A Day Trip To Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir in Sikkim

A Day Trip To Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir in Sikkim

East Sikkim
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The east Sikkim is the starting point of most Sikkim visits and gifted with natural, pristine and scenic landscapes whose beauty is beyond words.

The hill station of Gangtok is as well located in East Sikkim and here lie few scenic locations like Tsomgo lake, Baba Mandir, Jelep-la pass as well as Nathula pass, which is an Indo-China border. One fun fact is that Nathula pass in east Sikkim was the place through which the silk route seemed to operate until 1962.

It must be noted that out of all places to visit in Gangtok Sikkim, the viewpoint of Tsomgo Lake and area above it are protected areas due to its border with China. Due to this, they have special army deployment there. To visit you must obtain a PAP(Protected Area Permit) a day before you plan to visit the beautiful Tsomgo lake, Baba Mandir or Nathula pass. It is applicable to foreigners as well as Indian nationals. The permit has to be applied through a Sikkim Government authorised Tour operator and cannot be applied by anyone who visits there.

Visiting Tsomgo lake-One of the few beautiful high altitude lakes of India

Tsomgo Lake is a glacial lake in Sikkim which is one of the popular visiting places in Gangtok Sikkim. It is located at an altitude of 12,310 feet and it remains frozen most of the year. The name Tsomgo originally means ‘Source of water’. The lake is located 35kms from Gangtok town and usually takes 1 and a half hour to reach there. Gangtok stands at an altitude of around 5410 ft and just 15 kilometres away, the altitude of Changu lake reaches an altitude of 10,000ft.

There are just handful high altitude lakes in India and Tsomgo Lake is definitely a beauty in itself. The lake is stretched over a distance of 1km and around 15 meters deep. The lake water is clear and the reflection of the surrounding hills on the water makes the view more beautiful.

This lake was also part of the Indo-China silk route. The Changu lake comprises of Yak which takes you for a ride around the oval glacial lake. There is also a small shrine worth visiting and the only shops present there to sell hot coffee and tea along with traditional Tibetian noodles here.

This lake was also a part of the ancient Indo China trade route. The typical scene at Changu Lake comprises of Yak rides all around the lake with a visit to the small shrine nearby combined with tea/ coffee/ Tibetan noodles at the small shops here. You can also check out the Kyongnosla Sanctuary nearby that has Himalayan Bears and Pandas besides a lovely collection of orchids.

When to visit Tsomgo Lake

The weather here is very unpredictable. During winter the lake freezes and tourist can enjoy a fun ride on a Yak, which is once in a lifetime experience. To avoid snow and frozen lake, you must visit the lake from April to September. This is the best time to visit.

This route map will guide you if you want to Tsongmo Lake from Gangtok


Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir Sikkim

What Happened to Sepoy Harbhajan Singh

This temple has a history and belief which can be very hard to digest if you an outsider visiting east Sikkim for the first time.

Harbhajan Singh was born to a Sikh family on August 30, 1946. He was a Sentry of Punjab Regiment who was posted here as a part of border patrol force. The border with China is guarded by the army and he too was part of the army troops there. On 4th October 1968, he disappeared.

He was escorting a mule column to his battalion headquarters to Donguchui La. Harbhajan Singh slipped and lost his balance, which resulted in him falling into a fast flowing water and unfortunately he drowned due to strong currents. His body was carried away 2 km away from the actual site.

Unbelievable Story After his Disappearance

The news of sepoy Harbhajan death was confirmed but his body was not yet been found. Despite four days of searching they still couldn’t find the body. On the fifth day, a fellow sepoy of the army had a dream in which Baba himself informed him about the location of his body. The fellow sepoy didn’t pay much attention but after the body was found at the same exact place, everyone was shocked. So his body was finally cremated with full honors but something strange was to follow.

From a Sepoy to a Saint

After a few weeks, a soldier had a dream in which the dead baba warned him about a sudden enemy attack, which later came to be true. The enemy behind border also started seeing a turban soldier walking at the border. Baba appeared in his colleague’s dream frequently and warned them about future dangers and warned them regularly. The army decided to build a shrine to honour sepoy Harbajan Singh and slowly his aura and presence were starting to be felt and so now he was given honours like a saint.

The shrine was also a museum which contains all his belongings which are placed under a bunker shaped shrine, the army build for him. Thousand of devotees started visiting once they heard of the miracles there. Some also believed that keeping water overnight can be a healing water if used after the bottle is kept in the shrine for a day.

A Day Trip To Tsomgo Lake and Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir Sikkim
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A Day Trip To Tsomgo Lake and Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir Sikkim
Visit Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir and Tsomgo lake one of the few beautiful high altitude lakes of India on your trip to east Sikkim. They are the truly incredible destination in North East India. Read some untold facts, myths and how will go to these places. Everything is guided.
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