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
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. Siniolchu.
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.