu Valley
- Gurudongmar Lake
- Tosar Lake
- The little town of Singhik
- Lachung Monastery
Things to do in Lachung
From witnessing stunning views to indulging in thrilling adventure activities, there are ample things to do in Lachung. On your tour, you can engage in plenty of things and explore the lakes, pasture lands, and enjoy the pleasant weather. Here are some fun things to do in Lachung on your Sikkim trip -
- Green Lake Trek.
- Excursion to Lachen and Zero Point.
- Trekking to Yumthang Valley and Mount Katao.
- Visit Chopta Valley vegetative pasture lands.
- Enjoy the Mask dance at Lachung monastery.
- Admire the beauty of Bhim Nala waterfalls.
- Visit Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary.
How many days are enough to visit Lachung?
3 days are enough to explore the best of Lachung.
Average Lachung Trip Cost
The cost of travelling to Lachung will be INR 8000 to INR 10,000 per person. It depends on the flight/train tickets, the type of accommodation, etc.
Accommodation in Lachung
As one of the prime destinations to visit in North Sikkim, there are a number of places to stay in Lachung. Budget hotels, mid-range hotels, tourist lodges, guesthouses, and homestays, you have ample options to choose from with basic amenities. Some of the best places to stay in Lachung are -
- Hotel Comfort Inn
- The Fortuna Hotel
- Hotel Modern Residency
- The Highlander’s Hut
Where to eat in Lachung
When it comes to food in Lachung, you will be spoilt with dining options here. There are many budget hotels that have multi-dining options. Serving excellent food and beverages, you can have a good time with soothing music, performances, and more. To enjoy lavish amenities, fantastic ambience, and efficient service, here are some best restaurants in Lachung -
- Baker’s Cafe
- Roll House
- Cafe Live and Loud
- Pub 25
Shopping in Lachung
There are a few options when it comes to shopping in Lachung. However, you can find Chai shops en route to Lachung from Gangtok or from Lachung to Yumthang. These shops sell traditional tea, chocolates, and other things for the tourists. Lachung market is filled with handicrafts like woven rugs and blankets that make Lachung ideal for shopping sprees.
Useful Tips for Lachung Trip
- Get information about the permits you have to take (if any).
- Respect the local culture.
- Avoid visiting Lachung in the monsoon as there might be landslides.
- Wear proper woollens in winter to keep yourself warm and avoid cold.