We decided to visit this beautiful state in the month of May,2018. Since I live in a developed state Maharashtra, I always thought of Sikkim as an under developed Northeastern state, but this visit proved me completely wrong. In fact, Sikkim is the most beautiful state I have ever visited.
It is the place of enormous natural beauty. This state has achieved fully organic status in 2016, being the first state in India to achieve such distinction. Sikkim has banned plastic water bottles and styrofoam products.Â We couln’t find a single plastic bag on the roads of Sikkim. Most part of the state is covered by hilly area, and hence narrow roads. But we never experienced any noise pollution on the roads due to traffic. Such a peaceful and environment friendly state it is!
Day – 1
We started our journey from Mumbai by flight. Bagdogra airport in West Bengal is the nearest airport from Sikkim. Mumbai to Bagdogra is a 3 hours journey by flight. We hired a car from Bagdogra to reach Gangtok – Capital of Sikkim. This was a 6-hr journey by road. When we entered Sikkim from West Bengal, we starkly found a difference between two states. Roads in Sikkim are well-maintained (without any potholes) and clean as compared to roads in West Bengal. This was the first surprise for us and many more were awaiting for us. The whole 6-hr journey was surrounded by beautiful valleys and greenery. We reached Gangtok around 9 pm. Temperature in Gangtok was 10-12 degree celsius in the month of May as well.
Day – 2
We started our 55-km journey to from Gangtok to visit Tsomgo Lake (also known as Changu Lake) and Baba Mandir.
Tsomgo Lake is a glacial lake, 40 kilometres from Gangtok, located at an elevation of 3,753Â m (12,313Â ft). This lake remains frozen during the winter season. The lake surface reflects different colours with change of seasons and is held in great reverence by the local Sikkimese people.
This lake is located at 13000 feet above sea level near Tsongmo Lake. This lake is surrounded by barren mountains and reflects the shadows of the surrounding mountains.