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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the top attractions in and around Lachen?

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The small hamlet of Lachen is abundant in beauty both manmade and natural. Want to explore a remote retreat unspoilt by the cruel hands of commercialisation? Make sure you head to Lachen, which is going to be a holiday that takes you back to the times of peaceful living in harmony with nature. We are sure you are going to love every second. The sightseeing options in Lachen are:

  • Lachen Monastery

Built over 200 years ago, the Lachen Monastery is a haven of peace and tranquility situated atop a hill. Providing panoramic views of the surrounding areas, the beauty and calmness of this place is going to hit you with such a force that all your worries and pains will get knocked away. Walk through the beautiful apple orchards here and do remember to sink your teeth into the fresh produce if you are visiting in season.

  • Yumthang Valley

A green pasture in the charming mountainscape of Lachen, the Yumthang Valley is a great place to head to for some long walks and soul searching. Unleash the poet in you and pen down few lines while relaxing in the lush green grasslands. Great place for picnics and family games if you are a big group, but make sure you don't tire yourself as it is easy to lose your breath here due to the high altitude.

  • Singba Rhododendron Sanctuary

This part of the Khangchendzonga National Park is in close proximity to Lachen and will be a treat for the nature lover and gardener in you. Housing varieties of various other flowers such as Gentians, Saxifrages, Poppies, Primulas and Potentillas. All the variety of flowers that are here will surely amaze you, leaving you feeling like you just took a trip to fantasy land.

  • Gurudongmar Lake

Known as the second highest lake in the country, the Gurudongmar Lake is going to sweep you off your feet. Remaining frozen in the winter months between November and March, this lake is surrounded by barren mountains and one can also spot the snow capped Kanchenjunga from here. The pristine beauty of the pure water and the stunning blue hues you can see rippling along the lake surface will be truly memorable experiences.

With the above handful, you are surely to have a lot to do when in Lachen. However, do take time out to soak in the laid back culture and life of the beautiful hamlet of Lachen.

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