Going ahead we reached "Chungthang" Where 2 ways will be there as usual guess another way ?
Next stop Chungthnag. We traveled around 15km from naga falls and at around 4pm we reached Chungthnag which was already under clouds and the temperature was dropping. For Chungthnag it is famous for two reasons, the first one is that it lies at the confluence of lachen chu and lachung chu the two tributaries of Teesta. The second reason is the construction the hydel power project that is under process.
Chungthang : Situated on the confluence of Lachen and Lachung rivers, Chungthang is a historical town. It is believe Guru Padmasambhaba and Guru Nanak have also visited this place.
We stopped for our lunch at Namok. its a little town at the bank of river Teesta. You can see the kanchenjungha from here for the last time, because from here the chuba-sagochen range starts. After lunch we started again. The road became hefty and bumpy, but then, one can forget this by seeing the beauty of snow-capped sagochen range throughout the whole journey till Chungthang. Chungtang is a small village where Lachung-chu met Lachen-chu . The confluence of these two rivers form into River Teesta. A road goes downward to lachen which ends at Gurudongmar lake (17,000ft) the highest sweet water lake in India, and another goes up towards Lachung and yumthang (11,800ft) .Our car went straight to that road. The more we were getting closer to lachung the Temperature was decreasing . When we were about to enter the village, it started to rain. We finally reached lachung after a 7 hours journey from gangtok . The resort is located in the outskirt of the village. We were the only tourist there in lachung.
Our next stop was Chungthang. It was around 4.30 PM when we reached Chungthang and sun was glowing red before signing off for the day. Most of the cars stop here before covering the final part of the journey. After having a hot cup of tea we got fresh again. Finally after travelling for around 7 hours we reached Lachung at around 7 PM. It was already dark and nothing could be seen outside.Green Lake lodge where we stayed the night in Lachung is more like a home-stay than a hotel, which is run by a family. We were served dinner at the kitchen itself. Dinner was simple, comprising roti, rice, dal, mixed vegetables and egg curry. (Tips: most of the hotels in Lachung and Lachen are basic hotels and offer limited options in the food menu. All the meals we had in the trip were less in spice yet very tasty. Since everything is arranged by our driver we told our preferences to him and accordingly he told to the hotels in advance). Even after we finished our dinner we remained seated in the kitchen talking to our host, because of the fireplace in the kitchen. Although we didn’t want to leave the warmth of the fireplace but we had to leave the space for the next batch of dinners.Our driver instructed us to get ready by 3.30 AM in the morning, which seemed like an impossible task for us. I woke up around 3 AM and the outside temperature was -3 degree, which was sufficient to give chill to my bones. In spite of the incomplete sleep we got ready on time, but we were unsure whether we would be able to go up to Gurudongmar Lake. (Tips: During that part of the year getting a chance to see the lake also depends on luck. If heavy snowfall occurs at night, the road to Gurudongmar Lake gets covered by snow and in such cases Indian Army does not allow the cars to pass. Since amount of snowfall can’t be predicted in advance, one may have to go back from Lachung without seeing the Lake). With the suspense in our mind we started from hotel at around 4AM. With complete darkness outside only thing visible was the head lights of cars going to the lake, making it look like a glowing necklace.We didn't have to wait long for the sun rays to show up and snow covered Himalaya was in front of us. More we drove more closer we went to the snow capped hills. Soon everything we could see were covered by snow, as if all the trees, hills, houses and everything else has been painted in white, like a white background. We felt like going out of the car there itself and start playing with snow, like a small kid. But we had to wait for some time. (Tips: As Lachung is located near the China border, is always under strict monitoring by Indian army. Army bunkers and settlements can be seen throughout the way to the Lake. We found Interesting and inspiring quotes written on the road side pillars. But our driver warned us against clicking photographs of those army areas for security purpose).Just before reaching Thangu, where cars stop for breakfast we were stopped by the Indian army. I thought it would be for checking the documents but actually they were inviting us to go inside their campus to have tea, which was not only a surprise but also a kind of honour for us, to get invited by Indian army. They served us tasty Pakoras and tea. The treat was due to the occasion of Baisakhi. (Tips: On the way to Lake, Army checks the entry passes and if the documents any single person is found incorrect the whole car is asked to return back. Problem occurs especially when baby is travelling in the car).That stop at the army camp also gave us the opportunity to touch the snow for the first time. Immediately after finishing our tea we went to play with the snow. We clicked some pics and threw some ice balls at each other but had to come back to the car soon to resume the journey. Our next destination, Thangu was round the corner. Our driver took us to a small shop where we were served tea, bread and Maggie. The taste of a bowl of hot soupy Maggie sitting near a fireplace with such low temperature outside; was next to heaven. We wanted to stay inside for some more time but since few more guest showed up we had to leave the comfort of the fire place. (Tips: Shops in Thangu offers jackets and boots on rent. So one need not worry about buying them or take on rent at Lachung. They come at various sizes and colours, so one can easily chose from the options available. The rent was around Rs.50/- per jacket). We started our journey again, cutting through the ice covered mountains on both the sides. But before reaching the Lake landscape changed completely. The stony mountain took the place of snow capped mountains and nothing could be seen except desert like flats and hills. The road was also bumpy at places. After travelling for almost 5 hours we were wishing that the road ends soon. But the first glimpse of the Lake was enough to take away every pain we had to bear to reach there.