Lachung landscape during monsoons

The Changing Scenery of Lachung During Monsoon

Author: Pema Yankee Bhutia
Date: 2021-09-14

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Located in the northernmost part of Sikkim, Lachung is often referred to as a hidden paradise on earth by people who have had the opportunity to visit this offbeat hamlet. Lachung is commonly visited by trekkers, photography enthusiasts, and adventure lovers. This quaint little village can be any nature lover’s dream come true.

Monsoons in Lachung

Monsoon in Lachung starts in July and continues till September. The village experiences heavy rains during this period, which are brought by the southwest monsoons. Although sightseeing might not be as convenient during this time as it is during summer and winter, visitors can still enjoy the beautiful rains, which render the entire village green. The atmosphere is relaxing and the air is as pure during this time as can be. 

The beautiful and vibrant Lachung landscape after a downpour

July monsoon

Lachung receives torrential rainfall during this time owing to its proximity to the Bay of Bengal. However, for tourists and travelers who want to see Lachung in its pristine raw form, July is just the right time. It is also a great opportunity to explore Lachung’s elements like the age-old monasteries and sanctuaries that make Lachung what it truly is.

Yumthang Valley in Lachung is home to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, popularly known as the “Valley of Flowers.” The sanctuary is draped in varied hues in July as the rhododendrons bloom unabashedly during this time. There are around 40 species of rhododendrons present here. The various other trees like aconites and poppies further enhance the beauty of this sanctuary.

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August monsoon

In August, the temperatures range from 15 degrees Celsius to 22 degrees Celsius. There is an abundance of green cover all throughout the area. The waterfalls are flowing in abundance and the rivers are full. Lachung Gompa is a quiet and beautiful place to visit in this month. This colourful monastery’s prayer hall is embellished with twin metal dragons on its porch. The monastery is best reached by walking. If it is your cup of tea, you can walk through the village during the shower and pass several viewpoints in this quintessential town before reaching the prayer hall.

A gushing waterfall in Lachung during monsoon 

A wonderful place to visit in this month of August is Bhim Nala. These waterfalls are famously known as “Amitabh Bachchan waterfalls” since his famous Bollywood movie was shot here. These waterfalls are filled in abundance and free-flowing due to the rains. They make for a mesmerizing view with lush green forest cover and the Himalayas in the background.

This hill station is a paradise for adrenaline junkies and adventure lovers. If you are an adrenaline junkie, visiting here in August will give you a rush due to the occurrences of blizzards during this month. For those of you who love nature and the rain, Lachung is a great place to be in August.

Lachung Weather in September

In the month of September, the rains leave behind a wonderful fragrance of wet mud and lush greenery, which makes for a perfect view with a hot cuppa. Besides the delays, the rains bring an added advantage of beautiful flora and lush forest area. The temperatures begin to drop from 13 degrees Celsius to -9 degrees Celsius. This month marks the end of the monsoon and the beginning of winter so the weather is cooler and wandering in Lachung gets more exciting. At the beginning of September, the monsoon is in full swing, but towards the end of the month, signs of autumn start popping up all around this picturesque mountain state. The flora glitters after a downpour, birds flap their wet wings, and Sikkim is a sight to behold.