The literal meaning of TSOMGO is the source of the lake in Bhutia language. TSO means lake and MGO means head, the lake is about 1 km long. Oval in shape, 15m deep and is considered extremely sacred by the local people. This placid lake remains frozen during the winter month’s upto mid May during which visitors get an opportunity to experience snowfall. It is ha home of Brahminy ducks besides being a stopover for various migratory birds. E-route to Tsomgo, numerous waterfalls Fast rushing mountain streams and the Rhododendron rich Kyonanosla Alpine Sanctuary make the trip all the more thrilling, Kyongnosla Alpine Sanctuary is 26 km from Gangtok and is situated at an altitude of 3780 mts. This sanctuary with an area of 4 sq. kms has a breathtaking variety of flowers, which remain in bloom from May to August. The earliest to flower are the different species of Rhododendrons followed by Premolars, Blue Poppies and Clematis is June, purple Irises, Pale Yellow Poppies and the Strawberry in July., The last to bloom is Polygonal which cover the entire landscape. The place is valuable for variety of medicinal herbs. It can be visited during tourist seasons March to late May and September to mid-December. Light woollen clothing during the spring season and heavy woollens during winter season is necessary. If you are intend to avoid eating at the local restaurants cafeteria at Tsomgo. Local travel agencies/tour operator organise conducted tours to area. Taxis also play on hire basis on this route.
Nathula: 56 km away from Gangtok is a Nathula Pass at an altitude of 14,200 ft. bordering between India and China in the Tibetan Plateau. It is one of the highest motorable roads and richly covered by many varieties of Alpine Flora & Fauna. It is open on Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday only. Recognized local travel agencies arrange transport and handle all the details. Shared taxis are available. Best time to visit: March – late May and September – Mid December. A tranquil place to visit.
Map Of Tsomgo Lake, Sikkim :