Lachung Monastery in Lachung Hill Station Famous for Snow Holidays

Lachung is a beautiful hill station at an altitude of 9,600 feet or 2,900 meters in North Sikkim district, India, bordering Nepal.
Lachung, Sikkim
Lachung, Sikkim.

Lachung means ‘small pass’. This Himalayan town which is known for its Himalayan beauty, lies at the confluence of the river Lachen and River Lachung, tributaries of River Teesta. October to May is the tourist season here. Lachung Monastery and Yumthang Valley are the main tourist attractions here. Yumthang Valley has beautiful flowers and hence known as valley of flowers. (This valley of flowers is not the same as the Valley of Flowers National Park in Chamoli District of Utterakhand state). Rhododendron flowers are the most famous flower here.

The hill station is covered with snow during winter season. Lachung is the base camp to Rhododendron Valley, famous for trekking, from Yumthang Valley to Lachen Valley. Skiing is a popular sports here at Phuni, near to the hill station. If you are looking for ski holiday packages or ski holidays or ski trip or ski vacations in India, Phuni near Lachung is the best location for your snow holidays .

Lachung used to be a major trading post between Tibet and Sikkim, before the Chinese military conflict in Tibet in 1950’s . There is an Indian army forward base at this town.

How Do I Go to Lachung Hill Station?

Lachung Hill station is at a distance of around 125 kilometers from Gantok, the capital of Sikkim state. It’s connected by roads to other parts of Sikkim. Jalpaiguri Railway station in West Bengal state is the nearest railway station to Sikkim at around 230 kilometers away. Silguri railway station is another major railway station at around same distance. Bagdogra airport near Silguri is the nearest airport to the hill station, at around 124 kilometers from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim.

Inner Line Permits

Indian citizens need to get the Inner line Permit to visit this hill station. The permit should be applied in advance.

Gulmarg Hill Station With Indian Ski Resorts and Snowboarding Resorts

Gulmarg Hill Station, Indian Ski Resorts and Snowboarding Resorts
Gulmarg Hill Station (Image Courtesy : Wikipedia)

Gulmarg Hill Station is a popular Indian ski resorts and snowboarding resorts center in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, India. Gulmarg is the ideal location if you are planning for your Snow holidays. It is situated  near to the Line of Control between India & Pakistan. This Hill Station was the hill station of the Rajas (Kings) of India and the British in India before Indian Independence.

Gulmarg means meadow of flowers. Gulmarg is full of lush green beautiful landscapes, gardens and lakes. This place was previously known as Gaurimarg.  Goddess Gauri is Goddess Parvathi, wife of Lord Shiva. Marg means path in Indian language Hindi.

This hill staion is at a distance of around 50 kilometers distance from Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu & Kashmir. It is at an height of around 8880 feet above the sea level. Its is a famous winter sports center in Asia, famous for ski resorts. Gulmarg Hill Station is part of the Himalayan ranges and is having the longest and highest ski slopes in Asia.

Gulmarg Golf Course is the highest Golf Course in the world. The longest and highest ski resorts of Asia can be found on the slopes of Afarwat hills, of the Pir Panjal Range.

There is a two stage rope way, the second stage takes you to around 13000 feet above sea level. Sonamarg and Pahalgam are nearby Indian tourist places.

How Do I Go to Gulmarg Hill Station?

Srinagar is the nearest town at around 50 kilometers from Gulmarg and connected by road. The longest and highest cable car in Asia is at Gulmarg, which is an experience which needs to be experienced.

Sri Nagar airport is the nearest airport to hill station at Gulmarg.

Sri Nagar railway station is the nearest railway station.

Sledges, which are hand pulled, are a good option to see and travel around the city.

Accommodation at Gulmarg Hill Station

There are different types of accommodation available; from huts to hotels at rates affordable to ones purse.