One of the six major monasteries in Sikkim,
Phodong monastery is located in the North
approximately 38 kms from Gangtok, 4 kms beyond
Phodong is the recently renovated Labrang
Monastery unique in it architectural design.
The place offers one of the most spectacular and
closest views of Mt. Khangchendzonga and its
ranges. A well located Tourist Lodge provides
accommodation for visitors. The area also has a
number of interesting short nature trails for 1
to 3 days along the higher ridges of the higher
ridges of the surrounding hills. One can also
savour the most graceful peak in the world, Mt.
The village, spread out on either side of
Lachung Chu, has managed to retain its unique
culture and tradition. The Lachung Monastery on
the slope opposite to the highway is a focal
point of all religious function of the local
inhabitants. To get a glimpse of the religious
functions performed on auspicious occasions a
visit to the Monastery should form a part of the
tour itinerary. Lachung lies on the way to
Yumthang Valley as we move from Gangtok.
Yumthang is just 25 kms away.
Yumthang, at an elevation of 11,800 ft and 140
kms from Gangtok is a paradise for nature lovers
with a fascinating blend of flora and fauna and
breathtaking scenic grandeur. The valley boasts
a large variety of Rhododendrons and other
alpine flowers.Yumthang 'Tsa-Chu'or the hot
spring of the left bank of Lachung Chu is
immensely popular for its curative properties
and heal- ing power. For both foreign and
domestic tourists, Yumthang Pack- age tours are
organised only by the local registered travel
agents . Depending upon one's convenience one
can either opt for 3 days/2 nights package or 2
days/ 1 night package.
Lachen is situated at an altitude of 2750 mtrs.
and about 6 hrs. drive from Gangtok. The Lachen
Monastery Located on top of the village commands
a panoramic view of the surrounding hills and
country side. Resorts, hotels and lodges are
available for accommodation.
Guru-dongmar lake is considered as one of the
sacred lakes of this State both by the Buddhist
and the Hindus. The lake remains milky in color
throughout and it is believed the Guru
Padmasambhava had touched the lake whilst he
visited Tibet from this area.