Lachen, located in north district of Sikkim rests at an altitude of 9000 feet. It is a really tempting tourist destination. The word ‘Lanchen’ means “big pass”. The breathtaking scenic beauty of the place is feast for the eyes. Lachen, lies close to the China border, and offers excellent base for adventurers, willing to explore the towering peaks of the region and the exotic Gurudongmar Lake. From here you can catch the spectacular sight of the greatest mountain peaks of the mighty Himalayas. The tranquil atmosphere of the place is truly rejuvenating.
Places to see at Lachen
Lachen is an ideal base to explore a number of tourist attractions in and around the village. The place is dotted with amazing viewpoints that offer spectacular shots of nearby mountains and valleys. Travelling to Chopta Valley from Lachen is truly rewarding. This valley is renowned among bird lovers and the enthusiastic hikers. Green Lake is another popular tourist attraction near Lachen. Many tourists also make an exciting trip to Kanchenjunga National Park, which boasts an exotic variety of wild life. Another must visit tourist spot near Lachen is the Gurudongmar Lake that is highly revered by Buddhists and Hindus.
Nearby attractions of Lachen, North Sikkim
Trips are made from Gangtok to Lachen, which is truly enjoyable. Gangtok is located at a six hours driving distance from Lachen. On the way, the panoramic view of the surrounding landscape is truly enthralling. Many tourists also use Lachen as a gateway to some of the most fascinating spots, which all nestles in the upper reaches of the mountains of Sikkim.
Things to do at Lachen, North Sikkim
This cool picturesque village of Lachen is an ideal place to leisure around. The place is also an excellent trekking destination. Most of the trek enthusiasts prefer to trek from Lachung to Lachen to experience the exotic splendour of the majestic mountains from a close distance. Also a short two-day-long trekking route connects Yumthang Valley to Lachen.
Best time to visit Lachen
Lachen experiences alpine climatic condition. The ideal time to visit the location is the summer season (April, May, June and July), when temperature remains favourable and suitable for guests.
How to go ?
The panoramic town of Lachen can be accessed both by buses or hired cars within the state. However, tourists coming from other parts of the country will have to opt for trains or flights that are connected to the nearest railway station or airport of the destination. New Jalpaiguri and Guwahati are the nearest railway station of the destination, well connected to a number of cities. The closest airport from Lachen is the Bagdogra Airport, which is well connected to all-important Indian cities through a number of flights. Buses, hired jeeps and cars are available from both Bagdogra airport, New Jalpaiguri railway stations, Gangtok carrying passengers to Lachen. To visit Lachen you will need permits that are opted from Gangtok.
Where to stay ?
There are some budget and luxury hotels at Lachen. Most accommodations at Lachen have hot water geysers, attached toilets, double bed and 4-bed family rooms. All these hotels serve local Indian cuisine. Few options are:
Himalayan Residency: (+91) 94340 54777 / 73840 52777 / 73840 49777 / 97331 00777 / 98320 64513
The Apple Orchard: +91- 9474837640 / +91-96098 20029
Hidden Hill Lodge: 605-550-0445
However, to visit Lachen it is best to opt for Lachen Lachung package tour that are operated from Gangtok.
Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.