Tsomgo Lake

East Sikkim

Tsomgo Lake is one of the interesting attractions in Sikkim tourism. The idyllic surroundings of this water body attracts everyone. In winter, it remains frozen and in summer it is enclosed by the blossom of flowers. Tsomgo Lake also serves as the venue for the Guru Poornima festival. People also believe that the water of the lake consists of medicinal qualities. The Alpine forests around this oval-shaped lake is a home to numerous species of birds. Tourists can enjoy a Yak ride around the lake. Surely, it is one-of-its-kind experience. These are some of the interesting facts about Tsomgo Lake. Usually Tsomgo Lake is covered during the trip to Nathula Pass. Changu Lake is located on Gangtok-Nathula Highway, around 40km from Gangtok.

Nathula Pass

Nathu La is located on the 563 km Old Silk Route, an offshoot of the historic Silk Road. The journey from Gangtok to Nathula Pass is also an enchanting one. You can explore Rukmini Falls and a few other high-altitude lakes on the way to Nathula Pass.

Zuluk

Located at a height of around 10,100 feet on the rugged terrain of the lower Himalayas in East Sikkim, Zuluk is a hilltop and a transit point within the Silk Route. The road through Zuluk makes almost 32 hairpin turns to reach chungthang, which makes it a unique engineering feat. There is a local Nag Temple here. The temple has a cave like structure and the deity of King Cobra or Nag, famous Hindu mythical god is worshipped in the temple. Another great attraction of Zuluk lies in watching the sunrise over Mt. Kanchenjunga and its allied peaks from Thambi View Point (around 14 kms away) at 11,200 feet. The glittering rays of the rising sun kisses the snow clad peak of Mt. Kanchenjunga, which slowly turns crimson and then golden and finally silver.

Nathang Valley

Located at an altitude of 13,500 feet, this lush valley was the home to traditional yak herders who came from Tibet. Few streams crisscross the valley, and prayer flags flutter on the mountain edges on this vast plain of nothingness. Nathang Valley appears in different colours in different times of the year. It is also nearest (just 20 mins) to the best sunrise view points like Chungthung and Eagle’s Nest Bunker. There are numerous trek routes from Nathang too. Nathang Valley looks beautiful in every season, so you can visit the place from June to September when the valley is veiled behind wild flowers. From September to January, the valley gains back a golden hue after the snow thaws from the grassland.

Aritar Lake

Lampokhari Lake is located in Aritar and it is easily reachable since it is located not far from the main town. It is noted to be one of the oldest lakes in Sikkim, Lampokhari is a mesmerizing emerald boot-shaped lake. It is placed at an altitude of 4600 feet and is 1120 feet long and 240 feet wide. Also known as Aritar Lake, it is surrounded by rich green pine forests making it look even more stunning. The main highlight about this natural lake is its boating facility and a pathway that has been constructed around the lake for tourists to look at it from different angles. The pine forest around the lake adds more charm and captivates the visitors here. This lake is popular for boating; hence, you can paddle around the boot shaped lake and enjoy every moment being one with nature.

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