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Things To Do In Lachen
One of the most scenic locations in Sikkim, Lachen is a charming little village located in the northern regions of the state. With alpine forests and mountain views that will mesmerize your senses, and sparsely populated landscapes that are perfect for trekking and camping activities, Lachen will prove to be a holiday destination worthy of a nature lover’s itinerary.
Lachen is also home to a number of native communities like the Bhutia tribe, along with Tibet nationals that live here and make up a population of barely a 1000 people. Buddhism is a major religion in this area, with the famous Lachen Monastery contributing significantly to tourism in this region. Read on to know more about some of the top things to do when you visit Lachen.
Trekking through the Valleys and Hills
Hiking through the hilly terrains of Lachen is one of the most popular adventure activities in the region. While the rough trails can prove to be challenging with unpredictable weather conditions, it is the ultimate sport for thrill seekers who want to enjoy the brilliant views from a perspective that is up-close and personal.
The regions around Green Lake, Muguthang Valley and the Chopta Valley are some of the most popular trekking locations in Lachen.
Lachen is home to a number of exotic birds that migrate to this town from colder regions in April. Species like the Scimitar Babbler, the Indian Cuckoo and black eagles are frequently visible here that make it a haven for bird watchers and nature lovers. One of the highlights of bird watching in Lachen is that almost all regions in the village witness a variety of species instead of being limited to a singular area. Getting a guide to help you with recognizing the different bird calls will prove to be helpful for those looking for a more immersive experience.
Apart from birds, Lachen also boasts numerous diverse animal species like the red panda, the wild yaks, the Himalayan bears and the musk deer. Apart from observing them in the Kanchenjunga National Park, you can also enjoy these animals in the wild while trekking through the Chopta Valley or the Green Lake.
Visit the Lakes
One of the main attractions of Lachen is the high altitude lakes in this region, which are not only popular trekking locations, but also hold spiritual value, like the Gurudongmar Lake. The area around these lakes is a fun camping zone too during optimal weather conditions. You can also observe exotic birds and intriguing wildlife around the lake areas.
Bhim Nala Waterfall at Lachung
A local village located near Lachen is the stunning region of Lachung, with magnificent mountains, streaming rivers and picturesque waterfalls. One such area is the Bhim Nala Falls, which is the tallest waterfall in Sikkim and is located on the Lachung-Chungthang road. With its immense height, it is jokingly also known as the Amitabh Bachchan falls among the locals.