Located, geographically at the south-west corner, with the highest population among the other three districts and pictorially surreal is the beautiful district of East Sikkim.
The place begin from an altitude of 610m and the maximum height accessible to commoners is 4310m which is the famous Nathula Pass.
I began my journey to East Sikkim from the very well known Gangtok.
HOW TO REACH:
As the east Sikkim share it's borders with china, the area is restricted. Indians need permit to travel through this region. In Sikkim, permit could be arranged by an individual which requires time and proper procedure. Or else, one can get a permit through the travel agents in Sikkim which saves time and makes travel hassle free.
For foreigners, go through their site.
I booked through an agent and he charged me ₹900/head for Changu Lake, Baba Mandir and Nathula Pass in a Traveller. (17.05.2019) I feel it was a good deal in the season.
It was a shared cab and I reached Vajra Taxi Stand at 8am and our journey started at 8.30am.
The roads are scenic but at most of the points it is not allowed to shoot as their are camps and military barracks. To make our journey peaceful and relaxing the army works hard and we must respect it.
Moving towards our journey, my cab took its first stop at a place before Tsomgo lake. Over here, the cab driver asked us to order lunch, rent shoes for ₹100 and jackets for ₹200. I had my personal stuffs so I ate bread Omelette and with my other fellow mates moved forward to Tsomgo Lake also called Changu Lake.
Located at an elevation of 3753m, it remains frozen in the winters. It is a holy lake and one can move around the lake if time and the driver permits. Their are a large number of decorated yaks ready for you to click pictures with and give joyful rides. There are a few kiosk where you can buy popcorn and chips. But make sure to carry back the wrappers and waste because it pollutes and harm the nature.
Adjacent to the lake is a Shiva Temple where you can pay homage. I had half an hour with me, so I sat beside the temple on the bank and got immersed in nature's majestic creation.
P.S. please do not throw coins in the lake as tribute or something.