In 1993, Baichung joined the East Bengal Football Club of Calcutta, leaving his schooling. In 1999, Baichung turned Europe towards professional football. After playing for foreign clubs for nearly three years, Bhutia returned to India. Baichung has played matches mainly for Mohan Bagan and East Bengal. He is the most famous footballer of the Indian football team. In addition to sports, Bhutia has also participated in the 2009 Dance Reality show Jhalak Dikhla.