Lachung: The Picturesque Village Of Sikkim

Author: Pema Yankee Bhutia
Date: 2018-06-06

Miles away from the daily din and hustle-bustle of modern life and cities, Lachung is the face of Mother Nature spreading its limbs at an elevation of 8610 ft. This small magical hill station covered with pure white pearls (snow) and a large variety of wild flora and fauna has mesmerised the eyes of millions of visitors. 

This place is ebulient and perky during the summer with a perfect temperature ranging between 10°C to 28°C and is serene and magnificent during the winter season with snowflakes all over.

It is a most apt place for adventure and nature lovers as it is a home to various types of wild flowers and animals such as the snow leopard, clouded leopard, Himalayan black bear, and red panda.

Though it covers only a minute percentage of the total geographical area of Sikkim, yet, this place, in its own capacity has much to captivate the explorer's eyes. It has some incredible and extraordinary places, namely Yumthang and Yumesamdong, which are about 25 km to 50 km from Lachung, respectively.

Yumthang (the valley of flowers) is popularly known for its exclusive Himalayan view embraced by snow almost throughout the year. It is rich in wild flowers - 24 species of rhododendrons alone and others like cobra-lilies, cinquefoils, and primroses. This place is also known for its natural hot spring that is believed to cure many ailments including joint aches and back pain due the effective minerals present in it.
Yumesamdong, on the other hand, has its own enchanting features. It is best known for its snow covers and azalea plant that is used by the locals as incense due to its heeling and divine fragrance. Beyond Yumesamdong is a place called zero point which is calm and peaceful. It is the point where the roads end. Apart from this, another place named Mount Katao is 28 km from Lachung. A visit to this place is restricted by the Indian army who conscientiously guard the international border with China.

Coming to the inhabitants and the economy of Lachung, this region is mostly dominated by the Bhutias, and the main languages spoken here are Sikkimese, Bhutia, and Nepali. The people here are jubilant and candid and who enjoy life to the fullest. They have well maintained their culture, religion, and traditions. This is evident from the practice of Tsechu (monthly puja) and Losar ( new year celebration). Tsechu is held once every month in which people get together in Gumpa (monastery) and perform prostrations, recite prayers, and burn butter lamps for the purpose of peace, unity, and prosperity among all. Losar is a Tibetan festival celebrated for 15 days during which people invite each other to their house and drink Chhaang (local wine), dance, eat, and play sho (board game); the monks perform Gumapa dance.

The economy of Lachung was confined to agriculture in the earlier era, but now it has been highly appreciated because of tourism.

Once Albert Einstein rightly said, "Look deep into the nature, and then you will understand everything better".

Nature doesn't only provide us with a scenic and pleasing outlook but also offers numerous health benefits. It calms your heart and improves your mood and concentration.

So come and take a deep dive into this wonderland and experience its elegance, and I assure you, you will rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul, leaving you serene and spellbound.

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