Miles away from the daily din and hustle -bustle of modern life and cities, Lachung is the face of Mother Nature spreading it's limbs at an elevation of 8610 ft. This small magical hill station covered with pure white pearls(snow)and, large variety of wild flora and fauna has accentuated the eyes of the 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 like snow leopard, clouded leopard, Himalayan black bear, red panda etc.
Though it covers only a minute percentage, of the total geographical area of Sikkim, yet, this place, in its own capacities has much to captivate the explorers eyes. It has some incredible and extraordinary places namely Yumthang and Yumesamdong which is about 25 km to 50 km from Lachung respectively.
Yumthang (the valley of Flowers) is beautifully 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, primroses. This place is also known for its natural hot spring which 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 which 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. 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 main languages spoken here are Sikkimese ,Bhutia and Nepali. The people here are jubilant and candid who enjoy life to the highest point. 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 in every month in which people get together in Gumpa(monastery) and perform prostrations, recite prayers and burnt 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 (localwine),dance ,eat and play sho(board game) and the monks perform Gumapa dance.
The economy of Lachung was confined to agriculture in earlier era but, now it has been highly appreciated by 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 scenic and pleasing outlook but also numerous health benefits. It calms your heart, improves your mood and concentration.
So come and take a deep dive into this wonderland and experience its elegance, and I assure you will rejuvenate your mind, body and soul leaving you breathless and spellbound.