Overview – Trip Highlight
Tour to Changu lake, baba mandir and Nathula pass lies in East Sikkim. Those are famous tourist sightseeing points near by Gangtok town. Trip to Nathula pass is little bit higher due to limited permit issued per day per vehicle. We at TravelGangtok make a budget tour covering all three points in sharing basis.
The Tsomgo Lake, Nathula Pass, and Baba Mandir stand to be the top attractions of Sikkim Tourism. These destinations not only are the geographical treasures and serene ambiance but also have historic and political significances particularly when it is Nathula Pass.
Trip To Changu-Babamandir/Nathula Pass. Tsongo Lake (Sharing Group Tour) Morning Drive From Changu Lake Stand Of Vajra Stand OR Chandmari Taxi stand of Gangtok at 7:30-8:00 Am Morning. Babamandir And Nathula Are Situated In Same Circuit In High Altitude Area. Tsong Is At 12400 Feet, Babamandir App. At 13000 feet And Nathula Is At 14600 Feet.
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Tsomgo Lake Is An Alpine Lake With Lots Of Rainbow Trout Though It Is A Sacred Lake Of Sikkim. Visitors Are Not Allowed To Do Boating And Entering The Lake. Baba Mandir Is Situated Much Higher With A Mandir Established And Maintained By 17th Mountain Brigade. Baba Harbajan A Soldier Who Perished In A Gushing River In 1960 Later Re Surfaced To Protect The Border Of Indo-China.
Nathula Pass Is Gateway To Tibet And Before Chinese Aggression This Used To Be Only A Silk Route To Lhasa. Gangtok To Tsongo Baba Mandir Drive Is One Of The Most Interesting As It Provides An Attitudinal Changes Along With The Vegetation Changes. Drop At Taxi Stand.
Cost of Nathula sharing tour
OFF SEASON: ₹900 per person (Mar-Sept)
MID SEASON: ₹900 – ₹1300/- PER HEAD (April – 07 May)
PEAK SEASON: ₹1300 – ₹2000 PER HEAD (May – Jun – Durga Pooja/New Year/Christmas/Diwali)
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Places to visit
Tsomgo is the source of the lake. 40 kilometers from Gangtok, Tsomgo Lake is situated at a height of 12,400 ft and is stretched till 1 kilometer. Also known as Tsomgo Lake, Tsomgo is a sacred lake of the Buddhists as well as the Hindus. It is nearly 15 meters deep and is oval in shape. This glacial lake is the pride of East Sikkim.
Those who wish to enjoy the snow-covered lake; winter is the ideal time for them to explore. From January to March, the lake remains snow covered.
Tourists are found enjoying themselves in the snow. Besides enjoying the enigmatic natural beauty, they can play in the snow or walk through the frozen lake to explore the wonder of the heavenly surroundings,yak-riding & visiting the temple of Lord Shiva. Summer is the best time to enjoy the view of the watery lake, surrounded by great mountains. May to August is the time of the flowers like the blue & yellow poppies, rhododendrons, irises and primulas.
Baba Mandir is a very popular temple along the coasts of the glorious lake and is dedicated to the late and well renowned Baba Harbhajan Singh, a loyal soldier of the Indian Army. It is believed that the water kept in this shrine develops medicinal properties and can cure any longstanding diseases and ailments.
Baba Mandir is one of the most significant destinations of East Sikkim. A shrine of Baba Harbhajan Singh a soldier of the Indian Army who died close to the Nathula Pass. The Old Baba Mandir is located in the Kukup Valley (Bunker) where he was posted and the new one is built close to the Changu Lake. At around 56 Kms from Gangtok, this temple is surrounded by stupendous natural beauty. Baba Mandir to Nathula Pass distance is about 8.5 km and it will take a 20 minutes’ drive by car to reach. And the distance between Tsomgo Lake & Baba Mandir is about 16.3 km, a journey of 30 minutes by car.
Nathula Pass in Sikkim is the passage between India and China and is world famous for the incredible natural beauty of the highway. Tourists need permission to visit this destination of Silk Route. This is around 57 km driving distance from Gangtok and is situated at 4,310 m (14,140 ft) altitude. Tsomgo Lake to Nathula Pass is about 16.6 km driving distance via Jawaharlal Nehru Road and will take around 30 minutes to reach.