Tsomgo Lake is located 45 km from Gangtok and is one of the most sought after travel destinations in North East of India. Number of people visiting Gangtok is increasing year by year and so is the number of people to Tsomgo often suggested by the local people. Visit Gangtok for the beautiful MG road and the monasteries but if you want to witness the natural beauty or want to get close to nature then Tsomgo is the best suggested choice.
Those looking for snow find it the best place they were looking for as it is not easy to findsnow in Gangtok. From Gangtok shared vehicles are available and it takes around 2 – 3 hours from Gangtok to Tsomgo. Usually the vehicle is up to Nathula pass which again is a great tourist place to go but it depends on how lucky the tourist is as the weather and the snowfall sometimes don’t allow the drivers to move ahead.
It is better to go in the shared vehicles as the quality of the vehicle remains the same unless a private vehicle. Majority of vehicles that run on this route are Mahindra Bolero and Tata Sumo. Since the road is under construction the smaller cars generally don’t run on this route. They charge around 2500 INR for private booking and 1500 INR for shared booking.
If you aretwo ask the hotel or the travel guide to book the front two seats for you. The scenes are best viewed from the front seat. The hotel person or the travel guide would ask you to submit two photographs and identification proofs as this is a government requirement to visit Tsomgo and Nathula.
On the way to Tsomgo and Nathula there are the scenic beauties. The snow clad mountains appear as 3D wallpapers. No need to carry the gumboots as it is available on rent in the shops where the taxi driver often stops for light breakfast. However it has been found that those gumboots even don’t prevent much of the snow entry.
It is better to take woollens and jackets especially caps and gloves as it is cold above. Some may suggest taking popcorns, water bottles to prevent problems due to high altitude but generally these are not required but suggestions are always there for safety.
On the way there is an ATM which is supposed to be the ATM situated on the highest altitude. Also there is telephone exchange situated on the highest altitude in India. Near Tsomgo Lake there are Yaks to ride upon for fun and photography (as most travellers do there with them).