Here I am going to present a review on Tsomgo Lake which I visited on 25th March,2015. It is one of the most famous tourist spots which is located around 35 kilometers away from the city on the Gangtok-Nathula highway. It is considered as a holy lake which is approximately 20 km away from the Nathula Pass.It is a high Himalayan lake located at a height of 12,400ft (3780m) and the best time to visit this lake is from September till April.
You have to book a private vehicle preferably sumo or sedan(depends upon the number of persons in the group). This bookings can be done from Gangtok Taxi Stand or can also be arranged by the hotels. The journey starts early morning because of the formalities to be made. By formalities I mean to say we need to get Inner Line Permit(ILP) to visit Tsongmo Lake and Nathu La, which is issued by the Army officials. After that just sit relaxed and enjoy the chill air. The road is good ahead.
On the way one gets to see ice capped mountains and ice everywhere and its chilling cold outside. It is advisable to carry warm clothes along with gloves.Just close to the Tsomgo lake there are shops which provide boots on rent(Rs50/-), I recommend the one who is willing to enjoy in the ice should wear boots otherwise the usual shoes will get wet and cause problems forth (as the ice is a bit saline in nature). The shops there also sell Jackets and other warm garments and foods such as maggie, thukpa,momos,fried rice etc.
Now coming on to the main attraction; the Tsomgo Lake is surrounded by mountains as usual, but when I was there it was all white mountains.Even I enjoyed snowfall for the first time just for few minutes and that was the moment I would cherish throughout my lifetime .One can see the lake frozen during months of December .
I would suggest one to have a ride on the Yak, it’s a bit expensive(. But one can take photos on yak by paying Rs50/- with the background of Tsomgo lake and I hope this picture remains always. One willing to visit Baba Harbhajan Mandir and Nathu La should proceed further on the same road.