For most people travelling in North Sikkim's serene Lachung, there are quite a few excursions for the intrepid. Some wander to the flower-spangled Yumthang Valley, others take the slightly harder route to the chilly Gurudongmar Lake. Those in love with stark natural beauty make their way to the Shingba Rhododendron Sanctuary. However, if you're yet to visit, don't forget to check out the staggering beauty of the Bhimnala Falls.
After returning from Lake Gurudongmar (do check out our detailed guide) you can have a quick lunch and head to Lachung. You will have to drive down to Chungthang and from the Chungthang Army TCP Point, you have to take the road leading to Lachung. It’s a bumpy ride till Boop, where you can take a short tea break at an eatery on your right.
The road ahead is great and driving along massive rock-pinnacled valley walls adorned with glistening waterfalls is a sheer delight. Of all the waterfalls you pass by, stop at the tallest one the Bhimnala Falls—also known as, wait, Amitabh Bachchan Falls.
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On the way from Lachen to Lachung, on the road connecting Chungthang to Yumthang Valley, lies the grand waterfall, known as Amitabh Bachchan Fall by the locals, thanks to the towering height it falls from. This three-step, cascading waterfall lies half an hour drive away from Chungthang and Lachung is another half an hour drive from these falls. So, you can say that the Bhimnala Falls (also known as the Bhewma Falls) are located midway from Chungthang to Lachung.
The majestic waterfalls are one of the tallest in Sikkim and will spell an end to all your fatigue, as you stop here. There’s a small wooden bridge in front of the waterfall from where you can take pictures. As you move ahead, you will cross the Bitchu Bridge and just a few metres ahead a gate awaits you with the words ‘Welcome to Lachung’ written bold and bright on its arch. Lachung is 4km from this point.
Lachung, thrice the size of Lachen, is divided into five parts: Bitchu, Singring, Sharchok, Katau Road and Faka. Before heading to your hotel and calling it a day, take the metal bridge over the raging torrents of Yumthang River and reach Sanchok. Climb 1.5km along the Katao road to reach the peaceful Lachung Monastery. Find our exhaustive guide on things to see and do in Lachung here.
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Apparently, until 2019, even Amitabh Bachchan had no clue that a waterfall named after him existed. It was when a tourist tweeted a picture and tagged the actor, that he came to know of it.
That's not true is it .. the Falls name https://t.co/CUaAHWtMIu— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 30, 2019
Getting to Lachung
AIR The nearest airport, Pakyong Airport (133km/5hrs), is connected to Kolkata by SpiceJet. However, Bagdogra Airport (197km/7.5hrs) is a better option as it is connected to Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Guwahati
RAIL Nearest Railhead is New Jalpaiguri Station (191km/7.5hrs)
ROAD Chungthang is the nearest town at 22km. Lachung can be reached by road from Mangan (52km) and Gangtok (118km). Shared vehicles also ply from these two major towns. It’s best that you hire the same taxi for your entire trip to Lachen and Lachung. Contact your travel agency to arrange an SUV with valid permits. You can only visit this restricted area by booking a package tour, which costs about Rs 25,000-35,000, and includes hotel, food, permits and vehicle costs.