Chungthang is a small township at the confluence of Lachung and Lachen rivers. The two most common and charming tourists destination of North Sikkim, Lachung and Lachen, can be reach only through Chungthang. Here the river Teesta, the salvation of Sikkim is shaped. The North Sikkim thoroughfare upcoming from “Gangtok via Mongan” bifurcates at this time. The street on the right most important towards Lachung, then to Yumthang valley, Katao and Yumesamdong, all in the high height plateau over 12000ft. The road on the left is known as “Lachen road”, reaches Lachen and then additional north up to Gurudongmar, Thangu and Tso-Lamu Lake on Tibet border.
Best Places to visit in Chungthang
- Gurudongmar Lake
- Tso Lhamo Lake
- South Lhonak Lake
Gurudongmar Lake at a tallness of 17100 ft., is in the middle of the top 15 uppermost lakes in the world, is the 2nd highest lake in Sikkim as well as in India, the first being “Cholamu lake” at a elevation of 18000 ft, also situated in Sikkim. Being the 2nd highest lake in India and the scenic and splendid beauty of the place is breathtaking.
Tso Lhamo Lake
Tso Lhamo Lake or Cholamu Lake India’s uppermost, world’s 14th highest lake, it is in a group of students of its own. The scenery is a lot like that of ladakh. It’s very near to the Sino-Tibetian edge, is therefore not open to overseas tourists. The lake looks same as “Gurudongmar” but being at a tallness of 18000 and it might take a few a little time to get acclimatize to the impression. It looks just like God got it into his head to trial with pastel colours in shades of chocolate, ochre, green, blue and white. What attracts the eye the the majority is the colour combinations here. The place looks like a part of fantasy!
South Lhonak Lake
Sikkim Himalaya a lot of glacial lakes are in the procedure of configuration. There are high probability of satisfied of these lakes due to their configuration in weak moraine structure. It may cause huge devastation in the downstream in the case of bursting. The hazard of Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) may get aggravated in case of cloud burst situation in the area.
South Lhonak glacial lake, situated in the extreme North-western parts of Sikkim, is one of the fastest growinglakes in Sikkim Himalaya. The irregular growth of the volume of the lake is a great concern in terms of hostile lake outburst floods. The lake is purely a glacial moraine dam lake which is susceptible in terms of GLOFs. The lake is fast increasing in its size in an very abnormal way due to the melting of the South Lhonak glacier attached with the lake and adding melt water from adjoining North Lhonak glacier and main Lhonak glacier.
Best time to visit Chungthang
The greatest time to visit the “Chungthang” is throughout the winter and summer seasons. The summer seasons spanning from March to May which is very favourable and pleasant for sightseeing in Chungthang. The winter season is chilly with temperature dipping to as low as -5 degrees Celsius, but Chungthang is completely beautiful during this time as well, a good number of tourists flock to the town during winters too. Winters in Chunghang starts in December and go on until February.
How to reach Chungthang
By Air : The closest airport to Chungthang is the “Bagdogra Airport” which is approximately 121 km away from the place.
By Train : The New Jalpaiguri is the closest railway station to Chungthang as well as most of the other destination of Sikkim.
By Road : Chungthang is near by Mangan. It is 30 km away from Mangan from where Chungthang can be easily reach by taxis or buses that play on a daily basis.