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Lachen: General Information

Lachen Tourism

Offering panoramic vistas of the stunning landscape and snow load peaks around Sikkim, Lachen is a great destination to soak in the hill station’s natural beauty. Beautiful hill station, picture-perfect view of the neatly sequenced alpine pastures, quaint monasteries and water streams gushing down from scenic valleys are some of the sights to look out for in Lachen. The literal meaning of Lachen is ‘Big Pass’ and in recent times it is turning into a popular tourist destination because of the fascinating adventure activities organized here.

Nestled amidst the stunning Himalayan Mountains, the small town of Sikkim, Lachen offers a perfect retreat to relax and escape from the daily trap of city life. Walk hand-in-hand with your loved ones on the roads of Lachen, and admire the breathtaking beauty of Lachen which is drenched in every-bit of beauty. Famous for its valleys around India, Lachen is the base camp for the two main trekking camps of Sikkim- Chopta Valley and Muguthang. Here you can stare at the daunting mountains or opt for some adventure sports like trekking and rafting which are not meant for the faint-hearted people.

Every year during the summers annual yak race is organized in Thangu. Must visit places in Lachen are Chopta Valley, which is a shutterbugs paradise, and the Gurudongmar Lake which is open only to Hindus and Buddhists. Located at an altitude of approximately 8838 feet, there is so much to explore in Lachen. Here’s a guide for every tourist to on their tour to Lachen.

How to Reach Lachen

By Air: The nearest domestic airport is Bagdogra Airport. Lachen is roughly a four and half hour drive from the airport. Scheduled flights are available from cities such as New Delhi, Guwahati, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.

By Rail: The nearest Railway Station is Darjeeling Railway Station which is connected to the major cities of Sikkim and is 171 Km from the town.

By Road: The road connectivity of Lachen is very good and provides connection to all major cities of Sikkim. Distance between Lachen and major towns of Sikkim are mentioned below:

Mangan – 54 km
Gangtok – 117 km
Rumtek – 135 km
Kalimpong – 148 km
Darjeeling – 173 km
Siliguri – 190 km
Jalpaiguri – 232 km
Islampur – 257 km

Weather Information:

Summers (March to September): 10°C to 28°C

Winters (October to February): (-5°C) to 15°C

Best Time to visit Lachen: Winter and summer, October to June