The next day our plan was to visit the Nathu La Pass which is located at 10,000ft above the sea level. We started off early that day around 9am. For visiting the Nathu La Pass, one has to get a permission from the Sikkim Government. This is usually done by the driver of your car. Our driver had xeroxed our respective identity proofs the other day. After having our breakfast, we headed for the Nathu La Pass which is the Indo-China border. It is located about 60kms from Gangtok. The roads in the mountaineous regions are of different beauty. They are free from noise and pollution along with giving one a perfect view. About one hour from the destination, your phone networks will stop working as you enter the Indian army zone. At some level, it is advantageous for oneself only. Given to the hike in social networking a view rather than perceiving it oneself, this allows one to grasp the scenery completely. Then the identity proofs get checked. Having done that, you enter the Old Silk Route. I tell you it does justice to its name. It is silk-like. You will be able to see the full route once you have climbed up 9000ft. Somehow getting over the road, we arrived at that spot. We had to climb about 20 stairs to the border from the car parking area. We had to cover ourselves with thick jackets as the weather was adverse. It was bone-chilling cold there with the temperature around -10℃. Even after being covered from head to toe, I felt like giving up and going back to the car. The water instantly becomes ice there. Holding on, we went to the border. Believe me, it was worth it. The armies of both the countries standing there in such weather condition and serving the country filled our eyes with tears of gratitude. At that point of time, seeing the Indian army, the cold started to fade. We could only feel gratitude. We were not only to take pictures there and if we were allowed, no picture would be able to express the feeling that we felt at the moment. The trip was already successful by then. We could not go to Baba Mandir as the weather got worse. Baba Mandir is a shrine built in honour of an Indian army Baba Harbhajan Singh. Many of his faithful - chiefly Indian army personnel posted in and around the Nathula Pass and the Sino-Indian border between the state of Sikkim and Chinese-occupied Tibet - have come to believe his spirit protects every soldier in the inhospitable high-altitude terrain of the Eastern Himalayas. As with most saints, the Baba is believed to grant favours to those who revere and worship him.He is said to be protecting the country even after death.
While returning, we also visited Lake Tsomgo but could not stay there long as it started to snow heavily. Lake Tsomgo is another level of beauty. A deep blue lake surrounded with snowy mountains is a feast to the eyes. With gratitude in our heart and pride in our eyes, we returned to our hotel.
Later, in the evening, we went to M. G. Marg for dinner to buy dinner. The day could not have gone any better.