The name of Lachen means ‘big pass’. The developing town has been hidden from random tourists for a long time, and still is not fully explored. The Tourism Department of Sikkim Government is highlighting on the promotion of Lachen as a tourist spot. Providing astounding panoramic view of the Himalayan Mountains, Lachen has several locations for tourist interest around it. The tourist places in Lachen are worthy to be visited at least once in a lifetime.
The 15000 ft Yumthang Valley is visited by thousands of tourists every year, especially during April and early May, because of the Singhba Rhododendron Sanctuary. Spread along the bank of Yumthang River, various species of rhododendron trees and other flora including gentinans, saxifrags, primulas, juniper, maple, poppies etc and animals like blood pheasants, civet, tigers etc are found here.
Chopta Valley, located at 17000 ft altitude, is filled with the blessings of beautiful nature. The valley is filled with different colours of flowers during the summer. It gets frozen during the winter season and you get opportunity to walk over the frozen river.
Lachung is another attractive point of tourist interest near Lachen in North Sikkim district. It is located at the point where two tributaries Lachung and Lachen meet. The blissful natural ambience and spectacular view around are the reasons why Lachung is very much favourite destination to the tourists.
Chungthang is a town located in the confluence of Lachung River and Lachen River. Legend says that Guru Padmasambhava visited the town during 8th century and blessed the land. The rock where he rested has the footprint of the great saint.
This valley is elevated at a height of 13500 ft above the sea level. An incredible place to relax before heading towards Gurudongmar Lake and Muguthang Lake, Thangu is a suitable location for tourists to halt and absorb the serene beauty of the almighty mountain.
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