Gangtok, the capital of the Indian state of Sikkim situated at an elevation of 5,500 feet above sea level. With a spectacular view of the Khangchendzonga, the town provides the perfect base for travel through the state. One an important transit point for traders traveling between Tibet and India. MG Marg, the main street of Gangtok town is a great place to chill out.
In the country’s first litter and spit-free zone, no vehicular traffic is allowed into the marg. You can sit at Titanic Park or at the various benches stretched across the mall. The Mall is lined with shops on both sides of the road, so shopping becomes an added pleasure. This is also the venue for the annual Gangtok Food and Culture festival held in December each year when Sikkim’s multi-cultural cuisine, along with music and dance performances are showcased. This event attracts a large number of locals and tourists each year.
Lachen is a scenic mountain village, home to the Lachenpas, a unique Sikkimese Bhutia community. Lachen, which literally means [Big Pass], clings to grassy mountain slopes in a magnificent natural setting against a backdrop of imposing snow-capped peaks, glaciers,s and rock cliffs. The village is in a picturesque valley amidst mixed conifer and Rhododendron forests. Just about 130 km from Gangtok, Lachen. Nearby villages of Rabom, Chaten, Talem, Yakthang, Kaleb, Samdong, and Thangu form a larger part of Lachen.
Foot trails to the country’s highest mountain peak Mt. Khangchendzonga and Mt.Sinolchu the most beautiful peak begin at your doorstep in Lachen. Wonders never come to an end in Lachen, all valleys painted with flowers during monsoon, followed by afterglow of autumn and snowfall greeting the village in winter. The valley has almost everything a traveller could wish for: a land of fairs and festivals, snow-clad mountains, lakes, valley of flora, fauna and a vibrant local culture. Visits to the Lachen monastery and the women’s handicraft centre to view weaving of traditional blankets and carpets will provide insights into the local way of life and many more.
Lachung in North Sikkim is a picturesque mountain village in the lap of the giant Himalayan mountain range at an altitude of 8610 ft and offers a base for the visitors traveling spectacular Yumtahng Valley Embraced by snow-capped shimmering mountain peaks, flushing waterfalls, tiny streams, and Apple Orchards, Lachung offers cold weather & breathtaking Himalayan beauties even in peak summer & topped as one of the most visited tourist & holiday destinations in North Sikkim. Spring & Summer (April to June) is the best time to travel to Lachung as the weather is very pleasant and the valley is covered with full bloom Rhododendron making the valley look like “Floral Fire on Mountain Slopes”.
Lachung Valley is divided by the Lachung River. One can Visit Lachung Gompa, Apple Orchards, Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary.
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At an altitude of 1750m, Gangtok became the state capital in the mid 19th century and has undergone rapid development since then. The downtown area is dominated by huge government buildings decorated with traditional Buddhist symbols. Gangtok is also a resting ground for people traveling to North Sikkim. Surrounded by Monasteries and Orchids, Gangtok is truly a traveler’s delight.
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How to reach?
By Flight : The nearest airport is Bagdogra Airport (Bagdogra – IXB). It is only 122 kms. away from Gangtok. The travel time is 4 hrs. 30 mins.
By Train : The nearest railway station is New Jalpaiguri (NJP) which is only 120 kms. away from Gangtok. The travel time is only 4 hrs. 30 mins.
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