Sikkim Government Initiates Permit Issuance for Nathula and Lake Tsomgo Visits
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21 Oct

Sikkim Government Initiates Permit Issuance for Nathula and Lake Tsomgo Visits

In a recent development, the Sikkim government has embarked on the process of granting permits to tourists eager to explore Nathula and Tsomgo Lake. Despite lower regions near the Teesta River being affected by flash floods, the higher-altitude areas remain accessible and open for tourists.

According to a representative from the tourism department, permit issuance for the exploration of Tsomgo Lake and Nathula has recently commenced. Additionally, popular tourist destinations such as Pelling, Namchi, Ravangla, Dara, and South Sikkim are also welcoming visitors.

To facilitate travel into Sikkim, the official recommended that tourists consider taking the Lava-Kalimpong route, as the NH10 connecting Siliguri in West Bengal to Gangtok remains obstructed on the West Bengal side. State Public Works Department (PWD) officials anticipate the reopening of NH10 within a week, but it’s noteworthy that NH 10 from Singtam to Rangpo Border is presently operational.

Furthermore, on a recent Tuesday night, areas including Tsomgo Lake and Kupup experienced a delightful dusting of snow.

Discovering Tsomgo Lake and Nathula

Lake Tsomgo, often referred to as Changu Lake, stands as a breathtaking high-altitude glacial lake nestled in the Indian state of Sikkim. Positioned at an elevation of 12,313 ft, this pristine alpine jewel not only boasts natural magnificence but also holds profound cultural significance for the local populace. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and lush alpine forests, Tsomgo Lake transforms into a frozen wonderland during the winter months, attracting visitors from both near and far with its tranquil beauty. It is a favored destination, particularly during the summer, offering awe-inspiring views.

Nathula, a mountain pass in the Himalayas, serves as a pivotal trade link connecting India and Tibet. Situated at an elevation of 14,140 ft, it is renowned for its strategic importance and breathtaking natural splendor. This historical pass was an integral part of the ancient Silk Route and has now evolved into a beloved tourist destination. Visitors can witness the rugged grandeur of the Eastern Himalayas, adorned with snow-clad peaks, pristine lakes, and dense forests. Nathula offers a unique blend of adventure and serenity, all in one spectacular location.