Why travel the world when you have everything in India. Yes, This line is true. If you have money, I will suggest you to travel whole India first. Right from small tiny village till posh areas, yes, you should see all. Right from staying in homely food hotels till 5-star hotel, you should experience all. If you have money, Be local first.
Who doesn’t wants to go aboard? but why spent when you have everything in India. And, now-a-days, all foreign cultures are acceptable in India. Yes, I was one of them. Wanted to go aboard, wanted to see their beautiful clean cities, ice mountains, snow, etc etc etc. But when I visited this beautiful place, I told myself that I will come here again n again n again. No need to travel abroad for this. No, this is not Goa. Goa is something which is like next door, and you can go there without a plan.
I am talking about Lachung, Yes, beautiful, mind-blowing, mesmerizing views, etc. Really, no words to express. But yes, you have to go there with a plan. Because, you have to go by road. And since this place is in mountains, you have to check weather before going there. So, this is how I reached there.
Me n my friends made a plan to visit places of North-East India. Darjeeling, Gangtok and Lachung. From Maharashtra, we took a flight to Bagdogra (Siliguri, West Bengal) and by road we reach to Darjeeling. The place was very far from airport but as mountain ranges started, we really really didn’t realized the road travel. There was traffic but the traffic rules was followed properly and hence we didn’t realized that also. So after doing lots of wow-wow-awesome, we reached hotel and next day our trip started.
We had plan for Lachung first, but we were told that the car gets permit from Gangtok and not from Bagdogra or Darjeeling. And hence we were told to cover Darjeeling first. After 2 days, when we reached Gangtok, next day we got call requested us to cancel the Lachung trip coz it was raining and there was a horrible landslide on that road. We all took god’s name and said we want to go Lachung as we don’t know when we will get free time to travel again. So our journey started.
Yumthang Valley, Lachung
It took 6 to 7 hours to reach there. (Almost whole day was gone). But but but, that 6 to 7 hours was like we were travelling in heaven. Never seen such a huge mountains in my life. We use to think that we reached but then we use to see another mountain which was higher than this. and our car traveled from that mountain also. Beautiful waterfall, super-duper cool weather and of-course saw deadly landslide too. there was one point were our driver was just driving on the barrel land and it was suspicious to us. So we asked him, “What is this? where is the road?”. He pointed on the other side, which was full of debris and trees. He said – “There was landslide yesterday n people are still clearing it. but they helped the tourist to go on this route, so that you tourist don’t get disappointed”. We were like – “wow… awesome people, thought of tourist first.” So after long day, we reached hotel. and we were like lost, we wanted to stay there for long. There was beauty everywhere, there were snow mountains everywhere, there were waterfall everywhere. We all were quite for a long time, looking at those mountains and said “hum already etna upper hai, aur kitna upper jaayenge”.. (Already, We all are at highest altitude, don’t know how much more left). Next day, we visited this place called Zero Point and Yumthang Valley. Again no words to express. Zero Point was totally freezing and we were 6 adults and 3 children of 4, 4 and 7 yrs. Even these kids enjoyed a lot. None had problem at such high altitude. (coz we are not use to such weather). From there, we went to Yumthang Valley.. super duper clean place, super cold water.
Zero Point, Lachung
Lachung is very particular about their cleanliness. People get arrested there, if you misbehave. That place belongs to our loving military. Hats off to them for Not only protecting the place but also keeping it clean and always ready to welcome guest.. Atithi Devo Bhava. (You become the one who considers that Guests are equivalent to God)
Lachung is very particular about the plastic ban also. You are not allowed to carry plastic bottles with you. And common guys, if nature is giving you so beautiful scenarios, then obviously it is our duty to keep it clean. So, this is just a minimal adjustments.
So, again after doing all wows-awesome (seriously, don’t have words to express), we realized that we have to go back to Gangtok and we had kept only one day to visit Lachung. We all regretted our decision, we all cried. But we promised that we will come again and stay for many days. And will do only one site per day. Schools had re-opened n kids had already missed their starting days, office schedules, etc. n hence it was necessary to go back to our life.
Really guys, you should go to Lachung.. a must-must visit place. In front of that Gangtok and Darjeeling was nothing..
yes Lachung.. I will come again.
**All images n videos are taken by me **