14th Feb 2020...and I fell in love with mountains once again.super freezing it was arnd 6 degrees and with much vigour I started off on my journey to visit the much talked about and the beauty Baba mandir and Tsomgo lake(changu lake).I started off arnd 8 in the morning in a reserved cab .all the permits required were taken care of the day before so it was complete hassle free again at my end(need permit to visit nathu la, baba mandir and tsomgo lake ).p.s nathu la was closed due to safety concerns regarding onspread of Corona virus.
We first drove to baba mandir and then tsomgo lake was covered.having covered half of the journey listening to old songs and stories and culture of the local people from my driver we stopped at tsomgo village for breakfast as I was super hungry .we stopped at a Maya didi's house and she prepared maggi and tea for me and it instantly made me feel like home it was truly my bowl of happiness..sipping that chai and having that maggi to a view of snow clad mountains was the best visual treat to my eyes.we rented jackets and snow boots and moved forward towards baba mandir and that was the best road journey I have ever taken ...I didn't wanted the roads nor the journey to end.snow clad mountains made me feel alive happy and so content from within .we reached baba mandir in a short while and spent some time there roaming around, visiting the mandir built in the memory of captain baba harbhajan Singh built by the Indian army and he is revered to as "hero of nathu la" and is believed to protect the country and its soldiers even after his death.
Then we stopped at the tsomgo lake while returning and it was completely frozen at that time and was a sight to capture.one can explore it on foot or even yak rides can be taken.i took off and played in the snow and it was freezing over there arnd -1 degree Celsius but it wasn't something I would ever compromise on .I was left mesmerized by the beauty all around. After an hr we took return journey towards gangtok and again we stopped at maya didi's place for lunch and she had cooked rice dal omlette Cauliflower fry and a chutney made of dried fish and we bonded over lunch.she is a beautiful soul and in no time she became a friend and a sister sharing all details of her life and me sharing mine .she even gave me two dairy milk chocolates and a promise that she would find me a guy to get settled(on a lighter note)
All tired and exhausted I returned back to my hostel.
In the evening I went to M.g road the most famous street in gangtok and it was the busiest with people from all over just taking a stroll and I had some momos and came back to my hostel having celebrated the best valentine's day ever!!!!