Places to be visited in Sikkim - Changu Lake or Tsongmo Lake
Changu Lake also called Tsongmo Lake
Changu Lake also called "Tsongmo Lake" means "source of lake" is a
lake situated around 35 - 40 km away from Gangtok, the capital of
Sikkim. It is a natural lake on top of mountains. It is 3780 meter
(12400 feet) above see level and oval in shape, 1 Km long and fifteen
meeter deep. The lake freezes during the winter months. Best time to
visit is Mid May to August. The area is controlled by the Indian Army
and required special permission to visit the place. They will ask you
to visit the lake before noon due to inclement weather. Local travel
agents will help you to get the permission. Bus ticket from Gangtok
to Changu Lake and back will cost Rs. 150/- Cabs and Jeeps are
available at Gangtok for Rs. 550/- to Rs. 900/- Heavy woolen cloths
required to be worn throughout the year. Rides on Yaks are offered at
the lake side. You can have tea and snacks at the lake side during the
tourist season. It is advised to avoid traveling to Changu Lake those
who have breathing problem due to scarcity of air at this altitude.
Getting There: Nearest Airport - Bagdogra. Helicopter Service are available from Bagdogra to Gangtok. Or 4 hours drive by car.
Nearest Railway Station: New Jalpaigudi. From New Jalpaiguri you can travel by Road to Gangtok, it will take 4-5 hours.