Although India has many heavenly places to visit, North Sikkim is still regarded as the real slice of heaven, among others. And when it comes to wanderers, especially the nature lovers, how can one miss out a picturesque place like Lachung. It’s a small mountain village situated about 118 kilometres from Gangtok (the capital of Sikkim), at an altitude of 8,610 ft.
We can call Lachung an allrounder as it attracts and is loved by all kinds of people – be it a geek photographer, an adventure enthusiast or a newly wedded couple. So, why miss it out? Here’s a list of 10 places to visit in Lachung that will only give you the serenity to cherish all your life.
1. Yumthang Valley – A small slice of heaven
This valley is one of the best Lachung tourist attractions and it will be a sin to miss experiencing the hidden beauty in it. It is home to a variety of breath-taking Himalayan flowers, twenty-four species, to be precise; hence popularly known as the valley of flowers. Each step on the magical and flower-spread grassy plains will give a unique feeling and has the potential to keep you in a state of peace and tranquillity for ages.
2. Chopta Valley – A valley of snow
For those who want to witness vibrancy like that of a rainbow, don’t miss out going to Chopta valley, a sought-after Lachung sightseeing place, especially during the spring season. You may have never seen something so phenomenal that you may feel the ground slipping under your feet; adding more to it is the awe-inspiring view of the snow-capped Himalayas. While steering towards Chopta, you will also come across a beautiful lake called Gurudingmar, another antique piece in Lachung one must visit.
3. Chungthang – Lose yourself in glorious history
When visiting Lachung, go for Chungthang, a historical town and a beautiful base camp for going to places such as Katao, Thangu and Tibet Border, among others. Spend some quality time in this town and experience how it feels to be a living homo sapien resting in peace. The beautiful city is connected with three other stunning destinations – Kalimpong, Siliguri and Darjeeling. You may go for them too if Chunthang bores you at any point of time.
4. Seven Sisters Waterfalls – Bathe under the silvery falls
It is one of the most popular waterfalls in India and is among the best places to visit in Lachung. It’s amazing to watch this fall and experience nature’s beauty when trekking in Lachung. However, if you want to get the best view of this waterfall, you must see it from the small footbridge built just above it. It’s a superb play spot for kids where they can play around the shallow and transparent waters.
5. Thangu – Sit by the waters
Visit Thangu, another beautiful lake in Sikkim, situated on the high alpine plateau. It is also one of the most popular tourist spots in that area, especially meant for nature lovers. Since the place is very close to the Chinese border, it houses a large military base in the region; you need to be an Indian if you want to explore more and trek further, else you will be limited to the Chopta Valley and that’s it.
6. Mangan – For all the shoppers out there
Hey shoppers, finally a place dedicated to you! Mangan is the market centre and a base town at the entry point to Lachung. It is also the district capital of North Sikkim. What’s icing on the cake here is the astonishing view of the well-known Kanchenjunga range. With time, Mangan has developed into a large town housing several food joints and hotels.
7. Gurudongmar Lake – Capture the beauty through your lens
When speaking of lakes in Sikkim, one can’t afford to miss out Gurudongmar Lake, which is one of the best places to visit in Lachung. Located at an altitude of 5430 m, this lake is one of the sources of the religious river – Teesta. The river completely freezes during winters, whereas in summers, it’s sparkling look will mesmerise you like never before.
8. Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary – That paints the jungle scarlet
The Sanctuary is famous in India offering more than twenty-four species of rhododendron shrubs. Well if you want to experience the beauty of blooming flowers present here, you must visit this sanctuary in April or May. It is surrounded by a slew of eateries offering fast food and snacks like Maggi popcorn, chow mein etc., but are available at high prices. This is due to the long distances the area merchants need to travel for getting these food items.
9. Green Lake – Yet another lake in Lachung
Yet another spectacular lake in Lachung, the Green Lake will completely invigorate your senses and hit you with a pinch of freshness that you could ever imagine. You can see Kanchenjunga, Mt. Everest and other peaks as well from the Green Lake. Do not miss this place if you are an adventure junkie. It’s a small trek but will the gorgeousness involved i=during the trek is something you will never forget and will want to try again and again.
Sikkim is a heaven for mountain lovers and Lachung is a place for explorers. Traverse the offbeat paths of Lachung and make your holiday special.
Further Read: A Charming 6 Day Romantic Trip To Sikkim And Darjeeling