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How To Reach Lachen
A picturesque village in northern Sikkim, Lachen is a slowly rising tourist spot that seamlessly blends the natural beauty of snowy peaks in the backdrop of its forests and valleys, with the charming heritage of its small and quaint community.
While the region has developed enough to support a standard tourism culture, it still manages to retain its inherent pristine wonders that make it a destination worth paying a visit. Lachen is a well connected region that is accessible via numerous routes in India. Read on to know more about the most convenient ways to reach Lachen.
The closest airport to Lachen is located in Bagdogra, in Siliguri district of West Bengal. A number of domestic flights shuttle between all major cities in India and Bagdogra. From here, the rest of the journey to Lachen can be covered via road; approximately 200 km, that takes 4-5 hours of road travel. There are regular bus services and private taxis available for hire between the two regions.
A lot of tourists also like to indulge in a helicopter ride to Gangtok after landing in Bagdogra. Lachen can then be reached via road from Gangtok.
The Darjeeling Railway Station is the closest railway line to Lachen, which also connects to all major cities of Sikkim; it is located around 80 km from Lachen. The New Jaipalguri Station in West Bengal is located around 195 km from Lachen and connects major cities in India like Delhi, Kolkata, and Guwahati to a number of regions in Sikkim. Both these railheads can be used as access points for rail travel from other cities in India, and the rest of the journey to Lachen can be covered via road through bus or cab services from either station.
Lachen is well connected to a number of regions via road. The Sikkim State Road Transport Corporation (SSRTC) runs regular buses to and from Lachen, making road travel around the area very convenient. There are also private bus services plying between Lachen and other major states, along with cabs that are available for hire, which may prove a more expedient option to some.
Those who travel to Lachen via Gangtok can also avail the aforementioned bus and taxi services.
A lot of the people who travel to Lachen do so in association with a group tour or travel agency. Most of these tours involve paid packages that take care of your travel needs within the destinations covered, which may involve four-wheel-drives or other small group vehicles. Lachen is also a popular trekking spot and a lot of travelers choose to cover small distances on foot.