Photographer's Note

Lachung (8610 ft) is one of the most exquisite villages in the valleys of North Sikkim. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, dazzling waterfalls and sparkling streams, Lachung has been described as the "most picturesque village of Sikkim" by none other than Joseph Dalton Hooker in his definitive, The Himalayan Journal (1855). A small monastery adorning a solitary hilltop is a perfect place for meditation. The entire valley gets a completely different look in winter when wrapped by thick layer of snow. Lachung has a small market but due to tourist influx several small and medium hotels have come up with basic facilities. Lachung provides a base for the travellers bound to Yumthang Valley, popularly known as the `Switzerland of the East'.

One of the two main tributaries of Teesta, the Lachung Chu (Chu=river) flows through the valley. This picture, shot downstream overlooks the village and travellers' huts, while the river flows below. Villagers cultivate fruits, wheat and paddy (see in picture) in the valley. Spring and summer are the best seasons to visit, when the valley attains magnificent colors due to the blossom of flowers like Rhododendron, Primula, Potentilla, Magnolia etc.

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