And the journey to our final destination started early morning at 8am. We were picked up from our hotel and after acquiring our permits we headed to the Indo-China border "NathuLa pass" which was formarly known as "The Silk Route". The journey was of 2hrs time. It was raining and foggy. The journey was a bit risky as the roads were not good and because of the rain it was slippery also. We stopped at a shop to purchase required woolens as it was frezzingly cold and we didn't have the sufficient woolens as required. Our driver explained us on the about the things which goes on there in NathuLa. The goods from China are brought to India through NathuLa such as clothes, accessories, home decor items and also electronics but mostly woolens are bought from that route. Those goods carrying vehicles are allowed only to a certain distance and the goods are stored in the godowns made by the Indian army. There is also a small China market from where you can purchase goods.
Nathu La is a mountain pass in the Himalayas in East Sikkim district. It connects the Indian state of Sikkim with China's Tibet Autonomous Region. The pass, at 4,310 m (14,140 ft) above mean sea level, forms a part of an offshoot of the ancient Silk Road. Nathu means "listening ears" and La means "pass" in Tibetan.On the Indian side, the pass is 54 km (34 mi) east of Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. Only citizens of India can visit the pass, and only after obtaining a permit in Gangtok so before visiting NathuLa make sure you have a valid pass.
It was frezzingly cold with temperature dropping below 5°C but seeing the great number of tourists our desire of witnessing the border also increased. The border is well designed with two buildings on both side and fenced with barbed wire and there is a well built iron gate which is locked from both sides. Soldiers from both sides are present there and our soldiers are answering every query whoever wanted to know anything. We are not allowed to click photographs there as it is a highly sensitive area so please don't carry cameras but don't worry your photographs will be clicked by the Chinese Army which we will be uploaded by them in their official website so isn't it amazing that your picture will be there in a foreign land without visiting!
Witnessing one of our border with another country we headed towards Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir. Captain "Baba" Harbhajan Singh (30 August 1946 – 4 October 1968) was an Indian army soldier. He is revered as the "Hero of Nathula" by soldiers of the Indian army, built a shrine in his honour because according to legend, Singh drowned in a glacier while leading a column of mules carrying supplies to a remote outpost. His remains were found after a three-day search. His body was subsequently cremated with full military honors. The legend further claims that the late Singh helped the search party find his body. Some Indian soldiers believe that in the event of a war between India and China, Baba would warn the Indian soldiers of an impending attack at least three days in advance Many of his faithful - chiefly Indian army personnel posted in and around the Nathu La and the Sino-Indian border between the state of Sikkim and Chinese 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. So with the legend stays the great hero even after his death.
We followed our journey back to our next location ie the Tsomgo Lake. Tsomgo Lake, also known as Tsongmo Lake or Changu Lake, is a glacial lake in the East Sikkim district of the Indianstate of Sikkim, some 40 kilometres (25 mi) from the capital Gangtok. Located at an elevation of 3,753 m (12,313 ft), the lake remains frozen during the winter season. The lake surface reflects different colours with change of seasons and is held in great reverence by the local Sikkimese people. During our visit the color of the lake was greenish blackish. The lake covers far and wide and with the mountains around hold a very spectacular view. There were Yaks which you can ride on or you can also try the Sikkimese traditional wear. The visit the Tsomgo Lake you will have take ticktes of Rs 40 per person in the beginning of of your trip itself. We tried on the Sikkimese wear and after clicking a few pictures we headed back to our hotel in Gangtok.
The sky have started clearing up and then we witnessed a beauty which we have never witnessed. The clouds floating between the mountains and the sun guiding them. It was a view which I cannot depict only my eyes have taken everything not my camera. It was our last day of our tour we were sad about it but there is a saying "Home is where the heart is" so we prepared ourselves to come back home with heavy hearts buti left my soul in the mountains or wadiya of Sikkim. We had an evening flight from Bagdogra to Guwahati the next day so after doing some shopping for our family and friends we packed our bags and the next day early morning we headed towards Bagdogra Airport from Gangtok. It was a trip which I will never forget in my entire life. First time experience but really learned a lot and yeah Sikkim is heaven if u have not visit yet please visit . You won't regret.