Heading To Sikkim? You Now Need Permits From Sikkim Govt To Visit Nathu La & Lake Tsomgo

by Tooba Shaikh
Heading To Sikkim? You Now Need Permits From Sikkim Govt To Visit Nathu La & Lake Tsomgo

Sikkim is known for its stunning winter-y charm. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and for good reason. The lower parts of this Indian state were recently affected by flash floods when the Teesta River overflowed. Regions of the higher altitude, however, were not affected by it and still remain open to tourists. Permits are now being issued by the Sikkim government for those who want to visit the Nathu La and Lake Tsomgo.

Sikkim Now Issuing Permits For Visiting Nathu La And Lake Tsomgo

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Sikkim attracts visitors and travel enthusiasts from all over the country. It recently announced that visiting the Nathu La mountain pass and Lake Tsomgo will now require permits issued from the government. According to an article recently published by The Times of India, the process for the same has also begun now.

If you want to get one for yourself, it is issued by the Tourism Department of Sikkim, and the police checkpost. It should be noted, however, that foreign tourists are not permitted to go beyond Lake Tsomgo. Only domestic tourists are allowed there. The article also stated that other tourist destinations like Dara, Namchi, Pelling, Ravangla, South Sikkim, etc., are also open for tourists.

It is important to note that National Highway 10 is still obstructed on the West Bengal side. According to officials, it will take another week to repair and will be open to the public after that. They have also recommended that tourists should take the Lava-Kalimpong route to enter the state. The NH-10 border from Singtam to Rangpo is also still operational.

Also Read: Sikkim Flood: Parts Of National Highway 10 Have Been Washed Away; Locals & Tourists In Distress

About These Two Beautiful Places

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Lake Tsomgo is perched at a height of 12,313 ft. It is a breathtaking destination which is surrounded by lush greenery and icy mountains. You will almost feel like you’re in Switzerland. In the winter, the lake freezes over. The lake also holds a huge cultural significance for the locals. People generally visit this place in the summer because the weather is pleasant and the cold isn’t unbearable.

Nathu La is another popular destination in the Himalayas. The pass is perched at an elevation of 14,140 ft. and is one of the most stunning places on Earth. But its beauty is not the only reason for its vitality. As it turns out, the pass serves as an important trade route between India and Tibet.

When the Teesta River overflowed earlier in the month, it caused significant damage to the infrastructure and even washed away personnel from the Indian Army.

Also Read: Sikkim’s Pakyong Airport Is Back; Will Have Daily Flights To Kolkata, And 5 A Week To Delhi

Click here to learn more about permits in Sikkim.

Have you ever visited Sikkim? If not, would you want to? Let us know in the comments below!

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