Lachung, North Sikkim – Places to See & Best Time to Visit

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Located in the North Sikkim district, approximately 105 km from Gangtok, Lachung literally means “small pass”. This small paradise of natural beauty near India’s Eastern border is mostly famous for the Lachung Monastery and Yumthang valley. Mesmerised with the serene and beautiful surroundings of the place, British explorer Joseph Dalton Hooker described Lachung as the “most picturesque village of Sikkim”, way back in 1885. Lachung was once a trade post between Tibet and Sikkim, back in the years when the two were separate independent countries, which gives a unique twist of history to the importance of this place. Whether it is a romantic honeymoon or family vacation, Lachung is a perfect place to steal a few moments from the daily rut of city life, away at an altitude of 2700 m.

 

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Places To Visit in Lachung

Lachung Weather

Lachung Weather in June

Lachung Monthwise Temperature

Best Time To Visit Lachung

Lachung Hotels

How To Reach Lachung

Lachung Festivals

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Places to Visit in Lachung

Zero Point, Sikkim (Yumesamdong)

Also called Zero Point, Yumesamdong is a favourite among travelers for it snow that is mostly found in the months of December to April. It is the last point before the border of India and Tibet at an altitude of 4663 m. If one is lucky, then one can spot a rare Himalayan Blue sheep grazing on the pasture. It is only two hours from Lachung. The air density at this place is low, though that doesn’t take away the fun of visiting this place.

 

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Buddhist Prayer Flags at Zero Point
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Yumthang Valley, Sikkim

The Yumthang valley boasts of an unusual charm that is surreal and mesmerising. It is the highlight of Lachung, be it any season – winter or summer. In winters, the snow cover makes it a pristine paradise. In summers, the fresh bloom of rhododendrons of varied colours give the valley a hue of romance and life. You will spend hours in this peaceful and serene land, yet not feel like you’ve stayed for long.

Places to visit in Lachung North Sikkim

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Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary

The Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary lies on the way to Yamesamdong from Lachung. It is one of the most colourful sights in Sikkim with Rhododendrons of every known colour covering the surroundings. It should be visited during spring and summers month as the flowers are in full bloom at that time.

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Rhododendrons
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Lachung Monastery

Established in the nineteenth century, Lachung Monastery is a Nyingma Buddhist Gompa. It is located at an altitude of 2750 m. Dedicated to Buddha and Guru Rimpoche, this monastery situated amidst apple orchards holds a colourful 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 colourful costumes and elaborate masks.

 

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Ancient murals in Lachung Monastery
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 Lachung Weather

Summer (March to May)

The weather during summers is quite pleasant with the temperature not exceeding 20 C often, and hardly falling below 10 C.

Monsoon (June to September)

During this season, Lachung witnesses heavy rainfall brought by the South – West Monsoon winds.

Winter (October to February)

It is chilling cold in Lachung during Winters. The town and surrounding areas get covered with heavy snow, and the temperature dips as low as -5 C.

 

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Lachung Weather in June

The month of June in Lachung is a buffer between summer and monsoon. Monsoon starts to arrive in Lachung by the second half of June. The weather is often cloudy and the town starts experiencing drizzles of monsoon. The weather is pleasant and cool with temperature mostly remaining below 20 C.

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Lachung Monthwise Temperature

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Best Time to Visit Lachung

Summer (March to May)

It is the best season to visit Lachung as the weather is pleasant, and the rhododendrons are in the full bloom.

Monsoon (June to September)

During Monsoon, Lachung witnesses heavy rainfall which leads to frequent landslides.

Winter (October to February) 

It is also a good season as there are less tourists and the region witnesses snowfall, however some roads could be blocked due to snowfall.

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Lachung Hotels

Lachung has limited but good options of hotels. From decent hotels like Tenzing Retreat, to luxury ones like Yarlam, Lachung offers accommodation that can fit everybody’s budget.

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How to Reach Lachung

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By Road

Lachung is well connected to Gangtok, Sikkim’s capital by road. The total distance is 1o5 km, and jeeps and taxis are easily available.

By Train

New Jalpaiguri, located at a distance of 191 km from Lachung is the nearest railway station. It is well connected to Gangtok and other major cities of the country. It is advised to stay at night at Gangtok, and start in the morning for Lachung.

By Air

Bagdogra is the nearest airport from Lachung and has regular flights from Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati.

 

Lachung Festivals

Chaam

Chaam is celebrated on the 28th and 29th day of the 11th month of Buddhist calendar. Its highlight is masked dances performed by lamas.

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Buddhist Monks Performing Masked Dance on Chham
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Lossong

Lossong is a harvest festival that falls on the New Year of the Bhutia community. Bhutias are Buddhist people of Tibetan origin who bought Buddhism to Sikkim centuries ago. People perform puja and giver offerings to God. Everyone wears new clothes and delicious food is cooked.

Drukpa Tse-shi

This festival celebrates Buddha first sermon to his first five disciples at Sarnath. It is held on the 4th day of the 6th month of the Bhutia calendar, that falls in August.

Saga Dawa

It is a major festival for Buddhists all around the world. It signifies the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. It is held on the 15th day of the 4th month of the Bhutia calendar.

Lhabab Dhuchen

This festival is celebrated on the 23rd day of the 9th month of the Bhutia calendar. It celebrates the descent of Buddha from the heaven of the thirty three gods, after visiting his mother.

Phang Lhabsol

This festival witnesses the worship of Mt. Kanchenjunga, the third highest peak in the world. It is celebrated on the 15th day of the 7th month of the Bhutia calendar. It marks the signing of the brotherhood treaty between Bhutias and Lepchas.

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