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East Sikkim



Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple

Baba Harbhajan Singh Memorial Temple
The Temple is built in the memory of Baba Harbhajan Singh, who was a sepoy of the 23rd Punjab regiment who died while protecting the country serving his duty on India-China border. The place is an image of great devotion and every day it is visited by thousands of devotees and is a popular pilgrim Centre of Sikkim. It is also believed that Temple has amazing wish fulfilling magical powers and is a symbol of patriotism and devotion. Known for its interesting story and devotion, it is one of the most attractive spot for visitors.

Nathula Pass

Nathula Pass
Located at an altitude of 14,140 feet and 56kms from Gangtok, Nathula Pass was the place through which the famous Silk Route used to operate until 1962. This used to be the silk trade route between India and Tibet. Lines of mules used to carry silk, gold and many other items from Tibet to India and take daily essentials back to Tibet. 

The route in Tibet goes down the Chumbi Valley to Yathung, a place about 30kms away which once used to be a major trading township (no longer so). In fact on a clear day you can see this route winding down the valley. If you look at the eastern horizon, you can see the magnificent peak of Chomolhari of Bhutan. 
The fenced Indo-China border is also few meters away and you can see both Indian and Chinese soldiers guarding the border. The guards are friendly. A stairway leads to the border.

There is no 'no mans land' here. Even today, mails are delivered across the border on certain days of the week. There is an engraved stone here called Nehru Stone which marks the visit of former Prime Minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru who visited in 1958.

Tsomgo Lake

Tsomgo Lake
Tsomgo Lake, also known as Changu Lake is a glacial lake in Sikkim and located at an altitude of 12,310 feet. The name Tsomgo means 'Source of water'. It's located 35kms from Gangtok town and on the steep route known as Jawaharlal Nehru Road which leads all the way to Nathula Pass.  
 
This is one of the few and awesome high altitude lakes in India. The lake becomes doubly attractive with the reflections of the surrounding hills on the water. From Gangtok which is at 5410 ft, the altitude rises to about 10,000 ft in just 15kms. You can imagine how steep the gradient would be on this stretch of the road.