Exploring frozen Tsomgo lake | Changu lake | Sikkim, Gangtok itinerary 4 Days #northeastphotos

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26th Feb 2018
Photo of Exploring frozen Tsomgo lake | Changu lake | Sikkim, Gangtok itinerary 4 Days #northeastphotos by Tithi and Gaurav

We visited Sikkim for 4 days in the month of February. We planned the entire trip on our own. Tsomgo lake was the main highlight of our Sikkim Trip. Tsomgo/Changu lake mostly remains frozen from Dec-Mar and the view is mesmerizing.

As we were on budget trip, we took an overnight Express train from Kolkata to New Jalpaiguri. We reached New Jalpaiguri (NJP) in the morning and from there we took a shared cab to Gangtok. It's a 4 hours drive from NJP. Cost for shared cab is around 400 Rs per person or around 2000-2500 Rs for personal cab. The entire cab journey was full of hair pin turns, but the view of Teesta river flowing along keeps you engaged.

Day 1: We reached Gangtok in the afternoon by 3.00pm. After relaxing we explored the busy MG Road in the evening. We planned to visit Tsomgo lake next day. As the lake is situated in the restricted zone we need permit to visit the same. At MG Road we applied for permit and booked a cab with a local travel agent. The Cab costs around 400 Rs/- per person or personal cab cost about 2000-2500 Rs/-. For permit you need 2 passport size photos and permit fees of 200 Rs/- per person for Indian Nationals.

Day 2

Day 2: We started early at 8:00am to explore the lake. It's 2-3 hours ride from Gangtok city center. The weather in Gangtok was cold but pleasant (around 15 degree celsius).

However as we began to ascend , temperature dropped drastically. It started snowing and temperature was around -2 degree celsius.Climate forced us to buy thick Jackets from a Chai and maggi joint ;).

Once we reached the Lake, view was mesmerizing.

Sadly we couldn't visit Nathu-la Pass since the roads were blocked due to heavy snowfall and bad weather. But this unforgettable memories of Tsomgo lake will last forever.

Day 3

Day 3: We explored Gangtok city on 3rd day. Visited Tashi view point, gangtok city tour, Ranka Monastery, Banjhakri Water Falls , Do Drul Chorten Stupa , Rumtek monastery (Carry your identity card for entry) and Gangtok Ropeway.

Day 4

Day 4: Leisure time and shopping at MG Road.

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Tithi and Gaurav ( TG-GT travels).

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