Lachen is a town in “North Sikkim district” in the Indian state of Sikkim. It is situated at an altitude of 2,750 m. The meaning of word Lachen is “big pass”. The municipality is being promote as a tourists destination by the Sikkim’s government. The town form the base to the Gurudongmar Lake and Chopta Valley. An yearly yak race, the Thangu is held here in summer.
Lachen is a beautiful mountain village, a unique Sikkimese Bhutia community, home to the Lachenpas. Lachen, which exactly means Big Pass, clings to grassy mountains slopes in a magnificent natural setting against a backdrop of imposing snow capped glaciers, peaks and rock cliffs. The village is in a charming valley amidst mixed Rhododendron forests and conifer.
Best places to visit in Lachen
- Atelier Tessa Goldschmiede
- Chaiyo Thai Massage
- Thangu Valley
- Chopta Valley
- Lachen Monastery
- Gurudongmar Lake
- Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary
Offering a quiet backdrop and a spell-binding views, Lachen Monastery is a noteworthy attraction in Lachen that was originally built in 1858 A.D by the Nyingma Sect of Tibetan Buddhism and with the help of its 8 monks, who transformed a small hut constructed by Lama Karchen Dorje Drak. Lachen Monastery, also known as Ngodub Choling or the Launching Gompa, is seated at a picturesque location overlooking the village and housing the statue of Guru Padmasambhava. The premises of this sacred place is decorated with colourful prayer flags and prayer wheels. Feel bliss as you enter Lachen Monastery, It is a mind boggling pilgrimage experience.
Gurudongmar Lake is one of the uppermost lakes in the world, situated at an elevation of 5,430 m in the Indian state of Sikkim. Gurudongmar Lake is a lake which is consider blessed by both Buddhists and Hindus. The lake is named after “Guru Padmasambhava” which is also called as Guru Rinpoche, founder of Tibetan Buddhism who visit the lake in the 8th century.
Thangu, situated at an altitude of 13,500 ft. is a beautiful village which is about two hours ‘ drive from Lachen. It is a at ease village where the tourist more often than not decide to relax before they continue to Guru-Dongmar Lake, Cho Lhamu Lake or Muguthang. There is a attractive Guest residence at Chopta Valley which overlook Thangu, this location is a ideal festival destination for soothing and pamper physically in the circuit of nature.
Best time to visit Lachen
Lachen in Summer
The climate of Lachen during the Summer months of March to June is quite pleasant. The temperature is not very low and rainfall is quite less. The village has fresh bloom of colourful and attractive flowers like Rhododendrons and it resonates with colours.
Lachen in Winter
The months of October, November and December are some of the best months to visit Lachen. The skies are clear and the mountain ranges are clearly visible. The village witnesses lot of snow fall which attracts many tourists from around the country.
How to reach Lachen
By Air : The closest airport to Lachen is Bagdogra Airport in West Bengal. Lachen is situated 202 km away from Bagdogra Airport, can be reached via NH31A.
By Train : New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal is the closest railway station to Lachen. From New Jalpaiguri, Lachen is 195 km via NH31A, Lachen – Chungthang Road. New Jalpaiguri is well linked to other major Indian like New Delhi, Kolkata, etc.
By Bus : To travel to Lachen by road, travellers need to arrive in Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. From Gangtok, Lachen is 107 km from Gangtok via Gangtok- Chungthang Road. Buses and Taxis are available from Gangtok till Lachen.