How to get Nathula Pass permit: A permit can be obtained by applying to the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department. You can apply through a registered travel agency.I had booked ‘Dokham Tours'(Service and Dealings were good) The agency will take care of your permits. A photo ID proof and two passport size photographs are required for the same. Seems only specific number of vehicles are given permission every day. Dont forget to take your ID card along with you on the travel date.
Tsomgo River, enroute Nathula Pass : Also known as the Changu Lake, this place offers an idyllic scenery and is a travellers’ delight.The lake reflects different colours with different seasons and get frozen during the winter months. And dont miss the Tsomgo Rope way, its worth the money. It gives a wonderful panoramic view of the lake and the mountains all around.
You can also ride on a Yak here
2. Gangtok Ropeway: We boarded the Ropeway at Deorali just to see a panoramic view of Gangtok. Two kms ride (to and fro) passes through the main area of Gangtok and takes about 1o minutes to complete. Those interested in photography may find it interesting and exciting to shoot the view from the height and from various angles. The front and back ends of the cable car has one sliding glass window to take pictures without any hindrances.
3. Rumtek Monastery: It is located 24 kilometres (15 mi) from Gangtok, at an altitude of about 1,500 metres (4,900 ft).
4. M G Road: MG Road has to be the most happening place in Gangtok. The place has everything a tourist requires – hotels, good restaurants catering to all tastes, shopping’s, ATMs, Tourist Office.
5. Banjhakri Water Falls: It is a natural water fall sourced from springs at higher elevation. There is also a park nearby where you will find lot of man made monuments.There are restaurants available in this region.
6. Do Drul Chorten Stupa: The chorten is a short climb away from Namgyal Institute of Technology. Don’t be discouraged by the steep slope from the parking to the stupa: it is not as taxing as it looks.
7. Himalayan Zoological Park: It is certainly a place for wildlife lovers in Sikkim. The Park has been established, to preserve the wildlife, without disturbing the creatures and keeping them in their natural habitat. Located in Bulbuley, Himalayan Zoological Park is at a distance of 3 km from Gangtok (at an altitude of 1,780 metres) You will have to walk a lot to cover the entire place. One of the main attractions here, is the Himalayan Thar.