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  • A small town filled with a natural beauty that is almost breathtaking in its magnitude, Pelling is a great place to visit in Sikkim. There are many wonderful places to visit in Pelling and a stay here can never be uneventful. From adventure activities to spiritual retreats to immersive strolls through natural parks, Pelling is a place full of potential enjoyment. 

    The town is fast becoming a popular tourist attraction not only as a result of all these features but also because of that indescribable air of magic that surrounds it no matter what you do there. Tall snowy mountains look down benignly at this little town and waterfalls and lakes send forth their twinkling music through the landscape. Pelling is a great adventure and spending a few days here is a wonderful way to enjoy your Sikkim vacation.

    Of the many places to visit in Pelling, monasteries are the most prominent. Buddhism holds great sway in the entire state and this is aptly commemorated by the many monasteries that stand proudly in Pelling. Many of these monasteries are considered to be among the important monasteries of Sikkim, and their halls contain a wealth of ancient Buddhist treasures in the form of paintings, sculptures, artefacts and books. Visiting these meditative buildings is a thing you cannot miss in Pelling. 

    There are several beautiful natural water bodies all around Pelling too and these add to the delight of the stay in the town. Nature reigns supreme in the region and the days you spend here will be among the most rejuvenating of your lives.


    Here is a list of best places to visit in Pelling:

  • 01Yuksom

    A town rich in monasteries and biodiversity, Yuksom is one of the many great places to visit in Pelling. The little town offers its visitors a wealth of activities for perusal including monastery visits, waterfall sightings, and adventure activities like rock climbing, rappelling and hiking. Enjoying the serene loveliness of Yuksom is a beguilingly easy task which makes the days pass by in a pleasant haze. 

    The joy of lounging beside the many grand falls like the Kanchenjunga Falls, Phamrong Falls and Rimbi waterfalls is only surpassed by the delight of mediating in the monasteries vibrating with peace. The Rabdentse Ruins are close to Yuksom as is the Khecheopalri Lake. Many popular treks also start from Yuksom, one of which is the Yuksom-Dzongri trek-a high altitude trek along the Rathong Chu River in West Sikkim.

    Location: Yuksom, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Approx. INR 500-2000 for accommodation


    If you are planning a visit to Sikkim, you cannot miss out on Gangtok, There are many wonderful places to visit in Gangtok which make it one of the best tourist destinations in India.

  • 02Pemayangtse Monastery

    Located right opposite Sangachoeling Monastery, Pemayangtse Monastery is another equally important Buddhist shrine in Pelling. It is an old monastery which has been standing tall since 1705. It is one of the most famous shrines in West Sikkim and a must visit when in the region. This monastery operates under Nyingma sect of Tibet Buddhism and controls all other monasteries of the same sect. The architecture of the monastery is beautiful and appealing to the eye. Many paintings and sculptures form a part of its elegant setup, and statues of Padmasambhava and his two consorts are prominent in the monastery. 

    The beauty of the monasteries interiors is magnificently complemented by the beauty of the Himalayan exteriors. Peace and serenity wash over you when you are at this monastery. Not only can travellers trek up to the top of the ridge where the monastery is located, they can also choose to engage in the Rani Dhunga Jungle Trek which begins from this location. If you are visiting in February, plan your visit so as it coincides with the Cham dance festival celebrated here. You should not miss a visit to this tourist place in Pelling when in the town.

    Location: Pemayangtse, near Pelling, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Free

    Timing: 9 am to 6 pm


    The best way to discover the enthralling landscapes of Sikkim is to engage in the adventurous trek with Gangtok Tour Packages.


  • 03Sangachoeling Monastery

    One of the most important attractions in Sikkim, Sangachoeling Monastery is the oldest monastery in Sikkim and a crucial Buddhist shrine in the region. It was constructed in 1697 by Gyalwa Lhatsum Chempo, a follower of the Nyingmapa sect of Tibetan Buddhism. This monastery features stunning paintings, statues, unique clay statues and scriptures enshrined in a solemn silence that is very soothing to the senses. Spending a couple of hours in this monastery simply being conscious is one of the best experiences you can have in Pelling. The other-worldly beauty of the monastery in addition to the breathtaking views that can be experienced from the location makes it a place rich in natural wonder. The monastery is located at the top of a high ridge and eager travellers can also hike up to the top.

    Location: Pemayangtse, near Pelling, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Free

    Timing: 9 am to 6 pm


  • 04Kanchenjunga Fall

    The magnificent Kanchenjunga Falls are one of the best places to visit in Pelling. Set amidst the snow-clad peaks of the Himalayas, these waterfalls are a delight for the senses. The green and white beauty of the setting soothes the eyes while the steady twinkling of the water is music to the ears. The falls are accessible by the road through a climb of approximately 50 to 60 metres is necessary in order to reach the main waterfalls. There are plenty of tea and Maggi stalls all around, which make for a delightful picnic near the waterfalls. Photographers will also find the photogenic nature of this place absolutely ravishing.

    Location: Kanchenjunga Falls, Pelling, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Rs 5 per person for local guides

    Timing: 8 am to 6 pm.


  • 05Rabdentse Ruins

    Rabdentse was the second capital of Sikkim from 1670 to 1814 and has therefore played an important part in its history. The Rabdentse Ruins are a reflection of this proud history that was wiped away siege of the Gurkhas. There is not much in terms of remains to be seen here. Only stubs of buildings remain standing for the most part and the only living entities are the tourists who visit it. But visiting the Rabdentse Ruins when in Pelling is an absolute must because the breathtaking location offers some of the most magnificent views of the Kanchendzonga mountain ranges in West Sikkim. It is a spectacle that should not be missed. 

    The 20-minute walk from Pemayangtse Monastery to the ruins takes you through a gorgeous natural setting that adds to the joy of the expedition. The mingling of the past and the present in the Rabdentse Ruins is a great reason to spend an afternoon here.

    Location: Geyzing, close to Pemayangtse Monastery, Pelling, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Free

    Timing: 10 am to 5 pm


  • 06Tashiding Monastery

    Part of the Nyingma sect of Tibetan Buddhism, the Tashiding Monastery is an important monastery on the Buddhist pilgrimage circuit in Pelling. Featuring a lovely location as it sits in between Rathong chu and the Rangeet River, this monastery is one of the holiest pilgrimage spots in Sikkim. Peace and solitude fill every corner of the monastery and make a trip here one rich in meditative beauty. This monastery is best visited with the aid of a local guide who knows all myths and legends of the place well. Since the Tashiding Monastery is associated with several legends, local insight into them will be invaluable. Bhumchu festival, one of the most important festivals in Pelling, is also celebrated here.

    Location: Yuksom, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Free

    Timing: 9 am to 6 pm


  • 07Rimbi Waterfall

    You will come across the gushing stream of white that is the Rambi Waterfall on your way to Khechopalri and Yuksam. It is a scenic natural setup full of natural beauty. The waterfall is a large one and is encased by lush greenery. Spending an hour at this location is a great way to enjoy yourself in Pelling. The picturesque setting makes for a wonderful photography spot too.

    Location: Rimbi River, approx. 5 Km from Darap Village, Pelling, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Free

    Timing: 8 am to 6 pm.


  • 08Darap Village

    8 kilometres away from Pelling, on the route to Khecheopalri and Yuksam, lies the scenic Darap Cherry Village. A small and quaint destination, Darap village is inhabited by the Limboo Community along with the Bhutias, Chettris, Tamangs, Rais, Gurungs and Lepchas. Framed by the majestic peaks of the Himalayan ranges, this village is a scenic retreat away from the bustling rush of the cities. Travellers can enjoy the village with the help of the many dainty homestays that are located here. A stay in the village is not just an opportunity to enjoy nature but also to be a part of the local community. You can enjoy games with the children, churn butter with the locals, process cheese in an old-fashioned way, hike extensively, lounge by the riverside and engage in other routine activities around the village. Visiting the ancient Limboo traditional house is another popular pastime.

    Location: Darap, Pelling, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Homestays cost between 500- 3000 INR per night


  • 09Sewaro Rock Garden

    A little distance away from Pelling lies the quaint Sewaro Rock Garden. It is a pretty, picturesque spot that makes for a great resting place between your Pelling adventures. The garden is a manicured space filled with fountains, resting sheds, avenues, and well maintained, structured rocks. A small cafeteria is also to be found in the garden. Spending an hour or two exploring this garden is a good way to add variety to your trip in Pelling.

    Location: Sewaro Rock Garden, Hills Area, Pelling, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Free

    Timing: 10 am to 5 pm


  • 10Singshore Bridge

    Singshore Bridge is one of the most amazing places to visit in Pelling. It is the second longest suspension bridge in Asia and has to be experienced to be believed. While the bridge itself is a bridge like any other, the beauty of the entire set is the biggest attraction of the place. The Singshore Bridge is long and connects two green mountains to each other. A deep gorge spreads out underneath the bridge and tall mountains tower above it.  The entire setting is one worthy of inspiring awe and wonder into the individual. No vehicles are allowed on the bridge which makes it especially wonderful for simply experiencing the gorgeous sights all around. Spending some hours on the bridge and exploring the jungles around it makes for an absolutely lovely outing in Pelling.

    Location: Approx. 5 km from Pelling, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Free entry

    Timing: 9 am to 6 pm


  • 11Khecheopalri Lake

    Khecheopalri Lake, also known as Kha-Chot-Palri, is a natural lake near Pelling. It is one of the must-visit attractions in Pelling. Brimming with legends, the lake is revered by both Hindus and Buddhists for its mythical associations. Legends associate the place with Guru Padmasambhava, Lord Shiva and Goddess Tara apart from other important mythical figures. The Khechoedpaldri hill near the lake is also considered to be a sacred spot for many. Visiting the lake is a beautiful experience since nature and silence reign here undisturbed. The peaceful shores of the lake are a welcome home to many unique birds and the surrounding forests of bamboo add to its exotic delights. 

    If you are trekking on the Yuksom-Dzongri-Goechha La trekking corridor, the lake will be one of the places you visit. Going to the lake with a local guide is a good idea because it will allow you to completely understand the history of the place. If you visit it in October, you will also be able to enjoy the ritual Chho-Tsho festival that is celebrated on the lake.

    Location: Khecheopalri Lake, Pelling, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Free

    Timing: 8 am to 6 pm


  • 12Kanchenjunga National Park

    Of all the tourist attractions in Pelling, Kanchenjunga National Park is the grandest. A UNESCO World Heritage site, this park offers visitors a magnificent chance for immersion into the depths of nature’s bounty. With sprawling forests, breathtaking glaciers, exotic birds and animals, and gorgeous views, a visit to Kanchenjunga National Park is an experience of a lifetime. The best way to enjoy the beauty of this place is by engaging in extensive trekking. There are several popular trails in the national park. 

    The Yuksom - Tshoka – Dzongri trail, the Bakim - Dzongri - Thangshing - Samuteng - Goechala and Dzongri Base Camp - Rathong – Khangerteng trail is among the most popular trails in the national park. Trekking takes at least 6 to 7 days to complete but this can vary depending upon your route. However, every minute spent inside the park is a gift to yourselves, so enjoy it thoroughly.

    Location: Near Chungthan, Gangtok, India

    Price: Indian nationals- INR 200 per person for 7 days; INR 30 for each extra day

               Foreign nationals- INR 400 per person for 7 days; INR 75 for each extra day

    Timing: Open 24 hours


  • 13Kaluk

    A beautiful, other-worldly destination in the foothills of West Sikkim, Kaluk is a small village comprised mainly of Nepali, Bhutia and Marwari settlers. Far from the bustling chaos of the major commercial centres, this leisurely village has a unique energy of its own. Travellers looking to enjoy the solitude of Pelling will find a perfect destination in Kaluk- you can stay in comfortable homestays, take in the relaxation offered by the mountains, engage in sundry activities with the locals, and just enjoy the meditative beauty of the village. When in Kaluk, make sure to visit the Varsey Rhododendron Sanctuary as well as the Rinche pong monastery, the third-oldest monastery in Sikkim. The Singshore bridge is also close by. Hiking around Kaluk exploring different places is another magical way to enjoy the loveliness of nature there.

    Location: Kaluk Village, near Gyalshing, West Sikkim, India

    Price: Approx. INR 500- 1500 for accommodation


  • 14Changey Waterfall

    A delightful, gurgling waterfall in the Western region of Sikkim, the Changey Waterfall is one of the tourist attractions in Pelling you definitely should see. Its foamy white waters falling from a height of 300 metres to the sounds of chirping birds and rustling leaves are magnificent to experience. The falls disappear mid-way into the dense greenery that surrounds them on all sides, only to emerge beguilingly from unexpected corners. Dainty clusters of villages surround this waterfall, making it a unique sight to gaze upon. Whether you are sitting by the falls, hiking around them or even rappelling near them, a visit to the Changey Waterfalls will be a visit to remember.

    Location: Approx. 10 kilometres from Pelling, West Sikkim, India  

    Price: Free

    Timing: 9 am to 6 pm


  • 15Ravangla

    Renowned for its views, Ravangla is a small tourist town that lies mid-way between Pelling and Gangtok. It is one of the great tourist places in Pelling, especially in the summer months from April to July, when the natural beauty of the place bursts into bloom. Hosts of exotic birds’ flock to the forests around the town including laughing thrushes, babblers, cuckoos and hill partridges as well as the rare species of the satyr tragopan. Glorious forests of rhododendrons flourish promisingly on the slopes and dashing orchids colour the land with their vibrancy.

     There are several opportunities to engage in adventure activities around the town, especially in rock climbing, rappelling, and trekking. The trek to the Maenam Wildlife Sanctuary also begins from Ravangla. Tourists also come to the town especially to gaze upon the glorious view visible from here- Mount Kanchenjunga, Mount Pandim, Mount Siniolchu, Moun Kabru among others can also be gazed upon from this town.

    Location: Ravangla, South Sikkim, India

    Price: Approx. INR 1000- 5000 for accommodation



Attractions

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Yumthang Valley

Nested in the northern part of Sikkim, Yumthang Valley is also nicknamed as the 'valley of flowers' (not to be confused with the Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand). It is perched at a dizzying altitude of 3,500 meters, and unmistakably one of the most scenic places to visit in Lachung.

True to its assigned nickname, Yumthang valley fosters countless floral species which criss-cross all across its lush green carpet. The valley also houses the beautiful Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary, hosting over 24 different species of rhododendrons! The verdant pasture that is Yumthang valley is lapped by mighty mountains on either side, and the freezing river Teesta forms a crystal ribbon through the forested beauty of the valley.

Location:
North Sikkim District, Gangtok, Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand
: 25 km


From gushing waterfalls to sprawling forests, from solitary monasteries to austere mountains, Gangtok offers a range of awe-inspiring things to do for visitors

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Chopta Valley

Another one of the most beautiful tourist places in Lachung, the stunning Chopta valley is wrapped up in North Sikkim. Sitting about 2 hours away from Lachung, and beautifully en route Gurudongmar Lake, Chopta valley reigns at a staggering 4,000 meters above sea level.

During summers, the entire valley is bathed in a stunning medley of colours due to the presence of beautiful alpine flowers that it is home to. Winters turn the entire place into a picturesque wonderland, layered by a thick carpet of snow.

The tree line begins to fade from here, and the dominion of shrubs is evident. Beyond the valley, the land becomes completely devoid of vegetation, and the lofty mountains begin to rise. The aroma of the flowers merges will the cool breeze from the mountains to render you truly speechless.

Location:
North Sikkim District, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
30 km

Explore the scenic beauty of North East India with the most awe-inspiring activities and tourist attractions with Gangtok Tour Packages.

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Yumesamdong / Zero Point

Yumesamdong, otherwise known as Zero Point, is one of the most frequented tourist's places in Lachung. It is located about 15 km away from Yumthang and sits at a mind-numbing altitude of 4,724 meters. Zero point marks the edge of civilization, and the road comes to a dead end here.

The vicuna China border is just beyond Zero points, though no tourists are allowed there. Despite the treacherous roads, Yumesamdong brings you exceptional rewards! Treat your eyes to the confluence of three magnificent rivers, flanked on either side by enormous, snow-clad peaks.

While yaks often graze here, the land is nearly competent devoid of vegetation. The place sits beneath thick, powdery snow, and brings extremely cold weather conditions. But there’s a great respite in the form of Hot Springs by the river Sebu Chhu!

Location:
Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 50 km

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Bhim Nala Falls

Seated at a distance of about 13 km from Lachung, in the rustic hamlet of Khedum, experience a spellbinding blend of serenity and thrill at the Bhim Nala Falls! It has the privilege of being amongst the highest waterfalls in Sikkim.

Owing to its staggering height, the cascading waterfall seems like a three-step waterfall, the roaring of which can be felt even from afar. Housed in an envelope of verdant hills, the plummeting falls roar in a soothing lullaby to enchant you. Enjoy the moment by sipping hot tea, while the roaring falls lull your senses.

Fun fact -
Bhim Nala Falls is also known as Amitabh Bachchan Falls amongst the locals! 

Location:
Chungthang, Lachung, Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 15 km

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Naga Falls

About 21 km away from Bhim Nala Falls, the Naga Falls sits somewhere along the Gangtok - Chungthang road and is easily one of the most spectacular places to visit in Lachung. Another one of the tallest waterfalls in Sikkim, this multi-tiered cascade is veered a little ways off the beaten tracks and offers wonderful solitude and respite from the most popular sites in Lachung.

Early morning or evening spent here, amidst the wooded hills, listening to a beautiful medley of sounds that blend in with the tumultuous roar of the falls is an experience that lingers in the heart. Surrounded by the panorama of lofty mountain peaks, Naga Falls is an unmissable place to visit during your Sikkim trip.

Location:
North Sikkim District, Sikkim 737116

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand
: 35 km

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Chungthang

Sitting at a distance of about 100 km from Gangtok, Chungthang is a beautiful little town that falls en route Yumthang, by the conflux of the rivers Lachen and Lachung. Chungthang is also the birthplace for the river Teesta. The town brims with legends and tales of old, and there is also a stone with the imprinted footprints of Guru Padmasambhava.

The town also houses a little rock here, from where mineral water flows ceaselessly. Chungthang is a place where you’ll have to travel through to reach the higher alpine regions of Lachen and Lachung. Steeped in fascinating mythology, the town offers beautiful 180-degree views of the neighboring snow-capped peaks.

Location:
Chungthang Tehsil, North Sikkim District, Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 23 km

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Lachen

Nestled at an altitude of 2,750 meters, Lachen in North Sikkim is the base of Chopta Valley and Gurudongmar lake. Sitting about 27 km away from Chungthang, Lachen village is cradled by a beautiful mountain valley. ‘Lachen’ literally translates to mean ‘big pass’, and affords unmatched views of the mountain slopes that seem to seat the village in an embracing sprawl.

Lachen is one of the more shaded, unexplored parts of Sikkim, and reward you with unmatched mountain views, serenity, and peace. Housing, not more than 200 houses, the village is ideal for backpackers and adventurers looking to explore offbeat destinations. The village is also home to the Lachenpas, a Sikkimese community. Amongst the most offbeat places to visit in Lachung, Lachen warrants to be on the top of your Sikkim itinerary.

Location
: North Sikkim District, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 47 km

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Lachung Monastery

Cradled by beautiful apple orchards of the Lachen Valley, Lachung Monastery is an ancient Buddhist monastery. Crafted with brilliant architecture, the monastery is perched atop 2,750 meters, near the confluence of the rivers Lachen and Lachung, two of the several tributaries of the Teesta river.

The gompa is also the base for the Green Lake trek. The edifice was installed in 1806 by the Nyingmapa sect of Buddhism and harbors a majestic statue of Guru Padmasambhava. A prayer wheel stands guard near the entrance of the monastery, leading visitors to the resident Handloom and Handicraft Centre. The Lachung Monastery is one of the most tranquil places to visit in Lachung.

Location:
Lachung, Sikkim 737120

Timings
: 07:00 AM to 07:00 PM every day.

Entry charges:
Free

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 20 km

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Seven Sisters Waterfalls

Located somewhere along the Gangtok - Lachung highway, the Seven Sister Waterfalls, true to its name, is a harmonious array of seven different cascading falls. If a single raging waterfall leaves you speechless, imagine what a cluster of seven such waterfalls will do. Its mellifluous roar is audible, and plummeting silver streaks can be seen from far off.

The place springs to life fully during the monsoons, when the waters come raging down. Tumbling down from atop a lush green, wooded hill, the surrounding beauty of the waterfall enhances the beauty of it all. The place promises you an album full of wallpaper worthy photographs too! It is truly one of the most beautiful places to visit in Lachung.

Location:
National Highway, North Sikkim, Gangtok, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 85 km

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Mt. Katao

Housed in North Sikkim, nearly 28 km away from Lachung, the magnificent peak of Mt. Katao is an ideal spot for adventurers and trekkers alike. Though getting there requires a permit from the Indian army. The mountain trail is lined with majestic alpine forests of rhododendrons, poppies, and primulas, along with a few serene waterfalls. These trails climb up to sweeping views of the neighboring peaks. Mt. Katao is one of the most beautiful and offbeat tourist places in Lachung and unveils its grand beauty to the selected few who stumble there.

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 28 km

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Thangu

Reigning at an altitude of 13,500 ft., Thangu is a quaint, cozy little village that falls right en route Gurudongmar lake and Cho Lhamu lake. Come spring season, the entire village sits under a canopy of lush trees overlooking a colorful carpet that the flowers paint across the ground.

If you want to see snow, visit Thangu between the months of December and March, when a thick blanket of powdery snow covers the village. Thangu is also home to several beautiful hiking trails leading to Muguthang, Chopta Valley and more. One of the most shaded places to visit in Lachung, Thangu should definitely be on your Sikkim trip itinerary.

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Mangan

Nested in the laps of the Himalayas in North Sikkim, Mangan is one of the most scenic tourists' places in Lachung, and also the capital of North Sikkim. Generously endowed with countless natural bounties, the place is a tourist magnet, and lures herds of travelers, backpackers, and trekkers into its bounds every year.

Doused in an aura of Buddhism, Mangan is also a place to explore spirituality. The town is replete with fluttering Buddhist prayer flags, which somehow seem to magnify the charm of this lovely Buddhist village. Mangan is also hosting to a lovely three-day music festival, where various regional bands perform.

Location
: North Sikkim, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx. 52 km

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Phensang Monastery

Explore the realm of spirituality and bliss at Phensang Monastery, a Buddhist monastery perched over the slopes of Kabi - Phodong, and in the vicinity of the Seven Sisters Waterfall. Installed in the year 1721, the monastery was restored to its former glory in 1947 after being demolished by fire.

Heavy rains brought a similar tragedy upon the building, but it was again restored. The monastery presently houses nearly 300 Lamas (Buddhist monks). The enduring marvel of Phensang Monastery is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Lachung.

Location:
Phensang Monastery, Gangtok, Sikkim, 737101

Timings:
08:00 AM to 05:00 PM

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
89 km

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Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary

Cradled in Yumthang valley, the Shinga Rhododendron Sanctuary is flanked by the Chuba - Sagochen ranges on one side, and Chomzomei on the other. Celebrated largely for the stunning variety of blooming rhododendrons, the sanctuary stretches across a sweeping 43 sq.km., and is a canvas of rioting colours!

The snaking Yumthang Chu is the cherry on top of a grand view of the valley, which is also a popular choice for trekking enthusiasts and adventure seekers. It is also a great place for camping, provided you take measures to not leave any trails behind. Time the trip between April and July to witness the blossoming beauty of rhododendrons in all their glory.

Location:
Yumthang Valley, North Sikkim District, Gangtok, Sikkim 737120

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
25 km

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Green Lake

Yet another of the least explored places to visit in Lachung, the mesmerizing Green Lake rests at the base of Mt. Kanchenjunga, at an altitude of 1,437 m. Towered by Mt. Kanchenjunga along with several other peaks, and its trail movies past beautiful thick forests and meadows carpeted by rhododendrons, blue poppies, and primulas.

The expeditions to Mt. Everest before the war were done through this part of North Sikkim, the post which, the trail seems to have been forgotten. It remains shaded from the majority of tourists, saves an adventurous few. Time your visit to the lake anytime between March to May for pleasant weather and clear views of the mountain ranges that cast a lovely reflection in the turquoise green waters of the lake.

Location:
North Sikkim, Sikkim

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Gurudongmar Lake

One of the most beautiful, pristine lakes in Sikkim, Gurudongmar lake sits in close proximity to the Tibetan and Chinese border in the north. Nested amidst the mountains at 5,183 meters, the freezing alpine lake is amongst the major sources of the river Teesta. The lake takes its name after the eminent guru Padmasambhava, who is believed to have traversed this region during his visit to Tibet.

There’s even a temple of him near the lake. Flanked on one side by the incredible Kanchendzonga range, the lake freezes in the winter months, save a special spot that is said to have been blessed. The waters of the lake are believed to have been blessed by the gods and are revered all over by the Hindus.

Location:
North Sikkim, Sikkim

Distance from Lachung Bus Stand:
Approx 115 km

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