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Lachung Tourist Guide –Snow Capped Mountain Village of Sikkim

Lachung Tourist Guide –Snow Capped Mountain Village of Sikkim

Lachung Tourist Guide –Snow Capped Mountain Village of Sikkim
  • Package Prices
    Starting From Rs.12,800/- Per Pax (2 Nights 3 Days
  • Location: Sikkim,India -737120
  • Altitude: 2,700 m
  • Longitude: 88.7430° E
  • Latitude: 27.6891° N
  • Nearest Airport: Gangtok airport
  • Nearest Train Station: Lachung railway station
  • Season to Visit: Best Season to visit Lachung is October to June as the temperature is about 10 Degree C to 16 Degree C.

Lachung Tourist Guide –Snow Capped Mountain Village of Sikkim

 

Lachung Tourist Guide: Overview

Lachung is a picturesque town in Sikkim which is located at an altitude of 9600 ft above sea level in the North Sikkim district. The picturesque mountain village of Lachung, at a height of 8610 ft, embraced by snow capped mountain peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling streams and apple orchards is the perfect holiday destination. This is also a place where the two rivers Lachen and Lachung (the tributaries of River Teesta meet). Lachung literally means "a small pass" and has been a favorite of writers from around the world. Lachung is known for its monastery which is often visited by tourists from round the globe. It also serves as a gateway to the Yumthang valley.

 

Lachung Tourist Guide –Snow Capped Mountain Village of Sikkim Lachung Tourist Guide: Overview Lachung is a picturesque town in Sikkim which is located at an altitude of 9600 ft above sea level in the North Sikkim district. The picturesque mountain village of Lachung, at a height of 8610 ft, embraced by snow capped mountain peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling streams and apple orchards is the perfect holiday destination. This is also a place where the two rivers Lachen and Lachung (the tributaries of River Teesta meet). Lachung literally means "a small pass" and has been a favorite of writers from around the world. Lachung is known for its monastery which is often visited by tourists from round the globe. It also serves as a gateway to the Yumthang valley.  What is Unique in Lachung and Why? Lachung Valley of Flowers is said to be unique for its Snow-capped mountain peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling streams, Monasteries and apple orchards sprawled across the banks of the Lachung River, all these make North Sikkim a heaven on the earth. Lachung is also famous for its apples, peaches and apricots here you will find more quantity compare to other destination.     Lachung valley of flowers This famous valley in North Sikkim lies 140km north of Gangtok. Lachung provides the base for exploration of Yumthang, the valley of flowers. Situated at an altitude of 11800 ft ( 3564m) with a close proximity of Tibet, Yumthang is a unique place where the tree line ends. A number of hot springs are scattered in the valley providing an unexpected opportunity to feel the warmth of the water even in freezing temperature. Rich in sulphur these springs are believed to have miraculous healing power. The valley sways like a ballerina duing the spring season with magnificent flowers adorning the entire area. Rhododendrons, primulas, poppies and iris are some of the flowers abundantly found in the valley. In a good news to the adventure lovers, skiing is also conducted in the snow capped mountains of the valley during winter season.   Lachung Tourist Guide: Suggested Itinerary Day 01: Arrived at Guwahati airport or railway station to Lachung (102km/5 Hours) After arrival at Guwahati airport or railway station and proceed towards Lachung which is indicates by Valley of Flower. Enroute you may stop for lunch at good Restaurant/Dhaba.  After lunch break continue your journey towards Lachung. Upon arrival check in to hotel and you may have rest of the day free at your leisure. Overnight stay with dinner at Lachung Hotel Meals: Dinner Lunch: Served at any enroute Restaurant/Dhaba  Day 02: Full Day Excursion of Lachung After breakfast start your day by visit famous excursions of Lachung which includes Zero point which is nature personified.  After Zero Point you will be taken to Yumthang Valley which is denoted as valley of flowers.  Enjoy your day at beautiful place, then you will return back to hotel and you may have lunch at same hotel. Overnight stay with dinner at Lachung Hotel Meals: Breakfast and Dinner Lunch: Served at same hotel  Day 03: Departs from Lachung to Guwahati After breakfast check out from hotel and proceed towards Guwahati. Upon arrival you will drop to airport or railway station for onwards journey. Tour gets end with lots of memory Meals: Breakfast  	 How to Reach Lachung By Flight: Gangtok airport is one of the nearest airports to the city from where you can get regular flights to different destinations. This airport is well equipped with modern facilities which offer you with the utmost comfort.  By Bus: This city is the hill station and people mostly prefer to travel through road. You can get taxi, jeeps, and buses to move from one place to another. Gangtok (113 km) is easily connected to Lachung with the road transport facility.  By Train: Lachung railway station is nearby the city which can be accessible by road. You can hire any of the available public transport to reach there. Rail network is well connected and make your journey comfortable. Trains can be taken directly to the railway station in New Jalpaiguri, which is located near Siliguri. This is a major railway station that is located at a distance of around 139 kilometers from Lachung. There are three railway stations in Lachung, and trains from all major Indian destinations will be available to this railway station. Train fares will be cheaper than bus fares, but tickets need to be booked at least two months in advance. Regular trains will be available from Jhajha, Alipur Duar, Howrah, Chennai and New Delhi.  Best time to visit Lachung Best time to visit Lachung is throughout the year as this city is surrounded by mountains and you can get pleasant atmosphere. Best Season to visit Lachung is October to June as the temperature is about 10 Degree C to 16 Degree C.    Tourist Places in and around Lachung There aren't many places of tourists' interest at Lachung but the place still has a few important things one can visit while at Sikkim. The famous attractions of Lachung are the Lachung Monastery and the Rhododendron Sanctuary – a sanctuary with many varieties of the state flower rhododendron that’s in full bloom during the early summers. While one can get to relish the tastiest apples, apricots and peaches at Lachung, the pretty town is also famous for a handicrafts centre from where one can take home some warm and exquisite handmade comforters.  Lachung Monastery Lachung  The Lachung Monastery is the symbol of religious and cultural heritage. This place is known by the name Lachung Gompa which was established in 1880 AD. It is an ancient monastery where you can find Buddhist murals paintings with colors and two big prayer wheels. People perform various religious and traditional practices there. Chaam is the dance form which is performed by wearing peculiar masks.  Yumesamdong (Zero Point) In Lachung  Yumesamdong (Zero Point) is heaven personified place where you can get the most fascinating view. People can enjoy snow capped Himalayan peaks, beautiful flowers in this place. This place is situated 15000 feet above the sea level. It is very close to China border.  Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary  One of the prettiest sanctuaries in entire Sikkim, it is located in the Yumthang Valley, with the Yumthang Chu river meandering through it. Flanked by the Chomzomei Tso mountains, which extend till Lava on the west and by the craggy Chuba-Sagochen mountain on the east, the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is well-known for its beautiful landscape comprising of verdant forested hills, alpine meadows, hot springs, flowering bushes and snow-peaked mountains. Several glacial streams criss-cross through the valley, adding to its charm. Spanning over an area of 43 sq km, this forest is especially known for over 40 species of Rhododendron bushes and trees. Other flowers like poppies, saxifrages, gentians, potentillas and primulas paint the sanctuary with their vibrant hues. If you’re in Lachung anytime between April and May – the time when the valley is bursting with a rainbow of colours, then don’t miss an opportunity to walk through the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary. While the forest is a floral paradise, it is also home to the Ghoral, Serow and the endangered Tiger-Civet. You can even spot the Brown Trout, an exotic species of fish in the blue waters of the Yumthang Chu.   Yumthang valley   A beautiful valley of flowers with vibrant blossoms of primula, poppies and rhododendron. At a height of 3,564m, the valley is very near Tibet and offers some great views of the Shundu Tsenpa and Pauhunri peaks. As you walk around the valley, enjoying the views and your time in this floral haven, you’ll also come across several hot springs, which bubble with warm, sulphur-rich water, known for their healing powers.  A tributary of the Teesta River meanders past the valley, making the place even more picturesque. While Yumthang is closed from December to March because of heavy snowfall, do visit the valley during the summer months when it is draped in a whorl of colours.  Lachung Gompa  The ancient monastery, which was built sometime during 1880, is the hub of all cultural and religious activity in Lachung. A quaint and pretty place with murals in jewel colours and two large prayer wheels, the gompa should definitely be on your itinerary. If you’re in the hamlet in January, then you’ll also be able to see the Chaam, a traditional masked dance that the monks perform here to mark the end of the eleventh Tibetan month.   Hotels in Lachung Accommodation in Lachung is not a big deal as it is the most visited tourist destination. People from all round the county visit this hill station throughout the year. To provide comfort to the tourists, this city is well versed with various hotels and lodges. Yarlam Resort, Modern Residency, Le Coxy Resort, Fortuna Resort, Cliff View Residency, Season House, Golden Valley and many more are some of the best Accommodation in Lachung which you can select according to your preference. With the availability of various hotels, you can get the best place to stay which also suits your pocket. Standard Hotels: Lachung Continental: TA Rank (4.0) – Certificate of Excellence Deluxe Hotel: Etho Metho Hotel: TA Rank (4.0) – Certificate of Excellence Luxury Hotel: Yarlam Resort: TA Rank (4.5) – Certificate of Excellence  Restaurants in Lachung Hotel Lachung Continental: TA Rank (3.5) – Certificate of Excellence Hotel Lachung Continental provides basic ammonites and pure veg food with better taste   Yarlam Restaurants: TA Rank (4.0) – Certificate of Excellence Provides North Indian food with delicious taste  Hotel Norling Zimkhang: TA Rank (3.0) – Certificate of Excellence Comfortable stay with huge variety of fast food and veg dishes  Things to do in Lachung Adventure Activity at Yumthang Valley Yumthang Valley is the valley of flowers located in North Sikkim surrounded by the Himalayan Mountains. Those who love some adventure sports can enjoy skiing in the valley.  Snowboarding at Mt Katao Mount Katao is a well known place amongst the tourists for adventurous activities like snowboarding, skiing, snow tubing and stone grinding.  It offers a beautiful scenic view and is a treasure for nature photography lovers.  Visit Art and Cultural place Lachung Monastery Lachung Monastery in the Lachung Valley of north Sikkim is a Nyingma Buddhist gompa that was built in 1880 A.D. It is 9600 feet above sea level at the confluence of the Lachen River and tributaries of the Teesta River. A perfect place for meditation and peace of mind, This monastery is surrounded by forest and is a bit away from Lachung town.  Explore  Language used in Lachung Sikkkim Nepali is the lingua Franca of Sikkim, while Sikkimese (Bhutia) and Lepcha are spoken in certain areas. English is also spoken and understood in most of Sikkim. Other languages include Dzongkha, Groma, Gurung, Limbu, Magar, Majhi, Majhwar, Nepal Bhasa, Rai, Sherpa, Sunuwar, Tamang, Thulung, Tibetan, and Yakha.   Best Food Items in Lachung Food is a complete experience at Lachung, hotels and Restaurants will serve you Chinese, Punjabi or South Indian food. . There are many famous local dishes in Lachung which should not be missed once you visit Sikkim, some of them are as follows:  Momos Momos are one of the traditional food items of Nepal and China.It is also famous and loved by all local people of Pelling as well as the tourists.  It is a hot, steamed which is made by flour and stuffed with vegetables, cheese and crumble meat.  Thukpa It is Tibetan style noodle which is mixed with soup and flavoured with crumble vegetables.  Gundruk and Sinki Gundruk is made by drying and crumbling the leaves of the mustard oil, cauliflower and radish plant which is cooked and spiced with onions and tomatoes. This type of dish is prepared at homes as restaurant does not serve this dish.  Kinema Kinema is a fermented soybean food which is rich in protein, having a unique taste which is taken with rice.  Phagshapa Phagshapa is strip of fat pork which is glazed with radishes and dried chilies   Fairs and Festival in Lachung Lossong:  This is one of the most famous festivals in Lachung which is also the New Year of the Bhutia people. It is celebrated in the month January, when pooja is performed.  Saga Dawa:  Saga Dawa or the Triple Blessed Festival is an auspicious month for the Sikkimese Buddhists with prayers held throughout the month in various monasteries. On the full moon of this 4th month of the Tibetan calendar is the main celebration It is another festival of the city which is celebrated by the Buddhism. It is the day of Gautam Buddha.   People and Culture of Lachung The culture of Sikkim is an assortment of different traditions that depend largely on the different communities living in the region.  Its major towns like Gangtok the capital city, Namchi and Jorethang already are urbanizing at a steady pace. More and more people are being attracted by business opportunities and gradually imbibing the cosmopolitan character. The predominant communities are the Lepchas, the Bhutias and the Nepalese and over the years there have been inter-racial marriages among the three. The Lepchas are the natives of Sikkim with very little known about their origin. A theory has it that the Lepchas moved in from the borders of Assam and Burma while another speaks of them migrating from Southern Tibet. The tribe was nature worshippers and belonged to the Bon faith. It was later that they converted to Buddhism and much later to Christianity.   Music and Dance of Sikkim The cultural heritage of Sikkim is expressed in its traditional folk dances. Sikkim is domiciled by many ethnic castes and tribes. Folk dances and songs are an ingrained part of Sikkimese culture. Most of the tribal dances related to the amazing beauty of the natural surroundings, some signifies the harvest season and others are performed for prosperity. The beautiful dance forms of Sikkim are an expression of their art, history, culture and their unique way of Life.  Chu Faat Dance by the Lepchas They have a special dance dedicated to this mighty peak along with its companions Mt Pandim, Mt Narshing, Mt Kabru and Mt Simbrum. The Chu Faat dance is specifically performed on the 15th day of the 7th month of the Buddhist calendar of North and lots of devotional songs are also performed on that day.  Sikmari Dance of the Lepchas The Sikmari Dance draws inspiration from the abundant natural bounty of Sikkim. , this dance pays homage to the sacred Mount Khangchendezonga and its four associate peaks. These peaks together resemble a legendary snow lion, an important cultural symbol of Sikkim.  Singhi Chaam Dance of the Bhutias The Singhi Chaam dance revolves around the majestic and mythical snow lion which is only found in the snowy climes of the Trans Himalayan region. The sacred Kanchendezonga and its four associate peaks represent the majestic snow lion which is one of the most important symbols of Sikkim.  Yak Chaam Dance of the Bhutiyas The Yak Chaam dance is performed by the Bhutia community to honour the Yak which is native to the state of Sikkim. The meat, wool, horns, hooves and every part of the Yak is used by the Sikimeese and there are many families which are dependent on the Yak for their survival. This is again a costume based dance and all the dancers wear huge Yak shaped costumes which are amazing to look at. Mock fights, war dances, celebratory gigs and even love scenes are performed by the Yaks.  Denzong Gnenha Dance of the Bhutias The Denzong Gnenha is a religious dance that celebrates the deep rooted unshakeable faith that the Bhutia tribe has in its indigenous Gods and Goddesses. The joy and the beauty of nature is also celebrated by the dancers who wear interesting and elaborate headgear that are locally made by the Sikimese women.  Tashi Yangku Dance of the Bhutias The Tashi Yangku dance is meant for appeasing the Gods and praying for continuing prosperity and pace in the region. The dancers move rhythmically too the sacred hymns and chants uttered by monks  Khukhuri Naach of the Nepalis The name Khukhuri means bravery in Nepali and it’s no surprise that the famous Khukhuri dance symbolises bravery and valour of the nepali community of Sikkim.  Each warrior (dancer) is given a khukhuri that is carried with them as a signifier of victory. It is said that performing the Khurkhuri dance enhances the sense of courage and valour in a community.  Maruni Dance of the Nepalis Maruni dance is the oldest and most popular one of the Nepalis Traditionally it was performed in the Tihar festival by the Nepali community but with the passage of time all communities perform the Maruni on family special occasions like marriages and births.  Commemorating the victory of good over evil, the dancers in this dance are dressed in colorful costumes and magnificent ornaments. Accompanied by "Dhatu Waray" or a clown, the dancers visit the nearby houses. A nine instrument orchestra known as "Naumati Baja" also accompanies them at times.

 

What is Unique in Lachung and Why?

Lachung Valley of Flowers is said to be unique for its Snow-capped mountain peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling streams, Monasteries and apple orchards sprawled across the banks of the Lachung River, all these make North Sikkim a heaven on the earth. Lachung is also famous for its apples, peaches and apricots here you will find more quantity compare to other destination.   

 

Lachung valley of flowers

This famous valley in North Sikkim lies 140km north of Gangtok. Lachung provides the base for exploration of Yumthang, the valley of flowers. Situated at an altitude of 11800 ft ( 3564m) with a close proximity of Tibet, Yumthang is a unique place where the tree line ends. A number of hot springs are scattered in the valley providing an unexpected opportunity to feel the warmth of the water even in freezing temperature. Rich in sulphur these springs are believed to have miraculous healing power. The valley sways like a ballerina duing the spring season with magnificent flowers adorning the entire area. Rhododendrons, primulas, poppies and iris are some of the flowers abundantly found in the valley. In a good news to the adventure lovers, skiing is also conducted in the snow capped mountains of the valley during winter season.

          

Restaurants in Lachung

Hotel Lachung Continental: TA Rank (3.5) – Certificate of Excellence

Hotel Lachung Continental provides basic ammonites and pure veg food with better taste

 

Yarlam Restaurants: TA Rank (4.0) – Certificate of Excellence

Provides North Indian food with delicious taste

 

Hotel Norling Zimkhang: TA Rank (3.0) – Certificate of Excellence

Comfortable stay with huge variety of fast food and veg dishes

 

Language used in Lachung Sikkkim

Nepali is the lingua Franca of Sikkim, while Sikkimese (Bhutia) and Lepcha are spoken in certain areas. English is also spoken and understood in most of Sikkim. Other languages include Dzongkha, Groma, Gurung, Limbu, Magar, Majhi, Majhwar, Nepal Bhasa, Rai, Sherpa, Sunuwar, Tamang, Thulung, Tibetan, and Yakha.

 

Best Food Items in Lachung

Food is a complete experience at Lachung, hotels and Restaurants will serve you Chinese, Punjabi or South Indian food. . There are many famous local dishes in Lachung which should not be missed once you visit Sikkim, some of them are as follows:

 

Momos

Momos are one of the traditional food items of Nepal and China.It is also famous and loved by all local people of Pelling as well as the tourists.  It is a hot, steamed which is made by flour and stuffed with vegetables, cheese and crumble meat.

 

Thukpa

It is Tibetan style noodle which is mixed with soup and flavoured with crumble vegetables.

 

Gundruk and Sinki

Gundruk is made by drying and crumbling the leaves of the mustard oil, cauliflower and radish plant which is cooked and spiced with onions and tomatoes. This type of dish is prepared at homes as restaurant does not serve this dish.

 

Kinema

Kinema is a fermented soybean food which is rich in protein, having a unique taste which is taken with rice.

 

Phagshapa

Phagshapa is strip of fat pork which is glazed with radishes and dried chilies

 

 

Fairs and Festival in Lachung

Lossong:  This is one of the most famous festivals in Lachung which is also the New Year of the Bhutia people. It is celebrated in the month January, when pooja is performed.

 

Saga Dawa:  Saga Dawa or the Triple Blessed Festival is an auspicious month for the Sikkimese Buddhists with prayers held throughout the month in various monasteries. On the full moon of this 4th month of the Tibetan calendar is the main celebration It is another festival of the city which is celebrated by the Buddhism. It is the day of Gautam Buddha.

 

Maruni Dance of the Nepalis

Maruni dance is the oldest and most popular one of the Nepalis Traditionally it was performed in the Tihar festival by the Nepali community but with the passage of time all communities perform the Maruni on family special occasions like marriages and births.  Commemorating the victory of good over evil, the dancers in this dance are dressed in colorful costumes and magnificent ornaments. Accompanied by "Dhatu Waray" or a clown, the dancers visit the nearby houses. A nine instrument orchestra known as "Naumati Baja" also accompanies them at times.

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