Guwahati: Sikkim’s one of the popular tourist destination Lachung received the season’s first snow on Wednesday.
Lachung, which had shut its doors for tourists till November end, citing the threat of COVID-19 spread in the region, has lifted the restriction effective from October 30.
The picturesque mountain village of Lachung is embraced by snow capped mountains peaks, breathtaking waterfalls, sparkling streams and apple orchards.
Sprawled across the banks of the Lachung Chu (river) which divides the village in two, Lachung is famous for its apples, peaches and apricots.
The valley is also home to one of the most beautiful rhododendron sanctuaries in Sikkim, the Shingba Rhododendron sanctuary which houses more than forty species of the rhododendron.
Lachung is about 118 km from Gangtok and can be accessed by road, a seven and half hour adventurous journey from Gangtok. The area is restricted for foreigners, but special permits allow them to travel in groups and visit the area.