Places to visit in Lachen

Come experience the length and breadth of Lachen, a heavenly abode.

Wooden homes, scenic view of the mighty mountains, and alpine pastures define Lachen in Sikkim. It is an unexplored land and one of the most peaceful place to be in. You can enjoy solitude and hear the sounds of nature in this heavenly abode. It is situated towards North Sikkim and is home to some of the most beautiful tourist destinations. If you are on a trip to Sikkim, do visit Lachen to experience an air of peace and calm.

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(SUV travelling through the himalayan roads of North Sikkim near Gurudongmar Lake at 17000 ft)


Here are some of the most popular places to visit in Lachen

Lachen Monastery


There are various spots to visit in Lachen Sikkim, however among those, a visit to the Lachen Gompa or Lachen Monastery ought to be over everybody’s rundown. This is a standout amongst the most well-known monasteries in Sikkim and a fine case of Tibetan engineering. The premises are decorated with supplication haggles petition banners. The Annual Mask Dance is held in this monastery. It was built in 1858 A.D and offers spell binding view. It is decorated with colourful flags, feel the air of peace as you spend time here.

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Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

(Beautiful view of the flowering rhododendron trees)


Encompassed by striking Himalayan Mountains, the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary is home to an astounding accumulation of forty Rhododendron species. The best time to visit is from April to July when the blossoms are in full sprout. This haven is situated close to Lachung in Yumthang valley in North Sikkim and it is around 7 hours from the capital Gangtok. There are various cabs that are accessible from Yumthang and Gangtok for this place. Notwithstanding, trekking from Yumthang Valley is one of the best ways to explore the nooks and corners of this place. Potentillas, primulas, saxifrages, poppies, aconites, gentians are available in abundance here.

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Gurudongmar Lake


Gurudongmar Lake is a hallowed lake situated in the midst of the superb Kanchenjunga ranges. This is among the most acclaimed tourist destination and is one of the most noteworthy and biggest lakes in all of Sikkim. The lake holds religious importance for the two Buddhists and Sikhs. The lake is named after the author of Tibetan Buddhism Guru Padmasambhava who visited the lake amid the eighth century and unfroze it.

(Mountain road in North Sikkim India from Lachen to Gurudongmar lake)


The astonishing reality about this blessed lake is that even in outrageous winters, a piece of this lake never solidifies. The fantasy behind this is Guru Dongmar had once contacted and blessed this lake and made it incompletely solidified consistently. The Lake additionally conveys restoring properties and offers the stunning perspective of Mount Siniolchu and Khanchendzonga. Gurudongmar Lake is extremely popular among the vacationers in view of its religious essentialness, grand excellence and outstanding treks.

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(A view of the Kala Patthar or the Black Rock mountains near Lachen, Sikkim, India)


(Vehicles driven through risky and dangerous roads of Sikkim after heavy snowfall at Kala Patthar, North Sikkim)


Thangu Valley


This beautiful valley situated in Northern Sikkim, Thangu Valley is a prevalent trekking place in Lachen. The valley is home to snow-topped pinnacles, orchids, winding streams and its beautiful magnificence is unparalleled! Stunningly excellent, the valley is the best arrangements of Lachen touring places. Trekking trails around the valley attracts explorers from everywhere throughout the globe while untamed life spotting and bird viewing are different exercises you can appreciate here.

5 km far from Chopta Valley, this pleasant valley is a heaven for nature sweethearts. In spite of the fact that there are numerous eminent Lachen touring places, Thangu Valley surpasses them all. Because of its high elevation, the valley is covered with snow nearly all year and is encompassed by armed force camps. The valley is perfect for those looking for a tranquil and serene trip and additionally a relief from the blasting Indian summers.

Tso Lhamo Lake


Found only 10 km from Gurudongmar Lake, the Tso Lhamo Lake is the most astounding lake in India and fourteenth most noteworthy on the planet. Otherwise called Cholamoo or Cho Lhamo Lake, it has a stunning scene that makes it a heaven for nature darlings. The quiet climate and amazing magnificence make Tso Lhamo Lake the delegated gem of Lachen tourism.

Encompassed by snow-clad mountains, the blue waters of the lake give a captivating view. As it is arranged a couple of km far from Tibet, guests require a permit before visiting this Lake. Be that as it may, if climate is good, a visit to this place is a must! Trek up to this Lake to explore and experience the best of this Lake. You can also hire a cab from Chopta Valley to reach this heavenly abode.

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Chopta Valley


Lachen’s most sparkling pearl of all, Chopta Valley lies sprawled at an elevation of 4023 m while in transit to Gurudongmar Lake. In spite of being a visitor’s hotspot, Chopta valley offers immense peace and tranquillity. The traveller searching for a tranquil escape even from the commotion of alternate vacationers, can visit this calm and peaceful valley. The place has the magnificent view of the blanketed mountains secured with pine woods and the munching fields around the waterway winding all through the valley, making it a perfect place for the trekkers and pilgrims. It is the place of refuge for some birds and animals.

Lhonak Valley


Lhonak Valley is a standout amongst the most famous trekking places in Sikkim and a standout amongst the most visited destinations in Lachen. The valley is generally uninhabited aside from uncommon settlements of Tibetan migrants. The valley is under steady vigil by the Indian Army as it’s the last Indian station in Sikkim. Guests can enjoy birdwatching and natural life spotting amid their trek to this valley.

Green Lake Trek


A wonderland in the North East, North Sikkim is one of the least explored places in the nation. Scribbled with picturesque lakes, elevated mountains, vivid knolls, rich greenery and thick woodlands, it really turns out to be a heaven for the guests. Green Lake close to Lachen is one such shrouded diamond that permits astounding views of the Kanchenjunga and different sublime Himalayan pinnacles. Travelers set out on the well-known green lake trek Sikkim, to delight in the excellence of the mountains! The winding street that prompts this staggering lake is scattered with a substantial assortment of rhododendrons that are a sight for the eyes. Despite the fact that the going is intense through rough territory and thick backwoods, the final product is justified regardless of the exertion.

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So, get your traveller gears on and explore Lachen!


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