Tsomgo Lake, Gangtok
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Tsomgo Lake

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Tsomgo Lake is located 35 km away from the city on the Gangtok-Nathula highway. This highway is also a part of the old route that links India and China. Worshipped by Sikkimese, this holy lake is approximately 20 km away from the Nathula Pass, while located at a distance of around 400 km from Lhasa.

The water in this lake has been accumulated from the melting snow on the mountains located nearby. The river Lungtze Chu originates from this lake, which meets Rangpo-chu down its course. According to the history, the colour of water of this lake was studied by Lamas so as to forecast about the future. They believed, if the water had a dark tinge, it indicated an year full of trouble and unrest in the state.

Tsomgo Lake is located in the restricted area for which tourists require an Inner Line Permit. This permit can be obtained from the Police through the travel agent or Tourism Department. During the winter months, the entire lake gets fron.

Tourists can also witness a small temple dedicated to Lord Shiva built on the lakeside. In addition, around the Tsomgo lake, primula flowers and other alpine plantation are also grown. Tourists can also take a stroll on the footpath along the lake, which leads to a resting shed located at a distance of around half a kilometre.

The best time to visit this lake is from March to late May and from October to mid-December.
 

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  • Best Time:  During Day
  • Length of visit:  1-2hrs
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Iqbal
  • Iqbal
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 5 Reviews

"Paradise in the mountains" new review

  • 6.50/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
With fresh snows having covered the complete terrain under an wooly white, and a mist drifting down to the greenish blue lake Tsomgo, it offered a breathtaking view.
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Suman pal
  • Suman pal
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 photo
  • 2 Reviews

"Relaxing place" new review

  • 5.50/7
  • Posted 3 days ago
Nice relaxing place to hang around, we found it very uncleaned due to Yaks and also there is not so securities or volunteers for helping or guiding tourist. But overall I found it very good natural place to visit.
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Gopal
  • Gopal
  • Lives in Rahatgarh
  • 4 photos
  • 1 Review

"Needs permission to visit, good rides available around" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
This is perhaps best place for a short trip of Gangtok and must not be missed. It will be covered during your visit to Nathula Pass China Border. You need to take permission 1 day in advance through authorised travel agent or at tourist centre (I recommend travel agent to avoid hassle). You need to submit 2 copies of passport size photo & id proof (Voter ID or Driving License or Passport). You have to pay fees & commission to take that route pass.

Starting the trip: You may need to leave early, as early as 7-7:30 AM as entry to the route entry closes by 10:00 due to fog & snowfall issues.

On the way you can rent the snow shoes, gloves and even jackets (Your driver will take you to roadside huts renting the stuff) for little fee. Though its suggested to carry your own jacket & rent shoes & gloves. You can also try spicy MOMOS at these huts.



About Place: Its a frozen lake surrounded by icy mountains. You can take yak rides and bargain and get ride at Rs. 1000 per head for all rides to all points (though they will ask Rs1600, its upto your bargaining skill). You can slide on snow, which is awesome. But it is not recommended to walk on frozen lake as you may end up cracking snow and fall in cold water (Risky).

Food: There is a small restaurant named Alpine where you can have refreshments which are ok.
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  • 3 votes

Indrajit Singha
  • Indrajit Singha
  • 2 Reviews

"Tsomgo a lake of ice" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It was fantastic and full of enjoyment. Snowfall was beautiful but yak ride has disturbed the travellers. Road to Tsomgo had a thrilling journey. Shop people were so careful and well behaviour.
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Raju Akulwar
  • Raju Akulwar
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 9 Reviews

"Play in the snow" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
You can find the snow in the month of March where the complete lake is of snow. If possible you can also play snow games here. A small Tibetan market is there for outdoor purchasing. Make sure you bargain well.
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Gouresh
  • Gouresh
  • Lives in Afzalpura
  • 5 photos
  • 2 Reviews

"Wonderful and picturesque place" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
The place is wonderful, picturesque with exotic roads and views, though it was overcrowded as the visit is permitted for a very short span of time. How we wish we could stay there for a longer period! Probably some Snow sports should be introduced there.
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Swaroop Singh
  • Swaroop Singh
  • Lives in Jamshedpur
  • 3 Reviews

"Scenic Beauty" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Suggestion for all please visit when you plan for Sikkim, but must carry winter cloths or you can get there in rent basis. You will surely enjoy the Tsomgo Lake.
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  • 6 votes

Asim panda
  • Asim panda
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 4 Reviews

"Lake with the snow, beautiful" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
During our visit there was continuous snowfall. So we got a marvellous view of the lake covered with snow. The Yak ride is very good & enjoyable here. In a sunny weather the view of the frozen lake is beautiful.
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Sunil Chaurasia
  • Sunil Chaurasia
  • Lives in Guwahati
  • 6 photos
  • 13 Reviews

"Enjoy local food and the Yak ride in a serene place" new review

  • 7.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
I visited 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. The best time to visit this lake is from September till April. It is a high Himalayan lake located at a height of 12, 400ft (3780 m).

One willing to visit there 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 maggi, 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, its 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 Nathula should proceed further on the same road.
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  • 8 votes

Sathish
  • Sathish
  • Lives in Adra
  • 3 Reviews

"Never to miss" new review

  • 6.00/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Don't miss this place its awesome place to visit. You can enjoy at core level. Nice spot for honeymoon couples we can spend more than 3 hours in this place, photo point we can take more memorable pictures.
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  • 6 votes

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