Nathula pass from gangtok, 7 more popular places in east Sikkim


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Day1 :- Facts you didn’t know about Sikkim

Day2:-7 more popular places east Sikkim

(1) Tsongmo Lake:- “Changu Lake.Nathula”another part of Sikkim you are missing out on if you haven’t seen it. pass at an altitude of about 14,000 feet near the China border, 37 km from Gangtok. Snow capped mountains all around. In the midst of it is an amazing lake about 50 feet deep and 1 km long. Witnessing this lake at a height of 12400 feet is an amazing experience. The journey from Gangtok city is uphill all the way. The road went up the hill. Gangtok city can be seen from above on the way up. As you climb higher, the clouds and rain gradually begin to move. Snow-capped mountains are visible. Occasional hill villages and military camps.

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Changu Lake is very sacred to the people of Sikkim. All lakes freeze in winter. Snow melts in April. Migratory birds flock to this water. Brahminy swans are especially noticeable. On the other side of the lake is a sheet of ice. A special type of shoe is available for rent for walking on ice. Besides, you can walk around on the yak’s back. The ice can be broken on the top of the mountain. The body touches the clouds as it moves around. It’s raining, the blue sky is shining above. The border area is under the army all the way. There is a ban on taking pictures on the road. Entry also requires special permission. However, travel agents collect all these permits.

Tsomgo Lake travel advice Siikim

Take a minimum of two to three passport-size photos with you.
Make sure to clean up after yourself while visiting the lovely lake.
Between 7:30 and 8 in the morning, visit Tsomgo Lake.
Bring along plenty water.
Take no children under the age of five.
Due to the poor condition of the roads, it is not advised to drive your car or rent a self-drive vehicle. Hire a skilled taxi driver to take you to Tsomgo Lake instead, and request an SUV like the Fortuner, Bolero, Scorpio, or Bolero.

Lake Menmecho

(1) Lake Menmecho:- This huge lake is further 20 km beyond Changur road. High mountains on one side, Jalepla Pass on the other. This lake is formed from glacial water. Rangpo Chu river is created from here. Which joins the Teesta by going to Rangpo. Trout fish is cultivated in this lake. Dak bungalows and tourist lodges are available for accommodation.Numerous jeeps, Maruti vans ply daily from the city to Changu during the Nathula season. It takes about two and a half hours to go. One should carry their own food and water while going. Located on the Indo-Tibetan border at 14450 feet above sea level, Nathu La is one of the most important Himalayan passes in the country.


(2) Nathu La Pass:- experiences heavy snowfall in winters.This region can experience temperatures as low as -25 degrees Celsius.If you really love snow, you can visit Nathula Pass in winter with thick woolen clothes. Best time to visit Somgo Lake Sikkim (April-June and October-March) Snow starts melting from April. May to mid-November is the summer season when the temperature is around 10 degrees Celsius.


Located on the ancient Silk Route, Nathu La Pass connects Sikkim with the Tibet Autonomous Region of China. It was sealed for nearly 4 decades after the People’s Republic of China suppressed a Tibetan rebellion in 1959.

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However, when former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajpayee visited China in 2003, talks of opening the strategic route resumed. The Nathu La pass was re-opened in 2006 and since then has served as an official Border Personnel Meeting (BPM) point.As it is one of the three open trade border posts between India and China, Nathu La Pass has played an important role in Sino-Indian trade. It also shortened the distance between important Buddhist and Hindu pilgrimage sites, thus strengthening the economy and improving border relations with China. Changu Lake The road passed by the lake is 17 km away (Nathula) Nathula pass on the border of China, mountains all around. There is a temple of Changu Baba.

Harbhajan Singh Temple

(3) Harbhajan Singh Temple:- This route goes through Changu Lake, the distance from Gangtok is 54 km. Army guard at the bend of the road. On the way visit the Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple at a height of 12400 feet. The Baba Harbhajan Singh Temple is a different type of temple which is not dedicated to any particular religion but dedicated to selflessness and bravery. This brave Indian soldier died in the waters of Teesta. Even today he continues to help soldiers to protect the border.

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He was also posthumously promoted to the rank of captain. He is even still receiving salary from the government. Every Tuesday and Sunday many people come, Prasad is distributed.Yakla is the last village on this route. Checkpost before Nathula. Army permission is required here. The path over the ice led to Nathula. The Chinese border can be seen in the distance. Chinese soldiers with guns. This route went to Lhasa, Tibet. The height of Nathula is 14200 feet.


Permission to visit is available on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. 100 people are allowed here every day. First write to Sikkim Police for permission. S. P., Checkpost Branch, Gangtok. On this permit one can go up to Sherathang. Then permission is obtained for Nathula—Lt. Col., G. S. O-1, Internal, 17, Mountain Division, Gangtok. Or permission to go to Nathula can also be obtained from the Regional Army Chief at Fort William, Kolkata.

Sarathong Lake


(4) Sarathong Lake:- Tucked away from the serene landscape of Sikkim, Sarethang Lake emerges as a hidden gem of tranquility, inviting seekers of solace and natural beauty to its shores. The charm of Sarthang Lake lies in its pristine nature.


Far from the noisy crowds, the lake offers a serene escape for those who yearn for a quiet communion with nature. The surrounding panorama is a testament to the raw elegance of the untouched landscape, where meadows and green hills meet the crystal-clear waters of the lake. In the embrace of Sarthang Lake, visitors find a sanctuary that reconnects them with the rhythms of the natural world. It is a place to disconnect from the chaos of modern life and reconnect with the essence of existence.

Somgolake Ice Playground

(5) Somgolake Ice Playground:- Nestled amidst the towering mountains of Sikkim, the Somgo Lake Ice Playground offers a magical winter spectacle that enthralls visitors with its frozen charm. Located at a considerable altitude, this natural wonder transforms into a whimsical playground during the winter months, inviting adventure-seekers and nature enthusiasts to enjoy its frozen beauty. Tsomgo Lake, known for its mesmerizing turquoise waters during the warmer months, transforms into a mesmerizing one with the arrival of winter.

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The ice-covered Tsomgo Lake offers a unique playground for those willing to embrace the winter elements. Visitors of all ages get to channel their inner child, gliding, sliding and spinning on the ice surface. Complex structures of ice, shaped by the interaction of water, wind and cold, decorate the frozen landscape. As the sun sets, casting a rosy glow across the snow-capped mountains, the ice playground becomes a stage for nature’s breathtaking performance.

tsomgo lake view point

(6) tsomgo lake view point :- Nestled in the majestic landscape of Sikkim, Somgo Lake Viewpoint offers an impressive vantage point to view the breathtaking beauty of Somgo Lake. This viewpoint stands amidst the Himalayas.

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As visitors climb to the Somgo Lake viewpoint, they are greeted by an awe-inspiring panorama. At different times of the day and throughout the changing seasons, the Somgo Lake viewpoint reveals different aspects of the lake’s character. Visitors often lull themselves into a meditative trance while gazing out over Lake Somgo from this vantage point. Surrounded by mountains, the lake evokes a sense of tranquility and connection with the natural world. The Tsomgo Lake viewpoint beckons travelers to stop, breathe in the mountain air and immerse themselves in the beauty that lies before them.

Kyongnosla Falls

(7) Kyongnosla Falls :- Hidden amidst the pristine landscape of Sikkim, India, Kyongnosla Falls stands as a testament to the mesmerizing beauty of the Eastern Himalayas. Located along the scenic route between Gangtok and the serene Somgo Lake, these waterfalls are a pleasant surprise for those who venture into this picturesque region. Accessing Kyongnosla Falls is an adventure in itself.

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The journey takes visitors through winding roads that meander through thick forests, revealing glimpses of the surrounding hills and valleys. As the water travels from its source in the mountains to its final destination, it sculpts the landscape, leaving a testament to its timeless dance. For those who seek solace in the embrace of nature, Kyongnosla Falls is a haven of serenity.

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