Located at an altitude of 9,000 feet on the mountain slope, overlooking the snow-capped peaks of the Himalayas, Lachen is one of the most picturesque tourist spots in North Sikkim Tour Lachen is a small hamlet surrounded by mountains on all sides and heavily blessed by Mother Nature.
The road to Lachen is rugged and the journey is hectic, but when you finally reach the hamlet, you forget everything and feel like sitting on the lap of Mother Nature. The altitude of Lachen makes it a freezing zone and if you visit the place in winter, Lachen would greet you with snow. The roads, the trees, the slanted roofs of the houses get covered with snow turning the small village into a romantic world.
Since it is a bit less developed than Lachung, Lachen is far more serene. It is home to low population formed by Nepalese, Tibetans and Bhutanese but their simplicity will touch your heart. Apart from the mesmerizing snow-capped mountain peaks and picturesque surrounding, Lachen will drive you the gate through which you visit towards a divine destination - the Gurudongmar Lake. So, let's start your North Sikkim Package Tour with Gangtok, Lachen and Gurudongmar Lake Tour.
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Lachen is a small scenic town in North Sikkim, located 114 Km away from the nearest city Gangtok
The altitude of Lachen is 8500 Ft (2600 meter) above Sea level. Coordinates 27.71668° N, 88.557755° E
Package Name : Wonderful Lachen Package Tour
Tour Duration : 5 Nights & 6 Days [Lachen-2N, Gangtok-3N]
Places to Visit in Lachen Tour Package : Gangtok, Tsomgo Lake, New Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir, Nathula Pass, Tashi View Point, Kabi Lungstok, Seven Sister Waterfalls, Naga Waterfalls, Lachen, Gurudongmar Lake
Pickup and Drop : Bagdogra Airport [IXB] / Siliguri Bus Stand / NJP Station
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|Place From||Place to||Distance|
|Lachen||NJP||7 hr 3 min (193.2 km) via NH10|
|Lachen||Bagdogra||7 hr 8 min (200.6 km) via NH10|
|Lachen||Gangtok||4 hr 38 min (114.0 km) via Singtam - Chungthang Rd|
|Lachen||Darjeeling||6 hr 41 min (174.8 km) via Singtam - Chungthang Rd|
|Lachen||Lachung||1 hr 51 min (46.9 km) via Lachen Rd|
|Lachen||Pelling||7 hr 12 min (175.0 km) via NH510|
|Lachen||Gurudongmar Lake||2 hr 38 min (65.9 km) via Gurudongmar Road|
As the flight lands at Bagdogra airport, welcome to the lively capital of Sikkim and the Cleanest State of India. On arrival, our representative waits outside to meet and greet before moving towards Gangtok (Alt.5550Ft /1675M) as the picturesque Teesta follows all the way.
On arrival, check in to the centrally located hotel near M.G. Marg with beautifully designed rooms providing utmost comfort to its guest. An evening stroll in the heartthrob of Gangtok i.e. MG Marg is idle to enjoy the hustle-bustle of this hilly city while sipping in some piping hot tea or coffee. Overnight at the Hotel in Gangtok.
With the morning knocking at the doorstep, get the tummy refill with heavy breakfast before leaving for 6 hours long journey - Lachen Tour. Post breakfast, around 10 a.m. leave for Lachen via NH 31A. En-route visit Sightseeings as :
Tashi View Point - Located in Tashi about 8 Km from Gangtok town built by Tashi Namgyal, which offers a panoramic view of Mt Kanchenjunga on a clear day. Binocular and Telescopes are mounted at the viewpoint, which can get an unobstructed view of the mountains, and forest on the opposite side.
After shedding the exhaustion with a good night's sleep in a peaceful environment, wake up a bit early to visit the sacred Gurudongmar Lake (5450 M/70 Km/03 hours) post breakfast.
Gurudongmar Lake - Located at an altitude of 17800 ft, this high altitude natural lake is considered the most sacred lake as believed by Buddhists and Hindus alike. The beautiful and awe-inspiring lake remains milky in color throughout the year. According to a legend, since the lake used to remain frozen most of the year, it was not possible to use its water for drinking purposes. When Guru Padmasambhava passed by, while returning from Tibet, the residents are reported to have approached him for providing a source of water. The Guru obliged, and a portion of the lake touched by him does not freeze in extreme winter. Since the water of the lake is considered sacred, visitors carry the 'blessed' water in bottles.
Return to the hotel post sightseeing and enjoy the evening while feasting on some local delicacies or by talking walks across the neighborhood. Overnight at Lachen.
As the lazy town of Sikkim wakes up, begin the day with a cup of hot tea, before moving on to the breakfast table and starting for Gangtok.
On arrival, check in to the Gangtok hotel for an overnight stay.
As the morning sores in, and the warm rays of the sun knocks through the window to give a startup call for a new day, enjoy the breakfast, and load your bags with dry foods before starting for a full day trip to Tsomgo Lake with Baba Mandir / Nathula Pass Excursion :
Tsomgo Lake (12,400 ft) - Also known as Changu Lake is an oval shaped glacial lake which is only 40 km from Gangtok City, and almost about 1Km in length with 15 meters depth. The name Tsomgo is made of two words in Bhutia Language 'Tso' means "lake" and 'Mgo' means "head" in short 'source of the lake'. This high altitude lake is surrounded by snow capped steep mountains and remains frozen during winter time. As Summer beings to step-in the glacier begins to melt and the lake gets its origin. The lake is considered sacred by the local people and it is said that the lake reflects different colors with change in seasons.
New Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir - The Baba Mandir is build in the memoriam of Baba Harbhajan Singh or the 'Hero of Nathula' who was a soldier in the Indian Army. It is located at a distance of 12Km from Tsomgo lake, and 52Km from Gangtok city. Baba Harbhajan served as a part of border patrol force, and in the year 1968 while escorting a mule column he felt on a fast flowing stream and got carried away by powerful water current. Soldiers found his remains after 3 days and cremated with full military honor along with a shrine on his Samadhi is built as per Baba's wish which he expressed through his friend post death. The original bunker of Baba Harbhajan Singh is located further up near the Gnathang valley which is the Old Baba Mandir but due its difficult terrain tourist can't reach there so a New Mandir is build for easy access. This shrine is believed to have wish-fulfilling powers and it is believed that Baba is still guarding the international border between India and China. On Sundays, a 'langar' runs at the temple, which provides free meals to the visitors.
Nathula Pass - A major mountain pass in the Himalayas in East Sikkim district which is a corridor of passage between India and Tibet before it was closed in 1962 but reopened in 2006. Located around 56 km from Gangtok at an altitude of 14450 ft, the road to Nathula, is the highest motor able roads, passes through the Tsomgo lake and requires entry permit to visit. The view from this international border is breathtaking, and allows the tourist to get a glimpse of China on the other side along with their Chinese soldiers. On a clear day, you can even see the road winding down the Chumbi valley.
(Nathula Pass is closed on Monday / Tuesday and Permit depends on Weather condition). The evening is free to visit the pedestrian roadway M.G. Marg and overnight at Gangtok.
Post breakfast, sign off from Gangtok, and drive to NJP / Bagdogra for the return journey while cherishing your holiday forever.
Chopta Valley - From Lachen, start exploring the real treasures in the trove of Lachen. On the way to the divine Gurudongmar Lake, a green world will leave you awestruck with its beauty; spread over acres on mountain slopes at a height of over 13,000 feet this green world is called Chopta Valley. The lush greeneries of Chopta Valley are Alpine vegetation, and it is also famous for Rhododendrons and varieties of orchids. Walking through thick layers of ice to reach the valley is an experience that attracts maximum tourists to Chopta Valley during winter. To enjoy the beauty of Chopta Valley at its best, visit during the spring when Mother Nature paints the valley in varieties of colors in the form of fresh Rhododendrons. Chopta is a virgin valley that you can reach from Lachen within two hours.
Gurudongmar Lake Tour - All roads end at the Gurudongmar Lake, the ultimate divine destination in Sikkim. You travel through steep slopes, and countless hairpin bends to reach the spot, and yet Mother Nature surprises you with a plain land where you see a lake flowing on the foot of rugged mountains, covered completely with snow. From January to early April, the lake remains in a frozen state but for the rest of the year, water keeps flowing gently, making the place the most picturesque on the entire planet. At an altitude of over 17,000 feet, you will lose words staring at the Gurudongmar Lake, such is the atmosphere of the place. If you believe in God, you will feel her presence here. Absolute silence prevailing all around the lake might take you to a world of spirituality for some time.
Capturing the exquisite beauty of Lachen in the lenses
Bird Watching in nearby forest
Talking walks across the beautiful village of Lachen
Shopping for handmade items at Lachen
Tantalize the taste buds with the local delicacies of Lachen
Trek to the valleys, hills, and lakes
By rail, the nearest railway station to reach Lachen is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) and by flight to the Bagdogra Airport, from there to Gangtok for one night stay before moving towards Lachen. There are plenty of cars wait to get hired at the entry points where one can bargain to get the best deal, but it is advised to pre-book a car beforehand to avoid the hassle.
The best time to travel Lachen is from March to June and October to February when the visitors can relish the soothing nature while witnessing the awestruck glimpse of Mt. Kanchenjunga. July to September is best to avoid due to heavy rainfall and sudden landslides.
Being the most visited spot of Sikkim Lachen has a decent number of good hotels, homestay, and lodges that offer comfortable stay to its visitors in an absolute tranquil environment.
No, a permit is not required to visit Lachen for Indians, but it is necessary to carry your valid ID card like Voter ID and Passport during your travel.
Yes, Geyser is available in most of Lachen hotels, but sometimes due to power non – availability, Geyser might not work, so in that case, hot water to be provided in a bucket.
Yes, visiting Gurudongmar Lake requires a permit, and it will be arranged by your local tour coordinator, and driver.
Momo / Dumplings, Thukpa, and Maggi are the easily available dishes like any other mountainous destinations but listed below are names of food which one can try during their Lachen visit:
Chang (local alcoholic beverage)
While visiting Lachen it is advised to take along the Sim card of BSNL, Vodafone, or Airtel as they provide fair network coverage rather than other operators.
Visit the sacred Gurudongmar Lake
Explore the exotic hills and valleys in Lachen
Explore Kanchenjunga National Park and spot the wild animals
Shop some handmade local crafts
Visit the nearby monasteries
Lachen is paradise for bird watchers, find them out
Visit the dazzling Rhododendron Sanctuary in April to June
Try delicious Sikkimese Cuisine
No, you are not allowed to carry packaged drinking water while traveling to Lachen, as this place has banned its visitors from carrying ‘Packaged Drinking Water Bottle’ to save the environment from getting polluted with the left behind trash. You can keep water purifying tablets and liquids in handy and add few drops before consumption.
North Sikkim Tour Reviews - Lachen, Gurudongmar Lake, Chopta Valley, Lachung, Yumthang Valley, Zero Point, Katao Valley
4.8 Stars Rating, out of 5
based on 155 Reviews
After spending several months locked at home due to COVID-19, finally, our trip to Gangtok and North Sikkim with Lachen and Lachung brought back our dead souls to life. Gangtok, Lachen, and Lachung were way more beautiful than I dreamed of, and spending quality time with our family in this pandemic was true bliss. Mr. Arpan Adhikary ensured us that COVID safety measures and hygiene are practiced by our drivers and hotels at every place, thereby allotting us with good sanitized rooms.
My first visit to Sikkim was as a kid, and in 2021 this place turned out to be my honeymoon destination from Delhi. After hearing about the exotic location in North Sikkim, Lachen and Lachung, we decided to spend our lone time there, as it was away from the noisy city. Mr. Arpan booked our stay at, Gangtok, Lachung and Lachen, and provided us with cozy, good view rooms. We recommend NatureWings for arranging such a wonderful vacation during this pandemic while following the safety and hygiene for COVID - 19.
This was my first trip through an online agency NatureWings, and my experience with them was great. I booked a package for North Sikkim and Darjeeling from Mumbai in 2020 Jan. The destination was superb with well-equipped hotels, pubs, and shopping areas in Darjeeling, and Gangtok, whereas, in Lachen, it was full of silence and peace. Thank you NatureWings for gifting us hassle-free family time.
I went to Sikkim to snap the beauty of Mother Nature along with my 5 friends from Mumbai. Sikkim was stunning and had breathtaking views of Mr. Kanchenjunga, with every bit of this place perfect for a photo op. The sightseeing points like Changu Lake, Nathula Pass, and Gurudongmar Lake at Lachen were the show stoppers for us due to their amazing beauty in the mid of the thunderous mountains. Mr. Soumalya Ghosh was the man behind our flawless trip, and we got a very cooperative driver who was very patient and enjoyed watching us click.
We went to Sikkim as a part of our College Educational Tour from Kolkata, and only because of Mr. Sandip Raha our trip was possible despite our budget constraints. The car was in good condition with friendly drivers, and the hotels at Gangtok and Lachen were comfortable with good food and services. Our trip went with zero errors, and our students had a great time in this peaceful State, looking forward to exploring more destinations with you guys.
I visited Sikkim & Darjeeling with my family and stayed at Darjeeling, Gangtok, Lachen, and Lachung. Mrs. Mousumi Raha arranged our hotels as per our taste and sent us a perfect itinerary with sightseeing as requested. Darjeeling and Gangtok was a buzzing place with good eateries to feast on, while Lachen and Lachung were very quiet and away from all this humdrum. The unmatched service of NatureWings won our heart, and we got regular follow up calls from the team who took care of our issues and kept their words of cherishing your holidays.
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