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    Lachung

    Lachung is an exquisitely beautiful mountain village located at a height of 9600 feet. Visit this surreally beautiful location that is shrouded in clouds and form scintillating views of snow-capped mountain peaks, breath-taking waterfalls, glistening streams and fragrant and fresh apple orchards to have a perfect vacation in Sikkim. Lachung is a very popular honeymoon destination too and is sprawled along the banks of the Lachung Chu river that divides the village into two halves. Lachung is famous for its supply of fresh fruits such as apples, peaches and apricots.

    Lachung is one of the most striking Himalayan villages that is spread dreamily in the lap of Himalayas in North Sikkim. Lachung has earned a distinguishing mark on account of being an epitome of natural splendour that is snuggled against tall dark mountains with torrential waterfalls and meandering freezing white glacial rivers. The visitors coming to Lachung remain awed by its rustic charm. Lachung is for everybody, be it a casual vacationer, honeymoon couple, a nature lover, a photography specialist or an adventure lover. You are bound to fall in love with this beautiful little village and be sure to carry back home loads of wonderful memories to cherish for a lifetime.

    Lachung Gompa that was built around 1880 is a prominent place to visit. It is a monastery that is situated amidst apple orchards across the Lachung Chu river away from the town centre. This place also boasts of a handicraft centre that exhibits elegantly woven rugs and blankets. There are plenty of accommodation options in Lachung as it is dotted with many hotels and lodges of various budgets to suit all tastes. There is also a Dak Bungalow that offers picturesque settings and a serene place to spend a wonderful vacation in the lap of nature. For the adventure lovers, one can also visit the nearby town of Phuni for skiing expedition.

    Lachung is primarily a favourite among tourists from far and near because it still retains its distinctive culture and tradition. Lachung has a unique system of self-governance called the Zumsa in which system all local disputes are settled by a totally representative body of the village. This self-government is headed by an elected chief known as Pipon.

    Lachung is also famous for the Shingba Rhododendron sanctuary through which flows the beauteous river Yumthang Chu. The sanctuary exhibits a brilliant plethora of colours emanating from the abundance of Rhododendron trees and shrubs. Lachung is the base camp for Rhododendron Valley Trek that starts from the charming Yumthang Valley and ends at Lachen Valley. Lachung is perfect place for an overnight halt if you have the visit to the spectacular Yumthang valley in your itinerary.

    Lachung has been featured as the ‘most picturesque village of Sikkim’ by a notable British explorer named Joseph Dalton Hooker in his creative ‘The Himalayan Journal’ published in the year 1855.

    Enthusiastic and adventurous travellers find a lot of interest in exploring Lachung. Lachung has a number of options to satiate all adrenaline cravings. ‘Zero Point’ or ‘Yumesamdong’ is a popular trekking destination that fills all adventure junkies with thrill and offer the exoticism of untouched spaces of natural splendour in the form of some delightful and breath-taking vistas of nature. Adventure lovers also attempt to visit Mt. Katao that is surely spellbinding for tourists and trekkers and leave them enthralled with the never-ending fun options of snow adventures such as snow-boarding, skiing and snow-tubing. A visit to Mt. Katao, however, needs permission from the Indian Army and the visit also depends on the particular day’s weather conditions.

    The best time for enjoying the matchless cultural extravaganza in Lachung is the month of June when the whole town comes to life with splendour and glitter of the popular ‘Saga Dawa Festival’. During this time, the whole village gets the added glitz of festive vibrancy and effervescence. It is an important Buddhist festivals that commemorates the three most important events from the life of Lord Buddha — birth, enlightenment and death. The festival is a myriad and cheerful mix of holy ceremonies, folk art and exotic cuisine. The events will make you feel curious and helps in getting a deeper insight in Buddhism as a religion. You will be awed by the unique ingredients of the celebrations the festivities will leave a mark and fill you with the supreme bliss of life.

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