A small temple of God Ganesh nests on the hilltop at an altitude of 6500 ft. and 7 kms/45 minutes drive from Gangtok A panoramic view of Gangtok town and breathtaking scene of mighty Mt. Kanchendzonga and Mt.Sinilochu, small cafeteria is opened with parking and wash room facility.
The temple itself is quite small. However next to is the enclosed viewing lounge with glass panels. The balcony around is even better for the views. You can see the Gangtok town, rolling hill and the snow capped mountains including Kanchenjunga.
It literally means the "source of the lake" and is located at a distance of 34 kms/3hrs from Gangtok.This serene lake is situated at an altitude of 12400ft. The lake is about 1 km long oval in shape with average depth of 15 meters,lend a pristine beauty to this place.
Lake is considered sacred by the local people. A placid lake remains frozen during the winter months, variety of flowers like Primulas,Blue and Yellow Poppies,rare rhododendrons species are seen during this time. It is also an ideal habitat of high altitude birds.
It is built in the memory of Harbhajan Singh,a Sepoy in the 23rd Punjab Regiment,the temple lies between the Tsomgo Lake and the Jelep - La.In october 1968,while escorting a column of mules carrying provisions, he fell into a stream and drowned and it is also believed that he went missing while patrolling the border,he appeared in a dream of his fellow soldiers and expressed a desire that a monument to be built in his memory, then built monument that has over the years acquired the status of a pilgrimage center.
It is open only for Indian Nationals.
Indo - China border,situated at an altitude of 14600 ft and 57 kms from Gangtok. Nathula pass the old trade route to Tibet from Sikkim and was closed for many years but at present it has been opened for trading. A place to visit and is open only for Indian Nationals from Wednesday to Sunday ( five day a week)with a permit obtained through the Tourism & Civil Aviation Department ,Government of Sikkim.
It is also one of the four officially agreed BPM (Border Personnel Meeting) points between the Indian Army and People's Liberation Army of China.
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