Lachung, a picturesque town in Sikkim, is located at an altitude of 9600 ft above sea level in the North Sikkim district. This is also a place where the two rivers Lachen and Lachung - the tributaries of River Teesta meet. Lachung literally means "a small pass" and has been a favourite of writers from around the world. Lachung is known for its monastery – the Lachung Monastery, which is often visited by tourists from round the globe. It also serves as a gateway to the Yumthang valley.
Lachung used to function as a business base point between Sikkim and the country named Tibet, prior to the year 1950. Under the initiative take by the tourism department, tourism has started to boom in Lachung and it has become quite a favorite tourist destination for the people of India and also outside India. If one wishes to visit the Lachung Monastery, then one will have to take the highway’s reverse slope. One can also choose to visit the handicraft centre as well as engage themselves by taking a stroll around the village and observing the traditions and culture of the place. Another activity that one should check out is the trout fishing. Another prime crowd puller is the Rhododendron Sanctuary, which is situated close to Lachung.
There are numerous places to accommodate tourists visiting this place. Since, one requires permission to visit the area, one need to book a tour package from a renowned travel agent. Lachung functions as a centre point for making a trip to other locations such as Yumthang Valley and Katao.