Day 2 : GANGTOK - TSHANGU LAKE and BABA MANDIR EXCURSION
NRI, OCI, PIO Card holder and Foreign National are not allowed to visit Baba Mandir and Nathula Pass. They are allowed to visit till Tshangu Lake, with a valid permit. They also have to be 02 and above is number to visit Tshangu Lake. For getting the valid permit these guest will have to bring with them their valid passport and visa or OCI-PIO Card. They will also be required to bring along with them 08 passport size photograph for processing their permits into Sikkim, Tshangu lake, Lachen and Lachung. There will be an additional cost for processing the permit and making the tour applicable. Kindly write to us for additional cost.
· For Indian Passport Holders to process the permit we would require the following:
· 03 passport size photograph of each member traveling whether Adult or Children with their name, age and gender written behind each photograph.
· Photo Copy of Photo ID proof of each member traveling whether Adult or Children. Original to be brought with self.
· A list mentioning the Name Age and Gender of all traveler family wise.
· In case of Child traveling below 18 Years or couple traveling where there is no ID proof of wife, there has to be a written declaration given from the parents / husband.
· Required valid ID proof with photo and address except PAN Card.
For Tshangu Lake and Nathula Pass there is no refund, after the permit is confirmed by Sikkim tourism, due to whatsoever reason (Land slide, Heavy rain fall, VIP Movement, Health issue etc).
After breakfast, in the morning, start for excursion to Tshangu Lake (12400 Feet, 3780 Metres, 43 Kilometres in 3Hours one way from Gangtok) and Baba Mandir (13100 Feet, 3994 Metres , 16 Kilometres in 1 Hours one way from Tshangu Lake. Situated at a height of 12400 Feet, 3780 Metres, 43 Kilometres in 3 Hours one way, with an average depth of 50 feet. The cool water of the Lake is perfectly attuned with the scenic beauty around. Back to Gangtok and Overnight at Hotel. (Incase of Landslide or due to any other reasons if Tshangu Lake is closed then an alternate sightseeing will be provided).
One can opt for Nathula Excursion by paying a supplement cost which varies from month to month. Organising the permit at the last moment is not possible and a clear window of 72 Hours with proper documents is required to process the permit. Nathula permit gets confirmed a day prior OR on the day of journey (depending on the working of the permit issuing office) and it is subjected to permit availability as it is allotted as per turn. At times the demend for Nathula permit goes to 700 vehicle where as the permit issued is only 60 for civil and 40 for government.
Nathula is closed on Monday and Tuesday for tourist.
NATHULA CAN BE GUARANTEED IF YOU HAVE CONTACTS IN THE ARMY OR IF YOU ARE GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE. KINDLY USE YOUR SOURCES SO THAT THE PERMIT COULD BE PROCURED. THE MODUS OPERANDI FOR THIS WOULD BE THAT YOU WOULD BE REQUIRING THE CAR NUMBER AND DRIVER LICENSE A DAY PRIOR TO THE JOURNEY DATE. INCASE YOU TAKE THE NUMBER AND DRIVER DETAILS IN ADVANCE AND GOD FORBID DUE TO WHATSOEVER REASON IF THE DRIVER AND THE VEHICLE ANY ONE OF TWO IS NOT ABLE TO REPORT THEN YOUR WHOLE EXERCISE OF GETTING THE PERMIT DONE GETS FUTILE. WHILE COORDINATING THIS WITH THE ARMY OR OTHER SOURCE, PLEASE REQUEST THE SOURCE TO DO BOTH THE ARMY AND THE TOURISM PERMISSION, THIS SAVES A LOT OF TIME.
WORSE TO WORSE IF ALL ABOVE GOES IN VAIN PLEASE DO NOT GET DISHEARTENED AS YOU WILL ONLY MISS 4 KILOMETRES DRIVE AS THE VISIT TO THANGU LAKE and BABAMANDIR TAKES YOU INTO THE AREA WHERE NATHULA IS LOCATED.
Nathula(14140 Feet, 4310 Meter , 20 Kilometre in 1 Hours one way from Tshangu Lake) Baba Mandir (13100 Feet, 3994 Metre , 16 Kilometer in 1 Hours one way from Tshangu Lake) is an Indo China border, controlled by the Indian Army and is situated approx 20 Kilometres ahead of Tshangu Lake at an height of 14140 Feet, 4310. The journey to Nathula and Baba Mandir is same up to 16 Kilometre . At this point the right arm of the V which is 4 Kilometres takes one to Baba Mandir and left arm of the V which is 4 Kilometres takes one to Nathula.