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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the most useful tips and guidelines for a trip to Lachen?

Jigyasha Prasad DEC 10 2012
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Any new destination calls for an exciting and memorable experience, same goes for Lachen. The backpackers location of Lachen is slowly becoming a popular tourist destination. You must be on the verge of either planning a trip to this mesmerizing destination or are already there. Keep the following tips in mind for a smooth and hassle free vacation:

  • Altitude

    Located at a height of 2,750 metres above sea level, the roads of Lachen are narrow and often involve skilled maneuvering. Make sure your car is fully serviced and has good tyres that don't skid. Driving in this hilly region requires special skills to tackle the sharp turns and steep roads, so brushing up on your driving or hiring an experienced driver might be a good plan.

    If you suffer from mountain sickness it is best to carry your medicines. Also, no matter what time you visit this place, do carry a set of warm woollens as the weather can be unpredictable here.

  • Reservations

    Its always best to make sure you have your hotel reservations and other permits in their place before you start for a quaint town like Lachen. Since there are only a couple of hotels here, please make sure you have a place to park yourself beforehand.

    Some regions of Lachen also require a special permit, do make sure you collect it beforehand from the concerned office in Gangtok.

  • Cash

    As of now, Lachen doesn't have any ATM. So make it a point to carry small amounts of cash with you wherever you are. Don't carry all your money in one place however, keep small amounts tucked away in various places.

  • Treks

    The treks in Lachen can be life threatening, so you must avoid embarking on one alone at any cost. It is highly advisable to travel in groups even if you are a professional and it is a complete must to have a guide with you if you are an ametuer.

  • General Rules

    Each city has its own government and own set of rules. As a responsible traveller, it would be a good idea to keep these rules in mind while you enjoy your holiday in Lachen. One of the few places which are clean and pristine, travellers are requested to consciously keep the general cleanliness of the place intact.

    Please ask for the local's permissions before clicking any pictures, as doing so without their approval may hurt their sentiments.

So now, all you're left to do is pack and leave, for the holiday of a lifetime. The mountains beckon thyself!

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