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Lachung – a Bhutia village perched in the hills of Himalayas and at an elevation of 8,600 ft is an unique place to spend sometime in solitude with the beautiful nature. This is a scattered settlements with a local self-governing body called “ ZUMSA” – which substitutes the Panchayat.

The term "Lachung" literally means "Small Mountain". Lachung is only 25 kms away from the beautiful valley "Yumthang" and the last village in the Northern part of Sikkim. It is one of the most excuisite valley towns that is adorned with the vista of snow clad mountains, beautiful waterfalls and streams. This village is spread over on the both sides of Lachung Chu ( in Bhutia language Chu means river and it is one of the main tributaries to form of mighty river Teesta – the lifeline of  Sikkim and North Bengal) and it has managed to retain its own unique culture and tradition. 

Joseph Salton Hooker affirmed Lachung in his “ The Himalayan Journal” in 1855 as the most picturesque village in Sikkim. During winter Lachung gets covered by thick layer of snow and provide the magnificent view of the valley. This place is perfect base station for the traveler who are willing to visit Yumthang Valley.

Lachung served as the trading post between Sikkim and Tibet before 1950. Due to its proximity  to India – China ( Tibet) border an army cantonment is here for the protection of border.

Lachung Monastery on the slope opposite of the highway on the hill top and surrounded by Apple Orchards was built in 1880 and belongs to the Nyingmapa order, is a focal point of all religious activities of local residents and it is worth visiting. A handcraft centre is here which offers the beautiful traditional Sikimese items. Interested one for fishing can go for trout in the Lachung Chu.

Lachung can be described one of the heavenly abodes which is one of the most beautiful places in Eastern Himalayas.
Tags: Lachung, Bhutia, Himalayas, Small Mountain, Yumthang, Lachung Chu, Chu, Himalayan Journal, Sikkim, Valley, China, Tibet, Apple, Orchards, Nyingmapa

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