Day 2 started with an awesome view. The entire valley of Gangtok was floating among clouds. The mountain peaks which were visible on the previous day were playing hide and seek with us now, under the layers of white foam.
We were supposed to get ready by 7:30 AM and were going to visit Tshangu lake and nathula pass. As after certain no of vehicles the entry to Tshangu lake is closed, so it is advisable to start early.
I must also add that one needs permit for visiting tshangu lake. One needs to present proofs and passport photographs for getting the permit. I am not sure about the cost of getting this permit as it was part of our travel package.
PS: Pan card is not considered a valid proof in Sikkim, so do carry some proof with you as well.
Road to nathula pass was not in best of conditions and most part of the ride was bumpy. There were long queues of vehicles going to Nathula pass, in fact there was point where army had stopped vehicle from moving forward for some half an hour so that some cars could come down the hill.
The valley’s view was enchanting. Lush green mountains covered partly with layers of shining bright clouds threw a treat to eyes. We enjoyed the uninvited break by clicking lots of pictures of each other and the beautiful nature of course.
It did not take us very long time to realise that temperature was dropping very rapidly as we were climbing the elevation and we halted at the first woolen clothing shop that we saw and bought basic stuffs like gloves and caps. Had amazing maggie and coffee at the same place.
One can also take good quality jackets on rent from these local shops.
On reaching Tshangu lake and viewing the beauty of the entire landscape all the discomforts that we had since morning seemed worth it . It was all clicking time hereafter.
Green and placid water of the lake with the reflections of snow capped mountains from behind gave an almost dream like feeling. In the meantime it started drizzling as well and the nature changed its shades dramatically. We could not stay in near lake area for very long time. Also the climate did not seem suitable for going ahead to Nathula pass. we bid goodbye to the lovely milieu of Tshangu lake.
We reached back to hotel by 3 oçlock. After taking a short break we went to the locally very popular M G road market. The market seems to give a completely out of India feel, with its roads paved with beautiful red and grey stones and central street lights bejewelling it.
There are many eating joints in this market where one can get all the kinds of food. There are various other shops dealing with cloths, woolens etc. Even if one does not have any mood of shopping this is really a nice place to take an evening stroll.
We were really tired when we reached back to our hotel room from M G Road. There was not much after this for the day. Will continue the tales of beautiful sikkim in blogs next part.