Lachung bounces back from floods, beckons tourists again

Sikkim officially reopened for tourists on December 1 after repairs to the road were completed. Photo: iStock/orpheus26

Lachung, a picturesque village nestled in the northeastern State of Sikkim and bordering Tibet, has risen phoenix-like after the recent floods. Several factors make this destination appealing to tourists. The village, bisected by the Lachung River, is surrounded by apple orchards. The 19th-century Lachung Buddhist Monastery is a significant draw for visitors. It stands as the most popular tourist destination in north Sikkim, attracting numerous tourists annually. However, in the aftermath of the unexpected floods in Sikkim in October, travel was restricted. Now, Lachung is once again beckoning tourists, having opened an alternative route.

The region officially reopened for tourists on December 1 after repairs to the road were completed. The entire Lachung area is now prepared to receive visitors, said Tourism and Civil Aviation Department Secretary, Prakash Chetri. Travellers can reach Lachung by taking the alternative route via Dzongu-Shipgyer. Lachung is all set to welcome tourists with a warm welcome. However, those choosing the Dzongu-Shipgyer route will need to cover an additional distance of 16-17 km. While entry to Lachung is permitted, the Lachen-Gurudongmar point remains off-limits until further notice. Chetri explained that the closure was due to ongoing renovation work in the area, as the roads connecting Lachen, Lachung, and Chungthang were severely damaged during the October floods.

The allure of Lachung
Lachung, situated in north Sikkim, captivates tourists with its natural beauty. Snow-capped peaks, lush valleys, and winding rivers are among the main attractions. It provides an ideal getaway for those seeking peace away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Lachung’s natural beauty harmoniously complements its rich cultural heritage. The Lachung Tibetan Monastery adds a spiritual touch to every traveller’s experience in Lachung.

Emerging stronger after the floods
The unexpected floods dealt a severe blow to the tourism sector, throwing it into a crisis. However, Lachung has successfully navigated the challenges, completing repair and renovation works. It now stands ready to welcome tourists, inviting them to enjoy the natural beauty and serenity of the Himalayas. The star-studded sky after sunset, cascading waterfalls, and local festivals continue to attract visitors. For those desiring a journey immersed in the tranquillity of nature and embracing cultural diversity, Lachung remains a confident choice.

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