Lachung is the most picturesque place in Sikkim because of its snowcapped mountain peaks, waterfalls, pine forests, hot springs and orchards.
Lachung literally means “small pass”. It is a small mountain village sprawled across the Lachung River, that divides the village into two parts. Very close to the Tibetan border, it lies in the northeastern Indian state of Sikkim. If you are planning to visit Yumthang valley, then a halt here is a must and is perfect. Numerous hotels in the area cancel out the problem of accommodation. Though it is one of the remotest destinations in India but it offers stunning Himalayan beauty.
Main tourist attractions to visit are:
- Lachung Gompa: An ancient monastery built in the year 1880.
- Handicraft centre: Offers handmade rugs and blankets.
- Shingba Rhododendron sanctuary: Popular for the abundance of Rhododendron trees and shrubs.
- Apple orchids
- Yumthang Valley: Mostly tourists stay at Lachung as a halt while visiting Yumthang valley, but do not miss the opportunity to explore the beauty of the place itself.
Best time to visit: Snow can be seen till March/April while May is suitable for seeing flowers/Rhododendrons.
Preferred duration of stay: 1 to 2 nights.