Sikkim: Nathula Pass and Tsomgo Lake Reopen to Tourists

The Sikkim government has announced that it has resumed issuing permits to tourists for visiting Nathula Pass and Tsomgo Lake, two of the state's most popular tourist destinations. The decision was taken after a review of the situation in the wake of the recent flash floods that affected parts of the state.
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The Sikkim government has announced that it has resumed issuing permits to tourists for visiting Nathula Pass and Tsomgo Lake, two of the state’s most popular tourist destinations.

The decision was taken after a review of the situation in the wake of the recent flash floods that affected parts of the state. According to a tourism department official, while lower regions near the Teesta River have been impacted, the higher-altitude areas remain accessible to tourists.

Permit Issuance Commences Amid Natural Challenges

The official further added that the permit issuance for tourists to explore Tsomgo Lake and Nathula commenced recently, while popular tourist destinations like Pelling, Namchi, Ravangla, and Dara in South Sikkim are also open to visitors.

However, the official recommended tourists to take the Lava-Kalimpong route to enter Sikkim since the NH10 connecting Siliguri in West Bengal to Gangtok is still obstructed on the West Bengal side. State PWD officials anticipate that NH10 will be reopened within a week, but it is worth noting that NH 10 from Singtam to Rangpo Border is currently operational.

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Additionally, on Tuesday night, areas such as Tsomgo Lake and Kupup experienced snowfall. Tourists are advised to check the latest weather conditions and road updates before planning their trip.

FAQs about Nathula Pass and Tsomgo Lake

Where are Nathula Pass and Tsomgo Lake located?

Nathula Pass and Tsomgo Lake are located in the Indian state of Sikkim, in the Himalayas. Nathula Pass is a mountain pass that serves as a vital trade link between India and Tibet, while Tsomgo Lake is a high-altitude glacial lake.

What is the best time to visit Nathula Pass and Tsomgo Lake?

The best time to visit Nathula Pass and Tsomgo Lake is during the spring (April-May) and summer (June-September) months. During these months, the weather is pleasant and the roads are open. However, it is important to note that Nathula Pass is closed on Mondays and Wednesdays.

What is required to visit Nathula Pass and Tsomgo Lake?

Indian citizens require a permit to visit Nathula Pass and Tsomgo Lake. Permits can be obtained from the Sikkim Tourism Development Corporation (STDC) office in Gangtok. Foreign nationals require a Protected Area Permit (PAP) in addition to the Nathula Pass permit. PAPs can be obtained from the Indian Embassy or Consulate in their home country.

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What are some of the things to do at Nathula Pass and Tsomgo Lake?

At Nathula Pass, visitors can witness the rugged grandeur of the Eastern Himalayas, with its snow-clad peaks, pristine lakes, and dense forests. Visitors can also shop for souvenirs at the Indo-Tibetan border market.

At Tsomgo Lake, visitors can enjoy the stunning views of the lake and its surrounding snow-capped mountains. Visitors can also take a boat ride on the lake or try their hand at yak riding.

How to get to Nathula Pass and Tsomgo Lake?

The best way to get to Nathula Pass and Tsomgo Lake is from Gangtok, the capital of Sikkim. There are regular shared taxis and buses available from Gangtok to Nathula Pass and Tsomgo Lake.

Additional tips for visiting Nathula Pass and Tsomgo Lake

  • Dress in layers, as the weather can change quickly in the mountains.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, as there is a lot of walking involved.
  • Bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun.
  • Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Be respectful of the local culture and environment.

Final Words

As Sikkim reopens its doors to tourists, Nathula Pass and Tsomgo Lake continue to stand as beacons of natural beauty and historical significance, ready to welcome explorers from around the world. Plan your trip to these captivating destinations and savor the magic of Sikkim’s high-altitude wonders.

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Manish Khandelwal
Manish Khandelwal

Manish Khandelwal, a travel-tech enthusiast with over a decade of experience in the travel industry. Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Travelobiz.com, he's passionate about writing.

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