Sikkim has its own charm as it is a window onto the Himalya. We all know the beauty of Sikkim. But here I am describing about that place which is most attractive in Sikkim. That place is la chung village.
It is approximately 130 KM from the capital Gangtok and is situated at an elevation of more than 9000 ft on the bank of la chung river. The main attraction over here are glaciers, waterfalls, rivers
Let’s start the Journey from Gangtok.
View form Gangtok
Gangtok does not has its own airport. The nearest airport is Bagdogra, West Bengal which is approximately 125 KM from Gangtok. From the airport you can take private Taxi or shared vehicle that will take you Gangtok in two hours. The drive to Gangtok is really mesmerizing with beautiful mountains and Teesta river.
You can also reach Gangtok by train. The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri, Silliguri which is at the distance of 145 KM. From there you can take taxi or state run buses from Silliguri to Gangtok which will take you about 5-6 Hours.
The shared Jeeps has fixed rates so no chance of Bargain. It will cost you around 300/- for Gangtok. You can also go for private car but it will cost you around 1500/- to 3000/- depending on the vehicle you are hiring.
Gangtok to Lachung
Gangtok to Chungthang is approx. 7 Hours journey and from Chungthang the road gets divided into Lachung & Lachen. Lachen is covered first and after that Lachung. However the distance between Gangtok to la chung is approx 130 KM but narrow roads, mountains and poor conditions of road will take approx 8 hours. You will get Jeeps from Gangtok to reach there.
Chungthang to Lachung
Way to Lachung
On the way to Lachung you will see beautiful mountains, greenries, small and big waterfalls that you can not avoid to capture. You can’t take small vehicle to la chung as it is very difficult for small vehicles to climb on mountain areas and only permit vehicles are allowed on those areas so it’s better to take local vehicles from Gangtok.
Around la chung – la chung Monestry
Way To Rumtek Monastry
At one of the mountains la chung Monestry is situated. At the height of 12000 ft. this monestry is established in 1806.
Apart from it there is a handloom center where you can see local handicrafts products. Near by this you will see Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary where you will feel relaxed and calm. You will find 25 different varieties of Rhododendron.
View from Rumtek Monestry
This flower of valley is also called eastern Switzerland. You will see different types of flower. You will also see a beautiful lake over there and the mesmerizing ice clad mountains will definitely gives you the feeling of wow!
Where to stay
There are lots of cheap and best hotels in la chung. You will also get dak bunglow over there. Its better to book hotels online or from Gangtok.
When to go
The best time to visit la chung is from October to May. In the month of April & May vallies are surrounded by different types of beautiful flowers and in the month of January & February it is surrounded with snow.